Dunstan adds smarts to chaser bins

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Bulk grain handling pioneer Dunstan has introduced its new Agrimatics technology which enables iPads and iPhones to turn chaser bins into smart pieces of equipment.

Dunstan adds smarts to chaser bins
Dunstan's new Agrimatics Libra technology uses Bluetooth and cloud connectivity to allow operators to maintain a complete record of all grain handled through an entire harvest — all from the tractor cab.

Agrimatics Libra technology uses Bluetooth and cloud connectivity to allow operators to maintain a complete record of all grain handled through an entire harvest — all from the tractor cab.

Cloud connectivity unifies the system, even with multiple harvesting units. All crop flow transactions can be e-mailed or optionally stored securely in the cloud for later access.

Data is exported in the .csv file format for use with any spreadsheet package. Recording continues regardless of cellular or internet connections.

The app supports an unlimited number of paddocks, destinations and commodities. All can be recorded with each load and totals are instantly available. GPS supported devices can log the location of every load providing a production audit trail.

Installation is simple. A patent-pending Bluetooth transmitter is installed on the chaser bin (or in the tractor cab depending on operator preference) and wired into the junction box connected to the weigh bars — weigh bars from all manufacturers are supported. No other wiring is necessary.

The chaser bin then communicates wirelessly with an iPad, iPad Mini or iPhone in the tractor cabin turning them into both a weight display and a sophisticated record keeper.

Similar devices in the header cabin and truck cabin can also link wirelessly so that all operators are viewing the same screen.

The easy-to-read screen layout simultaneously shows weight remaining and weight unloaded during loading operations. No calculations are necessary.

Installing Agrimatics on a mobile device doesn’t limit its functionality. Harvest data continues to be recorded even while the phone is in use. Recording continuity is also maintained while other apps are in use.

Rupanyup, Victoria, grain grower Andrew Weidemann has just purchased a new 31 tonne Dunstan chaser bin fitted with Agrimatics Libra and is currently using it for moving grain around the farm.

"It’s connected to an iPad Mini in the ‘tractor office’ and works very well," Weidemann says.

"We store grain at three sites but don’t have a weighbridge. This is going to give us a lot more control over grain handling.

"Anybody who comes into the paddock with a mobile device will be able to see the screen when they’re in range."

Weidemann adds the technology will also be good for loading the trucks.

"We run mass management on all our trucks and Agrimatics is going to give us very accurate weights," he says.

Dunstan Director Craig Miller says the company is keen to take an innovative role and source new technology for farmers.

"It’s new to Australia but has been extensively proven in North America," he says.

"More and more farmers are using tablets and mobiles in their daily operations. We see Agrimatics as a very beneficial extension of that trend for our customers.

"We can easily retrofit the system to existing Dunstan bins with weigh cells," he adds.

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