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NOVEMBER 2015
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The Canadian Business Journal
of all this with them. They directed us to people
who have been great value to us in helping move
forward with AgriBrink.”
A little more than a year ago, AgriBrink dis-
covered a company called NeuronicWorks, a
Toronto-based engineering consulting company
that specializes in providing custom hardware,
software and system design services. There was a
need to catapult the team’s invention to the next
level and this was the partnership to do it.
“They helped in making our controller do addi-
tional things and it was assembled with the building
blocks from ISO, which allows you to take a piece
of equipment and plug it right into the monitor of
the newer tractors,” Kraayenbrink says.
The AAID controller has a built-in global
positioning system (GPS) and also a data log-
ger, which keeps records of the speed of the
vehicle and the pressure of its tires. To the best
of Kraayenbrink’s knowledge this is the first
system that has such capabilities, which should
be music to the ears of tire companies because
it allows their products to perform to their
optimum level, without compromise. The tech-
nology takes the guess work out of whether or
not the proper pressure is in the tire or if it’s in
the proper range. The AAID controller ensures
tires on tractors are inflated to the optimal level,
whether it’s driving on hard pavement, loose
gravel roads or on the soft soil in the fields.
Crucially, the system adds a significant amount
to the lifespan of the tire – often in excess of
25%, which translates into huge cost savings.
“Some of these units have eight tires. If the
operator doesn’t have a device to measure tire
pressure the lifespan of the tires can be greatly
compromised,” Kraayenbrink says.
AAID Operation
The AAID control system is very simple to oper-
ate with a toggle switch that deflates the tires in
20 seconds, providing 60% more surface area
allowing the farm vehicle to enter the field and
greatly reduce soil compaction as the tires ride
over the ground rather than sinking into it. Upon
leaving the field, once speed is increased beyond
a pre-set level, (typically about 18km/hr), an
alarm will go off signalling to the operator that
it’s time to inflate the tires.
“The only way to get rid of that warning
sound is by pushing the toggle switch up. It’s
almost impossible to drive the vehicles at the
wrong tire pressures without willfully ignoring
what the controller is telling you. The compres-
sor is operated by hydraulics and it has a log for
RPMs and speed and will turn on and off on its
own. It’s a very easy system for any operator to
run,” Kraayenbrink says.
A small controller with a toggle switch is
all that sits in the front cab portion of the trac-
tor. Another box that is about 10 inches, by 10
inches by four inches deep sits on the tanker
and it has air going in and air going out that
regulates tire pressure. Each of the valves and
components come from the trucking industry
and meet all safety regulations.
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