“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” ― Albert Einstein
It was the early 1980s and Dave Crompton was about to go where few had gone before.
The University of B.C. graduate had just stepped off the family farm and into the then-unrealized world of grain management. In the process, he unknowingly started a journey that led to him founding OPIsystems Inc. and, over the next 35 years, establishing it as a global leader in grain management technology.
Today, OPIsystems has more than 26,000 customers in 46 countries.
Over the past three decades, OPI has established an understanding of what takes place on the farm, and within the industry. OPIsystems is a company with deep farming roots and one of the pioneers when it comes to proactive grain monitoring and management. With significant experience and insight into what it takes to condition grain, OPI continues to develop market-proven technology solutions.
It all began in 1984 with Western Canada’s first on-farm bin monitoring system, followed 4 years later with automated monitoring and alarm system capabilities. Automation was new to grain storage management at the time. It provided unprecedented visibility into what was going on inside the bin, and the ability for growers to proactively monitor grain condition.
In the mid 1990s, the company went digital when it introduced the OPI GIMAC PC-based monitoring alarm and control platform, followed by new digital sensing technology. Growers now had the added ability to remotely manage their bins, as well as use layered data to decide when to activate fans.
With OPI growing globally, the company developed insect detection in 2005. Labelled the Insector, it would help growers in countries with high temperatures and humidity such as India and Australia, track and measure bugs in the bin.
This fed into OPI’s ongoing belief that growers need to able to make proactive, educated decisions with their grain storage, It’s not enough to just know you have bugs. You need to know the type and how many before you can properly address it. Otherwise, you’re putting your stored grain at risk.
In 2011, OPI set the bar again with its revolutionary in-grain moisture sensing technology. Up until that point, you could only measure the temperature of the grain in your bin. OPI developed a moisture cable with a temperature and relative humidity sensor that, when combined with OPI-developed grain curves, provided growers with the equilibrium moisture content. It gave growers the data they needed to drive their grain to optimum conditions.
Most recently, the company launched OPI Blue, putting years of grain monitoring expertise in the palm of growers’ hand via wireless and solar technology, web-based remote connectivity and, for the first time, automated fan control.
This is just another example of how OPI used customers’ feedback to create a simpler and more effective solution. This truly represents the evolution of grain storage management.
For more information on how you can benefit from an OPI system, contact your local OPI dealer or call toll free at 1-800-661-1055.