Machines vs. Mankind
Oct 13, 2017
Today two combines 20 miles apart developed identical problems related to the mass flow sensor on their yield monitor. I've never seen that particular error code come up before, never seen those particular symptoms. Ultimately, both identical problems were traced to loose electrical connectors at the mass flow sensor. The connectors looked like they were plugged together correctly, but needed a good squeeze to click and lock them back into a solid connection. I'll probably never see that odd problem and easy solution ever again.
I've had that situation happen before, where two (or three, or four) combines suddenly develop the same problem within a few hours, or maybe a day or two, of each other. They're miles apart, the operators don't know each other, and there's no logical explanation why disparate machines would suddenly develop identical mechanical or electrical problems.
Sure, if there's a manufacturing flaw or assembly error, I've seen brand new machines develop similar problems within a short time of each, but all too often these weird, multi-combine problems show up on combines built in different years, with up to 1,000 hours difference in run-time.
My only conclusion is that machines can secretly talk to each other via some sort of long-distance mechanical telepathy. Every night while we sleep they commune with each other, and decide which farmers and mechanics they're going to make miserable the next day.
I think my name is toward the top of their nightly list.