Case IH Launches AccuTurn Automated Headland-Turning Tech
New AccuTurn automated headland-turning technology from Case IH takes the guesswork out of turning on headlands, which gives you improved accuracy and reduces operator fatigue. Using software logic from the Case IH Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV), this next-generation Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) autoguidance technology provides hands-free, automatic and repeatable turns for increased productivity.
“Whether navigating expansive open spaces or smaller, irregular fields, AccuTurn automatically controls the entire headland-turning process with industry-leading path-planning logic,” said Leo Bose, Case IH AFS marketing manager. “AccuTurn will give operators positive results throughout the crop production cycle. This is especially true as planting or seeding operations set the field up for agronomically correct layouts that can be precisely followed by side dressing, spraying, and harvesting for improved efficiencies and higher yield potential.”
Productivity-enhancing benefits of AccuTurn include
- Turn-path planning and turn-speed optimization: Seemlessly navigate the tightest turns and position the tractor and implement into the next pass. The industry-exclusive Auto-speed feature provides automatic turn-path planning that adapts to each operation’s speed, including maximum-turn-speed alerts.
- Precise product application to manage and control inputs: Intercept headlands or resume field passes with optimal implement position. This reduces inconsistencies seen through manual steering with mounted or trailing planters, seeders or fertilizer applicators at the end of the field.
- Multiple modes of operation: Two intuitive settings — Automatic and Turn Now — allow operators to customize the level of automation to their application at hand, from tillage and side dressing to planting and seeding.
- Flexibility for skip pass or pass-to-pass capabilities: Easily adapts to broadacre or row-crop applications for increased efficiencies and productivity.
In addition to row-crop applications, Bose added that small-grain operations also can benefit from the automated-turning technology. This includes pulling multiple implements, such as tow-behind air carts and seeders, for planting wheat, barley or sorghum.
“It all comes back to reduced operator strain, especially when pulling increasingly larger and longer implements,” Bose said. “Without the need to manually steer a tractor and potentially multiple implements, operators will be more alert to perform other end-of-row functions.”
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During initial launch, AccuTurn is available for any new and existing Case IH Steiger, Magnum, Optum, Puma or Maxxum series AccuGuide autoguidance equipped tractors with an AFS 262/372 receiver, NAV II/ NAV III controller or AFS Pro 700 display.