first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Small grains and oil seed producers can now plant more acres quickly and accurately with the introduction of the 76-foot. 1870 Air Hoe Drill from John Deere. This latest addition to the 1870 Air Seeder lineup, which includes 40-foot and 56-foot models, incorporates many new industry-leading features designed to improve seed and fertilizer placement and increase productivity.John Peters, marketing manager for the John Deere Seeding Group, says this wider air seeder integrates the latest in precision placement, depth and pressure control, and other enhancements into one of the most rugged, dynamic air seeders on the market today.“The new 76-foot model 1870 offers a time-saving 36 percent increase in seeding width, better residue flow capabilities, and improved seeding and fertilizer placement and control. Also, with the new retractable openers for easier servicing and improved transport, customers will gain more productivity when seeding small grains and oil seeds,” Peters explains. “When combined with a John Deere air cart and used on rolling, undulating terrain, this is one of the most accurate, productive air seeding systems available.”The 76-foot 1870 is a five-section seeder with 12-inch row spacing compatible with 430-bushel tow-between and 430- or 550-bushel tow-behind John Deere seed carts. It features increased frame height and 56 inches of spacing between each rank, which is nearly 20 inches more space compared to other seeders, to help move residue through without clogging.The 1910 Air Carts have been updated to add even more productivity to the 1870 Air Seeder system. They feature a new AirPower 2 Dual fan option that delivers up to 550 pounds of total product per acre across the full width of the air seeder, using two independently controlled fans. The large, cast aluminum design and increased fan size allows higher-capacity performance especially when operating on slopes or hilly terrain.The new 1870 Air Seeder also features a floating front hitch and wings with a range of 25 degrees of flex. High-flotation tires placed inside the high-clearance frame are standard and provide better ground following and drill-to-soil contact, which helps improve accuracy of seed placement when covering hilly, undulating terrain.Another exclusive standard feature to the 76-foot model is the TruSet™ depth and pressure control. TruSet lets the operator monitor, set and adjust trip force and packing pressure from the tractor cab. TruSet also makes side-to-side frame leveling easier. Controlled through the GreenStar 2630 display, operators can set target seeding depth and adjust on-the-go, saving time and making it easier to fine-tune settings due to changes in field and soil conditions.“Another new feature on this machine is our own Relative Flow™ blockage system that allows the operator to monitor the relative flow rate of both seed and fertilizer from the cab,” says Peters. “Sensors on the primary and secondary hoses and an easy-to-read display help ensure proper seed and fertilizer flow across the drill, from opener to opener.”For improved seed and fertilizer placement, the 1870 has independent hydraulic controls and state-of-the-art openers for consistent seed placement and fertilizer separation. Fertilizer can be banded 6 inches deep and seed tubes can be adjusted in ¼-inch increments. A new cam lever on each opener makes it easier for the operator to adjust seed depth across the entire seeder.With the new 1870 Air Seeder, folding and transporting can be easier and more maneuverable. The 76-foot 1870 folds completely in two minutes and the retractable openers narrow the folded width to a slim 22-1/2 feet. The ability to retract the openers also makes servicing the seeder easier. And the use of more greaseless bushings and long-life components cuts service time in half and increases uptime in the field.To make transport easier, John Deere has included a “bump up” and “duck down” feature that allows customers to increase ground clearance by 4 inches to clear obstacles like railroad tracks and duck down by 6 inches to clear low hanging power lines or overpasses. And to help speed up planting and headland turns, full-rise of the seeder has been optimized to seven and one-half seconds.“From the strong, lattice structure frame to the retractable openers to the integrated software technology, the all-new 76-foot. 1870, combined with our updated 1910 Air Carts, help producers plant small grains and canola faster and more accurately than ever before,” says Peters. “This air seeder is the most significant addition to our air seeding portfolio in recent years!”For more information on the new 76-foot 1870 Air Hoe Seeder, as well as the updated air carts and other seeding equipment, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit read more, a cloud-based high-performance computing platform for complex computing, is now open for beta. will eventually support math and statistics environments like R and NumPy, specialized scientific software like AutoDock, and video rendering applications like Blender. 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first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts Andrew Woodberrycenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Virtual Reality garnered plenty of headlines this past year. Most of the coverage – from former President Barack Obama virtually visiting Yosemite National Park to Fox live streaming the Super Bowl – focused on the entertainment possibilities inherent in the technology. But many companies and organizations are taking advantage of Virtual Reality for more practical reasons: VR training apps.See also: When virtual pets roam our housesAccording to, $160 billion in North America and over $355 billion worldwide was spent on training in 2015. The total expenditures have grown every year since 2009. Those numbers indicate a robust market for companies providing training services, but also one that is ripe for disruption by technology such as Virtual Reality.VR has a lot of strengths that make it a natural fit for training: it’s immersive, interactive, memorable, and scalable. For large scale training, you can distribute VR apps easily through a combination of cost-effective headsets like Google Cardboard and an iOS or Android app. For more in-depth training, requiring long-form or high-quality video, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR provide the perfect hardware.John Alonso, owner of Inlet Shores Group, now offers VR training app creation and distribution as a core service offering at his consultancy. He turned to the technology when a client approached him about training employees for a job they would be performing. “The classroom training, the extensive videos did not give an adequate representation of what the job would be like,” according to Alonso.Enter virtual reality.Alonso’s team now specializes in creating long-form 360 training apps, particularly for Gear VR. Beyond just capturing immersive video, they augment their content with titling, narration, and animations. The mobile Samsung phones and headsets they use to display the training apps are easily distributed across multiple office locations.One of the early adopters of Alonso’s VR training approach has been a division of the government. “Our Federal customer had been using video-based learning for multiple years,” Alonso said. “While video can be effective, it does not put you ‘in the place.’ It doesn’t provide the fidelity that was required. The only other solution was going to the physical place, but this was not financially viable.”Among the many benefits to utilizing training apps is cost savings. Bringing in trainers, or transporting employees to a different location, involves both real costs (airline tickets, hotels) and intangible costs (lost productivity time). The location and time independent nature of VR makes it so students or employees can learn through VR in a classroom, at home, or practically anywhere. For budget-conscious clients, like divisions of the government, the cost savings can be substantial and important.VR works best for dangerous situationsVR training is also particularly well-suited for recreating simulated dangerous situations. UK-based Cineon Productions, started by University of Exeter Professor Dr. Sam Vine, is creating immersive 360 experiences for “safety critical” jobs. Beyond just replicating a dangerous environment, they’re also taking an analytical approach at user interaction with the VR experiences, looking at eye tracking data.This allows them to predict during a real emergency where the employee focus might be, and subsequently, help train employees on how to better approach the real situation in the future. If you’re able to correctly act in a simulated environment, the theory goes, you’re more likely to replicate that in the real world.The market opportunity for production companies and consultancies looking to get into VR training is robust. At Inlet Shores Group, one client went from a small prototype with 10 headsets deployed to increasing their content 15x and deploying over 200+ Samsung Gear VR headsets.The cost to the content producer, outside of the additional headset hardware, is not significantly more than traditional platforms. And with web-based VR app creation platforms, like my company’s, the editing and deployment time is no more than traditional methods, and sometimes much faster.As the cost of Virtual Reality publishing goes down, and the number of head-mounted displays purchased increases, expect more companies to embrace the power of VR for training. It’s a natural fit for an industry that, outside the introduction of internet-based learning, hasn’t seen much disruption since the turn of the century. And the results so far have been positive. According to Alonso, “There is real excitement around VR training apps. We hear repeatedly how it is ‘more than they expected.’”This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Tags:#HTC Hive#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus Rift#Samsung Gear#virtual reality#VR last_img read more