VALLEY, Neb. USA (3 Jan. 2017) – Growers are about to gain smarter, simpler options for controlling and managing their irrigation center pivots. Valmont® Irrigation, the leader in irrigation technology, introduces the smartest center pivot control available today with the new Valley® ICON series of smart panels, providing intuitive control for any center pivot irrigation machine.
“With our release of four new control panels, growers will see firsthand the ease of operation with a very simple interface that’s extremely intuitive,” explains John Campbell, Valmont Irrigation Manager of Technology Advancement and Adoption.
The ICON panels accommodate irrigators with varying needs. Whether buying a new center pivot, upgrading an existing panel, changing from another brand of center pivot, or switching from a different irrigation method, the advantage of operating an intuitive, full-color touchscreen interface that can be adapted to today’s quick-changing technology is key.
Campbell states, “The ICON panels have expanded connectivity on a smart relay board, so they are ready for future upgrades. To bring that technology center stage, each panel comes equipped with AgSense® ICON Link, so all four models are compatible with both AgSense and BaseStation3™ telemetry technology. That makes it easy for growers to view data and control their pivots remotely, whether they’re expanding existing networks or just starting with remote monitoring and control.”
The new Valley ICON smart panels
Valley ICON10™, equipped with a 10-inch, full-color touchscreen display, works much like a tablet, but it is located at the pivot point. It provides all the features of the current Pro2 control panel from Valley, but with more memory and speed. It is also GPS Ready and works with Valley Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) Speed Control and VRI Zone Control programs.
The Valley ICON5™ features many of the same benefits as the ICON10 on a smaller, five-inch display, and with soft-touch buttons that provide easy, precise control.
With the Valley ICON1™, growers have full touchscreen control with a remote device, so there is no need to visit the pivot point or open the control panel to manage the machine. Growers can manage and control their center pivots remotely with a desktop, tablet or smartphone through the ICON app, available for both iOS and Android. They can also use the ICON1 to connect to the app from the edge of their field using the new Remote Device WiFi Access technology, saving them time as well as wear and tear on their vehicles.
The Valley ICONX™ easily brings any control panel – including all major pivot brand panels – into the AgSense or BaseStation3 network. It takes control of an existing panel using that panel’s circuits to deliver full ICON panel control. It is an affordable way to upgrade and put more pivots on one network.
New Remote Device WiFi Access technology
The new Valley Remote Device WiFi Access technology allows growers to connect to their panel in the field without having to travel to the pivot point. It provides control with any tablet or smartphone through the ICON app. It comes standard with the ICON1 and is optional with the ICON10.
Upgraded optional features
Valmont Irrigation states there are new optional features that can give farmers more information about field conditions so they can adjust their irrigation, chemigation and fertigation as necessary.
“There is wind, rain and temperature monitoring available with optional sensors,” says Vice President of Global Marketing, Matt Ondrejko. “This allows the grower to set parameters for their pivots. For example, if it rains 25 mm, the panel can be programmed to shut the pivot off. Or if the wind is blowing at 32 km per hour, or the temperature goes above 24°C, the grower can tell the machine to stop at a certain field position.”
Whether growers opt to use the most basic control or the most advanced management, every ICON panel is designed to provide simple, intuitive control for farms of every size.
“The ICON panels provide the opportunity for more control than ever before, through a very simple interface,” Ondrejko continues. “We are very excited about this new series of smart panels, and I’m confident our growers will be, too.”