Electronics & Computers

TPS and DICKEY-john Collaborate

January 11, 2011

Through the strategic relationship, DICKEY-john will add Topcon’s X30 machine control display to its product lineup as a next-generation console.

LIVERMORE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Topcon Positioning Systems Inc. (TPS) and DICKEY-john Corp., which designs, manufactures, markets, and supports sensors, monitors, and control systems, have formed a strategic relationship in the agriculture industry.

Topcon, with headquarters in Livermore, CA, recently unveiled its System 350 machine control system, which uses the new X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering functionality.

DICKEY-john, based in Auburn, IL, serves the agriculture, off-road equipment, public works, and analytical instrumentation industries worldwide. It will be adding Topcon's "revolutionary X30 machine control display" as a next-generation console to their current product lineup. The X30 is a virtual terminal that offers complete compatibility not only with DICKEY-john sensors, monitors, and control systems but also with any ISO 11783–compliant product.

Ray O'Connor, Topcon President and CEO, said, "DICKEY-john is a globally recognized company with an exemplary reputation for its expertise in planting and application control. The company is well known for their reliable sensor technology and dedication to customer service; the X30 will be a strong addition to their industry-recognized product line. We are excited to work closely with this first-class company on mutually rewarding programs and projects."

DICKEY-john's vice president of marketing, Art Tsubaki, stated, "Topcon's strength in technology, such as ruggedized virtual terminals, GPS, and steering technology, provides another product option for our customers. Our ISO tradition and expertise, in combination with the X30, provide a great platform for OEM and aftermarket opportunities."

The X30 console has a large (12.1 in.) display, with an icon-based user interface, dashboard, and interaction keypad for ease of use.

Its prominent features include:

  • Compatibility with DICKEY-john electronic control units
  • Autosteering, using the Topcon AGI-3 receiver
  • ISO virtual terminal compatible
  • Manual guidance via lightbar system
  • Coverage mapping, as-applied maps
  • Import of XML prescription maps
  • 24 languages available

About Topcon
Topcon Precision Agriculture is a business unit of Topcon Positioning Systems Inc. (TPS). TPS designs and manufactures precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management, and mobile control markets. TPS' parent company, Topcon Corp., was founded in 1932.

About DICKEY-john
DICKEY-john Corp. is a privately held division of TSI. Since 1966, DICKEY-john, based in Auburn, IL, has designed, manufactured, marketed, and supported products used in the agricultural and public works industries. Key products include sensors, monitors, and control systems for farming tractors and implements, city/state snow and ice control vehicles, and analytical instrumentation for grain moisture and constituent testing for global customers.

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