A Lesson in Success From A Grain and Seed Moisture Meter

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Jan 29, 2014

PM650 Grain Moisture meter

Dale Carnegie, whose book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, took its groundbreaking cues from such industrial giants as Henry Ford and Charles Schwab, some great educators in the laws of success. Instead of focusing on the specific manufacturing process, Carnegie’s lessons recognize that it’s the people who run the equipment that make a business successful. No matter what test instruments or state-of-the-art moisture meters you own, your attitude will ultimately determine the quality of your business, and product.

One of the cornerstones of Carnegie’s book is overcoming failure. His attitude may be surprising, but he suggests, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

We try to set an example of that attitude at Kett by continuously running our own quality control program. We only look at ‘failures’ as a means of discovering ways of improvement, an attitude which is necessary for our culture of innovation. This is reflected in each new and updated piece of test instrumentation we bring to light.

No attempt at perfection is a total failure, and there are many valuable lessons which can be applied and included from one attempt to the next. Therefore, rather than scrapping an entire instrument from our line, we identify which aspects could be performing better by utilizing new technology or recent customer information. Developing success from failure, to paraphrase Carnegie, may be as simple as editing and refining what is already in place.

This lesson holds true in regard to the PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter launched at IBIE last autumn. The PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter replaces the PM600 model to instantly measure moisture in granule-sized objects. Designed to provide moisture readings for grains and seeds specifically, our latest moisture meter holds 150 factory calibrations, allowing you to measure a huge array of products with a single compact, battery-powered handheld moisture meter.

PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter in a Nutshell:

  • 150 Factory Calibrations (Full List)
  • Ability to add custom calibrations
  • Handheld (1.3 kg)
  • Battery Powered
  • Instant, Non-Destructive Results
  • Max Sample Volume: 240 ml
  • Moisture Range: 1- 40%
  • Accuracy: +/- 0.5%
  • Automatic Density & Temperature Compensation

In addition to versatility, we’ve emphasized accuracy, simplicity and faster results in this latest moisture meter. When compared to standard loss-on-drying tests, our PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter offers unsurpassed stability and accuracy. Combining both capacitance (comparing the di-electric constant of the solid sample with water), automatic density and temperature compensation with an enhanced integrated balance provides accuracy to +/- 0.5% versus industry-standard LOD oven measurements. The sample cup and measurement cell are also designed with accuracy in mind, to provide you with data to match the top testing agencies in the world.

While competitive devices may require husking and grinding of your grains, no sample preparation is required with the PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter. Tests are as simple as pouring the sample into the machine and the moisture content and density (g/l) are instantly displayed. An easy digital output is included to document the tests to a computer or optional printer.

As Carnegie understood the importance of the human psyche in any business endeavor, we strive to consider the operator and his or her environment when putting together our test instruments. Thus, we’ve also included large buttons and icons, audible alarms and confirming sounds to give operators confidence in every test, regardless of where it’s taking place. Additionally, we’ve designed to PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter to be one of the most portable pieces of test equipment on the market. Easy to hold, battery powered and at just 1.5 kg (3 lb) it can be used by just about anyone, anywhere accurate, instant moisture measurement is needed.

Regardless of the industry you find yourself in, our business depends on your willingness to see yours succeed. To quote a Carnegie hero (and one of ours), Henry Ford, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” We hope to work with you soon. 

If your grain, seed or other products aren’t meeting your objectives, learn how the Kett PM650 Grain and Seed Moisture Meter can help by talking to one of our specialists.

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