New Holland is introducing new automation for large balers. The foundation of this technology is a Lidar sensor mounted on the tractor’s roof, which scans the (straw) swath. With this system, the tractor automatically follows the swath and ensures correct bale filling. The driving speed is determined based on the swath thickness.
New Holland is showcasing IntelliSense automation for the Plus and High Density models of large balers at the Agritechnica trade fair. The core of this automation is a Lidar sensor positioned on the tractor’s roof. This sensor uses laser pulses to scan the swath and guides the tractor accordingly.
The IntelliSense software, assisted by the Lidar sensor, recognizes the swath thickness. When the swath thickness increases, the tractor automatically slightly slows down to prevent blockages. According to New Holland, with this automation, you can bale 15 to 20% more bales per day, as the tractor always maintains the optimal driving speed. It’s also possible to set a maximum driving speed and the number of flakes per bale.
In addition to determining the driving speed, the automation takes over steering. The tractor automatically tracks the swath and ensures proper bale filling. Sensors inside the plunger measure how the bale filling is distributed. Based on this information, the tractor zigzags across the swath. New Holland calls this ‘Swath Guidance’, utilizing the tractor’s steering automation. Please note that this system is compatible only with New Holland tractors, specifically the T7 series with a long wheelbase, the T7HD series, and the T8 series with AutoCommand transmissions and Isobus Class 3 unlock. The system does not currently work with the universal Tractor Implement Management (TIM).