Networked Grain Aeration increases efficiency and adds value.
Networks are common. There are TV networks, radio networks, phone networks, and so on. Phone networks are interlinked so anyone can call anyone even though they are on different networks — for a price. Standards are established so everything works the same. It is like all railroad tracks in the US have the same width so a train car can be pulled anywhere so unloading one and into another with a different track width is avoided.
The Internet is a very large network that connects almost everything at some level.
►Connectivity saves travel, labor and time.
►Bringing sensed data and events to the operator in near real time enables a better job.
►This data helps learning (both machine and operator) so future decisions can be improved.
►Alerts for fan failure, power loss, connection loss and smart alerts to suggest settings changes remove worry and prevent larger problems.
►A history of storage conditions adds value that is becoming increasingly important to buyers of grain.
►Remote, secure storage of data enables recovery from failures and storms quickly and fully.
Grain is aerated because otherwise it often spoils. Alternatives are costly and limited. The cost to equip grain storages with aeration capability is significant. Once this investment is made the challenge is to operate fans to deliver the potential of aeration.
Because moisture content (MC) impacts outcomes when grain is handled and at end use, controlling the MC level and uniformity add great value in addition to avoiding spoilage. Learn More about MC
Markets are quickly learning that sourcing grain that has spoiled grain blended with sound grain negatively impacts brand value. Networked Grain Aeration helps manage and disclose blending practices to assure purity and sources.
The goals of aeration management include:
► Preservation without spoilage
1) Prevent molding
2) Prevent insect activity
► Regulate moisture content (MC)
1) Achieve a Targeted MC
2) Achieve uniformity of MC in the grain mass
► Lower inputs
Networked Aeration™ includes:
► Responsiveness and adaptiveness to weather
► Responsiveness to market changes
► Track progress of changes
► Show current rate of change
► Predict completion of goals
► Certification of storage conditions