Today’s modern farmer has access to numerous pieces of equipment that aids them in being able to tend to larger amounts of land and thus grow more food. Farm equipment may include harvesters, cutters and shredders, loaders, planting equipment, sprayers, and tillers to name a few. Agriculture (ag) sprayers are an important tool for the farmer and helps them access hundreds of acres of crops. However, ag sprayers must be precise as spraying the crop with the incorrect amount can kill the plant or not provide the correct amount of nutrients. In addition, fertilizers are a large expense for farmers so there is no room for waste.
Challenge: Finding a reliable flow sensor that can withstand high vibration, inclement weather and harsh chemicals, and still provide an accurate flow rate to the ag sprayer.
Most flow sensors cannot handle the corrosiveness of agriculture fertilizers or if they can, are too costly to integrate. In addition, the sprayers are located on the boom of the farm equipment so light weight is an important factor.
Solution: Gems FT-100 Flow Turbine Insert
Gems FT-100 flow turbine insert has a small footprint, measuring less than 1” long and less than ½” wide, it can fit within Ag Sprayer designs with little to no change. The small size of the FT-100 flow turbine insert dictates a low weight sensor that is ideal when placed on a large boom. The FT-100 inserts will be placed on each sprayer line so the weight can add up. Its constructed from Nylon, Polypropylene, and 316 stainless steel which ensures high chemical compatibility with agriculture fertilizers.
With a flow range down to .2 gallons per minute and up to 2 gallons per minute it can detect small amounts of flow. This is crucial for the ag sprayers as precision dosing is crucial to a high crop yield. The FT-100 flow sensor has a 5% accuracy reading and an even better repeatability of within 2%, measuring the flow rates down to the ounce is no problem for the FT-100 Flow Turbine Insert. This enables farmers to optimize the amount of fertilizer they use, greatly helping them stay within their budget.
An additional bonus - the FT-100 flow turbine insert has passed the rigorous testing standards of the largest agriculture OEM manufacturers and is the trusted choice for many.
If you are looking for a reliable and cost-effective flow sensor that your customers can count on, the FT-100 flow turbine insert is the solution.
Gems offers a wide variety of sensor solutions for other agriculture applications that you may be interested in.
Additional Sensor Options for Agriculture:
- 1100 Series Pressure Sensor for Monitoring Sprayer Pressure ·
- PS61 Pressure Switch for Hydraulic Brake Pressure Monitoring
- RFO Rotor Flow Sensor for Large Flow Fertilizer Application Control ·
- FT-210 Flow Turbine Insert Sensor for Low Flow Rate Fertilizer Monitoring