OPI Introduces Grain Quality Sensor

OPI Grain Quality SensorOPI is introducing an innovative new Grain Quality Sensor designed to assist farmers and commercial storage operators. This innovative sensor aims to detect biological activity in grains at the earliest possible stage, offering valuable insights and enabling proactive measures to maintain grain quality.

The new technology from OPI detects carbon dioxide, an early indicator of insect and mold activity that can significantly damage stored grain. OPI’s compact yet high-tech design allows installation as close to grain as possible, in the plenum and head space – for early detection and alerts. Pair the Grain Quality Sensor with OPI’s advanced moisture and temperature sensor cabling to clearly identify problem areas in the bin.

“The Grain Quality Sensor is agriculture’s most advanced warning that grain movement is needed,” says Dave Crompton, OPI CEO. “Instead of waiting for odor or visual cues – which typically come too late to save grain and protect profit margin – this sensor alerts at extremely low levels of CO2, the best and earliest indicator of grain deterioration.”

Normal background CO2 is 400-600 ppm, while spoiled grain begins to smell at about 1,200 ppm. The OPI Grain Quality Sensor has 50-ppm accuracy up to 2,000 ppm. The sensor includes threshold (absolute level) alarms or rate-of-rise alarms, both configurable by the user.

Peace of mind while storing your grain comes from having complete visibility of the grain condition and quality. To achieve this level of visibility, a storage facility should supplement the temperature and moisture cables with CO2 sensors like OPI’s Grain Quality Sensor. By having both temperature and moisture cables along with CO2 sensing, you will have the most comprehensive data set available. This enables not only early detection of spoilage from the CO2 data, but also critical information, like the grain temperature and moisture, ensuring your grain is in optimal condition when it is time to sell.

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