Trimble combines GPS guidance and rate control to automate agricultural spraying operations

Trimble combines GPS guidance and rate control to automate agricultural spraying operations

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California, USA, 29 August 2006: Trimble has introduced its AgGPS EZ-Boom 2010 automated application control system. The system is designed to help farmers cut input costs and reduce operator fatigue by providing precise automatic control of field spraying applications. The new AgGPS EZ-Boom 2010 system works with the Trimble AgGPS EZ-Guide Plus lightbar guidance system, AgGPS EZ-Steer assisted steering system or the AgGPS Autopilot automated steering system.

The AgGPS EZ-Boom 2010 system allows operators to: automatically control up to 10 separate boom sections, ensure accurate rate control throughout the field to avoid over and under application and simplify installation and reduce equipment costs for spray systems. The EZ-Boom 2010 works in conjunction with, or replaces, most currently available rate controllers. As a result, it can add the benefits of automatic boom switching to many popular rate controllers now in use.

When used with the AgGPS FieldManager system, the AgGPS EZ-Boom 2010 system provides additional automated control benefits. These include simultaneously providing automated boom section control and application mapping or logging, as well as allowing variable rate prescription of liquid fertilizers, crop protection chemicals and other liquid crop inputs—all working with one integrated cab display. In addition, sprayer operators familiar with Trimble EZ-systems require minimal time to learn the proper operation of the EZ-Boom 2010 system.

When used with the AgGPS EZ-Guide Plus lightbar guidance system, the AgGPS EZ-Boom 2010 system turns a lightbar system into an automatic boom section control tool and an application controller without adding more displays to the cab. The new AgGPS EZ-Boom system is expected to be available in September 2006.