For microbiological treatment systems to function optimally, correct dosing is required and for user peace of mind, a reliable and flexible dosing regime needs to be provided. The company provides a specialised microbiological formula that conditions dairy herd effluent / slurry from permanently/ seasonally housed animal systems. The conditioning has a number of positive effects at physical, chemical and microbiological levels that ultimately have positive impacts on the environment (soil condition/ecology and atmospheric emissions), plant growth and through this closed-loop nutrient recycling impacting positively on animal health and productivity.
Variables such as herd size, conveyance systems, bedding types, feedstock, temperature and water content all influence the dosing requirement for optimal performance and substrate consumption. The company ethos has been focussed on the farming community's primary requirement of animal husbandry and environmental protection while providing optimal and sustainable profitability. The company wants to link the performance of their product with the accurate, reliable and variable dosing (and therefore optimal consumption) of their product such that no substitute products can be deployed through this proposed "own brand" dosing apparatus.
The ultimate aim is to find a partner who will provide technical cooperation and can develop the software and hardware, comms and functional instructions to provide a secure, IOT, automatic and responsive dosing solution that allows the remote control of the dosing regime (including mixing of a combination of 2 dry powder substrates with warm water just prior to dosing). Access to this control and performance data will facilitate asset condition monitoring (Battery/mains power/ product reservoir, blockages etc) and interaction with a re-ordering functionality. The dosing should be adjusted remotely to address known changes or maintain a particular status and the system itself can call for a maintenance visit if required.
The company, therefore, also seeks a nationwide (UK) services agreement alongside the technology and manufacturing development to ensure continuous application of its product in situ.
The potential to link the dosing system to external chemical sensors may be included as part of a system to calibrate and control and hence verify the effectiveness of the dosing of the substrate.