Westeel of Winnipeg, Man., announced that it has expanded its line of Smoothwall bins and entered into an agreement with Norstar Industries, a manufacturer of grain handling products based in Morris, Man., to build the new bins: the Magnum GNmodel for grain, seed and feed storage and the Magnum FN for fertilizer, grain, seed and feed storage. The Magnum GN has a storage capacity of 3,236-5,720 bu. The Magnum FN has a storage capacity range of 118-209 tons.
Bin level sensor
BinMaster Level Controls of Lincoln, Neb., has introduced the new BinMaster RL level sensor designed to provide reliable bin level data in challenging environments where dust levels are extremely high. The non-contact, continuous level sensor works in all types of powders and solid materials, including very low-dielectric materials that previously were largely incompatible with non-contact devices. The BinMaster RL features a self-cleaning, nonstick surface that does not require routine maintenance or air purge for cleaning. It uses acoustics-based technology at very low frequencies, which allows it to penetrate dust. The acoustic waves won't reflect off heavy dust or the material surface, which can cause erratic or inaccurate measurements. A quick-start guide is used to configure the BinMaster RL directly from a screen on the head of the device or from a computer. Multiple bins can be connected using a daisy chain. The BinMaster RL outputs a 4-20 analog signal for connection to an existing control system or display module. Users can view measurement data for one bin or all bins at once when the sensor is used with MultiVision software on a personal computer.
Handheld moisture tracker
Digi-Star of Ft. Atkinson, Wis., has introduced the Moisture Tracker, a handheld near-infrared scanning device that measures the dry matter and moisture content of both inbound and stored animal feeds. The Moisture Tracker provides nearly instantaneous and accurate dry matter and moisture readings that enable livestock producers to quickly react to changes in dry matter to make sure the ration delivered matches the ration calculated, the company said. Livestock producers and nutritionists can utilize the information gathered by the Moisture Tracker to provide more consistent rations with the goal of improving productivity, herd health and profitability.
John Deere of Olathe, Kan., announced the addition of the new W235 Windrower to its hay and forage product lineup. This self-propelled windrower features more horsepower, a large cab, Integrated AutoTrac and CommandCenter display geared toward operational efficiency and other improvements. The CommandCenter display provides fingertip access to all controls that are critical to optimizing machine operation and performance, and Integrated AutoTrac provides steering assistance that enables faster cutting speeds while maintaining accuracy. The W235 Windrower will be offered in two configurations: a rotary and a draper. The rotary will be compatible with 994 and 995 heads, and the draper will be compatible with the 600D head. The W235 features a 6.8-liter Final Tier 4 engine rated at 235 hp, plus ground-level filling and a 160 gal. fuel tank. The clean air intake is located high on the machine, and an eight-blade cooling fan with a 19% larger fan screen reduces debris intake and improves machine efficiency in dusty conditions. This new machine also includes the JDLink telematics system that allow managers, owners and operators to monitor and track machines from remote locations, receive notifications when preventative maintenance is required and download the machine's performance data at the end of every day.
Meat treatment system
RGF Environmental Group of Riviera Beach, Fla., announced an upgrade to its patented PHI Treatment System for meat processors with the introduction of a PHI Treatment Tunnel-PLUS system. The new system provides direct 360-degree surface application on all exposed meat surfaces, resulting in 99.9% surface microbial reduction, according to the company. All-natural photohydroionization (PHI) is an advanced oxidation technology that acts as an additional strategic intervention for trimmings and sub-primals. The PHI technology allows for the antimicrobial treatment of meat products without leaving chemical residues. The 18 ft. PHI Treatment Tunnel-PLUS can be used to treat beef, which has tough angular surfaces and ridges. The PHI process does not affect the taste or appearance of the product, and the tunnel is unique in its ability to totally treat the product surface, the company said. The PHI technology has been validated for control of salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Staphylococcus aureus, as well as mold, yeast and viruses.
John Deere of Olathe, Kan., announced its new 2510L Liquid Fertilizer Applicator, which is designed for more precise liquid fertilizer placement into the soil. The 2510L is offered in a vertical or side-fold model and in three base widths of 30, 40 or 60 ft., each with 18 different spacing and row combinations. A high-capacity, hydraulically driven pump delivers fertilizer to plants through knives or injectors. The 2510L applicator comes with a GreenStar Rate Controller, enabling full integration with the GreenStar display for field documentation, map-based prescriptions and precision application. These features are designed to ensure minimal overlap while applying fertilizer.
Magnetic fixtures and hand lifter
Lincoln Electric of Cleveland, Ohio, announced its line of rugged, magnetic angle fixturing devices and hand lifters for its Radius tool welding gear product group. The magnetic fixturing tools can be used to position steel for tack welding or other pre- or post-weld operations and also are suited for cutting and grinding applications. The compact and lightweight magnetic fixtures are available in three different models intended for various material thickness or applications. A half-turn of the knob can toggle the magnet on and off for part removal and cleaning. In addition, the manual hand lifter is designed for small steel part lifting and sheet dragging. The manual hand lifter does not require batteries or electricity. A half-turn of the knob switches the hand lifter's magnet on and off.