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Jointly developed 12,1-inch display

The non-profit Competence Center Isobus (CCI) has introduced an ISO 11783 compliant virtual terminal. Several implement manufacturers have developed jointly the CCI 1200.

The CCI 1200 features two virtual terminals enabling parallel operation of two Isobus implements (Photo: Kuhn)

Implements are add-on machinery for agriculture tractors. They are connected to the tractor by means of the Isobus trademarked network. This CAN-based application layer and application profile is similar to J1939. It is standardized internationally in the ISO 11783 series.

After four years of cooperation between the companies Grimme, Kuhn, Lemken, Krone, and Rauch and thousands of test hours, the CCI 1200 is ready for the market. "The new terminal shows once again that teamwork also works successfully among competitors and the customer is finally getting a better product," said Moritz Roeingh, Product Manager at CCI. According to Roeingh, the member companies have experience from planting to growing until harvesting.

The human machine interface (HMI) can operate simultaneously two Isobus implements. This is required by the increasing acceptance of the ISO 11783 standard. In some agriculture tractors already two implements are combined. An example is the maize planting with a front tank for the fertilizer dosing and a planter in the rear. Therefore the CCI 1200 provides two virtual terminals, which can display two implements. This enables the driver to operate in parallel two machines.

Jointly designed: the CCI 1200 is not the first product development of the nonprofit association (Photo: CCI)

With its 12,1-inch display, it offers sufficient space for simultaneous viewing of multiple applications. Due to the narrow frame, it can nevertheless be installed compactly in the cabin. Depending on the application, the driver can customize their layout individually. The default view shows two applications next to each other in the same size. For example, the camera or the map view of the section control is shown next to the universal terminal. The driver can choose freely whether they want to use this view in portrait or landscape format. The third option is the Maxi-view: an enlarged view with “larger” keys.

Different examples of CCI 1200 applications (Photo: CCI)

The HMI product has a completely updated user interface compared with previous designs from CCI. Multi-touch operation in combination with the menu navigation provides easy operation at smartphone level. The flat design of the menus reduces the number of necessary clicks. The symbols on the keys have been adopted from the CCI 50/100/200 terminals. All settings are summarized in a central area. Setting help explains step-by-step more complex tasks, e.g. the choice of the correct delay time for the automatic section control.

The display device switches on and off automatically up to 254 sections on an already worked area or a pre-drawn headland. For a wide range of use-cases, seed drill, planter, crop protection sprayers, fertilizer spreaders, universal spreaders, liquid manure tankers, mowers, and rakes are supported. Tramline Control also automatically switches the tramlines using the GPS position. The variable application with maps in ISO-XML or shape format is more precise with the new control points. Until now, even with very large working widths, the target rate is only taken from the application map at the current position of the tractor and transferred to the machine. For example, if a fertilizer spreader supports control points, the CCI 1200 determines a specific target rate for the left and right dosages.

The help system allows the driver to inform theirself about the currently open application and its functions as well as settings. With graphics and texts important functions are explained, whenever the driver needs them. Long scroll and search no longer required, direct links in the applications immediately call the right information.

The CCI 1200 terminal is available from Grimme, Krone, Kuhn, Lemken, and Rauch. It will be presented on the Agritechnica 2017 tradeshow in Hanover (Germany). From mid-2018 it will be available from other CCI member companies, too. The nonprofit CCI design association members develops jointly electronics for agriculture applications. Apart from the development of Isobus terminals and software, the primary focus is on the participation of the establishment and advancement of the ISO 11783 standard series.


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