Agriculture and Forestry Vehicles
Agriculture and Forestry Vehicles

Solutions for Efficient Operation

Global population growth represents new challenges for agriculture and forestry. The increased need for food and raw materials raises the demands on crop yields and the efficiency of equipment. The buzzwords for new machine concepts are precision farming, self-driving vehicles, and smart solutions based on existing automation technologies.

In addition to attractive basic components, we provide you with automation solutions for more efficient operation of your machines.

Application examples

  • Combine Harvester: Measuring the Height of the Head

    With BUS ultrasonic sensors

    The solution

    To avoid waste, the head on a combine must always remain parallel to the ground and maintain a defined distance from it. Our ultrasonic sensors measure the distance of the head from the ground at no fewer than two locations (right, left) and levels the distance using two hydraulic cylinders. It ensures consistent harvest and maximum yield, even on uneven terrain and slopes.

    The features

    • Versatile: wide temperature range (–25...70 °C)
    • For harsh environments: unaffected by fog, dust or dirt (IP67)
    • Offers installation tolerance: long range (30...350 mm)
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  • Field Sprayer: Measuring the Tank Level

    With flexible, self-adhesive capacitive BCW sensor head

    The solution

    Achieve consistent application of pesticides from the outset. Adhere the flexible, self-adhesive capacitive sensor head from Balluff to the tank containing the pesticide or herbicide. The sensor reliably and continuously monitors the level fluid in the tank without media contact. It measures the level over the entire range, providing a useful analog signal. This keeps the user continuously informed.

    The features

    • Adjustable: Trim to any desired length
    • Easy to use: Integrated adhesive surface
    • Analog signal: Provides continuous level information
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  • Timber Harvester with Crane: Monitoring Park Position of the Chainsaw

    With BES inductive sensors

    The solution

    With our inductive sensors on the attachment of a timber harvester you can easily verify the park position of the chainsaw. The sensor is attached to the swivel joint on which the chainsaw swings out. This rugged sensor reliably detects whether the chainsaw has fully retracted and if it is safe to enable the tree trunk feed.

    Another advantage: These non-contact sensors are insensitive to contamination and are therefore ideal for the harsh environment of logging.

    The features

    • Long service life: Wear-free thanks to contactless operating principle
    • Suitable for a variety of machines: numerous sensor variations and housing styles available (Ø 3 mm to 80 x 80 mm)
    • Quick to deploy: available worldwide from stock
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  • Apple Picking Platform: Monitoring the Platform Position

    With BSI inclination sensors

    The solution

    How can you ensure a level horizontal position of the apple picking platform? By using two inclination sensors. Install one inclinometer in the floor of the vehicle to allow the vehicle inclination to be reliably measured and the platform angle corrected. You install the second sensor beneath the platform so its actual tilt angle can be reported. In this way you guarantee precise position control and safety of the workers.

    The features

    • CE, cULus, WEEE certification
    • Wide temperature range (–25...85 °C)
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