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Trimble Adds T2 Terrain Compensation Technology to EZ-Steer and EZ-Guide Plus Systems
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DECATUR, Ill., Aug. 30, 2005 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the T2™ Terrain Compensation Technology option for its AgGPS® EZ-Steer™ assisted steering system and AgGPS EZ-Guide® Plus lightbar guidance system for agricultural vehicles. The T2 technology improves accuracy when driving across sloping terrain and rough ground, which is ideal for reducing overlaps and skips to increase productivity during any farm operation with undulating terrain and rough field conditions. The T2 technology is an option for new and existing EZ-Steer users.
The announcement was made today at the Farm Progress Show.
AgGPS EZ-Steer System - Affordable Assisted Steering
Winner of the AgriMarketing 2005 product of the year, the EZ-Steer system is the most affordable, portable and proven assisted steering system on the market today. For US$6,560 users can purchase a complete assisted steering system, which includes the EZ-Guide Plus lightbar and EZ-Steer, with +/- 6-8 inch pass-to-pass accuracy (95% of the time). Since 2004, the system has been used worldwide for applications such as tillage, seeding, spraying, spreading, harvesting and swathing. Return on investment is fast because it can be used across many field operations from tillage to harvest.
The EZ-Steer assisted steering system sets a new standard by using GPS and an electric motor mounted on the steering column to keep the vehicle on line without the use of hydraulics. It uses the GPS guidance from the EZ-Guide Plus lightbar and automatically turns the steering wheel. This allows drivers to focus on in-field tasks, such as implement or spray boom operations, to improve job quality and greatly reduce operator fatigue.
The EZ-Steer system typically installs in 30 minutes on over 350 vehicle models - old and new. Once an AB or curved line is set, the engage button is pressed to begin assisted steering on the swaths. The operator can take manual control of the tractor steering by simply turning the wheel, which causes the EZ-Steer system to automatically disengage.
The EZ-Steer system's affordability, ease of installation and portability between vehicles allows farmers to equip their fleet with assisted steering. For more information, visit www.EZ-Steer.com.
The AgGPS T2 Terrain Compensation Technology for the EZ-Guide Plus system and EZ-Steer system is expected to be available in Fall 2005. Contact a Trimble Agriculture reseller for details or call 1-800-865-7438.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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