Krone and Lemken combine powers

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Krone and Lemken present Combined Powers system for autonomous implement control

Lemken and Krone have developed an autonomous process unit that will be integrated into the two companies’ forage harvesting and tillage systems.

Combined Powers provides autonomous control of an implement

Named Combined Powers, the drive unit uses a diesel-electric drive that generates up to 170kW (230 horsepower), designed to meet the power input requirements of the harvesting and tillage implements.

The drive power is transferred electrically to the wheels and the power take-off, and from there to the implement, which couples to a three-point linkage system.

The drive unit includes multiple sensor systems that monitor the immediate surroundings and the implement attached for safe operation.

Operators can control and monitor the combination from a mobile device, transmitting jobs and job reports via a communication module and an agrirouter data exchange hub.

The companies say that a key aspect of the process unit is that it is controlled by the implement, with them sharing data and acting as one integrated smart system.

The autonomous nature of the Combined Powers design concept was also developed to address the shortage of skilled labour in agriculture as the user just needs to monitor the process unit and not operate it directly.

Intensive trialling in all types of conditions will continue this year.

User interface of the mobile device when cultivating

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