USA: Trimble has acquired the assets of privately-held Rawson Control Systems based in Oelwein, Iowa. Rawson manufactures hydraulic and electronic controls for the agriculture equipment industry, including variable rate planter drives and controllers, variable rate fertilizer controllers, mechanical remote electric control valves and speed reducers.
Rawson’s products work in conjunction with the Trimble FieldManager Display, which monitors and controls up to four inputs such as seed, fertilizer and crop protection. The controllers can be operated either automatically by Global Positioning System (GPS) solutions or manually, both of which are supported by Trimble’s portfolio of assisted steering or manual guidance products.
Rawson’s offerings include the Accu-Rate variable rate controller, a versatile solution that mounts to planters, drills, air seeders, granulars or air spreaders, and liquid applicators with constant-volume pumps. The processor can be programmed to accurately control two different seed populations or to simultaneously change seed at one rate, and fertilizer at a different rate, when using two Geographic Information System (GIS)-based prescriptions.
The Rawson Control Systems business will be part of Trimble’s Agriculture Division.