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Automated Grain Inspection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2001-33610-11231
Agency Tracking Number: 2001-03215
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
309 Vassar Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert McIntosh
 (703) 370-3000
Business Contact
 Robert McIntosh
Title: President
Phone: (703) 370-3000
Research Institution

A demonstration cable of an automated grain instrumentation system (AGIS) will be fabricated, installed, and tested in a concrete silo at USDA-ARS-GMPRC. AGIS comprises cable-borne insect and moisture temperature sensor modules, signal processing and control electronics, and a wireless data link. Insect, moisture, and temperature data will be sent to a Stored Grain Advisor (SGA) computer at GMPRC. SGA helps storage managers, processing personnel, and farmers limit the loss of stored grain to insect pests, molds, and fungus and projects insect population growth to recommend the best times to aerate or fumigate. Kansas State University will assist with data analysis and communications. Stainless-steel cables support small, low-cost, insect and moisture/temperature sensors packaged in streamlined cylindrical modules. Flexible circuits with miniature, surface-mount components allow the cable to pass through the sensor modules. Cables are fabricated in standard lengths to allow segments to be linked to accommodate silos and storage bins of different heights. AGIS will be evaluated in terms of performance, total cost, cost of ownership, and reliability. Individual insect and moisture/temperature sensors and electronics will also be provided to GMPRC, KSU, and NCPA to support related research.

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