Competence Center ISOBUS

Designing The CCI A3 - operating device that can control and steer towed machinery

Competence Center ISOBUS

Designing The CCI A3 - operating device that can control and steer towed machinery

In the Competence Center ISOBUS e.V. (CCI) the companies Amazone, Grimme, Krone, Kuhn, Lemken and Rauch jointly develop innovative agricultural electronics. The main focus of their work, besides the development of ISOBUS terminals and software, lies in establishing and advancing the ISOBUS standards for the communication between tractors and trailers and also the data transfer between mobile terminals and agricultural office software.

Challenges in Industrial Design:

  • The requirements of numerous stakeholders need to be recognised, evaluated, combined & considered in the plan
  • Determining special circumstances within the work environment: dust, dirt, various hand sizes, readability during different weather conditions
  • Focus on ergonomics (hand rest)

In close collaboration with all interest groups, a type of joystick was developed. Due to the input of all user groups we could significantly upgrade the product particularly in the area of ergonomics.

Special features:

Each company got its own interchangeable frame for their machine which will be automatically recognised by the device. The dividers of the interchangeable frame noticeably separate the keys from each other and enable blind operating of the machine in the field. The frames not only allow tactile orientation but also determine the layout. It is possible to provide the ideal amount of keys for each operational purpose. The graphic display visualises the different functions with the help of symbols that are provided by machines through the ISOBUS. Especially helpful are the larger buttons for important main functions. In case a machine requires a large number of control elements, the buttons can be decreased in size allowing further functions to be incorporated on the same level.