New Holland’s massive FR9000 series forage harvesters are capable of harvesting corn, grass, and other crops at throughputs of more than 300 tons per hour while cutting the crop in pieces as short as 4mm. In addition to steering and maintaining an optimal speed, harvester operators must direct the crop flow into a trailer and monitor its fill level. The need to focus on driving and filling tasks simultaneously makes a complex job even more difficult.
To address this challenge, CNH developed an automatic trailer filling system that employs a 3D camera to guide the flow of crops into the trailer. Developed using Model-Based Design, the New Holland IntelliFill™ system enables operators to drive the harvester while filling a trailer accurately— even when visibility is limited.
“Model-Based Design was essential on this project, and enabled us to meet a tight deadline,” says Karel Viaene, system engineer in the innovation competence center at CNH. “Simulink enabled us to debug and optimize our algorithms in the harvester’s cab and to generate embedded code that worked the first time.”