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How Is A Grain Analyzer Used In Processing Facilities?

Constant quality checks are extremely important for agriculture processing facilities, which is why many processing plants turn to a grain analyzer. These devices offer a comprehensive look into the product, which is useful for quality control and monitoring production trends. For decades, processing facilities have relied on different machines or methods to accept or reject material, and those resulted in waste or suboptimal product. With a sophisticated evaluation machine, though, the processing plant can ensure maximum output and quality simultaneously.

How does a grain analyzer work?

These scanning devices are connected to a PC running proprietary software programmed to evaluate the material. During the check, the material is deposited into the machine. The product is slowly fed into the device as the scan progresses, so all the operator has to do is wait. During the evaluation, the machine takes pictures of the product, producing a range of values that are associated with the material’s physical characteristics. Some of these variables include the length, width, size, whiteness, red value and color. Some models can also check the moisture content in the product.

Using this information, the machine will determine whether or not to reject or accept the material. Even the slightest flaw in the product can be detected by the device. In fact, some sophisticated models can measure each kernel to a hundredth millimeter, allowing for extreme precision. They can even check for any unusual profile distortions in the material, finding abnormalities that standard grading machinery would have trouble locating.

Why should a processing facility consider an evaluation machine?

Prior to evaluation, the operator can set the number of parameters for the device to check against. Using a custom program means a processing facility can finely separate the suboptimal material from a quality product. It can be programmed with a huge variety of custom options so cereals of all kinds can be used with the machine. Also, with its compact form factor, it can be integrated into any part of a production channel. This means the facility can run a check wherever quality is a major concern. This can help compensate for separation and grading machinery that’s not performing up to standard.

Programmability can also account for customer specifications, which may not align with industry standards. No matter what the client wants, a grain analyzer can help a production facility make sure the material matches required specifications.

Record keeping is another major benefit these machines offer. If there are problems with the material, the evaluation device will be able to log it for future reference. The processing facility will be able to track and fix the problem with minimal effort using the machine’s records.  

These machines are easy to use as they come with a simple user interface, and they produce repeatable results. In all, they are much more precise and reliable than any other method of evaluation. With their extensive utility and versatility, they can be integrated into nearly any agriculture processing plant.

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