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Lemken introduces iQblue connect retrofit kit

New implement control system due in October

Lemken introduces iQblue connect retrofit kit to enable smart implement control on certain tillage implements.

Although ploughing isn’t nearly as popular in Western Canada as in Europe, for example, there are still a few ploughing matches in various parts of the country where people compete to demonstrate their ability to create perfectly straight furrows. However, the need for that level of operator skill is fast becoming old school. GPS has already made ploughing straight lines an easy task for anyone. Now, Lemken’s iQblue implement control system retrofit kit takes making all-round perfect tillage passes to the next level. Several models of its ploughs and cultivators, along with some from other brands, can be retrofitted with the new iQblue connect system.

iQblue connect allows data to be exchanged between the tractor and implement, which allows the implement to control certain tractor functions, such as ground speed or hydraulic control, automatically. This allows less experienced drivers to do a first-rate job.

Having won a silver medal at the 2019 Agritechnica show in Germany for its technology, the iQblue connect retrofit kit, offers the opportunity to use the benefits of TIM (tractor implement management) control for smart tillage. Combined with the ISOBUS interface on the tractor, iQblue connect allows data to be exchanged between the tractor and implement. That allows the implement to control certain tractor functions, such as ground speed or hydraulic control, automatically.

Using Lemken’s iQblue allows less experienced drivers to do a first-rate job. For the system to work, the tractor must have ISOBUS-compatible TIM capability. For Lemken’s semi-mounted cultivators, a sensor detects implement working depth and can perform area-specific depth changes based on field maps. It also adjusts tine sections and levelling tools to conform to changing field conditions.

iQblue connect will be available in October 2021.

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