IntelliSense Bale Automation: Pushing boundaries of baling innovation

At its core, IntelliSense Bale Automation provides operators with a complete automated baling system focused on feedrate and swath guidance. (Image source: New Holland)

New Holland is steering toward autonomous baling with the first technology of its kind, IntelliSense Bale Automation which transforms the way customers and operators approach large square baling

At its core, IntelliSense Bale Automation provides operators with a complete automated baling system focused on feedrate and swath guidance, which it achieves by combining two operator-assisted baling modes:

SmartSteer swath guidance which acts as autosteering for precise navigation of the tractor and baler along the windrow.

IntelliCruise II which controls tractor speed, responding dynamically to variation in material feedrate into the baler. 

The cornerstone of IntelliSense Bale Automation is the industry’s first LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology, which is installed on the front end of a tractor cab roof. It emits laser pulses to calculate distance based on reflections from the windrow, while also measuring swath cross-section and speed input to prevent overloads and forecast swath changes by detecting 19-26 ft ahead of the tractor, even in low-light or nighttime conditions. 

With the IntelliSense Bale Automation system, New Holland aims to increase four elements critical to operations and operators: baling productivity, bale quality, fuel efficiency and operator comfort. These include:

Increasing baling productivity: The system increases operational productivity by ensuring constant high capacity without exceeding the limit. Baler blockages are prevented, ensuring continuous workflow and maximising production time.

Improved bale quality: Bale quality is elevated by the system’s ability to eliminate crop leftovers, while also helping to maintain a uniform bale shape through regular chamber filling and consistent weight to achieve a standardised bale weight at the desired target level.

Reduced fuel consumption: IntelliSense improves fuel efficiency by optimising throughputs to reduce fuel consumption, while ensuring the tractor operates at peak performance.

Enhanced operator comfort: Operator comfort and use are central focuses of the system. Less experienced operators can maximise their output by relying on the automated guidance and feedrate control functions of the system.

“The IntelliSense Bale Automation system is not only focused on output and the bottom line but stands out for its prioritisation of operator well-being and safety,” said New Holland's precision marketing manager, dairy and livestock segment, Brad Littlefield. “At the heart of our design is a commitment to putting operators first and creating technology that addresses their most important needs for a seamless and productive experience.”

The IntelliSense Baler Automation system is compatible with Class 3 ISOBUS tractors — specifically, the T7 LWB, T7 HD and T8 from New Holland — and model year 2022 and model year 2023 New Holland BigBaler Large Square Balers. Starting in 2025, customers will have the opportunity to place orders for the IntelliSense Bale Automation system as a factory-fit option. The technology will be on display at the World Ag Expo from 13-15 February in Tulare, California. 

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