Case IH has unveiled its latest offering in spray technology, known as AIM Command Flex.
All 2017 Patriot sprayers will come factory-equipped with the nodes required to run the ISO Virtual Terminal (VT) compatible Flex system, explains Mark Burns, Case’s marketing manager for application equipment, in this video.
“It’s the new generation of spray technology for Case IH. What we’re looking at is how we can help producers and commercial applicators do a better job with their quality of application,” he says. “One of the big features with this product is the 36 sections that come along with the vehicle, so whether we start with an 80 foot boom or go all the way out to 120, we divide that into 36 sections which allows us to manage inputs and applications very precisely.”
The pulse width modulation technology allows for turn compensation and even application regardless of speed or conditions, he notes.
Operating through the sprayer’s rate controller, the driver can adjust and monitor application rate, spray pressure, boom section status, and product tank volume.
Spray rates can be preset at up to 30 percent higher than the target rate on up to eight nozzles, accommodating sprayer wheel tracks and fencerows. And Case says it can operate at speed ranges up to 8:1 versus 2:1 with rate-controller-only systems.
The operator can toggle between two spray pressures, based on the situation. For example, a lower pressure might be used to reduce drift in sensitive areas, or a higher pressure setting might be selected for better canopy penetration.
“One of the biggest fears with electronics is ‘what if something goes wrong?’. This system has the ability to alert the operator not only in the cab, but also on each solenoid with a flashing LED light,” explains Burns.
Whereas the previous AIM Command and AIM Command Pro sprayer platforms from Case were based on proprietary technology from Capstan Ag Systems, AIM Command Flex is the result of a new partnership with Raven Industries and uses Raven’s Hawkeye nozzle control technology. (Capstan filed a lawsuit last month in a U.S. District Court alleging Raven and Case’s parent company — CNH Industrial — are infringing on Capstan’s patents.)
Case’s Mark Burns and Real Ag’s Kelvin Heppner discussed the AIM Command Flex system at the US Farm Progress Show in Iowa: