What is the TenFold™ Process?
The IntelliFarms TenFold™ Process is based on the principle of pressurized air drying. Our system is designed not to use supplemental heat, because heat reduces test weight, grain quality, and feed value. Supplemental heat sources also cost substantially more to dry grain.
TenFold™ Key Components
- Early Harvest
- Commercial grade no-fines curing platform
- High volume, heavy duty air pumps
- Proper ventilation system
- Grain spreaders
- Quality air seal
- Solid Flashing
- Grain Management
Together these 8 components deliver the most effective means of drying in the industry, by the use of electrical energy. Choose an investment that fits your needs and make your grain worth more.
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TenFold™ KEY COMPONENTS:
Getting your grain out of the field and into a controlled environment is critical. TenFold encourages harvesting at a higher moisture level rather than waiting on Mother Nature to dry your grain down for you. Harvesting earlier is different, but it reaps the following benefits:
- Increased harvest window
- Better grain quality and test weight (prevents in-field crop degradation)
- Earlier planting or field work (especially in double crop areas)
Our proven double louvered floor is the foundation of TenFold. Its unique louvered design and 18% open surface area are the two main reasons IntelliFarms leads the industry in natural air drying. The louver design minimizes kernels from blocking air flow into the grain mass while also preventing fines and small grains from falling through the floor – even canola. The 18% open space gives you a floor that has over 30% greater open space compared to competitive floors in the industry creating maximum airflow through the grain mass.
Keho Air Pumps
In order to force moisture out of grain, you need a fan with backbone. We recommend a ratio of 1 CFM per bushel of airflow and grain depths of 20-25 ft – depending on commodity type. The Keho fans are engineered for high static pressure environments. Taller bins, dense crops like wheat or canola, fines in the grain and especially higher moisture grain all cause increased static pressure or “resistance to air flow”. Traditional low speed and axial fans struggle to maintain adequate air flow at higher static pressures. The deeper the grain mass, or the higher the moisture is – the more resistance there will be to push air through it. Powered by the best warranty in the industry – 3 years on all models fr om 3 – 40 hp. Keho has you covered.
With natural air drying, the best scenario on a bin roof is to have no roof. You want to allow as much air flow as possible out of the top of the grain mass to reduce back pressure. This is why our bins have more vents on them. They are placed as high on the roof as possible to keep both heat and moisture out of the bin that would otherwise condense in the peak. Most bin companies will try to sell as few vents as possible to reach a more competitive price. However – this kind of thinking has a negative impact on drying performance.
Grain Spreader – Level Peak | Distribute Fines
To achieve uniform grain drying the top of your grain mass should have a level peak and your grain needs to be as clean as possible (2% FM or less). Areas where fines have been deposited restrict airflow which can lead to hot spots. Air travels up through the grain mass wherever the resistance is lowest.
To maximize airflow, IntelliFarms recommends using our Scatter Spreader to distribute the fines evenly in the grain mass and eliminate the peak.
Quality Air Seal
In order to force air up through the grain, it can’t leak out. A good quality seal is essential to keep air channeled through the grain mass while keeping water, bugs & rodents out. That’s why we seal the inside o f the bin before the floor is installed with a quality sealant that’s not exposed to the elements.
With the volume of airflow TenFold recommends, channeling its path is a critical step. IntelliFarms uses solid, heavy duty flashing around the No-Fines floor edge to prevent air from traveling up the bin wall. This helps direct the air through the grain mass. Perforated flashing is weaker and can cause grain to over dry near the bin wall. Solid flashing also helps strengthen the region your sweep wheel travels on.
You can have your bin set up properly, but without knowing the conditions inside the grain mass and being able to control them, your equipment is only as good as the operator’s guess. You have to know what is happening in the grain mass if you want profitable results and peace of mind. BinManager – the brain behind TenFold – uses sensors in the grain mass controlled by an advanced software to bring your grain temperature and moisture to your target level. BinManager monitors your grain mass 24/7, alerts you of hot spots, and determines when it’s most productive to run your fans, reducing electrical costs and preventing over-dried grain. No more guessing – just peace of mind.