Brazilian sugar mill implements automatic pilot system to save time and increase productionHUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 5, 2013 — (PRNewswire) — Usina Acucareira Guaira, one of the largest sugar mills in Brazil, recently implemented a SmartAgriculture system for automatic generation of lines for crop rows.
SmartAgriculture provides better security and reliability for planting, pulverization and harvesting, and increases the number of planting lines for crop rows per hectare when compared to the conventional method. By using the automatic pilot, Usina Acucareira Guaira is able to increase the number of lines for crop rows, increasing the amount of sugar cane that can be produced. SmartAgriculture was developed by SISGRAPH, and based on Intergraph®'s GeoMedia.
"With the SmartAgriculture system, it is now possible to have a spatial view of the entire plot area before initializing the work, saving both time and fuel," said Alfredo Barbosa Neto, coordinator of geo-technology at Rosario Farm, a branch of Usina Acucareira Guaira. "By using the new technology, we have already projected more than 1,000 hectares of planting area. Imagine the number of additional plants this software will generate for all the farms owned by Usina Acucareira Guaira."
Tractors are equipped with a GPS controlled by the SmartAgriculture system and installed into the automatic pilot system. Leveraging the power of GIS, the production equipment is able to better maneuver plots containing curves and obstacles, resulting in more consistent lines for the crops. The SmartAgriculture technology also allows users to store the results in a geographic database. SmartAgriculture technology can be used on any equipment, regardless of the model or manufacturer.
Additionally, the system allows Usina Acucareira Guaira to analyze alternative planting projects and choose which plot will result in the best productivity, economy and coverage.
"The process for generating lines automatically for crop rows has improved dramatically; what used to waste a lot of time for us on each project, now only takes only a few minutes, so the planting team has more time to analyze all the projects and check for accuracy," said Alfredo.
SISGRAPH has been providing Intergraph solutions to Brazil since 1980. SISGRAPH, which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, provides exclusive sales, consulting, implementation and training services - in its Training Center or in its customers' facilities as well - for all Intergraph Process, Power & Marine products in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, and for all Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure products in South America and the Caribbean. SISGRAPH's technical team of more than 100 engineers and specialists has deep knowledge of Intergraph products, its applications and the markets to which they are destined. For more information about SISGRAPH, visit www.sisgraph.com.br.
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Stephanie Deemer, Executive Manager Public Relations/Government Relations