VALLEY, Neb. (Aug. 25, 2010) — Valley Irrigation will introduce its new TouchPro™ control panel at the 2010 Farm Progress Show Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Boone, Iowa.
The Valley TouchPro control panel with Touch technology is designed to simplify control panel programming, while giving producers the option to personalize main screen controls to display irrigation information that is important to their operations.
“The TouchPro panel was designed to simplify programming of control panels for pivot irrigation,” said John Rasmus, Valley Irrigation controls product manager. “The TouchPro is a natural progression from the current computerized panels.”
The Valley TouchPro control panel has improved control features, including a graphic view of the pivot, end-gun positions and wide boundary irrigation positions. This new interface helps growers more quickly and confidently make water management decisions.
Bryant Knoerzer, a grain and livestock producer from Elwood, Neb., has been helping Valley Irrigation field test the TouchPro panel for several months.
“I’m very impressed with the ease of operation,” Knoerzer said. “The TouchPro panel is very easy to understand. You just press a button and it’s run visually. That helps visualize differences in degree changes, so if someone puts in a wrong degree setting, it’s more easily caught.”
Knoerzer added that he can customize the main screen, helping prevent the accidental changing of settings. “I can change the screen layout to show controls I want to see,” he said. “I can hide other buttons so settings can’t get changed on me.”
Unlike other touch control panels on the market, the TouchPro panel is designed to handle the challenges of outdoor agricultural environments, including extreme temperatures, high humidity and transient voltage requirements. Rasmus explained that these design specifications will provide growers with uninterrupted performance and years of trouble-free operation.
The TouchPro panel comes with a five-year industry-exclusive warranty and is compatible with the Valley Irrigation BaseStation and Tracker lines of products.
Producers can see the new TouchPro panel at the Valley Irrigation Farm Progress Show booth, No. 1023. Following its launch at the Farm Progress Show, information about the TouchPro panel will be available at local farm shows through spring 2011.