Trimble has acquired the assets of privately-held Rawson Control Systems, Inc. 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 that monitors and controls up to four inputs such as seed, fertilizer and crop protection. The controllers can be operated either automatically by GPS solutions or manually, both of which are supported by Trimble's portfolio of assisted steering or manual guidance products. With the addition of Rawson's technology, Trimble adds to its fully-integrated solution in the flow and application control market.
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 GIS-based prescriptions. Rawson's mechanical and remote electric control valves are built for sand and salt spreader valve applications or for agriculture. Their line of speed reducers matches engine speed to driven equipment speed, allowing both the engine and load to operate at peak efficiency. The Rawson Control Systems business will be part of Trimble's Agriculture division.
Rawson Control Systems, Inc., designs, builds, and markets hydraulic and electronic controls for the farm and mobile equipment industry, including precision GPS variable rate drive products, control valves and speed reducers. Rawson was founded in 1970 and its main office is in Oelwein, Iowa.
The acquisition of Rawson also complements the recent attainment of Tru Count, Inc.
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