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What is Pattern Grouping?

by Jason Copeland on March, 13 2014 in Ag Leader, Guidance & Steering

With the new v5.2 firmware comes a new way to record multiple guidance paths together in a field. This is called “Pattern Grouping”. It works great with Straight AB, Identical Curves, Adaptive Curves, and Pivot patterns.  Now an operator can create a Straight AB line then create curved patterns around obstructions and save them within the same field as a group.

A popular guidance pattern that is widely used is the SmartPath pattern because it is so simple to generate, but SmartPath does have its limitations. For example, if you wanted to use an implement other than what was used to create the original SmartPath, it could not be done. Also, the SmartPath lines could not be exported from one display to another display because of their uniqueness to the display they were created on.

With Pattern Grouping, it is now possible for an operator to create multiple guidance paths; save and export them to another display and use these patterns with different implements, other than what the guidance line was created with.

The image above shows that creating a Straight AB line.

As soon as the B point is pressed, the Pattern is saved automatically. It is saved as time and date but can be named anything. To get to the Group Manager screen touch the AB button on the guidance tab.

Here is a view of the Group manager page showing the AB line that was just created. To add another guidance line to this Group, just touch the “+”, or add, icon.

More guidance patterns have been added. The screen shows what's been added, and the location on screen with the cross hairs.

The cycle button in Pattern Grouping much like the cycle button in SmartPath.  Hitting this cycle button (arrows pointing in a circle) will cycle through the different patterns that have been created in the group and the guidance line will generate to the users current position, as seen in the image below.

Comments

This is a good feature but still has issues.  You can not load a previous wayline into the group after you load the group.  Also a group can not be loaded after creating a new wayline.  Groups work really well for guidance on headlands.

Chris Holy on Sep 25, 2014

Thanks for your comment, Chris. Actually, it is possible to add new and existing patterns to a pattern group. With your group loaded, select your AB manager button. In there, you can choose to create a new line by selecting the plus, or load a previous line by selecting the load button. With the group loaded it will save the new lines or the previous lines to that group.
If you have additional questions, please contact GPS support by calling (515) 232-5363.

Thanks!

Ag Leader

Ag Leader on Sep 26, 2014

Hi,

I have a doubt regarding the AB line of pivot pattern.When i go to new pattern for pivot, i can see an option to “manually enter” Latitude & Longitude. How can i use this facility. Could i enter the co-ordinates of the center of pivot? Please let me know which coordinates i should enter.
Thank You

Hemand Mathew on Mar 20, 2016

Hello, Hemand,

Thank you for your question. Correct, you may use the pattern grouping feature for pivot patterns, and you may manually enter in the latitude and longitude coordinates of the center point.

Thanks again!

Ag Leader

Ag Leader on Mar 21, 2016

Hi,

I tried to enter the coordinates of the Pivot center. But it showing an error message ” Invalid pivot pattern. Radius too small or large”. Please advice .

Thank you
HEMAND MATHEW

hemand on Mar 24, 2016

Thanks for following up, Hemand. The best way to get your question fully answered is to call our support department. They can be reached at (515) 735-7000.

Thanks!

Ag Leader

Anna Sheets on Mar 24, 2016

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