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Remote monitoring of farm inputs is becoming commonplace. The grain drying industry is no exception, as we found out at National Farm Machinery Show. Four companies are offering technology that allows for remote monitoring of grain as it dries in real time.
Dryer status via text message
Sukup says the QuadraTouch control system for its tower dryers is rugged enough to withstand harsh environments and is simple to operate for easy start-up. Two options are available for monitoring a Sukup dryer remotely. The first is a GSM phone modem that works with the QuadraTouch display and functions through the GSM cellphone service. A user receives a text message if the dryer shuts down, and can also send a text to receive the dryer’s current status, moisture, unload speed and temperature in a text back. And moisture content, plenum temperature and unload speed can also be adjusted from your cell phone.
The second option is remote monitoring software, which can be installed on a laptop or PC. All data being collected through the QuadraTouch system can be monitored from home on your computer. And as a safety precaution, the dryer cannot be started remotely. Visit sukup.com for more information.