The Mark IV batching system consists of an industry-standard PC running EAI's Feed Batch Pro
software interfaced to mill equipment via a modular I/O system. Programming tools used are Microsoft
Visual C ++, Microsoft Visual Basic, and Microsoft Visual FoxPro. The weighing instrument is a Rice Lake
Mark IV Standard Features:
Open-based software architecture with state of the art components.
User-definable software that enables a standard system to be installed
at all sites for savings on support and startup.
The Feed Batch Pro batching application is networkable, making it possible
for any system on the network, with the proper security, to batch feed, edit formulas, print reports, etc,.
Production interface makes it possible to interface the batching system with EAI's
Feed Office Pro software, as well as other third party mill management and accounting systems.
Formula import enables you to import formulas from Brill and other popular formulation systems.
The system has extensive built-in reporting capabilities. In addition, an ODBC-compliant
database enables you to use third party tools such as Access, Excel, or Crystal Reports for custom reporting.
No limit on number of formulas or ingredients.
Ingredient inventory tracking with graphical representation of bin levels.
Automatic free fall adjustment, pulse length, and high speed shutoff with user-defined
parameters selectable by scale or ingredient.
Ingredient tolerances can be set by quantity or by percentage.
User-defined security allows the system administrator to control access to all or part of the system.
Automated ingredient flush can hold back a predefined weight of an ingredient for flushing purposes.
Ingredient substitutions can be automatically made, including substitutions of combinations of ingredients
on other scales. Substitutions can be made to the current order or to all orders in the production run.
Users with the proper security can make temporary changes to formulas at order entry, such as adding or
changing a medication or changing sequencing of ingredient weigh-up.
Modem and remote access software for support purposes.
State of the art power filtration system.
Mark IV Manual Control Options:
Easy Automation offers a variety of options for manual backup controls. Generally, the
manual control enclosure also houses the I/O system as well these enclosures are designed
with future expansion in mind. The manual controls on this enclosure are clearly labeled
via a screen-printed plastic overlay. The following manual control options are available:
Manual control panel with or without graphics
Manual controls via PC HMI with custom on-screen graphics
Manual controls with a custom mill graphic on the enclosure
Manual control with a generic mill graphic on the enclosure
Available with or without PC HMI
Fully automatic with manual backup
Finished ingredient routing
Automatic bin refill and shutoff
Mark IV Expandability:
From the start, the Mark IV was designed for easy and economical expansion.
If more ingredients are added to the mill, all that is required is an additional
output module to turn the ingredient on. If you add four more ingredient bins,
you would add an inexpensive out-put module and activate the module in the software.
If another batching scale is added, the standard scale head can be expanded to five
scales by adding an internal scale interface card. We have one system running with
If changes are made to the mill, downstream of the ingredient weigh up process,
changes to the I/O system and its software may be necessary. Systems are designed
with expansion in mind and this can easily be accommodated.
Tracks loadout bin inventory
Optional scale interface
Track truck, loadout bin, truck bin, and driver history
Extensive reports including delivery tickets
Feed Office Pro Software:
Allows feed manufacturers to enter orders, transfer them to and from Mark IV
batching system and then to their accounting system
Tracks animal groups and feed budgets
Enhanced inventory tracking and reporting
Formula Pricing, Grain Bank, and Contract Ingredient Pricing modules available
Interfaces to popular accounting systems including QuickBooks®, Peachtree®,
BusinessWorks®, Agris®, Oakland®, AgVantage®, Microsoft Dynamics®, and others
Feed production data can be exported to animal management software packages,
such as FBS®, and PigChamp®.
The Easy Automation Mark IV batch controller is designed to be a powerful and expandable system
that, due to its innovative design, is also very economical. Easy Automation has a 20 year
heritage in feed mill automation and has installed and supports over one thousand batching systems
across North America. Easy Automation is dedicated to and focused on feed mill automation. We
continue to improve our existing products and develop new products that will continue our postition as
the industry leader.