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TOPCON X30
SEEDER CONTROLLER
OPERATOR’S
MANUAL
www.simplicityaus.com.au
X30 Serial No:
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Software Verson: _______________________
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Simplicity Australia
Version
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Part No 198415318
X30 Seeder Controller
Operator Manual
Part Number: AGA5331-EN
Rev Number: 1.1
For use with Software Version 3.18
© Copyright Topcon Precision Agriculture
January 2015
All contents in this manual are copyrighted by Topcon. All rights reserved. The information
contained herein may not be used, accessed, copied, stored, displayed, sold, modified, published or
distributed, or otherwise reproduced without express written consent from Topcon.
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Preface
This manual provides information about operating and maintaining this Topcon
Precision Agriculture product. Correct use and servicing is important for safe and
reliable operation of the product.
It is very important that you take the time to read this manual before using the
product.
Information in this manual is current at the time of publication. A system may vary
slightly. The manufacturer reserves the right to redesign and change the system as
necessary without notification.
Terms and Conditions
Note: Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully.
General
APPLICATION - You accept these Terms and Conditions by purchasing the product from
Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) or from one of TPA’s product dealers.
COPYRIGHT - All information contained in this manual is the intellectual property of, and
copyrighted material of TPA. All rights are reserved. You may not use, access, copy, store,
display, create derivative works of, sell, modify, publish, distribute, or allow any third parties
access to, any graphics, content, information or data in this manual without TPA’s express
written consent and may only use such information for the care and operation of your product.
The information and data in this manual are a valuable asset of TPA and are developed by the
expenditure of considerable work, time and money, and are the result of original selection,
coordination and arrangement by TPA.
TRADEMARKS – ZYNX, PROSTEER, EAGLE, KEE Technologies, Topcon, Topcon
Positioning Systems and Topcon Precision Agriculture are trademarks or registered trademarks
of the Topcon Group of companies. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered
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WEBSITE AND OTHER STATEMENTS - No statement contained at the website of TPA
or any other Topcon Group company or in any other advertisements or TPA literature or made
by an employee or independent contractor of TPA modifies these Terms and Conditions.
IMPORTANT: SAFETY - Improper use of the product can lead to death or injury to persons,
damage to property and/or malfunction of the product. The product should only be repaired by
authorized TPA service centers. You should closely review the safety warnings and directions
as to the proper use of the product in this manual and at all times comply with the same.
Limited Warranty
ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL COMPONENTS -TPA warrants that the electronic
components manufactured by TPA shall be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of one year from the original date of shipment to the dealer. TPA warrants that all valves,
hoses, cables and mechanical parts manufactured by TPA shall be free of defects in materials
and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase.
RETURN AND REPAIR - During the respective warranty periods, any of the above items
found defective may be shipped to TPA for repair. TPA will promptly repair or replace the
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defective item at no charge, and ship it back to you. You must pay the shipping and handling
charges in respect of the same. Calibration of components, labor and travel expenses incurred
for in-field removal and replacement of components are not covered in this warranty policy. The
foregoing warranty shall NOT apply to damage or defects resulting from:
(i) disaster, accident or abuse
(ii) normal wear and tear
(iii) improper use and/or maintenance
(iv) unauthorized modifications of the product; and/or
(v) use of the product in combination with other products not supplied or specified by TPA.
Software accompanying any product is licensed for use in connection with the product and not
sold. Use of software that is provided with a separate end user license agreement (“EULA”)
will be subject to the terms and conditions, including those relating to limited warranty, of the
applicable EULA, notwithstanding anything in these Terms and Conditions to the contrary. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER -OTHER THAN FOR THE ABOVE WARRANTIES,
WARRANTIES PROVIDED IN AN APPLICABLE WARRANTY CARD,
APPENDIX OR END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT, THIS MANUAL, THE
PRODUCT AND RELATED SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDE ‘AS-IS’. THERE ARE
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RESPECT OF THE MANUAL AND THE PRODUCT (INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR
USE OR PURPOSE). TPA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION OF
GNSS SATELLITES AND/OR AVAILABILITY, CONTINUITY, ACCURACY, OR
INTEGRITY OF GNSS SATELLITE SIGNALS.
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shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein or for special,
indirect, economic, incidental or consequential damages resulting from the furnishing,
performance or use of this material, the product or its accompanying software (including where
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arising from, or relating to (a) your operation use, or maintenance of the product and/or software
other than as provided for in this manual or the applicable end user license agreement; and (b)
your negligence or wrongful act or omission in respect of the product. In any event, TPA’s liability to you or any other person for any claim, loss or damage (in
contract, tort or on any other basis) will be limited (in TPA’s option) to either (a) the
replacement or repair of the product, or (b) payment of the cost of replacing or repairing the
product.
Other
These Terms and Conditions may be amended, modified, superseded or cancelled, at any time
by TPA. These Terms and Conditions will be governed by, and construed in accordance with:
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the laws of South Australia if the product is sold and supplied to you in Australia (in which
case the courts of South Australia or the Federal Court of Australia (Adelaide Registry) have
exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any claim or dispute) or
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the laws of the State of California if the product is sold and supplied to you outside of Australia
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the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of
Goods shall not apply to these Terms and Conditions.
All information, illustrations, and applications contained herein are based on the latest available
information at the time of publication. TPA reserves the right to make product changes at any time
without notice.
If any part of these Terms and Conditions would be unenforceable, the provision must be read
down to the extent necessary to avoid that result, and if the provision cannot be read down to that
extent, it must be severed without affecting the validity and enforceability of the remainder of these
Terms and Conditions.
Service Information
Service assistance can be provided by contacting your local TPA Authorized Dealer.
Communications Regulation Information
FCC Compliance Statement (USA)
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class ‘A’ digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference in which case the user will be required to correct the
interference at the user's expense.
FCC Compliance Statement (Canada)
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian
Interference-Causing Equipment Regulation.
CE EMC Statement (European Community)
Warning: This is a class ‘A’ product. In a domestic environment this
product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be
required to take adequate measures.
‘C’ Tick EMC Statement (Australia & New Zealand)
This product meets the applicable requirements of the Australia and New
Zealand EMC Framework.
Type Approval and Safety Regulations
Type approval may be required in some countries to license the use of transmitters on
certain band frequencies. Check with local authorities and your dealer. Unauthorized
modification of the equipment may void that approval, the warranty and the license to
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The receiver contains an internal radio-modem. This can potentially send signals.
Regulations vary between countries, so check with the dealer and local regulators
for information on licensed and unlicensed frequencies. Some may involve
subscriptions.
Radio and Television Interference
This computer equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio-frequency energy.
If it is not installed and used correctly in strict accordance with TOPCON
Precision Agriculture instructions, it may cause interference with radio
communication.
You can check if interference is being caused by this equipment by turning the
Topcon equipment off to see if the interference stops. If the equipment is causing
interference to a radio or other electronic device, try:
l Turning the radio antenna until the interference stops
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Moving the equipment to either side of the radio or other electronic device
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Moving the equipment farther away from the radio or other electronic device
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Connecting the equipment to another circuit that is not linked to the radio.
To reduce potential interference operate the equipment at the lowest gain level that
will allow successful communication.
If necessary contact your nearest Topcon Precision Agriculture dealer for
assistance.
Note: Changes or modifications to this product not authorized by TOPCON
Precision Agriculture could void the EMC compliance and negate authority to
operate the product.
This product was tested for EMC compliance using Topcon Precision Agriculture
peripheral devices, shielded cables and connectors. It is important to use Topcon
Precision Agriculture devices between system components to reduce the possibility
of interference with other devices
General Safety
DANGER: It is essential that the following information and the
product specific safety information is read and understood.
Most incidents arising during operation, maintenance and repair are caused by a
failure to observe basic safety rules or precautions. Always be alert to potential
hazards and hazardous situations.
Always follow the instructions that accompany a Warning or Caution. The
information these provide aims to minimize risk of injury and/or damage to
property.
In particular follow instructions presented as Safety Messages.
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Safety Messages and Warnings
The safety symbol is used with the relevant word: DANGER, WARNING or
CAUTION.
Messages marked in this way recommend safety precautions and practices. LEARN
and apply them.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, could result in DEATH OR VERY SERIOUS INJURY.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, could result in DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, may result in MINOR INJURY.
Safety Signs
WARNING: DO NOT remove or obscure safety signs. Replace any
safety signs that are not readable or are missing. Replacement signs are
available from your dealer in the event of loss or damage.
If a used vehicle has been purchased, make sure all safety signs are in the correct
location and can be read. Replace any safety signs that cannot be read or are missing.
Replacement safety signs are available from your dealer.
Operator Safety
WARNING: It is YOUR responsibility to read and understand the safety
sections in this book before operating this vehicle. Remember that YOU
are the key to safety.
Good safety practices not only protect you, but also the people around you. Study
this manual as part of your safety program. This safety information only relates to
Topcon equipment and does not replace other usual safe work practices.
WARNING: Ensure power is removed from the Topcon equipment prior
to maintenance or repair of the vehicle or implements.
WARNING: Ensure appropriate precautions are taken prior to
handling any hazardous substances. Always read the Material Safety
Data Sheet prior to commencing work.
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WARNING: In some of the illustrations or photos used in this manual,
panels or guards may have been removed for demonstration purposes.
Never operate the vehicle with any panels or guards removed. If the
removal of panels or guards is necessary to make a repair, these
MUST be replaced before operation.
WARNING: Always check that any suspended vehicle attachments are
lowered to the ground before beginning repair or maintenance work
on a vehicle.
WARNING: Vehicle and implement parts can become hot during
operation and may be under pressure. Refer to vehicle manuals.
WARNING: Wear appropriate protective clothing for the task being
undertaken and conditions.
WARNING: Do not operate equipment around explosive equipment or
supplies.
WARNING: Topcon is committed to good environmental performance
and minimizes the use of any potentially harmful substances in its
products. However, it is always advisable not to handle damaged
electronic equipment. This Topcon product may contain a sealed
lithium battery. Always dispose of any electronic equipment
thoughtfully and responsibly.
Exposure to Radio Frequency
Exposure to energy from radio frequencies is an important safety issue. Keep a
distance of at least 20 cm (7.8 inches) between people and any radiating antenna.
Keep a distance of at least 20 cm between transmitting antennas.
WARNING: Products using cellular modem or an RTK base station
can transmit radio frequency energy. Check with your dealer.
This device is designed to operate with TPA approved antennas. Discuss with your
dealer.
Preparation for Operation
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Keep the manual with the equipment.
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If the equipment is moved to another vehicle, move the manual as well.
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Read and understand this manual and learn all of the controls before you use
the equipment.
Read the manual for the vehicle with which the equipment will be used and
check that the vehicle has the correct equipment required by local regulations.
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Make sure you understand the speed, brakes, steering, stability, and load
characteristics of the vehicle before you start.
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Check all controls in an area clear of people and obstacles before starting work.
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Identify possible hazards.
WARNING: Topcon equipment must not be used by an operator
affected by alcohol or drugs. Seek medical advice if using prescription or
over-the-counter medication.
Disclaimer
Topcon accepts no responsibility or liability for damages to property, personal
injuries, or death resulting from the misuse or abuse of any of its products.
Further, Topcon accepts no responsibility for the use of Topcon equipment or the
GNSS signal for any purpose other than the intended purpose.
Topcon cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity, continuity, or availability of the
GNSS signal.
The operator must ensure that the equipment is correctly turned off when not in use.
Before operating any vehicle equipped with Topcon products, read and understand
the following product specific safety precautions.
Important Safety Information
Operator Alertness and Responsibility
The console helps the operator to steer the vehicle, but the operator remains in charge
and must be alert and in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The operator is
ultimately responsible for safe operation of this equipment.
It is essential that safety requirements are met when operating the console and any of
its components. All operators and other relevant personnel must be advised of safety
requirements.
Electrical Safety
WARNING: Incorrectly connected power can cause severe injury and
damage to people or the equipment.
When working with electrical components, you must do the following:
l Make sure the negative terminal of the battery is disconnected before doing any
welding on the vehicle.
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Check that all power cables to system components are connected to the correct
polarity as marked. Please refer to the vehicle manual for safety information.
Check that equipment is grounded in accordance with installation instructions.
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Operation and Risk of Obstacles
The following list is not exhaustive or limited. To use the console for assisted
steering along a defined wayline, the operator must ensure that it is used:
l Away from people and obstacles
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Away from high voltage power lines or other overhead obstructions (identify
any clearance problems before activating the console)
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On private property without public access
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Within cleared fields
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Off public roads or access ways.
Note that:
l The operator needs to know the vehicle’s position and the field conditions at
all times.
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The operator will need to respond if the GNSS satellite or differential
correction signal is lost momentarily.
The console cannot detect obstacles (people, livestock or other).
Only use the console in areas that are clear of obstacles and keep a proper
distance.
Steering needs to be disengaged for manual control if an obstacle appears in
the path or the vehicle moves away from the wayline.
On/Off and Manual Control
WARNING: Ensure the steering switch is Off to prevent unintentional
engagement of the assisted steering. When repairing or maintaining
the vehicle/implement, ensure the vehicle CANNOT be moved.
Disengage steering, apply brakes and remove keys.
The operator must ensure that the steering switch is Off (all LED indicators are
off) when assisted steering is not being used.
The operator must disengage assisted steering and use manual control if an
obstacle is in the line of travel or moves into the line of travel, or if the vehicle
steers away from the desired wayline.
To disengage assisted steering:
l Turn the steering wheel a few degrees OR
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Select the Disengage Auto Steering button on the console AND/OR
If using an external steering switch, disengage using the switch if the above
actions do not disengage assisted steering.
Vehicle Shut Down Safety
Before leaving the vehicle, disengage assisted steering, disengage external steering
switch if this is being used, and remove the key from the key switch.
Using a Reference (Base) Station
WARNING: Do not move a reference station while in operation. Moving
an operating reference station can interfere with the controlled steering
of a system using the reference station. This could result in personal
injury or damage to property.
Operators and other affected personnel must be advised of the following safety
precautions.
l Do not erect the reference station under or within the vicinity of high voltage
power lines.
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When using the portable reference station, make sure that the tripod is securely
mounted.
To Get the Best Out of the Product
Back up data regularly. The console has large, but limited storage capacity. Use the
Diagnostics Mini-view to view capacity available. A warning screen displays if
storage is reaching its limit.
Be aware of file format compatibility. Discuss compatible formats with the dealer.
Topcon Agricultural Products are hardy and designed to work in tough conditions.
However, if equipment is unused for a length of time, store away from water and
direct heat sources.
Alert Symbols
In this manual two alert symbols are used:
Note: This offers additional information.
WARNING: A warning signal appears on safety signs and in this
manual to show that this information is very important to your safety.
LEARN these and APPLY them.
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Table of contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction
1.1. Switching between setup and operation screen
1.2. Using setup screen features
1.2.1. Setup screens with multiple booms/tanks
1.2.2. Select column in tables
Chapter 2 – Implement Setup
2.1. Selecting a saved implement
2.2. Setting up a new implement
2.2.1. Creating a factory implement
2.2.2. Creating a custom implement
2.3. Setting the implement geometry
2.4. Setting up section control
2.4.1. Setting sections
2.4.2. Setting timing
2.4.3. Setting up the section switch
2.4.4. Setting general settings
2.5. Setting up the operator inputs
2.5.1. IB-1 ISO Bridge switchbox setup
2.5.2. Apollo master switch setup
2.5.3. Keypad setup
Chapter 3 – Seeder Controller Setup
3.1. Seeder menu settings
3.2. Setting up accessories
3.2.1. Sensors setup
3.2.2. Blocked head monitor setup
3.2.3. General inputs setup
3.2.4. Granular section setup
3.2.5. Encoders setup
3.2.6. General outputs setup
Chapter 4 – Operation
4.1. Using the seeder dashboard
4.2. Seeder master switch
4.3. Mini-view windows
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4.4. Operation screen
4.4.1. Toolbar
4.4.2. Tank display panel
4.4.3. Selecting / adding a product
4.4.4. Filling tanks
4.4.5. Setting area counters
4.4.6. Configuration panel
4.4.7. Fan status
4.4.8. Status monitoring panel
4.5. External keypad operation
4.5.1. LED behavior
Chapter 5 – Calibration
5.1. Granular tank calibration
5.1.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
5.1.2. Automatic calibration
5.2. Liquid tank calibration
5.2.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
5.2.2. Automatic calibration
5.3. NH3 tank calibration
5.3.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
5.4. Tank optimizer
5.5. Wheel sensor calibration
5.6. Performing an area test
Chapter 6 – Seeder Alarms
Chapter 7 – Variable Rate Control
7.1. If using VRC maps
Chapter 8 – Apollo ECU Information
8.1. Interpreting Apollo ECU LEDs
8.1.1. Power LEDs
8.1.2. Transmit LED
8.1.3. Receive LED
8.1.4. ECU status LED
8.2. Apollo ECU error codes
8.2.1. Error levels
8.2.2. Error code signature
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8.2.3. CM-40 ECU error codes
8.2.4. EM-24 ECU error codes
8.2.5. Decoding error codes
8.3. Updating Apollo ECU firmware
Chapter 9 – Index
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Chapter 1 – Introduction
The Seeder Controller is used with the X30 console. Refer also to
AGA4084 Guidance and Auto Steering Operator Manual.
The Seeder Controller allows better control of the amount of product
being applied to a field. Once set up, it adjusts the discharge rate
according to vehicle speed and the section being covered to maintain
the preset application rate. This provides more accurate use of a
product over the specified areas.
Auto Section Control minimizes wastage, turning sections of the
seeder on and off and varying rates as the equipment passes through
the defined areas. The system turns on when it detects areas that have
not been covered and it turns off when it detects areas that have
already been covered.
Variable Rate Control presets the different application rates for
particular fields, using a VRC prescription map (Shapefile or
ISOXML file format). It automatically adjusts the application rate for
different zones as the implement moves through the mapped areas.
Once set up, Seeder Control, Auto Section Control and Variable Rate
Control can be enabled and disabled through the console.
Note: Regional information such as time and product measurement
units can be set by selecting User / Region from the Setup screen.
Refer to AGA4084 Guidance and Auto Steering Manual.
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1.1. Switching between setup and operation screen
1.1. Switching between setup and operation
screen
The console has two main screens; the Setup screen and the Operation
screen.
Use the highlighted buttons to switch between the screens.
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Chapter 1 – Introduction
1.2. Using setup screen features
1.2.1. Setup screens with multiple booms/tanks
Where setup screens show a number of tabs on the left side, the top tab
generally displays settings that are relevant for all booms or tanks/bins.
The tabs below that display settings for individual booms or tanks/bins.
Select one of the numbered tabs on the left hand side of the screen to
change individual boom or tank/bin settings.
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1.2. Using setup screen features
1.2.2. Select column in tables
A number of setup screens contain tables with a column labeled
Select on the right hand side.
This column may be used to enter the same value into multiple rows
of the table without having to enter the value multiple times.
1. Select the Select column cells to ensure that all rows to have the
same value are shown with a green tick enabled.
2. Select the cell in the top row of the column for which the value is
being set and enter the required value.
All rows that were ticked will now have that value entered.
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Chapter 2 – Implement Setup
This chapter explains how to setup and load profile information for
the seeder implement.
The Implement menu option displays the following menu items when
no implements have been created.
Select: Select to import a previously created implement profile
from a USB.
l New: Create a new implement profile using a custom profile or a
pre-installed manufacturer’s profile.
l Speed: Sends vehicle speed information to the ISOBUS
implement for performing rate control or other functions. It
outputs speed information on ISO and/or NMEA2000 bus to the
ECU.
If a seeder implement has previously been created, the following
menu is displayed.
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2.1. Selecting a saved implement
2.1. Selecting a saved implement
Selects an implement from a previously defined list of implement
profiles. This is blank when the console is first used.
Once an implement is selected, the console will restart.
To select an existing implement:
1. Select Implement / Select.
The currently selected implement is shown with a green tick.
2. Highlight the required implement and confirm, or:
Select to import an implement profile from a USB.
Select to create a copy of the highlighted implement. This
profile may then be edited.
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Chapter 2 – Implement Setup
2.2. Setting up a new implement
There are two ways of creating a new seeder implement profile:
Factory: There are a number of seeder implement templates
provided on the console. Selecting one of these provides predefined settings for the implement.
l Custom: The implement is created via the new implement setup
wizard. All settings must be defined.
Note: Select Custom if your exact implement is not listed.
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2.2.1. Creating a factory implement
Selects an implement template from a pre-defined list.
1. Select Implement / New / Factory.
2. Select Seeders and confirm.
3. Select the implement manufacturer.
4. Select the implement model.
5. Select the required implement profile and confirm.
A message displays stating that the ECU type and drill template
must be selected.
6. Select the ECU Type from the drop down list and confirm the
message.
7. Select the drill manufacturer or Other if the drill manufacturer is
not shown and confirm. If Other is selected, go to step 10.
8. Select the drill model number and confirm.
9. Select the required drill profile and confirm.
10. Select IMPLEMENT NAME to change the default name, if
required, and confirm.
The console will restart. After restarting, the ECU settings display.
The settings displayed will vary depending on the implement that
has been selected. Note: If an Apollo ECU is installed, refer to
Add/replace ECU, page 16 for the next step.
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2.2. Setting up a new implement
2.2.2. Creating a custom implement
Creates a new custom implement profile for the attached implement.
IB-1 ISO Bridge
To create a new implement profile using the IB-1:
1. Select Implement / New / Custom.
2. Use the arrows to select new implement type and confirm.
Type can be:
rigid
pivoted (tow behind)
front mount
double pivoted (tow between)
A message displays stating that the console will restart once the
implement has been created.
A default name for the implement is displayed.
Note: It is highly recommended that items are named in a thoughtful
and structured way to allow easy use in future seasons.
3. To change the default name, select IMPLEMENT NAME and
enter the new name, then confirm.
The New Implement Setup wizard displays.
4. Select IMPLEMENT CONTROL.
Implement control options:
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None: No implement at all.
Chapter 2 – Implement Setup
Section Control Only: For controlling auto section only, no rate
control.
l Section Control and Rate Control: For controlling both auto
section controls and rate control.
l Rate Control Only: For controlling rate only, no multi section
control. Full width can still be controlled.
l Scraper Control: Not applicable for seeder.
5. Select Section Control and Rate Control or Rate Control Only,
confirm and select next.
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6. Select ECU TYPE and select IB-1, confirm and select next.
7. Seeder is the only option for IMPLEMENT FUNCTION, select
next.
8. Select ECU CONFIGURATION.
ECU configuration options:
One MDECU: Supports up to 4 control channels.
l Two MDECUs: Supports up to 8 control channels.
l One MDECU and one SECU: Supports up to 6 control channels
and allows sectional control up to 9 granular and 9 liquid
sections.
l One MDECU and two SECUs: Supports up to 8 control
channels and allows sectional control up to 2 granular and 2
liquid booms of 9 sections each.
l One MDECU and one 30S ECU: Supports up to 6 control
channels and allows sectional control up to 9 granular and 9
liquid sections.
9. Select the required ECU configuration, confirm and select next.
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10. Select SEEDER MANUFACTURER and select the manufacturer
from the list. If your manufacturer is not listed, select Other,
confirm and select next.
11. Set NUMBER OF GRANULAR BOOMS. Set to 0 if not using
granular section control.
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2.2. Setting up a new implement
12. Set NUMBER OF LIQUID/NH3 BOOMS. Set to 0 if not using
liquid or NH3 section control, select next.
13. Set NUMBER OF FANS and select next.
14. Rename the boom, if required, by selecting the boom under
Name, then select next.
15. Set NUMBER OF TANKS, then select next.
16. Rename tank, if required, by selecting the tank under Name.
17. Select the product type for each tank by selecting Type.
Granular (default)
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l NH3
18. Select the ECU drive for each tank by selecting Drive.
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The first four tanks are controlled by MDECU, and others
depend on the ECU configuration.
Select No Drive for the tanks where no metering is installed.
Chapter 2 – Implement Setup
The available ECUs are dependent on the ECUs that have been
configured.
19. Select next.
20. Select confirm to save the configuration.
The console restarts and the ECU setup screen is displayed.
Apollo ECU
To create a new implement using the Apollo ECU:
1. Select Implement / New / Custom.
2. Use the arrows to select new implement type and confirm.
Type can be:
rigid
pivoted (tow behind)
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2.2. Setting up a new implement
front mount
double pivoted (tow between)
A message displays stating that the console will restart once the
implement has been created.
A default name for the implement is displayed.
Note: It is highly recommended that items are named in a thoughtful
and structured way to allow easy use in future seasons.
3. To change the default name, select IMPLEMENT NAME and
enter the new name, then confirm.
The New Implement Setup wizard displays.
4. Select IMPLEMENT CONTROL.
Implement control options:
None: No implement at all.
l Section Control Only: For controlling auto section only, no
rate control.
l Section Control and Rate Control: For controlling both auto
sectional controls and performing rate control.
l Rate Control Only: For controlling rate only, no multi section
control. Full width can still be controlled.
l Scraper Control: Not applicable for seeder.
5. Select Section Control and Rate Control or Rate Control
Only, confirm and select next.
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6. Select ECU TYPE, select Apollo, confirm and select next.
7. Seeder is the only option for IMPLEMENT FUNCTION, select
next.
Each Apollo CM-40 (master) ECU can control up to 4 tanks, and
the EM-24 (IO) ECU can control up to 24 one wire, or 12 two
wire sections.
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8. Ensure that only the Apollo CM-40 ECU is connected to the CAN
bus and all other ECUs are disconnected, then select next.
Note: The ECUs can be disconnected by removing the ECU Power
or Comms connector.
The system will try to detect a connected Apollo CM-40 ECU. If not
successful, check that the Apollo CM-40 ECU is connected and that no
other ECUs are connected.
9. Once the Apollo CM-40 ECU is detected, select next.
A summary of detected ECUs is displayed.
To add secondary ECUs, select Add another ECU
and
follow the steps as prompted. Note that it is not necessary to
disconnect ECUs that have already been detected when adding extra
ECUs.
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10. When all secondary ECUs are detected, select next.
11. Select SEEDER MANUFACTURER and select the manufacturer
from the list. If your manufacturer is not listed, select Other,
confirm and select next.
12. Set NUMBER OF GRANULAR BOOMS. Set to 0 if not using
granular section control.
13. Set NUMBER OF LIQUID/NH3 BOOMS. Set to 0 if not using
liquid or NH3 section control, select next.
14. Set GRANULAR SECTION RELAY MODE.
15. Set NUMBER OF FANS and select next.
16. Rename the boom, if required, by selecting the boom under
Name, then select next.
17. Set NUMBER OF TANKS, then select next.
18. Rename the tanks, if required, by selecting the tank under Name.
19. Select product type for each tank by selecting Type.
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Granular (default)
l Liquid
l NH3
20. Select ECU drive for each tank by selecting Drive.
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21. Select next.
22. Select confirm to save the configuration.
The console restarts and the ECU setup screen is displayed.
ECU setup
Note: The following ECU setup screens are only displayed for an
Apollo ECU installation.
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Refresh ECU Settings: Used to reload task controller /
resynchronize ECU. This option should only be used if instructed
to do so by a service technician.
l Clear ECU Errors: Used to clear the error if an ECU error
displays.
l Add tanks: Used to add tanks to the selected implement.
l Show Booms / Show Tanks button: Used to switch between the
tanks and booms display.
Note: On the booms display, if the boom Type is shown as Generic
Boom, this is a full width boom (section control is not possible). The
product type may be granular, liquid or NH3.
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Add/replace ECU
Add New ECUs: Used to add a new slave or EM-24 ECU after
the implement has been created. Selecting this option starts the
Add New ECUs wizard.
Note: If an implement has been created using the Factory option
(refer to Setting up a new implement, page 7), ECUs must be detected
to assign the correct ECU ISO Name.
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1. Select the button in the Status column for the CM-40 ECU and
select Replace CM-40.
The console will restart after going through the detection wizard.
2. Select the button in the Status column for all other ECUs and select
Replace. The console will not restart for EM-24 ECUs.
The Status column may also be used to disable ECUs. This may be
useful if they are not currently required, or if they have failed (to
prevent alarms being triggered).
Upgrade ECUs
This screen is used to update firmware on the ECUs. It should only be
used if instructed to do so by a service technician. Refer to Updating
Apollo ECU firmware, page 123 for details.
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2.3. Setting the implement geometry
2.3. Setting the implement geometry
To set the implement geometry:
1. Select Implement / Geometry.
Note: If the implement has multiple booms, the boom that is to
be used for guidance must be selected from the BOOM FOR
GUIDANCE selection list (on the top tab) and the implement
geometry must be set for each boom on the numbered tabs.
2. Select an implement dimension. The name of the dimension
appears in the title bar.
Note: Measure the implement dimensions as accurately as
possible as these measurements will affect the modelling,
mapping and GPS based product placement. The recommended
tolerance is +/- 5 cm.
3. Add or adjust dimensions where required and confirm.
The following dimensions are used in the system. The dimensions
displayed vary, depending on the type of implement:
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Swath width (A): Measures the working width of the implement
(that is, the width of the area that is treated during one pass of the
implement).
Overlap (B): Measures the width of the overlap between two
adjacent rows.
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Inline offset (C): Measures the off-center offset of the implement
relative to the hitch point. Enter a positive number if the implement
is shifted to the right and a negative number if it is shifted to the
left.
Implement wheels offset (D): Measures the distance from the back
of the bar/drill to the front of the bar/drill. Note: For correct
product placement, please ensure this is entered as a negative
number.
Implement offset (E): Measures the distance from the hitch point to
the back of the bar/drill.
Trailer wheels offset (F): Measures the distance between the
implement hitch point and the trailer wheels. (For dual axle air
carts, F and G should be measured to the center point between the
two axles.) Note: This dimension is only shown for double pivot
implements.
Trailer offset (G): Measures the distance between the trailer hitch
point on the vehicle and the trailer wheels. Note: This dimension is
only shown for double pivot implements.
Working length (H): Distance from the back of the bar/drill to the
front of the bar/drill. Note: This must be a positive number.
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2.4. Setting up section control
2.4. Setting up section control
Section control settings are only available if using multiple section
control.
1. Select Implement / Section Control.
2.4.1. Setting sections
To set the sections:
1. Select Implement / Section Control / Sections.
2. Select SECTIONS and use plus or minus to set the number of
sections, then confirm.
3. To set the section width for all sections, select Width next to All.
Alternatively, different widths may be set for each section.
4. To set different widths for sections, select Width next to a
section, enter the width and confirm.
Note: The Select column may be used to select a number of
sections with the same width and then enter that width by
selecting Width next to All.
5. For liquid booms, enter the number of nozzles for each section.
6. Repeat this procedure for each boom displayed.
2.4.2. Setting timing
These settings set the response times for the sections when switched
on or off. It is important to accurately calculate the response times to
avoid overlaps or gaps in product application.
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The tabs on the left correspond to the order of any multi-section booms
created.
Note: Response time for liquids will generally be the same for all
sections. Response times for granular products may vary by
approximately one to two seconds (as product for the inner sections has
less distance to travel). Response times for granular sections should be
calculated individually to ensure correct product application.
To calculate the response times:
1. Ensure the implement is ready to begin product application and that
the calibration factor for the product has been calculated (refer to
Calibration, page 85).
2. Turn off the section to have the time calculated, turn all other
sections on.
3. Turn the master on and ensure product is being dispensed.
4. Use a stop watch to time the delay between switching the section on
and the application of product through that section. This is the
On Time for that section.
5. When the section is switched off, time the delay between switching
it off and the product ceasing to flow. This is the Off Time.
To enter the response times:
1. Select Implement / Section Control / Timing.
2. Select ON TIME to set how many seconds delay there is between
switching a section on and the application of product, then confirm.
3. Select OFF TIME to set how many seconds delay there is between
switching a section off and product flow stopping.
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2.4.3. Setting up the section switch
The virtual section switchbox is displayed on the operation screen
and enables manual control of sections. Refer to Status monitoring
panel, page 79.
To setup the section switch:
1. Select Implement / Section Control / Section Switch.
2. Select VIRTUAL SECTION SWITCHBOX and enable to allow
the configuration of a virtual switchbox.
Note: Disabling the virtual section switchbox changes it from a
control to an indicator of section status, but does not remove it
from the operation screen.
The following settings appear for each boom.
SWITCHES on the left is used to set how many section switches
are available. This may be a different number to the total sections
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entered in Implement / Section Control / Sections, but cannot be
greater than the number of sections.
The table on the right is used to determine which switch controls
which section. Assign the required switch to each section.
2.4.4. Setting general settings
To setup the general settings:
1. Select Implement / Section Control / General.
The following options are available:
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l
Granular section control location:
l Metering Roller: Use when granular section control is controlled
by individual metering rollers being turned off and on.
l Distribution Head: Use when granular section control is
controlled by a system that uses individual distribution heads
being opened and closed. Select this option if using a Bourgault
seeder.
Granular section monitoring: This provides a sensor to check that
when a section is supposed to be on, that it is physically
mechanically engaged. The sensors may be switched or pulse type
sensors.
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2.5. Setting up the operator inputs
2.5.1. IB-1 ISO Bridge switchbox setup
To set up the switchbox:
1. Select Implement / Operator Inputs.
The following options are available:
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Master switch:
l Virtual: Master switch to be controlled from the X30 console
screen.
l External Console Input: Use if an external console switch is in
use and connected to the X30 harness.
l IB -1: Use if an IB-1 switch is in use and connected to IB-1
harness.
l Cabin switchbox: Use this selection if a cabin switchbox is
connected, and you want to use the master switch on the
switchbox. This option is only available if cabin switchbox is
enabled below.
l Implement: Use this selection if you want the implement to
turn on the master switch when lowered (for example; whisker
switch).
Implement master switch: Enable if a tillage/whisker switch
fitted. This option is not available if Implement is selected as the
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Master Switch. Note that this option requires the primary master to
be on AND the implement to be lowered to start the seeding
process.
Switch on position: Set up or down to select which position
represents product ON for the cabin switchbox.
Cabin switchbox: Enable to allow an alternative means of
controlling seeder, where fitted. Select the switchbox type. When
enabled, the cabin switchbox will control tanks and master switch.
6 channel switchbox (AGA4823)
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4 channel switchbox (A1267)
Calibration switchbox: Enable to use a calibration switchbox to
calibrate granular tanks. Select the switchbox type.
Run/Stop switchbox (A1771)
Multi-Tank switchbox (AGA4719)
2.5.2. Apollo master switch setup
To set up the master switch:
1. Select Implement / Operator Inputs / Master Switch.
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The following options are available:
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l
l
Source:
l Virtual: Master switch to be controlled from the X30 console
screen.
l External Console Input: Use if an external console switch is in
use and connected to the X30 harness.
l Apollo CM-40: Use if Apollo CM-40 ECU switch is in use and
connected to the Apollo harness.
l Implement: Use this selection if you want the implement to
turn on the master switch when lowered (for example; whisker
switch).
l Keypad: Master switch to be controlled via an external keypad.
(This option is only visible if a keypad is connected.)
l Keypad and virtual: Master switch to be controlled from the
X30 console screen and an external keypad. (This option is only
visible if a keypad is connected.)
Implement master switch: Enable if a tillage/wisker switch
fitted. This option is not available if Implement is selected as the
Master Switch.
Master ECU master/implement switches: Indicates whether the
master switch input is activated by positive or zero volts. Refer to
manufacturer's documentation.
2.5.3. Keypad setup
The keypad is an external device that may be used in the cabin and/or
on the seeder frame to control selected functions. This option is only
available with Apollo ECU. Refer to External keypad operation, page
81 for more information.
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To setup the keypad:
1. Select Implement / Operator inputs / Keypad.
The tabs on the left switch between the 'in cabin' and 'on frame'
keypads setup screens.
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l
Keypad ID: If more than one keypad is installed, this selects which
keypad is installed in the cabin and which is on the frame (the
screen title displays which keypad is being currently setup).
Identify keypad: This setting is used to identify which keypad is
installed in the cabin and which is installed on the seeder frame.
When selected, the LEDs on that keypad flash.
In cabin
l
Button A to C:
l
Implement lift/lower:
If drill control is fitted and
enabled, this option lifts or lowers the drill (see Drill / down
force, page 65).
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Increase down force pressure:
If down force is fitted and
enabled, this option performs the same function as pressing the
plus button on the Down force mini-view or Status Monitoring
panel (see Drill / down force, page 65).
Decrease down force pressure:
If down force is fitted and
enabled, this option performs the same function as pressing the
minus button on the Down force mini-view or Status
Monitoring panel (see Drill / down force, page 65).
Increase tank rate:
Performs same function as the increase
tank application rate button on the tank panel (see Tank display
panel, page 68).
Decrease tank rate:
Performs same function as the
decrease tank application rate button on the tank panel (see
Tank display panel, page 68).
Down force pressure on/off:
If down force fitted and
enabled, same as pressing on/off button (see Drill / down force,
page 65).
Liquid/NH3 manual override:
Select VRC, Auto control
or Manual Control (see Tank display panel, page 68).
Fill all tanks:
Fill all tanks to capacity entered on the
setup screen (see Filling tanks, page 73). Button must be
pressed and held.
Auxiliary relay on/off: An auxiliary control can be assigned to
spare ECU outputs. This option turns that output on and off.
The relay output is assigned in Implement / Seeder / Accessories
/ General Outputs / AUXILIARY RELAY.
Prime: Runs granular product to the openers for the time period
entered in Implement / Seeder / Granular / Tank / PRELOAD
TIME. (Prime is only available for proportional drive tank
types. It is not available for linear actuator, regulator valve and
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monitoring only tank types.) Pressing and holding this button
primes the implement until the button is released. This overrides
the time entered in Implement / Seeder / Granular / Tank /
PRELOAD TIME.
Tank keys:
l Virtual: Tanks to be controlled from the X30 console screen.
l Keypad: Tanks to be controlled via the keypad.
l Keypad and virtual: Tanks may be controlled via the keypad
and the X30 console screen.
On frame
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Button A:
l Calibration mode on/off: Starts the calibration wizard (see
Granular tank calibration, page 85).
Button B:
Implement lift/lower:
If drill control is fitted and
enabled, this option lifts or lowers the drill (see Drill / down
force, page 65).
Button C:
l Granular product calibration prime/reset button (refer to Granular
tank calibration, page 85).
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Chapter 3 – Seeder Controller Setup
This chapter explains how to set up the seeder controller.
Note: The Seeder menu options displayed are dependent on the type
of seeder defined in the implement setup process.
The following table lists all possible settings for the Seeder menu in
alphabetical order. Not all settings are required or displayed for each
seeder type.
All options displayed when Implement / Seeder is selected must
have the required settings entered, using the descriptions provided in
the following table.
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3.1. Seeder menu settings
Note: The path (or paths) to the settings are shown at the top of each
setting description. All paths are preceded with Implement / Seeder.
The seeder controller has functions and settings that are hidden when
they are disabled, or only displayed when a related setting is enabled.
Text in brackets details conditions to display each setting if they are
hidden by default.
Setting
Description
Actuator style
Granular / Drive Setup
(Only available if Linear Actuator selected as
Drive Type.)
Sets Actuator Style to Zeromax, Bourgault or
generic.
Add dither
Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve, Drill Control / Control
Settings
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
Used to vary the signal to a PWM valve to
prevent magnetism or sticking in the valve. Varies
the PWM +/- of the set point.
Auto close valve NH3 / Flow
time
If flow is detected after a user settable time (in
seconds) when the tank should be off, the
regulator valve will be driven shut. This is a safety
precaution for NH3 systems using a dump valve
to turn the tank off. If the dump valve fails, this
provides a back up to ensure that no gas is
discharged.
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Setting
Description
Auxiliary relay
Accessories / General Outputs
An auxiliary control can be assigned to spare ECU
outputs.
Auxiliary RPM
Accessories / General Inputs
Seeder / Implement / Accessories / Encoders /
Auxiliary RPM can be used to assign
functionality to an input on the ECU (to monitor
an external device with RPM measurement
available). If this has been done, this setting
displays the output on the dashboard fan section
Auxiliary RPM Speed.
Auxiliary RPM Accessories / General Inputs
pulses/revolution (Only available if Auxiliary RPM is enabled.)
Sets the number of pulses per revolution for
external device being monitored by Auxiliary
RPM setting above.
Blocked head
monitor
Accessories / Blocked Head Monitor
Enable if a blockage system is installed.
Blocked head
sensor type
Accessories / Blocked Head Monitor
Standard should be selected unless using Dickeyjohn sensors.
Calibration drive Granular / Tank
(Only available if Linear Actuator selected as
Drive Type.)
Enable if calibration drive fitted to linear actuator
drive.
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Setting
Description
Calibration
factor
Liquid / Flow, NH3 / Flow
The number of pulses from the flow meter per
liter of liquid or weight. Check the calibration
factor on the tag on the flow meter of the seeder.
Liquid products:
Note that manually specifying the calibration
factor on this screen should only be performed if
the flow factor is already known or has previously
been calculated via Liquid tank calibration, page
91.
Note: The product must have been defined on the
Operation screen before calibration factor may be
entered here, as the calibration factor can differ
across products. Refer to Selecting / adding a
product, page 71.
If the Calibration Factor is not known, this field
should be left blank and the Auto Flow
Calibration wizard followed, refer to Liquid tank
calibration, page 91.
NH3 products:
NH3 systems are pre-calibrated manually,
specifying the calibration factor is the only option.
This value can be entered on this screen, or NH3
tank calibration, refer to page 94.
Calibration
mode
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Drill Control / Down Force
(Only displayed if Pack Force Sensor enabled.)
Enable if system is fitted with sensors to control
the pack force on the press wheel. Adds a button
to the drill control display to allow the calibration
of the sensors.
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Setting
Description
Capacity
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Enter the tank capacity.
Close valve
when off
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
Ensures that the valve is closed when the tank is
not in use. This closes the valve when the Master
Switch is off and/or when all sections are turned
off.
Control to RPM Granular / Drive Setup
Enable to control tank output using RPM.
Control settings Drill Control / Control Settings
(Only available when Down Force Control is
enabled.)
Enables down force control settings to be
configured.
Control type
Drill Control / Down Force
Hydraulic pressure: Control the tynes to a preset
hydraulic pressure.
Pack force: Control the press wheel packing force
to a preset value.
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Setting
Description
Controller mode Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
Choose from Standard, Micro-Trak, DICKEYjohn or Raven. Most liquid systems use the
standard option. When a controller mode is
selected, the minimum on time, maximum on
time, gain setting and PWM setting are
automatically set. These settings can be adjusted if
required.
Controller
response
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Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve, Drill Control / Control
Settings
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
This sets how quickly the controller will try to
achieve the required rate. If set too high, the
seeder may pass the target rate and take time to
adjust, searching for the right level. If set too low,
the valve will take a long time to move to the
desired rate and control will be slow to respond.
Find the best setting for the equipment being
used.
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Setting
Description
Controller type
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
Regulator valve: This valve uses a motor to open
or close the valve depending on the flow
requirements. Positive or negative power is
applied to run the motor. The tank output to the
regulator valve stays constant. The regulator valve
either restricts or diverts excess product.
Proportional valve: This valve controls the
hydraulic oil flow to the pump and changes the
output of the pump so that the pump is only
delivering what is required. It uses a solenoid to
open a hydraulic valve to drive a hydraulic pump.
The opening of the valve varies with the current
applied to the solenoid.
Custom settings Granular / Drive Setup / SETTINGS FOR ALL
TANKS
All tanks are setup individually. See Settings for
all tanks.
Double shoot
Accessories / Blocked Head / HEAD
MONITORING
Air seeder configured with two transfer lines, and
two separate air seeder kits mounted on the tillage
unit. See Head monitoring.
Down force
Drill Control / Down Force
(Only available when Drill Control and Down
Force enabled.)
Enables down force configuration.
Down force
control
Drill Control / Down Force
Enable if seeder is fitted with down force control.
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Setting
Description
Drill control
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Enable if seeder is fitted with an ECU to control
the lift/lower, or hydraulic pressure using the
console.
Drive
Drill Control / Down Force
Defines which slave ECU connector has down
force drive outputs.
Drive type
Granular / Drive Setup
Proportional valve: Usually a hydraulic motor
turning a metering or product discharge unit. Rate
is controlled by controlling the RPM of the
metering unit by varying the PWM signal applied.
Linear actuator: A linear actuator controls the
lever to adjust a gearbox speed from a ground
drive shaft. The output shaft from the gearbox
drives the metering unit. Rate is controlled by
controlling the ratio of the gearbox via the
position of the actuator.
Electric motor: An electric motor electrically
drives the metering or discharge unit. Rate is
controlled by controlling the RPM of the unit via
varying the PWM or current supplied to the
motor.
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Setting
Description
Dump valve
Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
Used to apply 12 volt power to a dump valve, or a
proportional valve coil where fitted.
Disabled: 12 volts not applied at any time.
Enabled: Applies 12 volts to a relay when tank
needs to be off.
Reversed: Applies 12 volts to a relay when tank
needs to be on.
Electric motor
Granular / Drive Setup / DRIVE TYPE
An electric motor electrically drives the metering
or discharge unit. Rate is controlled by controlling
the RPM of the unit via varying the PWM or
current supplied to the motor. See Drive type.
EM-24 relay
mode
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Enabled head
system
Accessories / Blocked Head
(Displayed if Double Shoot was selected for Head
Monitoring.)
These settings can be used to disable sensors that
are not in use to avoid false alarms.
Seed and fertilizer
Seed only
Fertilizer only
Lift/lower solenoids may require more current
than a single output can supply. Selecting ganged
pair doubles the available current. The manual
supplied with the seeder implement should
indicate if this is required.
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Setting
Description
Encoder
Granular / Drive Setup
pulses/revolution Set number of pulses/revolutions for each
revolution of the metering shaft.
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Fallback type
Speed Source
Select speed source used if GPS is selected and the
signal is lost.
Fan speed
Fans
Enable to monitor the fan speed input of the ECU.
Fan speed to
start
Granular / Tank
Enter minimum fan speed at which metering
system may be activated. This prevents the
possibility of running metering system without
fans engaged and subsequent plugging of the
distribution pipes.
Flow
confirmation
sensor
Liquid / Flow, NH3 / Flow
Enable if a flow confirmation sensor is fitted to
your liquid or NH3 system and it is being
monitored by the ECU.
Flow meter
sampling
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
Sets how frequently sampling is done. Standard
sampling is recommended. Reduced is
recommended only if flow may be highly
irregular (for example, on worn equipment).
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Setting
Description
Gain setting
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
This sets how quickly the controller will try to
achieve the required rate. If set too high, the
seeder may pass the target rate and take time to
adjust, searching for the right level. If set too low,
the valve will take a long time to move to the
desired rate and control will be slow to respond.
Find the best gain percentage for the equipment
being used.
Gear ratio
Granular / Drive Setup
Gear ratio between the drive motor and the
metering unit.
Granular section Accessories / Granular Section
monitoring
If using granular section control, this setting
triggers an alarm if a section is not active when it
should be.
Head monitoring Accessories / Blocked Head
Single shoot: Air seeder configured with one
transfer line (all product metered into a single
line), and one air seeder kit mounted on the tillage
implement.
Double shoot: Air seeder configured with two
transfer lines, and two separate air seeder kits
mounted on the tillage unit.
Hydraulic
pressure
Drill Control / Down Force / CONTROL TYPE
Control the tynes to a preset hydraulic pressure.
See Control type.
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Setting
Description
Increment
Drill Control / Down Force
Used during operation to increase/decrease down
force by a preset increment.
Injection mode
flow
Liquid / Flow
(Only available if Flow Confirmation Sensor is
enabled.)
This drops the liquid flow alarm detection by a
factor of 10 for special injection mode case.
Lift time
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Set lift time in seconds.
Lift/lower relay
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Assigns an ECU relay to control the lift/lower
function.
Linear actuator
Granular / Drive Setup / DRIVE TYPE
A linear actuator controls the lever to adjust a
gearbox speed from a ground drive shaft. The
output shaft from the gearbox drives the metering
unit. Rate is controlled by controlling the ratio of
the gearbox via the position of the actuator. See
Drive type.
Lower time
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Set lower time in seconds.
Map value
Drill Control / Down Force
Displays down force value of selected controller
on map.
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Setting
Description
Master clutch
Granular / Tank
(Only available if Linear Actuator selected as
Drive Type.)
Enable master clutch.
Maximum on
time
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
Sets the maximum amount of time that the
controller will pulse the control valve before
checking the rate. It is used to make a large
correction for the rate.
Maximum
pressure
Liquid / Pressure, NH3 / Pressure, Drill Control /
Control Settings, Fans
(Fans option only available when Pressure Sensor
set to Voltage.)
Set maximum pressure.
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Setting
Description
Maximum PWM Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve, Drill Control / Control
Settings
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
Sets the maximum amount of PWM power that
can be provide to the valve running the metering
unit before maximum possible speed is achieved.
The time that the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
is active. Higher values set the pulse of power for
longer during a pulse cycle. Anything over this
figure the implement (motor, valve actuator) will
not respond.
Sets the maximum amount of PWM or power
required to allow the down force.
Maximum RPM Granular / Control Setup
(Only available if Electric Motor selected as Drive
Type and Motor Selection set to Other.)
Sets maximum shaft RPM.
Maximum shaft
RPM
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Granular / Drive Setup
(Only available if Proportional Valve or Linear
Actuator selected as Drive Type.)
Set maximum shaft speed.
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Setting
Description
Maximum
voltage
Liquid / Pressure, NH3 / Pressure, Drill Control /
Control Settings, Fans
(Fans option only available when Pressure Sensor
set to Voltage.)
Set the maximum output voltage at maximum
pressure. This value is read from the pressure
transducer.
Metering Auger Granular / Drive Setup
Select the metering auger type (the part that draws
product from the tank) that is fitted. Changing the
metering auger affects the calibration factor. Each
metering auger has an associated calibration factor
that will be loaded.
Refer to the relevant Bourgault manual for more
detail.
Minimum on
time
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
The minimum time that power needs to be applied
to move the valve.
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Setting
Description
Minimum PWM Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve, Drill Control / Control
Settings
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
Sets the minimum amount of PWM or power
required to allow the metering unit to rotate or
discharge product.
The time that the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
is active. Higher values set the pulse of power for
longer during a pulse cycle. Minimum PWM is
used to locate at what point a valve or motor will
respond to the power provided. Anything under
this figure the implement (motor, valve actuator)
will not respond.
Sets the minimum amount of PWM or power
required to allow the down force.
Minimum RPM Granular / Control Setup
(Only available if Electric Motor selected as Drive
Type and Motor Selection set to Other.)
Sets minimum shaft RPM.
Minimum shaft
RPM
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Granular / Drive Setup
(Only available if Proportional Valve or Linear
Actuator selected as Drive Type.)
Set minimum shaft speed.
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Setting
Description
Minimum
voltage
Liquid / Pressure, NH3 / Pressure, Drill Control /
Control Settings, Fans
(Fans option only available when Pressure Sensor
set to Voltage.)
Set the minimum output voltage at zero pressure.
This value is read from the pressure transducer.
Motor selection
Granular / Control Setup
(Only available if Electric Motor is selected as
Drive Type.)
Sets the number of pulses per motor revolution
for the motor.
If Other is selected for Motor Selection the
following options are displayed:
Pulses / Revolution: Set the number of pulses /
revolutions for each revolution of the metering
shaft.
Minimum RPM: Sets minimum shaft RPM.
Maximum RPM: Sets maximum shaft RPM.
Name
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Change the default tank name. This name will be
used if USE PRODUCT AS NAME is disabled.
Name as bin or
tank
Granular / Tank
Select bin or tank to determine the term used for
the air seeder compartments.
Number of
distribution
heads
Accessories / Blocked Head
Enter the number of distribution heads. Up to 9
for single shoot and 18 for double shoot.
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Setting
Description
Number of
nozzles
Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
(Only available if section control is set to Full
width for selected tank.)
Enter the number of output nozzles for the system
to use in the flow per nozzles calculation. The
flow per nozzle value is displayed on the seeder
operation screen and the seeder dashboard.
Off time to
ground
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Set time in seconds for remaining product to run
out of lines to the ground once a tank is switched
off.
Off time to SC
location
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Set time in seconds for remaining product to run
out of lines to the section control location once a
tank is switched off.
If the SC location is at the meter, then this time
should be set to zero. If the location is at the head,
then the time from the meter to the head must be
measured.
On time to
ground
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Time for product to get to the ground once the
tank is switched on. A reasonable initial setting
for most configurations is 6 seconds.
To fine tune this setting, it is best to seed a strip
one way and then another strip at 90 degrees to
that. Then get out and dig in the dirt to find where
the seed starts and stops and adjust times to
compensate for overlap and under-lap.
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Setting
Description
On time to SC
location
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
Time for product to get to the outermost section
control openers once the tank is switched on.
If the SC location is at the meter, then this time
should be set to zero. If the location is at the head,
then the time from the meter to the head must be
measured.
Pack force
Drill Control / Down Force / CONTROL TYPE
Control the press wheel packing force to a preset
value. See Control type.
Pack force
sensor
Drill Control / Down Force
Enable if a sensor is fitted that enables the force of
the press wheel on the ground to be measured
during down force control. Amplified may be
selected if an external amplifier is fitted to read
the sensor.
Preload time
Granular / Tank
When starting a seeding pass when stationary,
preload time allows for product to be at the
openers before moving to avoid gaps in product
application. It is the time in seconds that the
seeder needs to run before moving off and starting
to seed after the master switch is engaged. (Not
applicable to tanks with linear actuator drive
types.)
This is triggered when the master switch is turned
on while stationary. During preload time, the
meters run at the rate based on the manual speed
that has been set. Once preload time has expired,
the system reverts to the selected speed source.
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Setting
Description
Preset 1
Drill Control / Down Force
Used during operation to adjust requested down
force to a preset value.
Preset 2
Drill Control / Down Force
Used during operation to adjust requested down
force to a preset value.
Pressure sensor
Fans
If a fan pressure sensor is fitted to the seeder,
select one of the listed pressure sensor types:
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l Voltage
If Voltage is selected as pressure sensor type, the
following options are displayed:
Maximum pressure: Set pressure in kPa.
Minimum voltage: Set the minimum output
voltage at zero pressure. This value is read from
the pressure transducer.
Maximum voltage: Set the maximum output
voltage at maximum pressure. This value is read
from the pressure transducer.
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Setting
Description
Proportional
valve
Granular / Drive Setup / DRIVE TYPE
Usually a hydraulic motor turning a metering or
product discharge unit. Rate is controlled by
controlling the RPM of the metering unit by
varying the PWM signal applied. See Drive type.
This valve controls the hydraulic oil flow to the
motor to vary the speed of the motor so that the
metering unit is only delivering what is required.
It uses a solenoid to open a hydraulic valve to
drive a hydraulic motor. The opening of the valve
varies with the current applied to the solenoid.
Pulses/revolution Granular / Control Setup, Fans, Pumps
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Electric Motor selected as Drive Type.)
(Fans: only available if Fan Speed enabled.)
(Pumps: only available if Pump Speed enabled.)
If set at 1, the sensor picks up from a target bolt,
one pulse per revolution.
Set to the number of pulses the sensor picks up
per revolution.
Pump speed
Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank, Pumps
Select pump number to monitor. Number of
pumps is dependent on initial ECU setup. The
pump speed value is displayed on the seeder
operation screen, and the seeder dashboard.
Enable to monitor the speed of the liquid/NH3
system where a pump speed sensor is fitted.
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Setting
Description
PWM setting
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve selected as
Controller Type.)
Sets the pulse width modulation. Lowering this
number reduces the voltage supplied to the valve,
slowing it down.
Quick depth
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
adjustment drive This option allows the drill to be raised to make a
depth adjustment, then lowered again. Assign a
relay to control this functionality if required.
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Regulator valve
Liquid / Control Valve / CONTROLLER TYPE,
NH3 / Control Valve / CONTROLLER TYPE
This valve uses a motor to open or close the valve
depending on the flow requirements. Positive or
negative power is applied to run the motor. The
tank output to the regulator valve stays constant.
The regulator valve either restricts or diverts
excess product.
Reverse valve
Liquid / Control Valve, NH3 / Control Valve
(Only available if Regulator Valve is selected as
Controller Type.)
Allows for the polarity of the regulating motor to
be reversed if it was wired incorrectly.
Second display
value
Drill Control / Down Force
When set displays pack force or draft force value
in drill control display.
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Setting
Description
Section control
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
This option allows you to assign the tank to be
controlled by full width implement (no multi
section control), or assign to multi section liquid
boom if one has been created.
Sensor
Liquid / Pressure, NH3 / Pressure
Enable if there is an electronic pressure sensor
fitted to the liquid/NH3 tank.
If the pressure sensor is enabled, the following
options are displayed:
Maximum pressure: Set pressure in kPa.
Minimum voltage: Set the minimum output
voltage at zero pressure. This value is read from
the pressure transducer.
Maximum voltage: Set the maximum output
voltage at maximum pressure. This value is read
from the pressure transducer.
Settings for all
tanks
Granular / Drive Setup, Granular / Control Setup
Custom settings: All tanks are setup individually.
Use settings from tank 1: All tanks are set using
settings from tank 1. Settings can only be changed
via tank 1 (note the number of tanks will vary
depending on initial implement setup).
Shaft
Granular / Drive Setup
pulses/revolution (Only available if Proportional Valve or Electric
Motor selected as Drive Type.)
Sets how many pulses the stop shaft sensor
provides per revolution.
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Setting
Description
Single shoot
Accessories / Blocked Head / HEAD
MONITORING
Air seeder configured with one transfer line (all
product metered into a single line), and one air
seeder kit mounted on the tillage implement. See
Head monitoring.
Soft start
Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve or Electric Motor selected as
Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
Allows a gradual increase in the valve signal when
the valve is activated. This is used to prevent
mechanical damage from sudden starts.
Provides a soft start for the metering unit to
prevent possible mechanical damage.
Soft stop
Granular / Control Setup, Liquid / Control Valve,
NH3 / Control Valve
(Granular / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Drive Type.)
(Liquid/NH3 / Control Setup: only available if
Proportional Valve selected as Controller Type.)
Allows a gradual decrease in the valve signal
when the valve is deactivated. This is used to
prevent mechanical damage from sudden stops.
Speed source
Speed Source
The speed source used to determine the required
application rate from the seeder.
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Setting
Description
Status
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
If enabled, the tank will be used for seeder
operations. If disabled, the tank will not be used
for seeder operations. A disabled tank will not be
displayed on the seeder operation screen and does
not need to be calibrated.
Tank clutch
Granular / Drive Setup
(Only available if Proportional Valve or Linear
Actuator selected as Drive Type.)
Enable to allow control of tank clutch.
Tank grouping
Granular / Tank Grouping
(Only available if Bourgault seeder implement is
created.)
Create/sets the required tank grouping.
Track master
Drill Control / Lift/Lower
Enable to control down force using master switch.
Use product as
name
Granular / Tank, Liquid / Tank, NH3 / Tank
On the Operation screen bin/tank panel the
product is displayed as the tank name if this is
enabled. If no product is assigned to the tank, the
tank name is ‘Empty’. If disabled, the tank name
entered for the individual tank is used.
Use settings
from tank 1
Granular / Drive Setup / SETTINGS FOR ALL
TANKS
All tanks are set using settings from tank 1.
Settings can only be changed via tank 1 (note the
number of tanks will vary depending on initial
implement setup). See Settings for all tanks.
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Setting
Description
Use shaft sensor Granular / Drive Setup
(Only available if Electric Motor selected as Drive
Type.)
When enabled sets alarm for incorrect gear ratio
and shaft not moving.
Using case drain Fans
alarm
Enable if the seeder has a case drain alarm fitted to
the fan motor.
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Using ladder
down alarm
Accessories / General Inputs
Enables the ladder down alarm input, if available.
Wheel factor
Speed Source
The wheel factor defines how far the implement
travels per pulse from the wheel sensor. A wheel
fitted with four magnets, with a circumference of
one meter, will travel 0.25 meters per pulse.
If Wheel Sensor is selected as the Speed Source,
the wheel speed calibration factor must be
calculated (or entered here if known). The wheel
factor cannot be set to zero. To carry out a
calibration enter a value of one, then proceed with
the calibration. Refer to Wheel sensor calibration,
page 98.
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3.2. Setting up accessories
This section describes the process for setting up accessories.
Note: Only the blocked head option is available for the IB-1. All other
options are applicable to the Apollo ECU.
3.2.1. Sensors setup
1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / Sensors.
This table assigns blocked head or granular section to each sensor on
the EM-24 ECU.
Note: This option is hidden if no EM-24 ECUs are installed, or if EM24 ECUs are disabled in Implement / ECU / Add/Replace ECU.
The settings in this table determine how many granular sections are
displayed in Implement / Seeder / Accessories / Granular Section.
3.2.2. Blocked head monitor setup
1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / Blocked Head Monitor.
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2. Enter the settings on the left of the screen. Refer to the table in
the previous section for more information.
3. Select Detect and Assign Sensors.
4. Select Detect Sensors.
5. On the implement, connect a sensor to its applicable distribution
head.
6. When the sensor is detected by the console, assign it to its
applicable distribution head by selecting the head and the sensor
on the console screen and renaming them. Example: LS1 LH1
(left sensor 1 on left head 1).
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for all remaining sensors.
3.2.3. General inputs setup
1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / General Inputs.
Refer to Seeder menu settings, page 32 for details of these settings.
3.2.4. Granular section setup
1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / Granular Section.
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Granular section monitoring: If using granular section control,
this setting triggers an alarm if a section is not active when it should
be.
The table is used to setup which sensor is assigned to each section and
whether a 12 V signal (active high) or 0 V signal (active low) turns
each section on (status).
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1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / Encoders.
This table displays functions assigned to ECU inputs. Values cannot be
changed by operators.
3.2.6. General outputs setup
1. Select Implement / Seeder / Accessories / General Outputs.
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outputs.
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Once setup is complete, the Auto Section Control (if enabled), Virtual
switchbox (if enabled), and Seeder Controller icons appear on the
Navigation Bar. These icons open mini-views.
Seeder Controller information is added to the dashboard.
The Seeder Master Switch appears in the lower right corner.
1 Auto section control, virtual switchbox, seeder controller icons
2 Seeder dashboard
3 Seeder master switch
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4.1. Using the seeder dashboard
Seeder information is added to the dashboard. The example below
shows the display for a seeder with 4 bins and fan speed.
1. Select any part of the dashboard to customize the information it
displays.
2. Select and deselect options as required (information to display
shown in white).
3. Select the individual tank to customize the information it
displays.
4. Confirm.
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4.2. Seeder master switch
When virtual master switch has been chosen in the setup options
(Implement / Operator Inputs / (Switch Box) / MASTER SWITCH),
the seeder master switch turns the seeder system on.
The switch also indicates the readiness of the system.
Yellow
Seeder controller is in preload mode (for granular
products). The seeder will turn on when the countdown
timer reaches zero.
Green
Seeder controller is on and working. Select the master
switch to turn the seeder off.
White
Seeder controller is in standby. Select the master switch to
turn the seeder on.
Red
Seeder controller is off and cannot be used.
If the master switch is red, selecting the switch displays the status
window.
Green indicates that the system feature is ready. Red indicates that the
system feature is not ready.
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4.3. Mini-view windows
To display the seeder controller mini-view, select the seeder icon
from the left hand menu.
The Seeder controller mini-view window has a number tabs at the top
that display information for different air seeder features. Only enabled
features and tanks are displayed.
The following options are available:
Fans
Drill Lift/Lower / Down Force Control
Blocked Head Monitor
Granular Tank
NH3/Liquid tank
Fans
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Drill / down force
1 Requested down force
2 Hydraulic pressure
3 Set rate control mode
4 Down force on/off
5 Adjust down force rate
6 Lift/lower drill
7 Rate presets
Blocked head
Scroll left and right to select heads to click on. Heads are shown as grey
if no sensors assigned, green if no blockages and red if any of the
sensors assigned to that head has a blockage. Click on a red blocked
head button to display blocked sensor information.
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Tank
1 Tank parameters (select to
customise displayed data)
2 Requested rate
3 Adjust application rate
4 Application rate presets
5 Rate control mode (only
displayed for granular tanks if
VRC enabled)
6 Tank on/off
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4.4. Operation screen
To display full screen mode, select the expand button on the mini-view
window or swipe it from left to right.
1 Expand
2 Granular tank panel
3 Liquid/NH3 tank panel
4 Toolbar
5 Status monitoring panel
6 Fans
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4.4.1. Toolbar
Used to select/deselect options on the seeder operation screen.
1 Granular tank display panel
2 Liquid/NH3 tank display panel
3 Configuration menu
4 Area counters menu
5 Fans
4.4.2. Tank display panel
The tank display panel shows tank settings and status for a specific
tank. It is displayed by selecting a bin number from the toolbar on
the right hand side of the seeder controller window.
1 Displays up to two parameters related to the specific tank. Selecting
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opens a customize data window with a list of available parameters
to be displayed. Refer to Tank parameters, page 70.
2 Requested application rate. Used to enter and display the
application rate. The control system will use the calibration factor
to adjust the metered application rate for the given product.
3 Increase/decrease requested application rate by preset rate increment
(increment is set by selecting button shown at 6).
4 Requested application rate presets. These are the user-defined
default application rates (set by selecting button shown at 6).
Selecting one of these icons adjusts the application rate to that
value.
5 Rate control mode selector. Allows you to select VRC, Auto
control or Manual Control for specific tanks or all tanks. Manual
control only available for liquid tank with regulator valve. Only
shown if VRC is enabled.
6 Product Configuration. When selected it will open up the product
selection window for the tank. Refer to Operation screen, page 67.
7 Tank Fill. Opens the tank fill window to add weight/volume of the
product being used. Refer to Operation screen, page 67.
8 Tank metering on/off toggle. Green when tank is on (metering
running), red when tank is off (metering stopped).
9 Displays up to five parameters related to the specific tank. Opens a
customize data window with a list of available parameters to be
displayed. Refer to Tank parameters, page 70.
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Tank parameters
The tank parameters are set by tapping the display area. One of the
following menus is displayed; this is dependent on tank/bin setup.
Select the required parameters from the list.
Granular tank Liquid tank NH3 tank
Application rate: The current application rate for the product in
the specific tank. The control system will use the calibration factor to
adjust the metered application rate for the given product.
or
Weight/Volume remaining: The calculated weight of
product remaining in the tank. It is based on the initial entry when the
tank was filled and calculates down from the initial value depending
on the tank output.
Motor load / Drive power: Granular metering motor load output
or liquid/NH3 drive power output.
Roller RPM: RPM output of metering roller.
Calibration factor: The calibration factor for the specific
product in the specific tank in unit weight per revolution of metering
RPM. Used to determine application rate.
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Discharge rate: Displays amount of product being applied per
minute.
Area remaining: The calculated area that can be treated based on
the product remaining in the tank and the current application rate.
Pressure: The pressure in the liquid/NH3 product line. An electric
pressure sensor must be installed and pressure sensing feature must be
enabled (Implement / Seeder / NH3/Liquid / Pressure / SENSOR).
Nozzle flow: Displays amount of NH3/liquid being applied
through each nozzle per minute.
Boom flow: Displays amount of NH3/liquid being applied
through entire boom per minute.
Pump speed: The speed of the pump. For this value to be
displayed, pump speed sensor must be installed and pump speed
sensing enabled (Implement / Seeder / Pumps).
4.4.3. Selecting / adding a product
To select or add a new product:
1. Select the Product Configuration button.
One of the following menus displays, depending on tank type:
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Granular
Liquid NH3
2. Select PRODUCT NAME to select a product from the list, or to
add a new product. The product cannot be changed for NH3
tanks.
Selecting New Product opens the New Product Setup wizard.
Follow the wizard to add a new product. Custom Product may be
selected to create a new product from scratch, or a product template
may be selected from the list.
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Rate increment: Defines how much the application rate will
change when the operator presses the application rate up/down
button. The rate can be changed by a fixed rate or by a percentage
of the rate set for Rate Preset 1. To change the rate increment
type:
1. On the Setup screen, select User / Region / Units. The
APPLICATION RATE INCREMENT TYPE may be set to
Fixed rate or Percentage of Preset 1.
Rate preset 1 / Rate preset 2: Defines preset application rates.
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Granular tank settings
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Calibration factor: A figure is displayed if the selected product has
been calibrated for the tank you are setting up. If a new product has
been selected, or calibration was not performed, calibration will
show zero. Refer to Granular tank calibration, page 85.
Density: The product density.
4.4.4. Filling tanks
1. Select the tank that you would like to enter weight for and expand
the panel for that tank.
2. Select the tank fill button to display the tank fill menu.
3. Fill the tank using the following options:
Set weight/volume: Set the weight/volume of product in the
tank.
Weight/volume increment: Set the weight/volume value to
be used when increasing weight/volume in the tank by increments.
Fill tank to capacity: Fill the tank to the capacity entered on
the Setup screen (Implement / Seeder / Granular/Liquid / Tank).
Increase weight/volume by increment: Adds product by the
weight/volume set for weight/volume increment.
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Fill all tanks to capacity: Fill all tanks to capacity entered
on the setup screen (Implement / Seeder / Granular/Liquid /
Tank).
Adjust calibration
This option is used to adjust the calibration factor when there is a
known starting volume and a known error in the finishing volume. It
allows the calibration factor to be automatically recalculated based on
the percentage difference between the calculated and actual volume
remaining. This may be useful when there is an inconsistency
between the displayed and known product remaining.
1. Select Adjust Calibration.
2. Select Actual Volume Remaining.
3. Enter the volume of product remaining in the tank and confirm.
The Calibration Adjustment percentage is automatically calculated.
4.4.5. Setting area counters
Area counters are used with spreaders, sprayers and seeders to record
data such as treated area, product used, operating time, average rate
and productivity rate. Area counters are not available when using ISO
implements.
To enable area counters:
1. On the Setup screen, select System / Features / Implement.
2. Select AREA COUNTERS and select Enable.
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Reset area counters
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Never: The area counter must be reset manually, or they will
continue to accumulate data.
Prompt: When a job is erased you will be asked if area counters
should be reset.
Auto: Creating a new job or erasing a job automatically resets the
area counters.
To use area counters:
1. Select Area Counters on the toolbar to the right of the screen.
1 Set active area counter number
2 Reset area counter window
3 Select area counter to view data
4 Data block
2. To select the area counter against which the data will be stored,
select Set Active Area Counter Number and select the required
counter.
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The same area counter must be selected each time data on the
same topic is to be stored.
3. To select the area counter to view data about, select Select area
counter to view data.
Data stored against the area counter is displayed in the data block.
4. Select the data block to show/hide selected data per tank for the
selected area counter. (Data for all tanks is displayed if All Area
Counters is selected at step 3.)
Treated area
Total area treated for the current job.
ASC savings
Percentage of total area prevented from
overlap by use of auto section control
(only available for multi-section boom
seeders or sprayers).
Product used
Total product used in the current job.
Operating time
Total time spent on current job.
Average rate (area) Average application rate for current job.
Productivity (time) The average coverage rate for this area
counter. Calculated from the area covered
and the operating time.
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5. Use the arrows or select the middle Area button to view data stored
against each area counter.
6. Use the arrows or select the middle Bin/Tank button to view stored
against each bin.
Reset area counter window
Select this option to reset data for a tank, the selected area counter, or
all area counters.
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Manual Speed: Allows the user to select manual speed and
override the selection made in the Setup screen Implement /
Seeder / Speed Source. This is only possible if the vehicle is
stationary, or if GPS is selected and the signal drops out. The
speed is used to calculate application rates.
Manual Speed display: Enables the manual speed to be entered.
This indicator changes to Wheel Sensor if that is selected as the
speed source in the Setup screen Implement / Seeder / Speed
Source. Refer to Wheel sensor calibration, page 98.
Multi-Tank Calibration: Refer to Calibration, page 85.
Tank selection: Select the tank to be calibrated for single tank
calibration.
Single Tank Calibration: Refer to Calibration, page 85.
Gear Ratio: Set gear ratio for granular tanks.
4.4.7. Fan status
The fan status panel displays the fan speed for enabled fans.
If one of the fans is disabled, the following screen is displayed.
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4.4.8. Status monitoring panel
The status monitoring panel displays the status of the virtual switchbox,
full width booms, blocked head monitor or drill control. To change
between the screens, swipe the panel up or down.
Section control virtual switchbox
Full width boom
Scrolling up on this option shows different booms if more than one
enabled.
Blocked head monitor
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Heads are shown as grey if no sensors assigned, green if no blockages
and red if any of the sensors assigned to that head has a blockage.
Click on a red blocked head button to display blocked sensor
information.
Drill control (with and without down force control)
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4.5. External keypad operation
The keypad is an external device that may be used in the cabin and/or
on the seeder frame to control selected functions. This option is only
available with Apollo ECU. Refer to Keypad setup, page 26 for setup
information.
The keypad is supplied with twelve keys:
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Keys marked A, B and /C: May be assigned to a range of functions
using the Button A - Button C options on the setup screen. Note
that the button marked /C is the granular product calibration
prime/reset button for the ‘on frame’ keypad (refer to Granular tank
calibration, page 85).
Master switch
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Performs the same function as the master
switch on the operation screen.
4.5.1. LED behavior
Tank keys:
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LEDs are dark
Tank is on: Green LED (Tank and master switch is on. Product is
flowing.)
Tank is off but active: Amber LED (it is selected and ready to run
but master is off and not doing prime/preload).
Otherwise: Red LED
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Special case one: During calibration, the tanks that have green or
amber LEDs on also have the red LED flash in sequence. On a
single tank system the red LED of tank 1 would flash, on 2 a tank
system the red LEDs on tanks 1 and 2 would flash alternately and
on a 3+ tank system the red LEDs would flash on keys 1, 2, 3, …
1, 2, etc. While this is happening the amber or green LED
indicate the state of the tank.
Special case two: The Cabin keypad will not have the flashing
LEDs described above if the master switch is not controlled by
the keypad. (See Apollo master switch setup, page 25.)
Implement lift/lower:
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Drill control enabled, drill is lifted (not a normal seeding state):
Amber LED
Drill control enabled, drill is lowered (normal seeding state):
Green LED
Fill all tanks:
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Not all tanks are full, button is released: Amber LED
Not all tanks are full, button is pressed and held: First just the red
LED is on, then red and amber, then all LEDs turn on and the
function is executed.
Note: This button does not work on press only, the user must
press and hold the button and the LEDs simulate a progress bar
moving right.
Aux relay:
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Relay configured, relay is on: Green LED
Relay configured, relay is off: Amber LED
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Master switch:
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Master switch is on: Green LED
Cabin keypad and master switch is not controlled by the keypad:
All LEDs are dark
In normal mode (no calibration), master switch is off, can be turned
on: Amber LED
In normal mode (no calibration), master switch is off, can’t be
turned on: Red LED
In calibration mode , master switch is off, any tank is active
(selected): Amber LED
In calibration mode , master switch is off, no tank is active
(selected): Red LED
Prime/preload:
Preload is enabled and preload is in progress: Green LED
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l Preload is not enabled: Red LED
Preload is enabled when all of these are true:
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System is operational (TC is alive)
Calibration is not in progress
Master switch is off
Fan speed is good
There is at least one tank which satisfies all of these conditions:
l Is active (has been selected)
l Has a product assigned
l Is a granular tank
l Has a non-zero application rate
l Is enabled
l Is proportional drive
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Note: Pressing and holding this button primes the implement until
the button is released. This overrides the time entered in Implement /
Seeder / Granular / Tank / PRELOAD TIME, which defines the
default time for priming. Prime is only available for proportional
drive tank types. It is not available for linear actuator, regulator valve
and monitoring only tank types.
Reset:
The reset function resets the Estimated Weight figures on the
calibration wizard, ready for calibration to start over.
The Prime/Preload/C key acts as a reset during calibration mode.
Pressing it during calibration will reset the pulse counts, but only if
the master is off or all tanks are off.
It displays a red LED, but when the reset happens the green LED
flashes to confirm the action.
Calibration mode:
If the calibration is in progress: Green LED
l If the calibration is not in progress, but is allowed: Amber LED
l If calibration is not allowed: Red LED
Calibration is allowed if:
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l Not preloading
l All granular and enabled tanks with a product assigned have some
remaining volume of their products.
If not in calibration mode, pressing the button will immediately
switch the system to calibration mode.
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If in calibration mode, the button must be pressed and held for a
while to cancel calibration mode. While the button is down, the LEDs
change from Red to Red + Amber to Red + Amber + Green (like a
progress bar moving right) and only after that the system goes out of
calibration mode.
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Tanks/bins must be calibrated when setting up a seeder for the first
time, or adding a new product.
Correctly calibrating tanks/bins ensures that seeding is carried out at
the proper rate to obtain maximum yield and crop. The size of seed
and supplement product will vary between batches and even the size
of seed of the same variety from one year to the next. This requires
that the seeder metering system be calibrated so that the correct
amount of seed is dispensed.
5.1. Granular tank calibration
There are two methods of calibrating granular tanks; manual and
automatic.
Manual can only be used if the calibration factor for the selected
product is known. The granular calibration wizard, accessed via
Automatic Calibration must be used if the calibration factor is not
known.
To access the calibration menu to calibrate a single tank, select the
Calibration option on the Configuration panel, or select Calibration
Factor on the product calibration page.
To access the calibration menu to calibrate multiple tanks, select the
Multi-Tank Calibration option in the configuration menu.
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5.1.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
1. Use the left and right arrows to select the required granular tank
from the Configuration panel.
2. Select Calibration.
3. Select Manual Entry from the calibration method menu.
4. Enter the calibration factor in weight to revolutions and confirm.
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5.1.2. Automatic calibration
1. Ensure a value is set for manual speed by selecting MANUAL
SPEED from the Configuration panel and entering a speed to
match seeding operations.
2. If using a switchbox or keypad for calibration, ensure it is enabled
on the Setup screen (Implement / Operator Inputs).
3. Select Multi-tank Calibration or Calibration from the
Configuration panel.
4. Select Automatic Calibration from the calibration method menu.
5. The granular calibration wizard displays.
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If Linear Actuator is selected as the tank Drive Type (Implement /
Seeder / Granular / Drive Setup), the Calibration and Style options
are displayed:
Calibration:
l Stationary: Product must be dispensed for calibration using a
hand crank.
l Rolling: Product is dispensed for calibration automatically
while the vehicle is rolling.
l Style:
l Control to rate: Actuator opens to accommodate rate requested
on next screen.
l Control to extension: Actuator opens to percentage extension
requested. Selecting this option displays an Extension option.
Use this to enter the percentage the actuator should open to
dispense product.
6. Select next.
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be calibrated. The state indicator status of the tanks on the console
calibration screen will change to green.
Or, if using the X30 or a run/stop switchbox, turn on the tanks to
be calibrated by selecting the status indicators on the console
calibration screen.
8. Place calibration buckets under the metering roller of the tanks
being calibrated.
If this is the first calibration for these products, you should first
ensure the metering system is primed. Note that this is not
applicable to tanks with linear actuator drive types.
To prime the metering system:
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On the calibration switchbox or keypad, turn on the master/run
switch. Or, if using the X30, select the implement master switch.
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Run the metering system until all the product is running freely.
Then on the calibration switchbox or keypad, turn the master/run
switch off. Or, if using the X30, select the implement master
switch. It will turn white.
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prime/reset button until the indicator light goes out. Or, if using
the X30, select the reset button next to each tank on the
calibration screen. This will reset shaft revolutions and estimated
weight on the console calibration screen.
l Empty the calibration buckets and return to the original position
under the metering rollers.
9. On the calibration switchbox or keypad, turn on the master/run
switch.
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Or, if using the X30, select the implement master switch. It will
turn green.
10. Run the metering system until you have sufficient product to
weigh. Then on the calibration switchbox or keypad, turn the
master/run switch off.
Or, if using the X30, select the implement master switch. It will
turn white.
The calibration screen will show accumulated pulses, and estimated
weight.
11. If any of the bins/tanks are highlighted red, this indicates that the
meter motor values are at a PWM <15% or >95%. If this occurs,
select a different final drive range and recalibrate that tank. Refer to
seeder manufacturer for final drive range settings.
12. Select next.
13. Weigh each calibration bucket sample and note values in
kilograms/pounds for entry into the calibration wizard.
14. Enter noted weight values of each tank sample in to the Actual
Weight column then select next.
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15. Confirm the calibration values and set the save option to Saved
and confirm.
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5.2. Liquid tank calibration
There are two methods of calibrating liquid tanks; manual and
automatic.
Manual can only be used if the calibration factor for the selected
product is known. The liquid calibration wizard, accessed via
Automatic Calibration, must be used if the calibration factor is not
known.
To access the calibration menu to calibrate a single tank, select the
Calibration option on the Configuration panel. Note that multi-tank
automatic calibration is not an option for liquid tanks.
5.2.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
1. Use the left and right arrows to select the required liquid tank from
the Configuration panel.
2. Select Calibration.
3. Select Manual Entry from the calibration method menu.
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4. Enter the calibration factor and confirm.
5.2.2. Automatic calibration
1. Ensure a value is set for manual speed by selecting MANUAL
SPEED from the Configuration panel and entering a speed to
match seeding operations.
2. Select Calibration.
3. Select Automatic Calibration from the calibration method
menu.
The Auto Flow calibration wizard displays.
4. Place the calibration bucket under the tank to be calibrated.
5. Select the master switch on the X30 console. The next arrow on
step 1 of the calibration wizard will now be active. Select next.
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6. Run the liquid drive until sufficient liquid product has been
obtained (the larger the volume measured, the more accurate the
flow meter calibration will be). Select the master switch on the X30
console to turn off the liquid drive and select next.
7. Measure the volume of product in the calibration bucket.
8. Select Volume Captured on the calibration wizard, and enter the
amount of liquid measured in calibration bucket, then select next.
9. Confirm the displayed calculated flow factor.
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5.3. NH3 tank calibration
NH3 tanks have a preset calibration value. This figure is entered
manually. Check the calibration factor on the tag on the flow meter of
the NH3 system.
To access the calibration menu to calibrate a single tank, select the
Calibration option on the Configuration panel.
If the Multi-Tank Calibration option is selected from the
configuration screen, the calibration method menu will be displayed.
Note that automatic calibration is not an option for NH3 tanks.
5.3.1. Manual entry of calibration factor
1. Use the left and right arrows to select the required NH3 tank from
the Configuration panel.
2. Select Calibration.
3. Enter the calibration factor pulses per weight and confirm.
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5.4. Tank optimizer
The X30 console provides a tank optimizer tool to determine product
allocation across granular tanks. This minimizes tank filling
requirements in the field. This is done by optimizing the application
rates across multiple tanks.
To access the calibration menu to run the tank optimizer, select the
Calibration or Multi-tank calibration option in the Configuration
panel, or select Calibration Factor on the granular product
information page.
1. Select Tank Optimizer from the Calibration Method window. The
Tank Optimizer Wizard will start.
2. Select
to add a product to the table.
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3. Select Rate and enter the required application rate using the
keypad.
4. Select Assigned To from the list and select the required option:
Any Single Meter: Optimizer will assign any tank to the
product.
l Multiple Meters: Optimizer will assign several tanks to the
product.
l Tank #: Select required tank number. The number of tanks
shown is dependent on tanks specified during implement setup.
5. Select Split rate (only displayed if multi-tank assigned):
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same time.
No: This will use the requested application for the product for
each tank, and you will have to manually switch tanks as they
run out.
6. Select
to add another product if required, then repeat steps
3 to 5 or select next.
The tank optimization settings are displayed.
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7. Select confirm to save settings.
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5.5. Wheel sensor calibration
If Wheel Sensor is selected in the Setup screen Implement / Seeder /
Speed Source, the wheel factor must be calibrated.
Wheel factor defines how many meters per pulse are received from
the wheel speed sensor.
To calibrate the wheel factor:
1. Select Wheel Sensor from the seeder configuration screen.
The Auto Speed Cal wizard displays.
2. Follow the wizard prompts to calibrate the wheel sensor.
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5.6. Performing an area test
Area test is used to verify whether the tank and wheel calibrations are
accurate. It simulates the seeder function according to the tank
calibration factor and wheel calibration settings over a user definable
distance. This ensures that the amount of product metered out is correct
and as expected.
For example; applying product at 80 kg/Ha and selecting to cover 0.25
Ha, operating at the entered manual speed is simulated over that
distance. Once complete, you can verify that the machine has metered
out 20 kg.
To access the area test option, select the Calibration or Multi-tank
calibration option in the Configuration panel, or select Calibration
Factor on the granular product information page.
1. Select Area Test from the Calibration Method window. The area
test wizard displays.
2. Enter the required Test Area.and select next.
Note: If Use Calibration Drive is displayed, select it to
automatically expel product (no hand cranking), for a ground drive
system.
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3. Use the State buttons to select the required bins/tanks.
4. Place calibration buckets under the dispensers of the selected
tanks.
5. Start the calibration process by turning on the master switch.
Note: Once the master switch is activated, individual tanks can
not be turned off. To pause calibration, the master switch must be
used.
Pressing reset
allows the calibration process to be restarted,
allowing bins to be turned off if required.
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Once the defined area has been covered, the calibration stops.
6. Turn the master switch off and press next to proceed.
7. Weigh each calibration bucket sample and enter the measured
weight in the Actual Weight column, then press next.
8. Confirm the calibration values and set the Save option to Saved
and confirm.
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Chapter 6 – Seeder Alarms
Alarms are provided for warning if any functions of the seeding
system are not functioning properly.
To access seeder alarms on the setup menu:
1. Select System / Alarms / Seeder.
All the seeder alarms are displayed on the left side of the setup screen
in a scroll down list.
The status of the alarms is indicated by:
Enabled,
Disabled
All the alarms can be enabled or disabled using the All Seeder
Alarms setting.
The following alarms can be set for the seeder system.
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Incorrect rate: Application rate is higher or lower than acceptable
set application rate range.
No comms: No communication between the seeder ECUs.
Tank empty (sensor): There is no product in front of the tanks
bin level sensor.
Tank low (calculated): The theoretical weight of product
remaining in the tank is low.
Blocked distribution head: If equipped, sensors detect one or
more blocked runs.
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Shaft moving tank off: Signals that a meter is still turning even
though the respective tank switch, the master, or both are off.
No ground speed: No ground speed detected.
Case drain: Fan motor case drain pressure is too high (>65psi).
Ladder down: Air cart access ladder is down.
Section switching problem: For granular section control only,
signals if a section valve actuator is not in the correct position.
Section off, flow detected: Signals if there is product flow when
there shouldn’t be.
Gear ratio: Computed gear ratio incorrect.
Stopped shaft: Metering shaft has stopped while the tank switch
and master switch are still both on.
Tank active, no rate: Tank is on but no application rate has been
set.
Tank off: Master switch switched to on but tank switches are off.
High auxiliary RPM speed: Only used if Aux RPM enabled.
Low auxiliary RPM speed: Only used if Aux RPM enabled.
Down force off: Master switch switched to on but down force is
off.
Drill raised: Master is on, vehicle is moving, but drill is still in
the raised position.
Hydraulic pressure low: Down force hydraulic pressure is lower
than minimum hydraulic pressure set point.
Flow sensor failure: Liquid flow sensor not reading pulses.
Pressure high: Liquid pressure is higher than high pressure set
point.
Pressure low: Liquid pressure is lower than low pressure set
point.
High pump speed: Pump speed is higher than the maximum
RPM set point. This alarm is for liquid/NH3 systems with pump
speed sensor installed.
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set point. This alarm is for liquid/NH3 systems with pump speed
sensor installed.
No liquid flow: In-line flow meter is not registering a signal when
the tank and master switches are on.
High fan speed: Fan RPM is more than the high RPM set point.
Low fan speed: Fan RPM is less than the low RPM set point.
High fan pressure: Fan pressure more than the high pressure set
point.
Low fan pressure: Fan pressure less than the low pressure set point.
Speed source fallback: GPS signal has dropped out, speed source
fallback being used for speed.
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Chapter 7 – Variable Rate Control
Before use, Variable Rate Control (VRC) must be set up with a
controller and must be enabled on the Setup screen (System /
Features / Implement).
Select
to enable or disable the VRC Map display on the
guidance screen.
7.1. If using VRC maps
There are three ways to perform VRC:
Importing prescription maps (shapefiles and ISO XML files) into
created jobs using the VRC import wizard.
l Using real-time sensor data from nitrogen sensors mounted on the
tractor (for example: Topcon CropSpec).
l Using Task Data based prescription maps.
The following instructions describe the first two methods. If using
task data, refer to the Task Data section in AGA4084, X30 Guidance
and Auto Steering Operator Manual.
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Both shapefiles (.shp) and ISO XML files (.xml) may be imported
into created jobs. Note that only the prescription map portion of the
data is used if .xml files are imported.
1. Select a client / farm / field.
2. Create a new job.
3. Select Job Menu / Configure VRC for this job.
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4. Select next at step 1 of the VRC Configuration wizard.
5. Select the rate source(s) for the VRC and select next. The possible
options are:
Shapefiles
l ISO XML
l CropSpec or Yara (if enabled)
Note that shapefiles and ISO XML cannot be used at the same
time. However CropSpec or Yara can be used in conjunction with
shapefiles or ISO XML.
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previously imported to the current field are displayed so that
previously used maps can be recalled.
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If the desired maps are not already on the console, insert a USB
with prescription maps.
Select the USB icon at the base of the screen
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window background turns blue to indicate you are viewing the
USB file list.
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Select the USB home icon
to view the root of the USB file
structure. Files and folders on the USB root are displayed.
Select a folder to open it. Find the required file and select it. It
will display as white and next is now enabled. Note that multiple
files may be selected.
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6. If ISO XML was selected in step 2, select the task that you wish
to run. The file may have several tasks listed. Select the task that
matches the seeder implement.
7. Select next.
Source and Attributes must now be assigned to channels.
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Channel: The tank or bin that is being controlled.
Source: The source of the prescription map for that channel.
The list of files that were selected earlier will appear here or you
can also select a live source like CropSpec or Yara.
Attribute: One of the properties in the shape file or ISO XML
file or the sensor output from CropSpec. The same shape file
may have multiple attributes to define the rates for more than
one tank so this allows the operator to map the prescription to
the appropriate tank.
Rescale: This column defaults to 1, which means that the
prescription defined in the source will be used directly. However, depending on weather conditions, the operator may
choose to increase or decrease the rate of application. This
allows a uniform increase for all defined rates. For example, a
rescale of 1.1 will apply 110 percent of the rate defined in the
source.
Default: Defines the rate to use if the source doesn’t specify a
rate for that region of the paddock or if the GPS signal drops
out.
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8. Select next.
9. On the final step, you must confirm the setup. This cannot be
changed for the job, so ensure it is correct before continuing. Select
Back to change the configuration or OK to confirm.
The map is displayed. If it does not display, ensure you are in close
proximity geographically to the map’s location.
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Chapter 8 – Apollo ECU Information
There are two types of Apollo ECUs available:
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The EM-24 is the Input/Output expansion module.
8.1. Interpreting Apollo ECU LEDs
Power LED
Transmit LED
Receive LED
ECU Status LED
Note: If a fault occurs in the ECU, an error code may be displayed.
Refer to Apollo ECU error codes, page 117.
8.1.1. Power LEDs
The power LEDs display different behavior on the CM-40 and EM24 ECUs.
The following types of 12V power are applied to the Apollo ECUs:
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solenoid power: Powers the relays and H-bridges.
VCB solenoid power: (Vertical Connector Board) power supplied
on the ECU connectors.
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CM-40 Power LED
LED state
Power state
Green
ECU power on
solenoid power on
VCB solenoid power on
Amber
ECU power on
Either solenoid or VCB solenoid power on
Flashing amber ECU power on
solenoid power off
VCB solenoid power off
Red
ECU, solenoid, VCB solenoid or sensor power fault
solenoid and VCB solenoid power off
affected sensor supplies off
an alarm is triggered
Off
ECU, solenoid, VCB solenoid and sensor power off
Sensor power is on when the ECU is on, unless the sensor power
supplies experience a fault.
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LED state
Power state
Green
ECU power on
solenoid power on
VCB solenoid power on
sensor power (5V, 8V and 12V) on
Amber
ECU power on
solenoid power on
VCB solenoid power on
some or all sensor power off
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LED state
Power state
Flashing amber ECU power on
solenoid power off
VCB solenoid power off
sensor power off
Red
ECU, solenoid, VCB solenoid or sensor power fault
solenoid and VCB solenoid power off
affected sensor supplies off
an alarm is triggered
8.1.2. Transmit LED
LED state
Communication state
Flashing
green
This indicates that the control processor is executing the application
firmware.
Flashing red If the LED is OFF, this indicates that the boot loader is running.
8.1.3. Receive LED
LED state
Communication state
Flashing green Communicating with master. No CAN faults.
Amber
No communication with master. No CAN faults.
Flashing
amber
Communicating with master. CAN is operating in error passive
mode.
Red
No communication with master. CAN bus fault (bus off).
8.1.4. ECU status LED
LED state ECU state
Green
Control output (PWM and relay) allowed. No Power, communication
or ECU configuration faults.
Amber
Control output is inhibited. No faults are active. For example: 'drive
enable'.
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Flashing
amber
Control output is allowed for unaffected sub-systems.
A warning level fault is active. An alarm will be shown. For example:
'relay over current'.
Red
Control output is inhibited.
Fault/error state. An alarm will be raised.
Off
The boot loader is running.
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8.2. Apollo ECU error codes
8.2.1. Error levels
There are three different severity levels for errors and faults.
Severity
level
Description
Error/fault
All control output will be stopped. Relays will turn off and actuators
will power down.
Warning
Control output will continue for subsystems not affected by the fault.
For example, if a sensor power supply experiences over current, the
relays will not power down.
Information Control output is not affected.
8.2.2. Error code signature
The error codes displayed in Sunrise or on the Universal Terminal will
have the following signature:
IOGGPPDDEE
The meaning of each pair of digits is covered in the following sections.
Note: This is a hexadecimal number, base 16 arithmetic should be
used.
8.2.3. CM-40 ECU error codes
EE - ECU error state
These two digits give an indication of which ECU subsystems have
high severity errors/faults.
The specific error(s) in each subsystem, specified by EE, can be found
by decoding the preceding digits (IOGGPPDD).
Not all high severity errors are included in the preceding digits, in this
case faulty subsystems are only identified. IOGGPPDD can be zero (not
displayed) in this case and only EE will have a value.
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If any of the preceding digits are not zero, but the error state digits
(EE) are zero, the fault identified by the preceding digits is only a
warning or informational.
EE Value Subsystem
01
Communication (CAN)
02
Drive (H-Bridges or relays)
04
Power
08
General
10
ECU input/output
DD - Drive errors
These digits identify individual faults in the drive subsystem.
DD Value Subsystem
01
H-Bridge A (channel 1 and 2) over temperature warning
02
H-Bridge B (channel 3 and 4) over temperature warning
04
Hardware over current shutdown
08
Software over current shutdown
20
Drive shutdown
40
Relay over current fault
PP - Power error flags
These digits identify faults in the power subsystems.
PP Value Subsystem
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01
Solenoid power under voltage
02
Solenoid power over voltage or over current
04
Connector board solenoid power over voltage or over current
08
ECU power over voltage or over current
10
12V sensor power over current
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PP Value Subsystem
20
5V sensor power over current
40
Solenoid power MOSFET off
80
ECU power MOSFET off
GG - General flags
These digits give information or identify faults that affect the ECU but
do not fit in any other subsystem or category.
GG Value Subsystem
01
Transport/disabled mode active
02
ECU sleep active
04
Outputs disabled and software configuration cleared
08
ECU software configuration error
IO - ECU input/output flags
These digits identify faults in the ECU inputs and outputs.
IO Value Subsystem
01
Input capture over frequency
8.2.4. EM-24 ECU error codes
EE - ECU error state
These digits have the same meaning as for the CM-40 ECU. If not zero,
EE identifies subsystems with high severity faults. If zero the fault
given by the preceding digits is only a warning or informational.
EE Value Subsystem
01
Communication (CAN or SPI)
02
Drive output (relays)
04
Power
08
General
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EE Value Subsystem
10
ECU input/output
DD - Drive errors
These digits identify individual components with faults in the drive
subsystem.
DD Value Subsystem
40
Relay over current
PP - Power error flags
These digits identify faults in the power subsystems.
PP Value Subsystem
01
Solenoid power under voltage
02
Solenoid power over voltage or over current
04
Connector board solenoid power over voltage or over current
08
ECU power over voltage or over current
10
5V sensor power over current
20
8V sensor power over current
40
12V sensor power over current
80
Solenoid power MOSFET off
GG - General flags
These digits give information or identify faults that affect the ECU
but do not fit in any other subsystem or category.
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GG
Value
Subsystem
01
Transport/disabled mode active
04
Outputs disabled and software configuration cleared
08
ECU software configuration error
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GG
Value
Subsystem
10
No communication with auxiliary CPU (auxiliary CPU in boot loader
mode)
20
Main and auxiliary CPU firmware mismatch
IO - ECU input/output flags
These digits identify faults in the ECU inputs and outputs.
IO Value Subsystem
01
Input capture over frequency
8.2.5. Decoding error codes
These examples show how to decode the error codes using the
signature.
Example 1
This example applies to both the CM-40 and EM-24.
IOGGPPDDEE = Error signature
0000010004 = Error displayed (10004 is displayed in Sunrise)
The displayed error is split across three values in Universal Terminal
mode, these should be joined.
Align the last digit of the displayed error with the last digit of the
signature.
Note that leading zeros (green) are not displayed when using Sunrise
and should be added.
Signature digits Decoded error
EE = 04
The power subsystem has a high severity fault
DD = 00
The drive subsystem does not have any errors
PP = 01
Specific fault in this case is:
Solenoid power under voltage
GG = 00
There are no general errors
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Signature digits Decoded error
IO = 00
There are no input or output errors
Example 2
This example applies to the CM-40 ECU only.
DDEE = Error signature (shortened for brevity).
0502 = Error displayed
Signature
digits
Decoded error
EE = 02
The drive subsystem has a high severity error(s)
DD = 05 (= In this case there are multiple errors active, this is because the
01 + 04)
value 05 is not listed in the drive error table.
The errors can be found by determining which numbers add up to
the value displayed
In this case 01 and 04 add up to 05
The errors are:
01 = H-Bridge A (channel 1 and 2) over temperature warning
04 = Hardware over current shutdown
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8.3. Updating Apollo ECU firmware
For a single CM-40 ECU
1. On a Windows machine, unzip the firmware ZIP file onto a USB
flash drive.
2. On the X30 setup screen, select System / Features / Console and
ensure that FILE SERVER is enabled.
3. Select Implement / ECU / Upgrade ECU.
4. Open the README.html file that is supplied in the zipped files to
check the supplied firmware versions.
5. Check the versions displayed in the Firmware version column
against the supplied firmware. Any that do not match must be
updated.
The first part of the displayed firmware versions (2.11-r3 in the
example above) refers to the Main CPU version. The second part
(0.0.17) refers to the Auxiliary (Aux) CPU version.
6. Click in the Firmware version column on the ECUs to be updated
and select from the following:
Upgrade Main CPU: Select if the first part of the displayed
firmware version does not match the supplied firmware.
l Upgrade Aux CPU: Select if the second part of the displayed
firmware version does not match the supplied firmware.
l Upgrade both: Select if both parts of the displayed firmware
version do not match the supplied firmware.
7. Once all required selections have been made, select UPGRADE
ECU FIRMWARE at the top of the screen.
l
8. Confirm the warning message and select the next arrow.
9. Insert the USB flash drive containing the firmware into the X30 and
select next once the USB is recognised.
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10. The USB contents are displayed. Navigate to the firmware files
and select the next arrow.
11. Confirm the message to start the update. Note: If Upgrade both
is selected, during the upgrade process the messages 'Configuring
ECU' and 'Synchronising ECU' are displayed. DO NOT press the
green confirmation tick until these have completed.
12. Upgrade Complete is displayed once the process has finished.
Confirm to restart the console.
Note: If the displayed firmware versions are not correct after the
restart, power down and restart the tractor.
For multiple CM-40 ECUs
If the system has more than one CM-40 ECU installed, a dummy
implement profile must be created to update the Aux CPU firmware
for the secondary CM-40 ECU.
1. Follow the steps detailed above for a single CM-40 ECU.
2. Select Implement / New / Factory and confirm the Seeder
selection.
3. Create an implement by selecting the top items on the displayed
lists for either manufacturer (for both the implement and drill
template).
Note: Select Apollo for ECU Type and name the profile
UPGRADE.
4. Remove the Comms connectors from all ECUs except the one
that will be updated.
5. Select Implement / ECU / Add/Replace ECU.
6. Select the button in the Status column for the CM-40 ECU and
select Replace CM-40.
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The console will restart.
Note: If the ECU is not detected, try unplugging the Comms
connector on the ECU and reinserting it.
7. Repeat steps 6 to 12 from the steps detailed for a single CM-40
ECU.
8. Select Implement / Select to select the original implement profile.
9. Replace the Comms connectors that were removed in step 4.
Note: It may be necessary to restart the system to load all the
required settings.
For EM-24 ECUs
1. On a Windows machine, unzip the firmware ZIP file onto a USB
flash drive.
2. On the X30 setup screen, select System / Features / Console and
ensure that FILE SERVER is enabled.
3. Select Implement / ECU / Upgrade ECU.
4. Open the README.html file that is supplied in the zipped files to
check the supplied firmware versions.
5. Check the versions displayed in the Firmware version column
against the supplied firmware. Any that do not match must be
updated.
6. Click in the Firmware version column on the ECUs to be updated
and select Upgrade both.
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7. Select UPGRADE ECU FIRMWARE at the top of the screen.
8. Confirm the warning message and select the next arrow.
9. Insert the USB flash drive containing the firmware into the X30
and select next once the USB is recognised.
10. The USB contents are displayed. Navigate to the firmware files
and select the next arrow.
11. Confirm the message to start the update.
12. Upgrade Complete is displayed once the process has finished.
Confirm to restart the console.
Note: If the displayed firmware versions are not correct after the
restart, power down and restart the tractor.
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Chapter 9 – Index
accessories setup 57
alarms 103
area test 99
bin calibration 85
blocked head 65
blocked head setup 57
calibration 85
granular tank 85
liquid tank 91
NH3 tank 94
reset 84
test 99
wheel sensor 98
dashboard 62
down force 65
ECU
add/replace 16
error codes 117
firmware upgrade 123
LEDs 113
setup 15
upgrade 17
fans 64
implement
geometry 18
new 7
selecting 6
implement setup 5
keypad
LEDs 81
operation 81
setup 26
master switch 63
setup 25
menu settings 32
mini-views 64
operation 61
operation screen 67
section control setup 20
section switch setup 22
seeder
mini-views 64
setup 32
setup menu options 32
switchbox setup 24
tank calibration 85
tank optimizer 95
variable rate control 107
wheel sensor calibration 98
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