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Connected Technology Evolves Farmers' Operations

Customers of Nebraska Engineering Company (NECO) needed the capability to know the grain dryer’s status at all times while couldn’t afford to have someone at the dryer all the time to ensure it is doing what it is supposed to do.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Digi
    Digi International is a leading global provider of mission-critical and business-critical Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments. Our embedded modules and off-the-shelf routers, gateways and network products are designed for relentless reliability and deliver unquestioned performance and security. Our cloud-based software and professional services help customers put their connected products and assets to work across a broad range of mission-critical industry applications. Founded in 1985, we’ve helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CUSTOMER
  • Nebraska Engineering Company (NECO) is a specialized agricultural equipment engineering and manufacturing company that provides high-value grain dryers, grain handling, and aeration equipment for agricultural customers worldwide.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • NECO is equipped with a gateway which collects live data from NECO Commander Dryer Control and sends that data to Digi Device Cloud over a cellular connection. Device Cloud then passes the information to NECO’s custom web application, COMMANDnet, so it’s easily accessible and actionable for farmers, dealers and NECO.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Alarms For Automated Applications, Asset Efficiency Ratios, Device Diagnostic Status, Equipment Status, Man Hours
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Process Optimization - Real Time Alerts]
    Text and email alerts are sent to farmers through their smartphone, tablet or computer for them to analyze operations to monitor and manage status.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Asset Utilization]
    Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of equipment improves asset and resource efficiency.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    Labor cost of farmers reduced by up to 30%.

  • USE CASES
  • Factory Operations Visibility & Intelligence
    Visualizing factory operations data is a challenge for many manufacturers today. One of the IIoT initiatives some manufacturers are pursuing today is providing real-time visibility in factory operations and the health of machines. The goal is to improve manufacturing efficiency. The challenge is in combining and correlating diverse data sources that greatly vary in nature, origin, and life cycle. Factory Operations Visibility and Intelligence (FOVI) is designed to collect sensor data generated on the factory floor, production-equipment logs, production plans and statistics, operator information, and to integrate all this and other related information in the cloud. In this way, it can be used to bring visibility to production facilities, analyze and predict outcomes, and support better decisions for improvements.
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  • SOFTWARE
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