AUTOMATED MIXING AND APPLICATION OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$46,275.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14204
Agency Tracking Number:
14204
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P O Box 1033, Hettinger, ND, 58639
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Michael H Magnuson
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
CURRENT METHODS FOR APPLYING AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS, SUCH AS FERTILIZERS, HERBICIDES, AND PESTICIES, REQUIRE PREMIXING OF CONCENTRATED CHEMICALS WITH WATER AND POSE PROBLEMS OF DISPOSING OF THE UNUSED MIXED CHEMICALS AND THE PREMIX TANK WASH SOLUTION IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE MANNER. IN ADDITION, CURRENT SPRAYERS CANNOT ADJUST CONCENTRATIONS FOR CHANGES IN SPRAYER SPEED. THE OBJECTIVE OF MAIS, INC. IS TO DEVELOP A MICRO AUTOMATED INJECTION SYSTEM (MAIS) TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS BY MIXING THE CHEMICALS AS THEY ARE PUMPED TO THE SPRAY BOOM AND USING AN ELECTRONIC MICROPROCESSOR TO CALCULATE AND CONTROL THE AMOUNT OF EACH CHEMICAL. PHASE I RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WILL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT APROTOTYPE OF THE MIXING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE VALVES, PUMPS, MANIFOLD, MIXING CHAMBER, AND MICROPROCESSOR CONTROLLER. PHASE II WILL CONFIRM THE DESIGN WITH FIELD TESTING AND WILLDEVELOP A COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURABLE PRODUCT BASED ON THE PHASE I PROTOTYPE.

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