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Geospatial Decision Making System

Idaho National Laboratory

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Technology Marketing Summary

The INL has developed a geospatial decision making process to assist agricultural producers in optimizing operating conditions of combine harvesters  which detects the presence of grain and distinguishes between that and residual plant material. Upon detecting grain in the process, the system sends an electrical signal which determines the amount of grain being processed in the machine, improving the accuracy of grain-loss sensors and greater efficiency and higher yields. Previous technology had been unable to distinguish between grain and larger pieces of residual material, resulting in a loss of grain harvest.

Description

. Previous technology had been unable to distinguish between grain and larger pieces of residual material, resulting in a loss of grain harvest.

Benefits

-        Improves harvesting of desired crop in a flow of multiple plant materials, and

-        Provides more efficient operation of combines.

Applications and Industries

Combine, loss sensor, combine inefficiency

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Date
Patent 7,367,880
Patent
7,367,880
Method and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a flow path having solid components flowing therethrough
A method and apparatus is provided for monitoring a flow path having plurality of different solid components flowing therethrough. For example, in the harvesting of a plant material, many factors surrounding the threshing, separating or cleaning of the plant material and may lead to the inadvertent inclusion of the component being selectively harvested with residual plant materials being discharged or otherwise processed. In accordance with the present invention the detection of the selectively harvested component within residual materials may include the monitoring of a flow path of such residual materials by, for example, directing an excitation signal toward of flow path of material and then detecting a signal initiated by the presence of the selectively harvested component responsive to the excitation signal. The detected signal may be used to determine the presence or absence of a selected plant component within the flow path of residual materials.
U.S. Department of Energy 05/06/2008
Issued
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
7,367,880 (B-251)DevelopmentAvailable08/31/201208/31/2012

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To: Ryan Bills<Ryan.Bills@inl.gov>