Lemken's iQblue monitors autonomous performance


As the possibilities of farming with autonomous tractors and implements gain traction, many manufacturers are working on how autonomous machinery will run efficiently without human hands and eyes as it travels on or through the ground.

At Agritechnica, Lemken shared how its iQblue tool monitoring technology uses sensor systems to monitor performance as well as equipment wear and maintenance requirements. In this report from the agricultural innovation showcase in Hanover, Germany, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Lemken product manager Frank Mian discuss how iQblue can monitor cultivator performance, including consistency of depth, and also detect possible tool loss as well as coulter wear.

The iQblue system was awarded a silver medal at the 2023 Agritechnica Innovation Awards. Tool analysis is carried out during the turning process on the headland by analyzing camera images using an AI algorithm when the implement is raised. This enables both progressing wear and tool loss to be detected. It can also be used to forecast when the tool needs to be replaced, the company says.

The system outputs warnings in the form of a traffic light, whereby coulter loss is indicated in red, damaged or worn coulters in yellow and intact coulters in green.

In the video below, Haney and Mian also discuss how the technology could be retrofitted to older tractor models and cultivators.

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica is brought to you by Optimum GLY, a new canola trait technology from Corteva Agriscience.

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