MOLINE, Ill. (August 25, 2015) — Now available exclusively from John Deere is TimberNavi™, an easy-to-use, fully integrated mapping solution for L-Series Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers and M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers. It provides owners and operators maximum visibility to the land they're harvesting, helping them to be more efficient and productive in the woods. TimberNaviincreases the operator’s spatial understanding of the jobsite, terrain information, harvesting areas and points of interest on a map, which in turn helps enhance productivity, increase uptime and deliver lower daily operating costs.
“As loggers face growing demands from both landowners and mills, technology can help them become more efficient in the woods,” said Meghan Hargrave, ForestSight Product Consultant, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “At John Deere, we’re not just offering equipment, but solutions to help loggers work smarter. We’re pleased to be the first machine manufacturer to offer mapping technology for full-tree logging in North America through TimberNavi.”
TimberNavi delivers three primary benefits:
1. Ease of Use
TimberNavi is simple to use both on and off the machine. In the office, TimberNavi saves time for the logger by simplifying the map creation process. Leveraging the digital maps within industry leader,ESRI™ ArcGIS™ for Desktop, the foreman or site manager can quickly create a custom map of the jobsite. He can then customize it by adding points of interest for the operator such as tree types, power lines, cut block borders, harvesting areas and more. Once complete, map information can easily be transferred to the TimberNavi monitor with a USB flash drive.
In the cab, TimberNavi features a high-resolution, easy-to-use 10.4” touchscreen display. This display provides operators quick visibility to real-time data, including current machine location, terrain information and distance to the nearest deck or landing. The clarity of the maps enables operators to view the entire jobsite at a glance, so he can quickly look up and know exactly where he is without having to leave the cab.
2. Increased Jobsite Awareness
On the jobsite, TimberNavi provides operators maximum visibility to the land they’re harvesting. Operators receive visual alarms based on the customizable buffer zones set around cut block boundaries and points of interest. The measuring tool supports easy calculation of harvest areas and skid distances, allowing operators to adjust cut patterns to ensure jobsite and fuel efficiencies. Loggers can work faster and with more confidence, as the potential for error during operation decreases. This translates to lower daily operating costs, and increased productivity and profitability.
3. Integrated with the John Deere Forestry Machine
TimberNavi is seamlessly integrated in the machine as part of the John Deere ForestSight™ suite of technologies. When ordered as a purpose-built, factory installation, TimberNavi can be financed and delivered with the purchase of a new machine. TimberNavi will also be available as a field kit on John Deere L-Series Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers and M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers. Most importantly, TimberNavi comes with the full support and expertise of a John Deere Dealer.
TimberNavi is the latest addition to the John Deere ForestSight™ package of customer-driven technology solutions that bring the machine, the jobsite, and the John Deere Dealer together to help loggers better manage their equipment and operations. To learn more visitwww.JohnDeere.com/TimberNavi or contact your local John Deere dealer.
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.