John Deere’s research and development work has been rewarded with two silver medals at the SIMA 2019 show, which will be held in Paris from 24 to 28 February 2019.
Machine Dashboard is the latest remote diagnostic tool developed by the company. This dealer tool is part of the John Deere Connected Support initiative, which the company says is designed to "enable a proactive dealer service approach and deliver customer value through machine connectivity and advanced data analytics". Deere says it reduces diagnostic time and minimises downtime, resulting in higher levels of machine availability, improved machine performance and lower operating costs.
This new service provides remote machine monitoring and notifications to John Deere dealers via the JDLink telematics system. Based on the customer’s consent, JDLink machine data are automatically analysed via a patented algorithm, and the results are presented to the dealer in real time as a prioritised machine list. This allows the dealer to easily and quickly identify machines that require immediate service attention to minimise the risk of unexpected machine downtime.
Furthermore, Machine Dashboard fully integrates and exploits the capabilities of the Expert Alerts tool. Thanks to this tool, the dealer is proactively informed about potential machine component failures, with clear instructions on how to solve the issues identified. According to John Deere, both components allow customers and dealers to reduce service costs and improve operational efficiencies, to get work done on time with fewer service interruptions.
John Deere Connected Support tools including Expert Alerts and Machine Dashboard are available factory installed on new John Deere self-propelled equipment and can be dealer installed on recent model ranges, including 6M to 9R Series tractors, self-propelled sprayers, combines and forage harvesters.
Nearly 100 European John Deere dealers are already delivering machine services based on John Deere Connected Support. These innovative new service tools will be available in all EU-28 as well as most CIS countries.
With the Live NBalance tool, Airbus and John Deere are able to offer for the first time live monitoring of nitrogen balance in the field. This joint project is based on a combination of satellite images and machinery data, which continuously observe nitrogen uptake by the crop in each part of the field.
During the growing season, the service allows the farmer to make more informed decisions on subsequent fertiliser applications. After harvest, it summarises the total N applied and removed, ready to use for regulation purposes.
Farmers currently cannot obtain accurate, site-specific information about both applied and consumed nitrogen in their fields during the season; instead they have to make fertiliser management decisions based on personal experience and book values.
In addition, they do not have any opportunity to precisely check the efficiency of a particular nitrogen application. John Deere and Airbus have therefore combined their know-how to prototype an unprecedented service, by merging both machinery data and satellite images.