Nozzle control system
Raven Industries has announced Hawkeye, a pressure-based nozzle control system. It can be integrated in the Viper 4 field computer, which features CAN ports.
THE VIPER 4 IS A FOURTH GENERATION FIELD COMPUTER. It’s also the first in a generation of field computers powered by the Raven Operating Software, which integrates Raven’s full line of products into one connected platform. According to the company, the computer is designed to work with equipment of any brand.
Hawkeye will be integrated in this field computer, as well as other Isobus compatible virtual terminals, giving customers a system with less cab clutter. Also it comes with turn compensation for precision during sprayer operation as well as valve diagnostics and a sectional shut-off. The system reduces spray drift and enables an accurate droplet size and placement, getting the most out of every nozzle. Each nozzle is controlled by its own individual pulsing valve giving the user a consistent spray pattern whether they are driving 5 or 20 km/h, depending on the nozzle tip size.
The system is built on the Isobus communication platform, which allows it to work with most ISO task controllers on the market. The system will be released in fall 2014.
“Our customers are operating larger equipment in diverse field conditions, all while trying to better maximize and manage their inputs, which has created demand for more innovation in our application control product family,” says Matt Burkhart of Raven’s Applied Technology Division. “The pressure-based control capabilities of this system give applicators more accurate droplet size and more precise and consistent spray patterns across the board, in addition to drift reduction. The superior quality and simplicity of Hawkeye takes nozzle control systems to the next level.”
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