Category: Industry News

Have you had your combine GPS checked by Vantage ahead of the season?

pre harvest checks

At this time of the year activity in our fields is picking up and with harvest season just around the corner you need to make sure your equipment is ready. Pre-season check of equipment allows peace of mind when getting to the field and ensures your prepared for the season to come.

What to expect from your pre-season checks;

  • Backup of equipment profiles and farm/field data meaning it’s all recoverable should any issues take place or data is lost.
  • Update to latest firmware version(s) for optimum performance improving processing speed and display performance.
  • Receive an itemised inventory of all equipment and serial numbers, useful for insurance purposes and recovery should theft happen.
  • Complete 62-point check on equipment covering;
    • Interior/exterior cabling condition and routing to check no cables are damaged from rodents or wear from previous season.
    • External hardware and connections making sure there is no damage, water ingress or wear.
    • Hardware specification including licenses to ensure required licenses have not expired or are correct specification for machine(s).
    • Steering performance, profiles and calibration for optimum steering performance and accuracy, compensate for wear.
    • Correction signal connectivity and performance checking correction source, frequencies, and license expiry plus, making sure correct signal can be engaged and held.
    • Accessory cabling and performance checking over any remote engage switches, RTK whips etc for cabling and damage.
    • Application control connections (ISOBUS/ Serial Rate/ TUVR) and performance making sure implements are performing as they should be and feeding back to display correctly.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you get your equipment ready for the season ahead.

Vantage strengthens service backup with engineering expertise

Dedicated to delivering up to date products and the best back up in the business, Vantage England & Wales have added a new installation & Service engineer to their team.

Harry Hamer is the most recent addition and will be based in the North West of the companies trading area, England, and Wales. Joining the company from a CNH dealership, Harry is looking to apply his knowledge of modern machinery architecture and develop it further with Trimble solutions.

“I have had an interest in agriculture and equipment from a young age which has seen me pursue a career in mechanical and electrical engineering. Joining the Vantage team will allow me to build on this with the added benefit of being exposed to all makes, models and types of machinery’.

Harry’s family have been involved with Agriculture, which triggered a natural interest in the industry. After graduating from Reaseheath college with a distinction in Land Based Technology, Harry went on to operate equipment in the local farming community which included harvest/ cultivation work using GPS. Looking for a new challenge Harry then joined a CNH dealership where he witnessed first-hand diagnostics, service management, integration with implements and first-class customer service.

“Having used the systems on farm and then supporting customers who use them, I can see the pitfalls in not being dedicated to a particular area of technology as there are so many variables. Joining Vantage allows me to focus on the technology side of Agriculture, which is what I enjoy, it will allow me to focus on delivering a solution for customers. Being able to provide support and back up on farm, by phone and remotely using the WIFI connectivity will be hugely satisfying, for both me and the customer”.

Mark Griffiths, national sales manager at Vantage England and Wales, says ‘Harry’s appointment will help strengthen our customer promise regarding service. We support customers, dealers and OEMs to deliver the best technology, having people on the ground is key to support it on farm’.

‘Harry will be located in a key area of the UK helping us to cover challenging geography associated with the West such as North Wales and the Peak District, but with the benefit of travel links to service all of our customers. Having experienced our equipment on the farm as a user and technician, we look forward to Harry helping our customers and increase their performance further than even they expected’.

Contact us today to find the precision ag solution for you, from Vantage.

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Free webinar to help farmers get started with precision technology

Farmers who want to get started with precision technology and learn how it can improve efficiencies can get the lowdown on May 15 in a free online webinar. Organised by Trimble and its UK and Ireland dealer network, the webinar will explore the basics of precision farming, how to get started, and where to seek big results with little input.

“It’s the first live webinar we’ve ever done; we’re all sitting in home offices rather than being out at shows meeting and greeting people,” explains Lee Clarke, regional sales representative at Trimble. “The only way to reach out to farmers at the moment is using this new technology – perhaps it will be the new norm in future.”

Efficiency is key to farming businesses – whether that’s in the field or in record-keeping – and precision technology can help with all of that, says Mr Clarke. “Farmers are faced with rising input costs and extreme weather events which tighten the window of opportunity to carry out field work. There are also more demands for traceability and detailed record keeping. Precision fieldwork and linking data through apps address every aspect of that.”

The straight-talking webinar – entitled Precision farming solutions for today’s farmer – will cover arable and grassland technology, and conclude with a Q&A with Trimble’s UK-Ireland dealer network; Vantage England & Wales, Soil Essentials and Vantage Ireland.

The technology covered will include GPS tractor guidance systems and autosteer, section and rate control for sprayers, and the use of sensors for weed control and yield monitoring. It will also include the use of in-cab displays and connectivity between the tractor and farm computer or phone.

“The idea is to give real practical advice to farmers who want to get started with precision technology or get more out of the systems they are already using,” says Mr Clarke. “I hope that farmers will find it genuinely beneficial; we plan to hold further free webinars in the future.”

To register for the webinar please visit https://bit.ly/2zJ2VsF

A statement from Vantage England & Wales Ltd

As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we are endeavouring to manage the situation as best we can and understand these are extraordinary and very difficult times for us all.

Our team & customers health and safety are of paramount importance to us, so we, like many other responsible companies, will be minimising our personal contact and working remotely where possible.

We would like to reassure you that we are still very much open for business.  We will continue to deliver the best possible service within the social distancing guidelines to all our customers.

This situation is ever changing as you will all appreciate and with that in mind, we will update you as soon as we can.  Please continue to contact us in the usual ways, by phone, email or social media.

We appreciate your patience and on-going support.

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IMPORTANT – FREQUENCY UPDATE

Trimble are updating their RTX™ real-time correction streams to AES Encryption and changing to new satellite beams to provide you with the most advanced technology available, ensuring network coverage expansion for years to come.

These changes will provide you with additional data security, technology enhancements, and greater access to Trimble’s ever-expanding CenterPoint® RTX Fast network, with increased reliability and access to faster convergence times in more areas.

This means it is essential to update your firmware, unless it is the minimum version or above, and configure all Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill® compatible devices to frequency: 1545.4900 MHz / Baud Rate: 2400 bps thus ensuring no loss of Trimble RTX and Trimble xFill positioning services.

Firmware should be as indicated in the chart below or higher.  If your firmware is a lower version, please contact info@vantage-ag.uk.

DeviceMinimum
Firmware Version
GFX-650 / NAV-9001.01
TMX-20504.2.1
CFX-7507.75
FmX10.01

For instructions on how to check your firmware version and selecting the right frequency, please select your product from the following links.

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 Precision-IQ Display – https://youtu.be/UmQZO_9dXG0

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on TMX-2050 FmX+ or FmX Display –  https://youtu.be/yXwiw2taAWo

Trimble RTX EA Frequency Update on CFX-750 Display  –  https://youtu.be/QuVYX7w_0C8

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Trimble Establishes Global Vantage Distribution Network

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it is extending its distribution channel by establishing a new global network of independent distribution partners to serve the needs of the rapidly evolving precision agriculture industry. The new Vantage™ distribution network will provide growers, advisors, retailers, co-ops and local OEM dealers with precision agriculture expertise for the entire farm. Vantage partners will provide the complete Trimble precision agriculture portfolio.  As well as advise growers and their advisors on the right combination of technology-based solutions for their operation to improve farm efficiency and productivity.

MapShots and Trimble Announce New Integration with Trimble’s Connected Farm

MapShots, Inc. and Trimble (NASDAQ:  TRMB) today announced a new integration that allows all users of MapShots’ signature AgStudio® software platform to read as-applied maps and production data from Trimble’s Connected Farm™ solution. Previously, AgStudio software users could only read harvest data from the Connected Farm solution.

Now, users with current subscriptions to AgStudio software are able to communicate seamlessly with Trimble field devices and wirelessly transfer field data, as-applied maps and production data from planters, spreaders and sprayers as well as combines for harvest data. The recent integration taps into the new Trimble Connected Farm file transfer API, which provides data sharing access with the Connected Farm solution, and offers AgStudio software users more flexibility in importing data from an even wider variety of company systems.

“This integration with Trimble’s Connected Farm solution allows our customers greater access to information that streamlines production management,” said Ted Macy, vice president of operations at MapShots. “Whether it’s variable rate seeding, variable rate fertility, or managing harvest data, AgStudio software users now can import even more valuable information and make decisions based on activities carried out by Trimble guidance and steering systems.”

Trimble’s Connected Farm solution combines industry-leading hardware and software to increase efficiency and enable better decision making. Together, the two companies allow agricultural providers to better manage production data.

“The integration with MapShots AgStudio software fits into Trimble’s Connected Farm strategy to provide growers a more complete picture of their field activities while allowing them a choice of software tools to analyze data and make production decisions,” said Pierre-Andre Rebeyrat, strategic marketing director of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “We are excited to welcome MapShots to the growing list of companies that have taken advantage of the Connected Farm file transfer API.”