A device from a Purdue Research Park affiliate that improves safety during agricultural and industrial processes like feeding livestock, loading grain trucks and operating conveyor belts has been recognized as one of the top 50 innovative products developed in 2011.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recognized LoadOut Technologies' Yellow Box device as an AE50 2012 winner. Yellow Box allows users to monitor and control processes on their mobile devices in a safe environment away from dust and other hazards. The device alerts users when the process is complete or if something has gone wrong and the process should be stopped.
"Farmers and other Ag professionals always have looked to innovative products to increase production and limit costs. These products can be mechanical, electrical and, yes, high-tech," says Neil Mylet, CEO of LoadOut Technologies LLC. "Mobile applications like Yellow Box that control automated processes are transforming the way farmers do their jobs, while still serving the fundamental role of improving communication channels. Many more are being developed as farmers find new ways to improve their crops, manage their livestock, tend to their land and feed the planet."
Mylet says he and his colleagues at LoadOut Technologies feel humbled to receive the AE50 award.
"The companies that have received AE50 awards in the past are among the most-respected businesses in the world. The impact they have had on the agriculture industry is phenomenal," he says. "We are honored to be listed among them, and look forward to positively impacting farmers' lives like they have."
Previous AE50 winners include John Deere, DICKEY-john Corp., Trimble and Case IH. The award is sponsored by ASABE's Resource magazine.
LoadOut Technologies based out of the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Ind., engineers revolutionary mobile technology solutions that allow smartphones to become the central point of command and control for complex industrial processes.