Older Vervaet beet harvesters get retrofit telematics option

Vervaet has introduced a new version of its Connect telematics system that will work on beet harvesters and self-propelled muckspreaders built up to 12 years ago.

This means owners can fit their older equipment with the same precision farming, management and remote diagnostics software that, since last year, has been standard fitment all new Vervaet self-propelled machines.

In taking up the option, managers can view real-time and historical machine data remotely through an online portal, and are able to create application maps for slurry spreading.

There’s also an upgrade available to add yield mapping to sugar beet harvesters.

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Vervaet Hydro Trike

Vervaet Hydro Trike © Vervaet

Machines ripe for a Vervaet Connect update include the Beet Eater 617, 625 and Q-616 manufactured from 2011 onwards, and Hydro Trikes built between 2016 and 2019.

Fitting requires additional wiring and a new touchscreen terminal, with the cost of the latter subsidised by trading in an old screen.

It will be available in two licence levels – Essential and Premium.

The former provides machine tracking and remote access to performance data, service information and warnings, while opting for Premium adds the ability to export field-specific stats to farm management software.

This can then be used to produce work reports.

In both cases, the system can also be used for remote diagnostics, allowing dealers to read error codes and sensor values from afar to potentially reduce downtime.

The cost of the upgrade varies according to machine type, model and manufacturing date, as this will determine the amount of extra wiring required. As such, Vervaet intends to price it on a case by case basis.

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