Grain Systems, Inc. (GSI) is introducing a technology using sensors that illuminate grain to analyze hundreds of images per second. The BinRite Grain Identification System aims to help prevent the accidental mixing of different grains and oilseeds. a
The sensors can be integrated with an elevator’s existing programmable logic controller protocols or have a stand-alone PLC. If the identified crop type is being misrouted, the sensor system will stop grain flow and sound an alert. The system will be available for the 2018 harvest season. It identifies corn, soybeans and white and red wheat and will later be used for other grains.
“These sensors can be mounted at varied and multiple locations throughout an elevator’s grain conveying system to verify that the correct grain types are being sent to each bin,” says Adam Weiss, GSI director of global technology.
Roger Price, GSI national sales manager, says although many grain elevators use radio frequency identification to help direct deliveries and prevent grain mixing, the problem can still occur due to operator error or a mechanical glitch.
“GSI’s BinRite Grain Identification System will help grain elevator operators avoid the significant problems that can result from mixed grain, including shrink, broken space, shipping delays, shipment rejections, steep discounts and strained buyer relationships,” Price says.
Price says it is primarily designed for commercial grain elevators but is also well-suited for large farming operations that grow multiple types of grain.