Case IH Introduces Groundbreaking LiDAR Technology
In 2024, Case IH Baler Automation welcomes the next phase of automation for large square baling. Engineered for hands-free efficiency, this system enhances throughput and consistently produces high-quality bales, irrespective of the operator's experience level. The seamlessly integrated automation kit, installable by dealers, effortlessly connects with Class 3 ISOBUS Puma, Optum and Magnum tractors.
“Productivity is the name of the game when it comes to the tight operating windows hay producers face,” says Brian Spencer, hay and forage marketing manager at Case IH. “Baler automation is the perfect example of purposeful technology from Case IH. It aims to tackle efficiencies by taking the duty off the operator to steer and make adjustments in field, allowing them to add productivity while in the cab.”
Case IH Baler Automation stands out as the industry's pioneering LiDAR (light detection and ranging) baling system, presenting efficiency and productivity opportunities for hay producers. Through LiDAR-based swath analysis, laser pulses measure the position and size of windrows, enabling technology-driven adjustments in tractor speed and steering. This ensures optimal throughput without overwhelming the baler, resulting in extended runtime compared to traditional baling methods. The automatic adjustments and hands-free operation empower less experienced operators to manage baling efficiently or allow seasoned producers to focus on other farm operations and business endeavors.
“This technology is built for the unpredictable yet expected challenges in baling with crooked windrows, and inconsistent widths and heights,” adds Spencer. “The automatic adjustments in steering and speed ensure the bales are consistent and the baler is running at peak performance, avoiding blockages and overfilling.”
Furthermore, Case IH's precision technology through AFS Connect ensures real-time tracking and monitoring during the baling process. This capability enables hay producers to remotely assess field performance and tractor diagnostics during baling while securing comprehensive records for post-harvest review.
Baler Automation, launching at the 2024 NCBA Cattle Con, is compatible with HD models from Model Year 2020 to 2024 and XL models from Model Year 2022 to 2024.