Accession Number:

ADP004388

Title:

Use of Microcomputer Technology to Improve the Performance of Tractor/Implement Combinations,

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Corporate Author:

WYE COLL (ENGLAND)

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

With the steady increase in the size of tractors and implements, it is becoming important that the operator has more information on performance to provide improved opportunity for maximising productivity of machinery and labour while maintaining the quality of work. This paper discusses the application of microcomputer technology in monitoring the performance of tractorimplement combinations in the field. A package installed on a tractor and used in research projects at Wye College is described. Details are given of sensors that are used to measure performance parameters including engine speed, governor setting, pto torque, drive wheel speed, forward speed, and the forces on the three point linkage. Engine power, pto power drawbar pull and power, wheel slip and dynamic weight can also be derived by the computer for immediate display. While all these parameters may be important for research and development work, many would also be useful in normal tractor operation. The problems of developing simple tractor based packages are discussed. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE