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Seed Counting Technology

Challenges for Seed Manufacturers

Introduction
As seeds become more and more expensive, the need to have seeds counted by the actual number and not by an estimated weight value becomes more and more critical.  For seed manufacturers, such a change can save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year without requiring any change in its production process.  For plant nurseries, on the other side of this equation, previously there was no way for them to check whether the quantity of seeds they purchased accurately matched the amount of seeds delivered. DATA Technologies’ counting machines are based on an existing, advanced technology that has now been adapted to meet new standards in the seeds industry enabling both seed manufacturers and plant nurseries to conduct their transactions using exact numbers rather than estimates.

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Challenges Faced by Seed Manufacturers
In the normal flow, seed manufacturers package and sell tens, perhaps even hundreds of millions of seeds during each season. These packages, in varying quantities, are sold to nurseries, gardening stores, landscapers, gardeners, perhaps even packaged for sale to home owners. Amazingly enough, the seed industry largely remains one that conducts transactions by relying on estimated weights rather than exact numbers. Still, many seed purchases are made based on the number of seeds, rather than weight. The result of this inconsistency in measurable scales, typically results in a loss factor for the seed manufacturer. To offset the possibility of not supplying at least the numerical amount ordered, some seed manufacturers add an additional percentage for no additional charge.  For large orders, the additional “give away” amount can represent a loss factor of 2-3%, which translates to hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory simply given away to customers because seed manufacturers lack the technology to accurately count their own stock.  For smaller orders, where the quantities of seeds are smaller, the same overage may even account for a tolerance factor of up to 30%. In either case, for small orders or large ones, this is not a small loss factor. Finally, because seed manufacturers provide extra seeds without charging because they are not counting the seeds, but rather approximating the count based on weight and then adding in a buffer to ensure the minimum order, the damage done to their profit margin is two-fold.  First, they are giving away a product With value against no income.  Second, if customers are reselling or planting the seeds based on an actual number that they can reliably verify, they can take full advantage of the seed manufacturer’s overage and purchase less seeds in future orders. Thus the seed manufacturer is giving away free seeds in the first purchase and selling less seeds in the second and future purchases. Up until now, this has been a known factor resulting from a lack of technology that could successfully perform an accurate counting of vast quantities of seeds.

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Industry Requirements
Seed manufacturers are tasked with processing hundreds of millions of seeds each season. Any solution that would involve verifying the exact number of seeds received from seed manufacturers would need to be: Extremely accurate  Cost-effective  Fast and easy-to-integrate  Scalable to accurately count large and small quantities of seeds and be adapt able to small, medium, and large manufacturers  Easily integrated into current packaging infrastructure to maximize return on investment (ROI) and minimize integration cost or delays Until recently, a technology that could deliver these requirements was unavailable for the seed industry. actually sell according to number and not weight and therefore can match their sales order with their packaging. Customers are still content to receive the number of seeds they purchased, while manufacturers are able to benefit from actually selling a much higher percentage of their seed stock. The DATA counting solutions are significantly more accurate, with no loss in speed. It can pack thousands of seeds per minute with an accuracy of 99.5-99.9%.

DATA Products for Seed Manufacturers
DATA products come in a variety of configurations that primarily relate to the requirements of the seed manufacturer. In general, the following guidelines are used when determining which product will best suit the needs of the manufacturer:  DATA Count S-JR  DATA Count S-25  DATA Count S-60  DATA Count & Fill S-25  DATA Count & Fill S-60  DATA Count & Pack S-160  DATA Count & Pack S-260  The DATA Count S-660

About the DATA Technologies Solutions
DATA Technologies has taken their existing technology and adapted it for the seed industry. Unable to accurately count large quantities of seeds, current manufacturing principles include packing extra quantities of seeds per package to ensure that the buyer receives, at minimum, the proper amounts. Employing DATA’s counting solutions, seed manufacturers can accurately package the correct numbers, offering enormous cost-savings. DATA solutions quickly achieve payback within a period of several months up to two years (depending on the type of seeds and quantities processed). Using the DATA counting solutions, there is immediate savings because companies can

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DATA Products for Nurseries
DATA Count S-JR
The DATA Count S-JR quickly and accurately counts seeds as small as 0.7 mm, eliminating the imprecision of weighing solutions to save you money. Designed for companies of all sizes, DATA Count S-JR offers an efficient means of ensuring control. It is an essential tool for manufacturers, breeders and nurseries in the seed industry. The device employs proprietary patented technology.

Technical Description
      Voltage: 100 / 240 VAC, 1 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 22 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 10 A slow blow Dimensions: 21×21×20 cm Weight: 5 KG

Average counting speed capabilities (in seconds)
Quantity 50 Seeds 5 5 5 7 6 100 Seeds 7 7 7 12 10 1,000 Seeds 45 45 45 50 55

Features
      Counts seeds of all shapes from 0.7 to 4 mm, at speeds of up to 3,000 seeds per minute Counts a pre-set number of seeds Seeds can be poured directly into plastic bags or a measuring cup Bluetooth connectivity Results can be transferred to PC software, Excel spreadsheets or proprietary software Compatible with Seiko label printer

Seed type Carrot Cherry Tomato Lettuce Pepper

Benefits
        Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts Can quickly Can Quickly separate a large bag of seeds into smaller ones Can be used to analyze thousand seeds weight Enables reassignment of labor to more complicated tasks Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean Small enough to use on any desk or worktop

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DATA Count S-25
DATA’s S-25 quickly and accurately counts seeds as small as 1 mm up to 18 mm, eliminating the imprecision of weighing solutions to save you money. The machine is designed to count large quantities of seeds and is ideally suited to seed manufacturers, traders and plant nurseries, all of which need to count seeds of different sizes as fast and as accurately as possible as part of their daily production processes. The S-25 is easy-to-use, easy-to-integrate into automatic filling machines, and delivers an unprecedented accuracy rate of nearly 100%!

Technical Description
         Voltage: 115 / 230 VAC, 1 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 100 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 10 A slow blow Air connector: 6 mm, Air consumption:~ 1 L/min Compressed air: 0.1 Bar (continuously during operation) Dimensions (cm): (W) 55 x (D) 45 x (H) 65 Hopper size: 1,000cc, 1 Liter Weight: ± 25 Kg

Average counting speed capabilities (in seconds)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato Pepper 50 Seeds 4 5 7 100 Seeds 8 12 15 1,000 Seeds 20 20 30 5,000 Seeds 90 95 120

Features
        Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 18 mm in size Rapid counting capability. For example: 4,000 tomato seeds per minute Can be incorporated in an automatic filling machine Counts a pre-set number of seeds Air system protection on the detection unit Operation by Touch panel PC Fast emptying No pre-calibration required

Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts Can be used to analyze thousand seeds weight Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean


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DATA Count S-60
DATA’s S-60 was primarily developed for seed manufacturers that need to quickly and accurately count seeds as small as 1 mm up to 25 mm, in huge quantities. Using patented, proprietary technology, the S-60 eliminates the imprecision of current weighing solutions, resulting in a faster, more cost-effective solution and almost instant savings. The machine was designed to count large quantities of seeds and is ideal for all size seed manufacturers, which regularly need to count seeds of different sizes as part of their daily production process. With the S-60, seed manufacturers can count thousands of seeds in seconds.

Technical Description
         Voltage: 115 / 230 VAC, 1 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 120 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 10 A slow blow Air connector: 6 mm, Air consumption:~ 1 L/min Compressed air: 0.1 Bar (continuously during operation) Dimensions (cm): (W) 71 x (D) 47 x (H) 86 Hopper size: 6,000cc , 6 Liter Weight: ± 52 Kg

Average counting speed capabilities (in seconds)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato Tomato Pepper Melon/cucumber Watermelon 1,000 Seeds 7 10 12 20 25 10,000 Seeds 40 60 100 155 230

Features
       Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 25 mm in size Rapidly counts large quantities in minimal time. For example: 10,000 tomato seeds per minute Can be incorporated in an automatic filling machine Counts a pre-set number of seeds Operation by Touch panel PC Fast emptying No pre-calibration required

Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean


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DATA Count & Fill S-25
The DATA Count & Fill S-25 quickly and accurately counts seeds as small as 1 mm, automatically filling separate bags with the desired quantities. This highly reliable tool was developed for seed manufacturers and suppliers that require counting and packing precise numbers of seeds as part of their daily production process. The DATA Count & Fill S-25 is equipped with one carousel, continuously rotating until the order is complete. The device features proprietary patented technology.

Technical Description
          Voltage: 115 / 230 VAC, 1 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 120 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 10 A slow blow Air connector: 6 mm,Air consumption: ~ 1 L/min Compressed air: 0.1 Bar (continuously during operation) Dimensions (cm): (W) 50 x (L) 67 x (H) 160 Hopper size: 1,000cc, 1 Liter Weight: ± 60 Kg Packet size (mm): Minimum (W) 85 x (H) 100 Maximum (W) 170 x (H) 260

Features
  Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 18 mm in size Rapidly counts vast quantities of seeds. For example: at least 3 bags of 1,000 tomato seeds per minute 30 funnels per carousel Counts a pre-set number of seeds Air system protection on the detection unit Operation by Touch panel PC Fast emptying No pre-calibration required

Average counting speed capabilities (Bags per minute)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato Tomato Pepper 50 Seeds 15 12 9 100 Seeds 8 5 4 1,000 Seeds 3 3 2 5,000 Seeds 0.66 0.6 0.5

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Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Enables reassignment of labor to more complicated tasks Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean


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DATA Count & Fill S-60
The DATA Count & Fill S-60 quickly and accurately counts large quantities of seeds, automatically filling individual bags with the desired quantities. By filling each bag with a fixed number of seeds, you eliminate the imprecision of current weighing solutions. This counting solution was designed for seed manufactures of all sizes. If counting and packaging seeds of different sizes is part of your daily production process, the DATA Count & Fill S-60 is an affordable, efficient, accurate and fast solution. The DATA Count & Fill S-60 contains one carousel which continuously rotates until it has completed the order and all specified seeds are counted and packaged. With DATA's Count and Fill S-60, your everyday packing procedures will be easier, quicker and more precise. The device employs proprietary patented technology.
  Enables reassignment of labor to more complicated tasks Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean

Technical Description
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Voltage: 115 / 230 VAC, 1 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 150 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 10 A slow blow Air connector: 6 mm, Air consumption: ~ 1 L/min Compressed air: 0.1 Bar (continuously during operation) Dimensions (cm): (W) 83 x (D) 75 x (H) 205 Hopper size: 6,000cc , 6 Liter Weight: ± 100 Kg Packet size (mm): Minimum: (W) 95 x (H) 140 Maximum: (W) 200 x (H) 300

Average counting speed capabilities (Bags per minute)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato, tomato, pepper 50 Seeds 15 100 Seeds 10 1,000 Seeds 6 5,000 Seeds 3

Features
  Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 25 mm in size Rapidly counts vast quantities of seeds. For example: at least 6 bags of 1,000 tomato seeds per minute Includes 30 funnels per carousel Counts a pre-set number of seeds Air system protection on the detection unit Operation by Touch panel PC Fast emptying No pre-calibration required

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Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging
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DATA Count & Pack S-160
DATA’s first fully automatic counting machine designed to quickly and accurately count & pack seeds as small as 1 and up to 25 mm (depending on seed quantity per bag). Developed and built together with Pack Line (machine model PDP-1), one of Israel’s leading packaging companies, the machine not only counts thousands of seeds in seconds but also fills bags and seals them. The DATA Count & Pack S 160 can pack up to 6 bags per minute with the desired quantity of seeds via one or more detection units, according to the customer’s needs. The machine is very compact in size and thus saves valuable production space while providing superior counting and packaging performance.

Technical Description
         Voltage: 220x3, 40Ax3 VAC, 3 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 2000 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 40 A slow blow Air consumption L/min: ~ 90 Compressed air: 6-8 Bar (continuously during operation) Control panel voltage: 24 DC Output Pcs per minute vibrator 1: 12 Output Pcs per minute vibrator 2: 12

 Air quick connector: MH94, screw ½ NPT  Dimensions (cm): (W) 82 x (D) 71 x (H) 187  Weight: ±350 kg  Hopper size: 6,000cc , 6 Liter  Packet size: (mm): Minimum: 80 (W) x 100 (H) Maximum: 185 (W) x 240 (H)

Features
 Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 25 mm in size (depending on seed quantity per pack). Rapidly counts & packs large quantities of seeds. For example: 6 bags of 1,000 tomato seeds per minute Counts a pre-set number of seeds Operation by Touch panel PC Includes rejection system Fast emptying Air system protection on the detection unit No pre-calibration required

Average counting speed capabilities (Bags per minute)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato Tomato Pepper Melon/cucumber Watermelon 1,000 Seeds 6 6 6 3 4

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Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean


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DATA Count & Pack S-260
The DATA Count & Pack S-260 is a fully automatic, two-channel counting machine, designed for accurate and fast counting and packaging procedures. This hi-tech machine offers seed manufactures the option of fully automating their packing process, while maintaining an accuracy count of nearly 100%. Data's Count & Pack S-260 machine is able to count seeds ranging in sizes as small as 1 mm up to 25 mm (depending on seed quantity per pack). It can deliver counting and packing capacities up to 12 bags of 1000 Tomato seeds per minute and is ideal for large packet order series. The DATA Count & Pack S-260 contains both a counting unit and a packaging system, all combined in one revolutionary solution which delivers an unprecedented accuracy and speed.  
Low maintenance and easy to clean

Can be adjusted to different bag sizes

Technical Description
              Voltage: 220x3, 40Ax3 VAC, 3 phase Frequency: 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 2000 W Circuit breaker rate: Minimum 40 A slow blow Air consumption L/min: ~ 90 Compressed air: 6-8 Bar (continuously during operation) Control panel voltage: 24 DC Output Pcs per minute vibrator 1: 12 Output Pcs per minute vibrator 2: 12 Air quick connector: MH94, screw ½ NPT Dimensions (cm): (W) 82 x (D) 71 x (H) 187 Weight: ±370 kg Hopper size: 12,000cc , 12 Liter Packet size: (mm): Minimum 80 (W) x 100 (H) Maximum 185 (W) x 240 (H)

Features
 Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 25 mm in size (depending on seed quantity per pack). Rapidly counts & packs large quantities of seeds. For example: 12 bags of 1,000 tomato seeds per minute Counts a pre-set number of seeds Operation by Touch panel PC Includes rejection system Fast emptying Air system protection on the detection unit No pre-calibration required

Average counting speed capabilities (Bags per minute)
Quantity Seed type Cherry Tomato Tomato Pepper Melon/cucumber Watermelon 1,000 Seeds 12 12 12 6 8

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Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface
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DATA Count S-660
DATA’s S 660 is a sophisticated device designed to quickly and accurately count seeds as small as 1 mm up to 25 mm. While it can count tens of thousands of seeds per minute, it is able to deliver extremely high accuracy, eliminating the imprecision of most current weighing solutions to save you money. The S 660 is designed to count massive quantities of seeds and thus ideally suited to key players in the seed industry who need to pack hundreds of millions of seed packages every season. Due to its unprecedented counting speed, the S 660 enables its users to pack seeds by pre-set numbers without losing valuable production time. The S 660 machine is based on proprietary, patented technology that delivers unprecedented counting speeds and phenomenal accuracy.

Simple to operate, with a user-friendly interface Low maintenance and easy to clean

Technical Description
   Electricity connection: 115-230v 50/60hz 150W 1 phase Air pressure: 6 bar to main Air Press Regulator & 0.1 bar to 6 Heads APR Packing system requirements: Input port requirements: 24VDC Output port requirements: 3VDC

Features
  Precise counting of all seed shapes, from 1 to 25 mm in size Rapidly counts vast quantities of seeds. For example: 30 bags of 1,000 tomato seed per minute Counts a pre-set number of seeds Operation by Touch panel PC Includes built-in dust vacuum Consists of two containers Includes Rejection system Fast emptying Air system protection on the detection unit No pre-calibration required

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Benefits
  Delivers nearly 100% accuracy Saves time and money Significantly more profitable than scale-reliant packaging Controls stock through precise rather than estimated counts
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About DATA
DATA Detection Technologies develops, manufactures, and markets hi-tech counting and packaging systems. DATA’s innovative, real-time image processing technology provides unparalleled accuracy and speed. Thus far, DATA’s proprietary technology has been applied to the diamond, seed, and pharmaceutical industries DATA’s seed counting machines offer tremendous value to customers in many ways: • Savings from packaging accurate numbers of seeds, fast and efficiently, and with reduced labor. • Flexibility with high counting speed, including easy configuration and the ability to quickly change between many types of seeds. • Reduced time from order to delivery, thus taking advantage of new business opportunities. • Ability to store, retrieve, and export counting record data to improve inventory management and make the entire process more efficient. DATA’s industrial counting machines are capable of packaging over 40 bags of 1,000 tomato seeds per minute thus offering, for the first time, a sustainable counting solution for large-scale industrial seed packaging. DATA’s core technology provides real-time image processing of multiple objects as they are freefalling together. It was developed by our multidisciplinary R&D team, which includes experts in electro-optics, electronics, software and mechanical engineering. DATA’s counting and packaging machines are sold and distributed worldwide through a combination of our own salespeople and partnering distributors . Based in Jerusalem, DATA is a dynamic hi-tech company that sets new global standards in counting and packaging systems. Additional information can be found at www.datatechnologies.com.

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