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BinMaster, Eye-Grain announce strategic alliance

BinMaster will manufacture, market Crop-Protector line of grain sensor systems.

BinMaster of Lincoln, Neb., and Eye-Grain of Denmark have announced a strategic alliance that will bring a new line of temperature, moisture and carbon dioxide sensors to the North and South American grain storage markets.

BinMaster will be manufacturing and marketing the Crop-Protector line of sensor systems for monitoring stored grain under this exclusive agreement. This builds on the success of the Crop-Protector line of products in Europe, Africa and Asia sold under the iGRAIN brand name in international markets.

Crop-Protector solutions include state-of-the-art digital temperature and moisture monitoring cables for installation in bins and silos that are highly accurate and have a long service life. Portable sensor lances with handheld readouts are a cost-effective solution for monitoring flat storage, piles or occasional temperature data sampling. The Crop-Protector CO2 sensor, developed in 2008, was the first product of its kind on the market. Now in its third generation, it is a fast-growing new technology that detects carbon dioxide, which is an indication of undesirable biologic activity and infestation in stored grain.

The Crop-Protector line also includes an advanced, easy-to-use Aeration Control System that includes rugged, professional weather stations required for accurate ambient weather information. The Dashboard Manager software can be operated on-site or via Cloud-based software and is designed to keep crops in optimum condition.

"Crop-Protector grain conditioning systems are already proven in grain storage facilities in many international markets," according to Peer Hansen, biochemist and director of marketing and sales for Eye-Grain. "BinMaster's ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing and experienced staff will ensure that grain facilities get top quality products and personal service in the North and South American markets."

The innovations created by Peer Hansen and the current Eye-Grain products have served the post-harvest grain storage industry from farm level to major industrial customers worldwide since 2003.

The Crop-Protector monitoring and control solutions will be offered by BinMaster as complete systems including communication hubs, wall-mounted touch screens, software for a turnkey solution with continuous monitoring of stored grain conditions, automated alerts and other options.

"Temperature and moisture monitoring systems are a perfect complement to BinMaster's line of level controls and inventory monitoring systems," BinMaster chief executive officer Scott McLain said. "Eye-Grain delivers the quality and innovation customers expect from BinMaster."

BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Lincoln. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp and paper, power, mining and concrete industries.

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