Deere announces software update

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Latest release improves Gen 4 displays and expands Machine Sync feature

Deere announces software update
John Deere is expanding its Machine Sync feature, which synchronises tractor and grain cart speed and position with the combine for on-the-go unloading during harvest


John Deere’s latest software update for its Generation 4 4600 CommandCenter and 4640 Universal Displays will allow its Machine Sync harvest automation functionality to be used on the Gen 4 platform for tractors and combines.

The 19-1 update will also enhance the automation, documentation, functionality and security of the displays, the company says.

"It also enables Gen 4 Display compatibility with more John Deere equipment, including 8000 and 9000 Series Forage Harvesters, documentation of weather and field conditions, expands AutoTrac functionality and automation on more equipment, and provides additional levels of security than before," John Mishler, marketing manager for precision agriculture technologies at John Deere says.

The move comes after John Deere introduced a PIN lock on some of its new models. Click here to find out more

With the 19-1 software update, Gen 4 Displays now show area remaining and estimated time to completion for many field operations.

Operators can now manually document weather and field conditions from the cab, which can be critical information to include for application and planting records.

Data that can be recorded includes wind speed and direction, weather, and soil and field conditions as they change throughout the day. When used with JDLink Connect, the information documented on the display can be viewed by any web-connected device through the John Deere Operations Center and the MyOperations mobile app.

In addition, customers can now use AutoTrac Turn Automation and AutoTrac Implement Guidance (Curve Center Shift) with SeedStar 4 when planting. These applications allow operators to automate end-row turns and guidance, resulting in easier, faster and more accurate headland turns and ensuring the implement stays on the intended path.

For added security, the 19-1 update gives users the ability to secure John Deere displays and receivers from improper use and theft by using a four-digit PIN.

Along with the 19-1 software update, John Deere is expanding its Machine Sync feature, which synchronises tractor and grain cart speed and position with the combine for on-the-go unloading during harvest.

Gen 4 Machine Sync uses newer technology already built into all S700 combines and is available at a much lower total solution cost than with previous generations of displays.

As part of the Gen 4 Machine Sync application, customers also can use In-Field Data Sharing to wirelessly share guidance lines, coverage maps, machine location, grain tank fill level and unloading auger status between machines. Other premium precision applications are included, providing even greater value to customers.

"Machine Sync greatly simplifies harvest by automating the combine unloading process, allowing the operator to focus on harvesting the crop or other machine functions," Mishler says.

"Its use has proven to speed up harvest operations and reduce grain loss and stress on both the combine and grain cart operators during this busy time, especially when harvesting at night or when visibility is compromised."

Mishler adds the 19-1 software update is now available and encourages customers to download and install it on all their Gen 4 Displays before the spring season arrives. 

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