When you're in the field and running with GPS hands-free steering, you want to maintain maximum uptime of your high accuracy steering signal.
“That's precisely why AutoFarm has introduced Reflex Technology, now built into our RTK Steering Systems including A5 RTK AutoSteer and the FarmPRO GPS Steering and Application Control System,” says Justin Larouche, AutoFarm director of product management.
Reflex Technology provides continuity of position solution to maintain automated steering by seamlessly “flexing” to a lower accuracy mode when a higher accuracy mode is lost; such as loss of the RTK radio link.
Reflex offers multiple signal selection, allowing the operator to jump from RTK to WAAS with blockage, or OmniSTAR to WAAS.
Reflex is constantly running OmniSTAR and WAAS in the background, “flexes” to whichever provides the best solution when necessary, then automatically returns to the higher accuracy mode as soon as it becomes available.
“What we find is if you get too close to a large area of trees or buildings we might temporarily lose signal. The Reflex technology allows us to “flex” back to either a WAAS or OmniSTAR system. We might temporarily lose a little bit of accuracy but we have zero downtime as far as assisted steering is concerned,” says Dustin Ehler, Ehler Bros. Fertilizer Co., Thomasboro, Ill.
Ehler Bros. Fertilizer has been testing the AutoFarm FarmPRO GPS Steering & Application Control System with Reflex Technology. Ehler Bros., an independent custom applicator and retailer in the seed business, has covered approximately 20,000 acres with the system.
AutoFarm can be found on the web at www.gpsfarm.com or reached at 1-877-947-7327-1400.