2011 Precision Product Review: Topcon Precision Agriculture

Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) kicked off the new year with an important new product release: the System 350 for global precision agriculture, featuring the new all-in-one X30 control console.

“With all new hardware and a revolutionary new interface, Topcon’s System 350 truly sets the industry standard for performance in virtually every conceivable area of farming operations,” said Albert Zahalka, TPA president.

Key features of the new offering include a 12.1 inch multi-touch screen, a 1.6 GHz central processor, and an IP67 rating to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

A new Topcon interface provides extensive features, including up to three mini-view windows, user definable dashboard view, interactive keyboard, and detailed information displays. High accuracy autosteering — up to 2 centimeters — is achieveable when used with Topcon’s AGI-3 receiver/steering controller.

The system also offers 32-section auto-control, multiple guideline setting including straight, adaptive curve and center pivot, and detailed job summary reports for data tracking and multi-year analysis.

System 350 also features Icon-based management of multiple simultaneous precision farming tasks, including autosteering settings, variable rate application for single and multiple products, autosection control, data logging, mapping, and implement setup.

In the areas of guidance, rate control and information, the X30 provides an array of options, including variable rate control, a configurable alarm system, job reports, automatic field recognition, and multiple boundary creation, said Zahalka. “The X30 is the perfect — and total — solution for any size farming operation.”

The system’s ISO virtual terminal interface provides direct configuration capabilities for a majority of the industry’s standard plug-and-play controllers, including AGCO, Case International Harvester, John Deere, DICKEY-john, Great Plains, and TeeJet, among others.

“There is no system on the market that’s easier to set up and operate than the System 350 with X30,” Zahalka added. “Its modern design, large touch screen, icon-based user interface and multiple applications and features provide the future of precision farming operations today.”

The System 350 joins Topcon’s existing line of precision technology, including the following:

System 150 delivers high accuracy steering, on screen as applied mapping, and basic functionality with optional rate/section control.

The AES-25 Electric Steering system provides users with high accuracy, quick, precise steering response, easy installation and portability for use on many tractor brands.

The CropSpec provides “on the go” canopy sensor capability for variable rate application using the System 200 (X20 console).

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