Software manufacturer Topcon introduces a practical mobile app to make feeding and loading the feed mixer faster and easier. With this your phone becomes an extension of the weighing system.
After installing the free FEED App on your iPhone or Android device, you can pair your phone via Bluetooth to your feed mixer’s weighing system or forage box feeder. You can enter rations in the app and correct them for the actual number of animals.
What is also convenient: you can see a copy of the weighing display on your phone. With this, you have a view of the weight in the feed wagon in every position in your tractor’s or shovel’s cabin.
Once you have entered the loading sequence and quantity, the app will guide you through the loading sequence and will indicate exactly – through comprehensible screens – how much of which product you still need to load. Even better, the system saves what is loaded. That means you can always make corrections if too much or too little feed has been loaded.
Anyone who has a Topcon weighing system can see from the Bluetooth logo and the Bluetooth sticker on the weighing display whether the app and therefore the phone can be paired. If that is not the case, you can adjust the current weighing system with an update or Bluetooth module for € 1,000 to € 1,500 (depending on your wishes).
Topcon can also link Wi-Fi modules to your weighing system. You can then send data directly from our computer to the weighing system and vice versa. The mobile app is therefore a nice and more practical intermediate step.
Simultaneously with the FEED App, Topcon introduces the TAP platform (Tap stands for Topcon Agriculture Platform) software for the home computer. There is a basic version, the ‘Tap FEED lite’, and a more extensive version, the Tap FEED Advisor. In this software, the livestock farmer can quickly and conveniently enter and calculate rations, the loading sequence and, above all, quickly adjust the amount the dry matter content or the number of animals. Moreover, data history is always available.
The mobile app is free. The basic version Tap FEED Lite costs $325 annually, the Tap FEED Advisor software costs $525 annually.
Topcon acquired Digi-Star in 2015, making it one of the largest players in the field of weighing systems on feed wagons and feed mixers.