Grain Drying

Dave in Michigan

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IMG_0453Dave dries about 250,000 bu/year of corn, wheat and soybeans with his 1612 model Grain Handler dryer. He has had his Dryer Master DM510 since 2016.

What had you heard about Dryer Master before you purchased one?

I had seen DM at trade shows. DM came highly recommended by our dryer dealer.

How does the Dryer Master change the way that you dry, from an operational perspective?

The DM gives me better information to monitor my drying operation.

How often do you typically calibrate your outlet moisture sensor? And what is your calibration procedure?

Every 2 to 3 hours depending on incoming moisture. We take a few samples into a pail, mix and test.

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Outlet sensor chute with rotary feed – Bypass version.

Do you use DM-Mobile? If so how do you use it (phone/PC/home/at night?), how often do you use it?

I use DM-Mobile to check the dryer at night from home on my phone. If things are running smoothly, a couple of times before bed and 1st thing in the morning – if conditions are tough, several times while away from dryer.

Have you contacted Dryer Master Support Center? And if so, what was the experience?

DM support is fantastic! They’re always helpful and work on a problem until it’s resolved. Very responsive.

 

Mike in Wisconsin

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20170501_100038Mike has had his DryerMaster DM510 since 2016. He uses it with his MC 1075 dryer to  dry over 500,000 bushels of corn a year.

How does the Dryer Master change the way that you dry, from an operational perspective?

The Dryer Master allows us to dry every bushel to the same moisture, day in and day out. Lets us watch the dryer every day, every hour. We always know whats going on.

How often do you typically calibrate your outlet moisture sensor? And what is your calibration procedure?

We calibrate at least 2 times a day at a minimum. We run samples out the dryer against our moisture meter, and calibrate using those samples,  checking them at least three times and taking an average.

Do you use DM-Mobile? If so how do you use it (phone/PC/home/at night?), how often do you use it?

Phone. 20 times a day at least.

Is there anything you would like to see changed in the Dryer Master (new features?)

I would like to see multiple burner temps on the Dryer Master. (DM Note: The DM510 currently monitors one drying air temperature in the dryer.)

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Location where the inline rotary feed chute will be installed

Lowell in Minnesota

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36_Lowell has had his Dryer Master DM510 for three years. He uses it on his 4024 Grain Handler dryer, drying about 1 million bushels of corn per year.

How much training was required to operate the Dryer Master? 

A couple hours.

How does the Dryer Master change the way you dry? 

I can go do other work and not worry about the dryer adjustments.

35_Did anything surprise you about the Dryer Master? 

The simplicity.

Compared to manual sampling how much difference does having real time moisture information make? Why?

Big difference. We have a large wet bin and if we get a wetter variety in there the real time knows when to adjust.

How often do you calibrate your sensors? What is your calibration procedure?

Daily just to confirm. We test incoming and outgoing grain and do the calibration on the DM.

Do you use DM Mobile? If so, when/how do you use it? 

Yes we love to be able to see the dryer info remotely. We do make some adjustments from the mobile device.

Have you contacted the Dryer Master Support Centre? What was your experience? 

Great service.

Greg in Ontario

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Greg has been using Dryer Master since 1993, so that is a total of 25 years! In that time he has upgraded from his original DM150 model and added a second system. He now runs his a new DM510 on his Zimmerman VT2541 tower dryer and his older DM500 on his Farm Fans CMS-1000H. He typically dries about 1.4 million bushels a year of corn and occasionally soybeans.

How much training was required to operate the Dryer Master?

4-6 hours initially, then some followup when we upgraded models.

How often do you calibrate your sensors? 

Twice daily, unless there is a wide variation in wet test weight, then we check more often.

DMS_510_IMG_1661Have you contacted the Dryer Master Support Centre? What was your experience?

Yes, we upgraded one unit and replaced another.  TechSupp was excellent at preparing us for the switch over and correcting the minor problems that cropped up.

Is there anything you would like to see improved in the Dryer Master?

There are read outs for inlet grain temp, outlet grain temp, and plenum temp, but not for grain temp (in the column). We have to go outside to the dryer
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DM Comment: This could be an option in the future. For now we have tried to keep the operation and installation as simple as possible and only gather information that will be used in the control calculations. The grain temps from the moisture sensor are used in the moisture reading calculations and the plenum temp is monitored so that the the control model can be immediately updated if the dryer operator changes their drying temp. The grain column temp is not used in the control calculations so it would only be provided for informational purposes.

Mike in Michigan

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Mike works with two Dryer Master DM510s. with the first one having been purchased almost 20 years ago. Both DM510s run on ffi dryers. The site dries about 600,000 bushels of corn per year.

What convinced you to buy a Dryer Master in the first place?

We were convinced to buy one because our neighbors and the local co-op had one.

Compared to manual sampling how much difference does having real time moisture information make?

The real time samples are helpful to our operation by having the peace of mind to know the moisture of the corn going into the bin even when we’re not there. (Note: in the picture below, the outlet moisture sensor is mounted in a Dryer Master bypass chute with a rotary feed. Directly below the sensor is the green button used to start a moisture sensor calibration.)
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How much training was required to operate the Dryer Master?

It is fairly simple to operate. Not much training is required.

Have you contacted the Dryer Master Support Center? What was your experience?

We have contacted the support center. They have always been very helpful and timely in getting the Dryer Master running again.

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Kenton in Illinois

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IMG_20171216_140641218_HDRKenton has had his Dryer Master DM510 for four years. He uses it on his Grain Handler dryer to dry about 250,000 bushels of corn a year.

What convinced you to buy a Dryer Master in the first place? 

What I first liked about the Dryer Master was that it has an input sensor as well as an output sensor so it can anticipate  changes.

How often do you calibrate your sensors?

I calibrate the input sensor twice a year and the output sensor about every 3 hours of drying time or when there is a bigger change  of input moisture or a hybrid change.  It seems like different hybrids do test differently.

Do you use DM Mobile? If so, when/how do you use it?

I used DM Mobile for the first full season this year and it gave me the confidence to be away from the dryer and do other things and still know what is going on.  It also alerted me to a problem that had arisen one evening after I had gone home.
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Have you contacted the Dryer Master Support Centre? What was your experience?

Everyone at the support center has always been extremely helpful with any situation that I have had come up.

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Richard in South Dakota

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sd1Richard dries about 800,000 bushels a year of corn and beans in his 3,500 bu. capacity grain dryer, a dryer that he is looking to add more tiers to to get even more capacity. He has had his Dryer Master DM510 since 2011. For the 2017 season, he upgraded by adding DM Mobile, Dryer Master’s remote access application.

How does the Dryer Master change the way you dry? Using the Dryer Master changes the way we harvest, such as which fields we are going to harvest next.  We are not as concerned about the moisture content in each field.

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How often do you calibrate the outlet sensor, and what procedure do you use?  We probably calibrate the outlet sensor twice a day. We take 4-5 samples during the calibration time, mix them together, and bench sample them to get an average moisture.

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Do you use DM Mobile? We started using DM Mobile this year on my cell phone. I watch the outlet moisture from my phone as well as the drying rate and the drying temp. I like being able to change it from Auto to Local or Manual from my combine or my house. It is nice to be able to check things from the house at night without going to the bin site a mile away.