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Autonomous agBOT Challenge 2019

The agBOT challenge is an international competition designed to motivate universities and entrepreneurs to develop innovative, high-tech solutions to advance the agricultural industry. Founded in 2015 by Steve Gerrish, owner of Gerrish Farms in Indiana and his daughter Rachel Gerrish, the event has become a must for companies, researchers, students and hobbyists interested in agricultural robotics....

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JCA Electronics Wins Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Emerging Award

JCA Electronics was awarded the 2019 Emerging Award by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) for its work in autonomous controls development on agricultural equipment. At this years gala dinner, John Anderson, President of JCA Electronics accepted the award on behalf of the company. Excerpts of his acceptance speech are included below. Opening Remarks So how does...

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Model-Based Development and JCA’s Simulink Block-Set

The Growing Complexity of Software Over the last 20 years, the off-highway vehicle market has seen an exponential growth in the complexity of software running on agriculture and construction equipment.  Initial software applications for these machines where typically only a few 100 lines of code and provided only limited functionality, such as lighting control.  However,...

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Advanced Sensing and Perception for Mobile Machinery

Using ROS for Rapid Deployment through shorter time to market and lower development costs. Advances in sensing and automation technologies continue to provide opportunities to bring new value to off-highway mobile machine applications. Sensing and control technologies that have been used for years in robotics are becoming ruggedized and dropping in cost, now making them...

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Augmented Reality from the OEM

Technology that can powerfully and quickly enhance the Sales, Operation and Service of Off-Road equipment in all industries. Mobile applications providing Augmented Reality (AR) offer equipment manufacturers a fertile platform to improve their customers’ overall experience in the operation, servicing and sales of their equipment while distinguishing themselves from their competition. At JCA Electronics, we...

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The Next Steps for Innovation in Agriculture

The Next Steps for Innovation in Agriculture – a New Level of Networking. Excerpts from a talk given by John Anderson, the CEO and Founder of JCA Electronics, a technology and manufacturing firm focused on control systems for off-road mobile equipment. John was speaking at an AMC Innovation Awards ceremony held in Saskatoon, Canada, July 16,...

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Perception Systems Technologies: The Next Step in Mobile Machine Automation

Over the last 20 years, there has been increasing levels of automation in mobile machines, bringing control and monitoring capability to machines that offer value to the operator. This has been fueled by the increase in capability (and the lowering in cost) of computing systems that can be used to interface with sensors for monitoring...

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Lessons Learned Combining Wireless Applications with Mobile Machine Control

As the need for more innovation has increased in agricultural, construction and other off-highway applications, it has become imperative for OEM manufacturers that serve these markets to incorporate electronic controls to provide these benefits. Electronic controls, usually implemented using a control module that serves as the nerve center to facilitate the actuation of hydraulic or...

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A Story: How Modern Technology and a Comprehensive Development Plan Can Bring Success to the OEM.

Today, Product Development of off-road, mobile equipment is so much more than just the evolution of the mechanical design. Features that can enhance the operator’s, dealers, and OEMs experience – such as automation, wireless communication, customization of the user interface, and prognostics – can also, if done well, strongly differentiate the product and enhance the...

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Innovation: A Reality or Just A Buzzword

Innovation is a common term highly used in many industries today and is a term that companies use to describe what they do. It is a term that implies creativity, and the application of new inventions, and a term that implies things are moving forward in a positive direction. But do companies that claim to...

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