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New FeedView system simplifies feed inventory management

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Battery-powered, wireless sensors are combined with intuitive, simple software to automatically measure feed inventory.

BinMaster has launched FeedView to provide swine and poultry operations with a new solution that eliminates complex spreadsheets and climbing into bins to manage feed inventory.

With FeedView, battery-powered, wireless sensors are combined with intuitive, simple software to automatically measure feed inventory, and the system delivers timely data to a smartphone, tablet or PC — transforming the way farms schedule feed deliveries.

FeedView is highly scalable from a single barn to national producers, ensuring everyone in an operation is making decisions based on the same information, BinMaster said.

FeedView’s dashboards provide an overview of each bin monitored and projects the days until it is empty, highlighting bins that are getting low and in need of a new delivery. The software calculates the amount of feed and the amount of headspace or room available in each bin. This ensures the feed delivered will fit into the bins and reduces the risk of overfilling. Inventory data can be shared among multiple users at multiple locations. Customizable alerts are sent via text message or email when inventory levels get low.

The software calculates projected feed usage based upon how much each animal consumes each day. FeedView allows users to manage different rations or formulations, record the use of medicated feeds and track when they are fed to each feed group. Historical reports show start and stop dates to comply with veterinary feed directives.

The battery-powered FVL-100 laser level sensor measures feed in bins up to 35 ft. tall, taking level measurements at scheduled time intervals to validate bin levels without climbing. It eliminates the expense and hassle of wiring and is easy to install. The sensor mounts through a hole cut into the silo roof using a mounting plate. Simply turn the laser on, aim it to the desired measurement point, and connect the LG-100 gateway to the internet via cellular or Ethernet.

BinMaster is a U.S. manufacturer of point and continuous level indicators and inventory management systems used for monitoring the level of bulk solids or liquids in bins, tanks, silos and hoppers. Material management solutions include all-digital grain monitoring systems, flow detection sensors and complete solutions using wireless devices and web applications to send data to a control room, console, smartphone, tablet or PC.

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