German agricultural manufacturer Fliegl has launched its award winning beacon-based vehicle tracker for the UK, improving traceability and helping farmers move toward a fully digital harvest.
The product has been awarded a silver medal for innovation by the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft), organiser of Agritechnica.
In practice, beacon transmitters are mounted on both combine harvesters and road-going trucks or trailers, allowing farmers to clearly identify each harvesting vehicle. The chaser bin operating between them acts as an intermediate ‘node’, and is equipped with the Fliegl Weighing System (FWS).
The combination of the FWS with beacon-equipped vehicles enables the chaser bin to detect from which combine harvester it is being loaded, and into which truck it is loading.
Jose Viedma, Fliegl UK’s commercial director, said: “With this innovation, the grain’s path from the field to the store can be fully traced. This is a big step in the general trend towards digital harvest and digital cropping.”
The system ensures an iron-clad proof of origin, he suggested.
“Fliegl sees its beacon-based vehicle detection system as a step towards greater precision in harvest documentation, with resulting benefits for food safety. It’s clearly important to make the production of foodstuffs transparent and traceable. Complete documentation is essential, and the Fliegl Tracker brings that a step closer.”
The beacons are small, lightweight, cost-efficient and virtually maintenance-free. They can be used in vehicles of all manufacturers, independent of onboard electronics.
Used in conjunction with the Fliegl Weighing System (FWS) the tracker can also improve harvest safety. For each truck or road-going trailer equipped with a beacon, a record can be created in the job computer that associates its respective payload. The loading process can then be automatically carried out from the FWS transfer vehicle: only exact amounts are loaded and no truck/trailer is overloaded.
“The required quantity is accurately transferred to the truck at the touch of a button,” Jose said.
“Via either a load-sensing control block or ISOBUS automation and the tractor control unit, discharge of grain from the chaser bin into the road-going trailer/truck ceases once the permissible weight has been loaded. Overloading of trucks is no longer a risk, complying with the law, maximising efficiency and saving resources.”