My job at Penton Agriculture sometimes has me helping out other brands, yet it's amazing what I can learn for readers of Farm Industry News. One task I'm working on involves a new product, and technology, program run by our sister product National Hog Farmer. In that we were looking at new technology for that industry.
Among the 30-plus entries was a system from Automated Products called Edge. At Farm Industry news we talk a lot about applying technology in new ways and Edge is one way that's happening. The system involves an advanced controller and an innovative control box that pulls together systems to monitor all aspects of a livestock building.
During a conversation about the product (which I'll share more about in the coming days) Adam Weiss from AP explained the system. One factor of Edge that makes it a unique product is the software that runs the system. In the livestock business moving air is crucial for animals in confinement, and figuring out how much air to move is also important. Complex formulas of cubic feet per minute per head are often pulled together to create overall cubic feet per minute for the building.
The Edge product goes back to the original cfm per animal formula and using information it knows about fans (if you use AP products the system knows fan capacities, using other brands you enter the custom information) the system can develop the right ventilation program. Weiss explains that the system will even automatically adjust ventilation if you report to the controller that you removed some animals.
The system also knows where all the fans are in a building and if one quits unexpectedly the system will alert the farm manager, but also tweak the operation of other fans at work to keep air flowing properly.
There's even a three-level fail safe system to keep things moving even if there's a catastrophic failure, which we'll tell you more about in a full report soon.
Needless to say this is an extensive system, yet there's more coming and during my conversation with Weiss he taught me a new acronym - JASMOS. It's a term used in design development between engineers and software developers that comes with some tongue in cheek use. But it also applies to the precision ag system you're using, the monitor in your cab and with other tools you're starting to deploy on your farm.
JASMOS - means 'just a simple matter of software.' In these days where high-tech systems are taking over a lot of different tasks, the next-level capabilities are also in the wings. For engineers and designers sometimes the next-level product truly is some new software that offers better cloud data access, or enhanced control or monitoring of a machine. Yet between the engineer and the software developer JASMOS is sort of a "hand-off" of a problem from engineer to software developer.
I've shared that term with a panel of experts for the National Hog Farmer group, recently sitting in the cab of a tractor in Italy (more on that next week) talking with about future enhancements to a monitor in the cab, and more. At every turn the term brings a smile.
For farmers, JASMOS shows that the days of welding something onto a product or bending a piece of metal may still have value, but with today's high-tech systems the answer to better performance lies in software instead.
It's a brave new world out there, but keep in mind that your future product's performance enhancements may be JASMOS.
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