Billerica, Mass. USA – May 25, 2007.
Following its success in Europe, Amphenol Advanced Sensors' Grainmaster “i,”is being introduced into North America, providing growers and merchants with an instrument that measures moisture and temperature of a wide range of grain crops.
The Grainmaster “i” offers simple, fast and reliable moisture measurement and features 15 pre-programmed crop calibrations, including wheat, barley, oats and canola, as well as soya. Each calibration can be adjusted to match other moisture-measuring instruments, which will help avoid moisture-reading discrepancies between grain sellers and buyers. The availability of an integrated moisture and temperature measurement probe with the instrument allows growers more reliable control of grain storage to ensure that crop quality is optimized.
In standard moisture-measurement mode, a crop sample is ground in the instrument’s integrated grinder compressor, and its moisture is displayed on a digital display. As the moisture measurement is based on the ground grain method rather than the whole grain method, more reliable readings are obtained on freshly harvested and dried grain. To achieve rapid measurements in bulk, floor and bin storage, a range of complementary temperature and moisture probes is also available.
“In essence, this integrated, systematic approach to moisture and temperature measurement reduces the number of different instruments that are required to measure moisture and temperature in crops, during and post-harvest,” says Chris Ranwell, Global Product Manager at Amphenol Advanced Sensors. “Furthermore, the increased accuracy of the Grainmaster “i” should help to give growers greater confidence in assessing the value of their crops.”