GPS Control for Golf Course Pesticide Applications

Sprayer Controls

Sprayer Controls developed by Raven Industries are what brings satellite technology to golf course sprayer use.
The Viper® 4+ is a larger screen with improved graphics.
  •  Maps are created and stored in the Viper 4+® Field Computer
  • The display screen is used for data entry and, during an active Job, to display:
    •  The map of your active Job.
    •  The area already applied with product.
    •  The centerline of your current pass, and your vehicle alignment to center.
    •  The on/off status of each section (nozzle).
    •  Other vital statistics like ground speed, flow, and pressure.
  • The Viper 4+® communicates with the Product Control node to turn sections (nozzles) on and off.
  • The system is monitored and controlled by the Viper 4+® Field Computer
The Viper 4+® also includes:
  • Raven's advanced Linux operating system
  • Up to 16 section control (which is necessary for larger spray booms)
  • Customizable screen options, including
    • Choice of widgets to display
    • Choice of widget location on the screen
    • On-screen virtual switches
    • Choice of variable colors
  • Now available - the ability to communicate with other Viper® 4+ equipped sprayers via Job Sync and Job Sharing

The Slingshot® Field Hub:
  • Utilizes high speed 4G cellular communication
  • Monitors your positioning with satellites and communicates correction signals for RTK accuracy
  • Transmits spray application information to your Slingshot® account for record keeping
  • Allows Turflux to see you Field Computer display when you activate the Remote Support option

Nozzle control is an integral component to satellite controlled spraying on golf courses. The increase in accuracy and savings from satellite control would be minimal if the technology could only control one boom section at a time. Satellites are the brains. Nozzle control is what makes it work.

The Hi-Flo Solenoid triple turret nozzle system is a basic electrical nozzle control system developed by Turflux to take advantage of Raven Slingshot® RTK technology without the need to purchase a completely new spray vehicle. Nozzles are controlled individually to only spray in your target areas, and nozzles are selected based on your target application rate for the desired travel speed and system pressure.

Hawkeye is an advanced nozzle control option developed by Raven to produce the desired spray droplet size at widely variable vehicle speeds while spraying.

Nozzles are controlled individually to turn on in target areas and will run at a constant pressure, even with variable speeds, by utilizing Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technology at the nozzle.

Capstan's SharpShooter® is an advanced nozzle control system using pulse width modulation to produce the desired spray droplet size at faster vehicle speeds or in a variety of wind conditions while spraying.

Capstan SharpShooter® equipped sprayers can take advantage of the Turflux Base Station network and provide all of the benefits from Turflux using Slingshot® RTK. With Slingshot® RTK you get repeatable sub-inch accuracy and one-time mapping with the maps you store on your Field Computer.

Check out this explainer video for a better understanding.

SmartTrax is a Turflux upgrade using Slingshot® RTK to guide your spray vehicle, virtually eliminating skipping or overlapping previous passes. Create a straight line or contour between two points for your first pass, and let SmartTrax take over. Continue by making each succeeding pass adjacent to the previous one. SmartTrax is automatically disengaged when the operator manually turns the steering wheel at the end of each pass.
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