Recon SpreadSense® has been selected as a 2019 AE50 award winner. The AE50 awards are sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) to honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries.

We are honored to be selected as an AE50 award winner. Companies from around the world submit entries into the annual competition and only 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select innovative products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

Recon SpreadSense is the industry’s first blockage monitor for boom-type dry fertilizer applicators. Using patented technology originally developed for air seeders, acoustic sensors are easily installed onto each deflector, where they listen to the material flow and send sound pulses through auditory tubes, similar to a stethoscope. These acoustic signals are collected by an electronic control unit (ECU), which transmits the information to an iPad in the cab. If a blockage occurs anywhere in the system, the operator receives an alert. Eliminating the need to visually detect flow issues allows operators to extend their run time in low-light conditions and increase their productivity. For commercial applicators, Recon SpreadSense helps ensure high-quality applications across their operations.

AE50 awards emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments, like Recon SpreadSense, help farmers, food processors, and equipment manufacturers increase efficiency, enhance quality, improve safety, and increase profits.

Recon SpreadSense will be featured in the January/February 2019 special issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World. For more details, visit the ASABE website.