Indicators are constructed to provide reliable, consistent performance in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments — ideal for farming and other agricultural applications. Easy-to-read color displays provide a clear view of weights and process information, allowing operators to quickly identify load weights in virtually any lighting condition, from dense fog to bright sunlight. Indicators surrounded by rugged enclosures ensure that the electronics within will not be compromised by dust or moisture, preventing unnecessary downtime and equipment repairs. Plus, advanced indicators with intuitive touchscreens ensure users can edit field, animal or feeding data by simply tapping the screen—pairing unprecedented programmability with superior, user-friendly features to solve diverse agriculture weighing challenges.
For additional safeguarding against unwanted downtime, components are well protected from surges and automatically shut down if power falls or rises beyond desired levels. To minimize disruption, all settings and the weight reading are recalled during a power interruption and re-displayed when power is restored. Additional features could include thermo fuses that break the circuit at a set temperature and within ten minutes reconnect the circuit to provide protection while avoiding costly downtown to change a fuse.
To accommodate applications with tight spaces, indicators are available in miniature models, delivering accurate and reliable readings when indicators are placed in the cab of the tractor or truck instead of outside on the mixers, grain carts (grain chasers) and manure or fertilizer spreaders. These small, compact, but powerful and robust, indicators provide a wide variety of functions, including gross/net and tare functions, split axle weighing and motion filtering to steady displays during applications with excess motion. Indicators also feature memory accumulators that can identify fields, seed type, livestock groups or amounts of recipes batched and/or fed. This level of memory/functionality allows visibility in places like truck and tractor cabs where space is limited.
Providing superior connectivity, indicators can integrate directly with automated controls and equipment, improving efficiency and accuracy while enhancing communication throughout the entire enterprise. This enables process management and allows constant access to weighing data through company networks, providing rapid, real-time status updates and the continuous ability to change or modify production. Further, for communication versatility, collected data can be shared through multiple methods, including USB ports, Ethernet port and other options that facilitate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications.
Benefits of software integration
In order to deliver a weighing solution that is able to provide the highest levels of functionality and transparency, indicators can now fully integrate with intelligent, application-specific software. This combination provides a new standard of performance by improving automation, enhancing inventory management and increasing process monitoring. This provides the platform to maintain profitability in environments with great input/commodity volatility.
By integrating software designed for grain cart, animal weighing/heard management seed tender, manure and fertilizer spreading, feed batching and feed management, indicators become a fully-programmable tool for process efficiency. Combining indicator technology with custom software programming simplifies data management and control through features such as audit tracking, which keeps track of system changes and stores them in a log—allowing users to easily monitor past and current modifications.
For enhanced data management, indicator/software interfacing allows operators to effortlessly manage data from multiple indicators on one PC, eliminating time-consuming redundant data entry and management. Through this integration, data and process information can quickly be transferred wirelessly for real-time status updates or to a USB thumb drive to create a mobile method of memory transfer. Additionally, some software translates data into custom reports, with the option to export data to Excel or XML formats for use in other PC applications. For more reporting features, some indicators have the ability to track every step/function of production, which provides the data to create an infinite number of custom reports that reflect the operator’s preferences.
Pairing sophisticated indicators with industry-specific software enhances performance capabilities with a low degree of complexity. For instance, in the grain and feed industry, users can enter data regarding the field, grain type, hybrid, delivery truck and location of a particular load. By storing this information, users can analyze yield performance per hybrid/test plot through customized detailed field reports, track grain delivers and verify and calibrate equipment.