All Agriculture Solutions

  1. High-Speed Soybean Counting

    To solve this application, Banner Engineering has paired the technology of the D10D Expert with fiber optic arrays optimized for small object counting to create the D10 Expert Small Object Counter. The preconfigured fiber optic arrays of the Small Object Counter make alignment and object positioning control less critical than when using single point emitter and receiver fiber optic assemblies. This assures reliable, consistent small object counting.

  2. Fill Level of Dry Material in a Hopper

    An L-GAGE LT3 laser distance-gauging sensor, mounted above the hopper, measures the distance to the material's irregular surface, enabling a PLC to calculate the bin’s fill level.

  3. Log Measurement

    In this application, an EZ-ARRAY measuring light screen is being used to measure the length of the log. The EZ-ARRAY determines the total number of beams that are blocked by the log and communicates the length of the log to an operator station by sending the information to the system controller in the form of a MODBUS RTU-485 output. The operator station controller then provides a number of options to the operator, who selects which cuts are made.

  4. Monitoring Motor and Bearing Temperatures in Hazardous Areas

    Banner’s DX99 Nodes offer solutions for monitoring the temperature of motor bearings using thermocouples or RTDs. Because these are low power sensors and radios, a battery life of up to three years is possible. The Node sends temperature data wirelessly back to a central control location for logging and analysis. When the bearing temperature rises unexpectedly, maintenance can be scheduled before any motors burn out or equipment is damaged. It is likely this temperature data would not be monit

  5. Frost Protection and Soil Moisture Control in Cranberry Bogs

    Soil moisture and air temperature sensing ranges are typically under a mile, but the Site Survey tested the signal out to two miles. With the Node and its antenna installed very low to the ground, the Gateway was installed with a large omnidirectional antenna to maximize the Node communication range.

  6. Greenhouse Temperature and Humidity Monitoring

    A SureCross FlexPower™ Node with internal battery directly connected to a temperature and humidity sensor can provide these measurements without costly conduit or cabling, eliminating the need to manually collect data from multiple sensor locations. IP67 electronics and a variety of filter options make this product suited for the wide temperature and humidity ranges encountered in a greenhouse. As the wireless network master device, the Gateway Pro can be used to schedule specific events, log th

  7. Refrigeration System Monitoring with a Wireless Network

    A resistance temperature detector senses the temperature of a walk-in cooler and sends the data to a SureCross FlexPower Node. The Node in turn sends that data to a Gateway, which issues an alarm to management if the temperature exceeds acceptable limits. The DX80 FlexPower Nodes have a IP67 rating for rugged environments and work well in the cold.

  8. Monitoring Temperature During Composting

    Manual data collection is eliminated using a SureCross FlexPower™ Node equipped with two thermocouples to automatically monitor the temperature at two depths within a compost windrow or stack.

  9. Large Vehicle Detection at an Outdoor Loading Dock

    • Outdoor vehicle detection • Exposed to extreme weather conditions • Long sensing range

  10. Monitoring Railcar Wheels Wirelessly

    • Wheel monitoring system • Automatic push arm • Cannot run cables in harsh environment

  11. Gravity Irrigation with Pump and Flow Control

    The Gateway, or wireless network controller, monitors the water level inside the water tank. When the water level drops, a Node installed with the reservoir pumps uses its outputs to cycle the pumps on or off. A series of Nodes monitors the amount of water flowing into each orchard. A 1 Watt Data Radio connected to the Gateway transmits the data to a mobile asset or a centralized control center for data processing and billing.

  12. Center Pivot Irrigation

    Center arm pivot irrigation systems are used throughout the Midwest to minimize water use and ensure crop health. Because the sections of the center pivot assembly have to move at different speeds, the motors moving each section must be monitored to verify each section is moving at the proper speed and time.

  13. Outdoor Log Debarking

    In the event of a problem or potential equipment damage, anyone along the length of the rope pull cable (up to 75 meters) can pull the cable or press the built-in E-stop button and stop the operation of the machine. The switch is ruggedly built, to allow for outdoor mounting even in inclement conditions. It provides visible rope tension indication and an auxiliary output for remote tension monitoring.

  14. Debarking Control

    As a log moves toward the debarker, an EZ‑ARRAY receiver determines the total number of beams that are blocked. It sends an analog signal to the debarking station logic controller, which determines the diameter of the log and adjusts the log grippers and debarking blades to the log’s size. Accurately determining the log's size provides process stability and prevents damage to the debarking machine.

  15. Controlling Pivot Irrigation

    A municipality has over 30 farm fields irrigated with gray water using pivot irrigation systems. Local regulations prohibit the irrigation system from spraying over roads and ditches. The customer needs a solution that can reliably control the water flow to the end nozzle based on predetermined location coordinates.