Two companies that have already been working together have announced another collaboration for the future. Kinze Manufacturing, Inc., has announced it will partner with Raven Industries to “develop a standalone monitor solution for the Kinze 4900 series planter.” In the press announcement, the companies say the partnership will develop the software and its integration with the planter. Aim of the effort is to eliminate reliance on ISOBUS and other manufacturers’ software.
In a press statement, Susanne Veatch, Kinze vice president and chief marketing officer, says: “Offering our own monitor will make for a more simplified planter set up and provide increased monitor reliability.”
Matt Burkhart, vice president, and general manager for Raven’s Applied Technology Division, adds: “The two companies share a vision in providing solutions to help growers meet the challenge of feeding a growing global population, all while making them more efficient across their entire operation. For Raven, this also fits our commitment of bringing more innovative solutions to customers in our growing markets.”
Beyond the standalone monitor approach, Kinze does plan to have the 4900 planter support ISOBUS virtual terminals that meet the company’s requirements and pass Kinze’s qualification tests. The monitor is currently under development, but the current plan is to include the following features:
* A large, color touchscreen monitor for all planter functions.
* A customizable layout to show only the information the farmer wants to see.
* A ‘screen within a screen’ feature to allow operators to monitor mapping and field coverage area, as well as planter functions, at the same time.
* And a dedicated CANbus line to eliminate issues from overloading the CANbus with too many components.
Timing for release of the new product has not been set, though both companies are actively engaged in its development. The new monitor could be available as early as next spring, provided the final product can meet Kinze standards and requirements.
For more information, visit kinze.com.