Tractor performance can be viewed on JDLink web and mobile app to see what is going on in an operation and understand machine performance. Tractor performance may be measured and viewed as an individual machine or group of machines for a time period. The history can also be viewed graphically to see trends. Some of the primary performance indicators for a tractor are engine speed, engine load, fuel consumption rate, and ground speed (wheel speed).
With third-party access to advisers such as a John Deere dealer, expert advice on how to get more work done at a lower cost is easily accessible. This can help a grower get more from an investment in John Deere machinery and the technology that is included in the base machine or an additional capability.
JDLink provides fuel guarantee program capability.
||JDLink hardware only - subscription not included
||JDLink Connect upgrade 1 year plus JDLink Access + Remote Display Access (RDA) 5-year promotional subscription
||JDLink Connect 5-year subscription
Manage time utilization and performance:
- Review working, idle, and transport time to learn how efficiently machines and operators are keeping them moving.
- Identify opportunities for increasing work done by reducing idle or transport time.
- Maximize machine utilization in the field by identifying opportunities to reduce idle time. Plan field operations to reduce lost planting time due to transport.
- Identify ways to reduce fuel consumed by using a feature such as IVT™ system AUTO mode or Efficiency Manager™ feature.
Manage key operations and JDLink machine measurement for quality of job and efficiency. The grower will need to understand when the tractor was doing which operations to add context to the discussion and the information. The information enables a good discussion with a dealer or operator on doing a better job on the next day, week or season. A before-and-after comparison of data and results in the field can be powerful example to show the value in optimizing a machine.
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||Transport, loader work, other
Review ground speed to give an indication of quality of job in seed placement; spacing and depth. Also understand productivity vs. target or expected.
Review engine rpm to ensure they are within expected range for adequate hydraulic flow for population and spacing.
Review AutoTrac™ assisted steering on time for consistent row spacing and capturing fuel and input efficiencies.
Review ground speed to ensure machine is operated at the right speed range and depth for soil management.
Review engine load, engine rpm, and wheel slip for insights on machine and implement optimization.
Get indications of correct ballast, tire pressure, tractor and implement settings to change and optimize.
Review engine rpm and Field Cruise™ system rpm, and APS on time to ensure engine was not pulled down too much by the operator.
Review AutoTrac on time for overlap and cost.
Review ground speed to ensure it is not too fast for the rates and selected application method to apply the correct rates.
Review engine load and engine rpm to identify opportunities to reduce fuel consumption and cost.
Review AutoTrac on time for overlap and quality of job.
Review ground speed to ensure it is the right speed for the field conditions and productivity expected.
Review engine rpm or power take-off (PTO) speed to ensure it is correct for the crop and field conditions to efficiently operate the tractor and baler.
Review idle time and hours of operation to understand whether savings in reduced depreciation and maintenance are available.
Review ground speeds to ensure transport is on target with expectations for road or field conditions.
Review engine load and engine rpm to ensure machine is being operated efficiently.
Review on times of Efficiency Manager, IVT™ (Infinitely Variable Transmission) AUTO mode, and others more to ensure efficient operation.
Machine utilization by machine state
Machine utilization by machine state
View performance by machine state (idle/working/transport) to understand how the machine is being used. This data gives the owner/manager the opportunity to analyze how effectively and efficiently his/her machines usage, and make informed decisions on how to improve the productivity of each machine.
Machine utilization times in idle, working, and transport
Machine utilization by machine state gives an owner/manager a clear picture of how often the tractor is in transport, work, or idle mode. This information allows an owner/manager to identify opportunities for improved machine utilization, such as reducing idle time to save fuel, or improve in-field productivity by reducing transport time. By looking at the history of how hours on the machine are being used the operator can understand opportunities to get more work done or save costs from unnecessary idle time.
History of engine load factor during idle, work, and transport states
View a history of engine load to understand if the machine is optimized for productivity and efficiency. The chart will automatically scale to show averages by week, month or year when longer time periods are selected.
Using slip to measure tractor performance
Heavy draft load performance is based on how to get the power to the ground. This is where wheel slip is an important measurement of performance. The wheel slip combined with engine performance information in the working state can build awareness of tractor performance when working under draft loads. This information can help growers and dealers work together to make informed decisions on when to change ballast, tire pressure, and other settings to improve tractor performance. Making changes to unlock the tractor’s performance can deliver value in more work done at lower input costs.
Examples of wheel slip time at level in JDLink web:
Slip percentage - wheel tractor
Slip percentage - track tractor
The tractors will need to have a wheel speed input, and either radar or GPS speed to determine wheel slip in addition to a JDLink Connect or JDLink Ultimate subscription. September 2015 software updates enable all tractors with full JDLink capabilities and required inputs to begin collecting wheel slip data. This includes all CAN data measurement collection compatible 30 Series and all 6R, 7R, 8R, 8RT, 9R, 9RT, and 9RX Series Tractors.
AutoTrac times are also measured in the working state to give additional understanding of the feature utilization when the feature can be effectively used. This can help make recommendations on operator training to improve efficiency and quality of job. The value for on-time percentage will be higher versus the prior measurement which includes all machine states giving higher off time.
Feature utilization or on times:
There are many contributing factors that can influence the tractor performance and cost of operation. Tire pressure, ballast, and automation feature on times, transmission, and other settings impact performance. Many automation features are available to help understand performance and make recommendations for changes to how the tractor is operated.
Feature on times for AutoTrac steering system, FieldCruise system, and diff lock
Efficiency Manager™ feature on time