You might not want anyone viewing the weight on your bathroom scale, but almost anywhere on the farm, it’s good to track what’s being weighed.
Imagine sending your TMR feed scale information to your nutritionist via a mobile phone app. Your nutritionist could track the pounds of each ingredient to get a very accurate record of what is being fed. Your accountant could check over the commodities to determine an accurate feed price per head per day. If an employee is feeding your cattle, you could doublecheck on the spot that the correct ration is fed and delivered.
A partnership between Scale-Tec, Ltd. and Performance Livestock Analytics, Inc. makes this integration possible.
The two companies recently announced an exclusive partnership with the launch of Scale-Tec’s new hardware platform, POINT™.
The scale display platform, priced at $1,110, adds improved features to Performance Livestock Analytics’ Performance Beef™ feed management system.
“The new POINT device provides a powerhouse of connectivity, opening the door to the future of scale applications and integrations,” said Nick Von Muenster, president of Scale-Tec, with headquarters out of Anamosa, Iowa. “Our partnership with Performance Livestock Analytics provides livestock producers with the ability to capture accurate, automated information, enhancing their ability to make profitable decisions on the farm.”
POINT offers a durable scale display that connects to either Android or iOS (Apple) mobile apps for use as a remote display.
Advanced Bluetooth capability provides connection of over 1,000 feet, and this advanced connectivity allows multiple tablets and smartphones to connect to the POINT scale display for sharing and displaying weight data.
POINT can also connect with Bluetooth wireless devices such as EID Tag readers, that allow animal identification along with the weight of the animal and feed consumed for record keeping purposes.
Designed to be the leading agricultural scale display, POINT is entirely calibrated, supported and updated through its mobile app, increasing ease of use and minimizing downtime.
Von Muenster said the mobile app allows users to quickly make adjustments to the scale and the display without having to interact with the scale itself.
“We’re saving the settings in the mobile app,” he said. He added that the POINT system works for cropping equipment as the display can be moved from seed tender to grain cart. The operator uses their mobile app to toggle between customized settings.
In addition, the Scale-Tec team can remotely support POINT to diagnose scale issues by accessing POINT through an Internet-enabled remote support session.
Von Muenster noted that the POINT display is rugged.
“We spent a lot of time with POINT just working on the enclosure and making sure that it was going to withstand the ruggedness of the environment that it was put in,” he said. They designed a Bluetooth-connected scale that works despite exposure to dust, manure, chemicals and water.
“Consumer devices, like smartphones and tablets, are really nice and very useful; however, sometimes consumer devices don’t hold up to the environment that farmers work in,” he said.
The POINT display is designed with a simple 2-inch LCD display that has been tested to work down to 40 degrees below zero F. The system and equipment behind that simple display is just as sophisticated as any mobile device today.
The system is also made to adapt with future technologies. The POINT display will support future integrations with WIFI, cellular, CAN bus, Serial and more. Scale-Tec has also designed the display to work with various connector modular adapters.
“It looks like a really simple scale, but it’s super-rugged and a highly capable piece of technology,” Von Muenster said. “Especially in the feeding industry, that’s really needed because as we see this winter – there’s a lot thrown at