The New Holland Guardian front boom sprayers now come equipped with Raven solutions that increase application efficiency, including Slingshot and VSN Visual Guidance technologies.
New Holland Agriculture North America is redefining its lineup of SP310F, SP370F, and SP410F Guardian front boom sprayers to feature new technological and precision capabilities.
This lineup of Guardian sprayers incorporates Slingshot from Raven and IntelliSpray II. The data generated from these features are collected, streamlined, and aggregated by Raven’s Connected Workflow system. The Connected Workflow system works by syncing data from the office to the field and back again for simplified management of work, idle, and transit time. The data can be used to create programs and strategies like herbicide rate prescriptions for individual fields and is accessible by the operator through the Slingshot mobile app.
According to New Holland with the incorporation of IntelliSpray II, the Guardian sprayers now offer the most precise nozzle control system on the market and ensure droplet coverage up to 2.5 times more accurate than comparable systems. These enhancements are to help operators and growers optimize coverage, minimize skips and overlaps, and reduce input costs.
The IntelliSpray II pulse width modulation system offers a broader range of applications – Standard, Bypass, Variable Pressure, High Flow, High Flow VP, and On/Off – higher flow and pressure ratings of up to 17% increased flow and operating pressure and greater level of accuracy due to its 20Hz pulse rate.
The utilization of Slingshot on the Guardian sprayers is to empower operators and growers to make more data-driven decisions in and out of the field. Slingshot generates a high-level view of data from beginning through completion of a job, including traceability reports, application records, fleet efficiency track edits, and transferable work orders.
Working alongside the Slingshot telematics is the VSN Visual Guidance, which uses image sensor and processing technologies to deliver a quicker response rate, better overall sprayer control, reduced operator fatigue, and improved data collection.
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According to New Holland these components have been shown to improve efficiency by 20%. To accomplish these tasks, the visual guidance system uses cameras and radars to guide the boom and drive line of the sprayer. The manufacturer claims the use of the VSN system has proven to save time and financial resources by minimizing the margin of error and crop damage that can be inflicted by self-propelled sprayers.
“The integration of the VSN system allows drivers to operate the sprayer at 3-4 miles per hour faster to cover more acres per day without risking crop damage”, says Alex Caldwell, product marketing manager, self-propelled sprayers for New Holland North America. “Not only does the basic VSN system follow the rows with cameras, but the VSN+ system allow operators to better see hidden waterways and other obstacles. This alleviates a lot of the compounded fatigue and stress operators experience when spending long hours in the field.”
Each Guardian sprayer model comes equipped with supplemental precision technology that affects the operation of the sprayers, from turning to steering to spraying for maximized productivity.