CNH

Building autonomous combines with CNH Industrial

Impact

CNH Industrial sought ML6's assistance in efficiently transferring an algorithm from training environments to embedded hardware systems in combines, enabling them to rapidly acquire the required knowledge and successfully deploy the algorithm on a multispectral camera, ultimately accelerating production and gaining expertise for future embedded system deployments.

Intro to the customer

CNH Industrial is a global leader in capital goods that implements design, manufacturing, distribution, commercial and financial activities in international markets. Through their 12 brands, CNH Industrial makes the vehicles that keep agriculture and industry growing. 

Among other projects, CNH Industrial is working towards combines that work autonomously, like a “factory on wheels”. To do so, they are developing a wide range of automatic features for combines. The Electronics group, responsible for bringing Proof of Concepts into production, worked with ML6 to accelerate the integration of their AI algorithms into existing embedded hardware. 

Challenge

With innovation high on the agenda, CNH Industrial has developed strong AI capabilities in-house.  As the use cases are custom and complex, the organization looks to build up internal knowledge on how to build, deploy, monitor and improve algorithms. More specifically, CNH Industrial was looking to build internal knowledge on how to move algorithms from training environments to embedded hardware systems in combines. 

"Working with ML6 is investing in our own people. We believe it’s important that we have internal knowledge, and through our collaboration we received a knowledge transfer in a very efficient way to bring our people to a higher level. We buy knowledge, we buy flexibility, we make an investment in our people towards the future."

Combine Automation Lead Engineer

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Solution

To build up that knowledge as quickly and efficiently as possible, CNH Industrial turned to ML6 to help move an algorithm to a multispectral camera. ML6 helped downscale and optimize the algorithm and helped get it embedded by working together with the camera provider.

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Results

Through the collaboration, CNH was able to go into production much faster. They now also have the necessary expertise to deploy algorithms on an embedded system for future use cases.