The Tractor Implement Management (TIM) certification means Lemken is the first manufacturer to be awarded this compliance level for implement control.
Known as the smart iQblue connect retrofitting kit, the system was awarded a silver medal at Agritechnica in Germany in 2019.
iQblue offers the unique opportunity to use TIM control for ‘smart' tillage. Combined with the ISOBUS interface on the tractor, iQblue connect allows data to be exchanged between the tractor and implement. As a result, the implement is able to control certain tractor functions automatically, for example the ground speed or spool valves.
The retrofitting solution allows existing tillage implements to be automated. Farmers merely need a single iQblue connect module, which can be used with a range of implements. The module is connected to the tractor via its ISOBUS interface.
It also features GPS and a mobile data connection for communication, for example with a farm management system. The system automatically adapts to the implement it is connected to at any time and therefore substantially reduces the user's workload, according to Lemken.
For ploughs, Lemken offers GPS-based working width control as a first step. Here, iQblue connect transmits implement data on the plough's GPS position and current working width to the TIM to enable the hydraulic control unit on the tractor to automatically control the cylinder for the plough's working width.
In certain cultivators, the working depth can be detected by a sensor. In this case, iQblue connect collects the area-specific target working depth from digital maps, and the TIM adjusts the working depth of the tine section and levelling tools to the changing soil conditions in the field via the tractor's hydraulic system.
An important prerequisite for using iQblue connect is that the tractor has TIM functionality with AEF certification. AEF is a neutral multi-vendor organisation that works to promote the increased use and standardisation of electronics in agricultural technology.
Its members include all leading agricultural technology manufacturers.
iQblue connect is compatible with implements by other manufacturers and will be available from October 2021.