Trimble Buys Rawson

Trimble has acquired the assets of privately held Rawson Control Systems, expanding its flow and application control solutions offerings.

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 Trimble’s FieldManager Display which 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, allowing growers to choose how to guide, monitor, control, and automate their farm machinery.

“Rawson complements our recent Tru Count acquisition. Our focus is to provide complete, end-to-end solutions for our customers, especially in the application control arena,” says Erik Arvesen, general manager for Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “Rawson drives allow customers to vary the seed rates while Tru Count clutches allow customers to shut off individual rows. Trimble’s solutions for precision planting which began with displays, GPS-based vehicle and implement guidance, are now the most comprehensive in the industry.”

The Rawson Control Systems business will be part of Trimble’s Agriculture Division.

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