1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Tractor Dials Dealer When Mechanical Problems AriseNew Valmet 4-WD tractor is equipped with sensors on its engine, transmission, and pto that are linked to a portable phone in the cab. When something goes wrong the phone rings to alert the operator that there's a mechanical problem. The tractor dealer - or more precisely, a computer at the dealership - also gets a call.
The strategically located sensors measure pto speed, engine speed, oil temperatures and pressures. Those readings are relayed to a central control unit connected to a mobile phone in the cab. It relays the in-formation directly to a computer at a dealer where actual values, statistics, performance peaks and troughs can be studied in detail.
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