Trimble Unleashes Major Product Array

From auto-guide to variable-rate-application, firm wants to be one-stop-shop.

Published on: Jan 22, 2009

Trimble Navigation opened a treasure trove of new products to its dealers and re-sellers in Denver Monday, and with acquisitions in implement and applicator controls, is offering nearly a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in precision agriculture -- from entry level up!

The crown jewel of the 2009 Trimble product line is the new AgGPS FmX integrated touch-screen display that can work on its own as a guidance system or as part of an automated system to provide tractor and implement steering and variable rate technology at the planter or applicator. The FmX screen is 35% larger than the industry standard at the unit includes a pair of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers that can take cues from U.S. GPS satellites as well as the Russian GLONASS system. The unit also includes an integrated radio to allow real time kinetic (RTK) sub-inch accuracy performance. FmX circuitry is also "future proofed" to include capabilities for on-coming enhanced GPS signals as well as navigational systems used throughout the world. The basic FmX starts at $5,995 with additional options extra.

The company's EZ-Guide 500 lightbar guidance system gets a variable rate application (VRA) option this year with allows producers to apply fertilizer, seed, anhydrous ammonia only where it's needed as long as there's a prescription map available. Other releases in Trimble's Office Management section provide software for creating prescriptions for inputs that work in tandem with the VRA system. Entry cost is $2,995 for the EZ-Guide 500 plus $750 for the VRA option. For folks who want only auto-guide the existing EZ-Guide 250 is a good place to start, especially since the 2009 model has enhanced capabilities.

Trimble Navigation's new AgGPS FmX integrated display anchors the 2009 new product line that ranges from entry-level auto-steer equipment to variable-rate controllers and software to write your own field crop prescriptions.

With the new navigation equipment comes the addition of 110 new models of farm equipment listed in Trimble's inventory of AgGPS Autopilot platform kits. This brings total machines compatible with the hydraulically-controlled automated steering system to more than 450 models and nearly 20 brands. The autopilot system plugs directly into the vehicle's power steering system and offers guidance and roll, pitch and yaw compensation, even on the roughest ground.

Trimble's acquisitions of Tru-Count and its tough, accurate air-clutches, along with Rawson Controls and its flow-rate controllers, has allowed the firm to offer variable rate application systems to customers who want to buy a system when they buy the electronics. Both sets of hardware were high on dealer excitement lists as about 450 representatives of Trimble dealers and resellers browsed the expanded 2009 Trimble line.

And, to further enhance Trimble's place as a supplier of remote-sensing signals for agricultural efficiency, the company also launched a pair of new stand-alone positioning receivers for 2009, the AgGPS 262 and the AgGPS 162.

The AgGPS 162 provides differential GPS (DGPS) information to precision agriculture equipment and a synthetic radar output (measured by satellite triangulation) to keep variable rate controllers accurate without additional speed indicators or sensors. The 162 is designed for yield monitoring or field mapping and is Autopilot system compatible.

The AgGPS 262 is a low-profile, combined GPS receiver and antenna, offering a choice of accuracy levels. The 262 is a replacement for the Trimble's AgGPS 252 receiver and does not require new cabling or configuration. It is a dual frequency L1/L2L-band receiver capable of sub-inch RTK operation, 4-inch OmniStar HP, 6- to 8-inch pass-to-pass OmniStar VBS or 6- to 8-inch SBAS corrections, including the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Europe's Geostationary Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Japan's Multifunctional Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS).

Both receivers are engineered to work with systems being developed worldwide for future precision agriculture applications.

For more information on the new array of equipment and precision agriculture services, click on www.trimble.com/agriculture.