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Gravity Table Donated to Ag Engineering Department
By Jenna Wegner
UW-RF University Communications
MAY 5, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls agricultural engineering
department recently received a unique donation from the Oliver Manufacturing
OMC gave the University a gravity table, which is used for sorting seeds
and grain for cleaning. The most recent equipment addition to UW-RF, the
gravity table, sorts the good seeds from the bad based on the seeds’
density. The lighter seeds are discarded because they have been found
to produce less well as the heavier seeds.
Kamal Adam, UW-RF agricultural engineering professor, helped in orchestrating
the donation. While teaching at Iowa State University, Adam was head of
seed conditioning. He would conduct on-site training with Oliver Manufacturing
Co. equipment to teach students and industry people how to use seed and
graining cleaning machinery.
When Adam began teaching at UW-RF his dedicated work with the Oliver Manufacturing
Co. opened doors.
“Since UW-RF didn’t have a gravity table, I contacted Oliver
Manufacturing Co., and due to my continued work with them they were willing
to donate a gravity table to our university,” said Adam.
Many students have never worked with a gravity table and Adam felt the
need for them to understand the benefits it brings to the seed industry.
“The machine is the backbone of the seed industry, and it’s
essential for students to know how to manage this machine,” said
Adam said that the students are the primary beneficiaries in the gift.
The knowledge students gain through the use of the gravity table will
open up numerous doors once they graduate. He also hopes to establish
a training program so others involved in the seed and grain industry are
able to learn the proper techniques of the gravity table.
The gravity table will be used by general farm machinery classes, agronomy
classes and for anyone else interested in learning about the machine.
“This is just the start,” said Adam, who would like to continue
to build at ” I’m not going to stop until UW-RF has a complete
seed and grain cleaning laboratory,” stated Adam.
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:07:23 Central Daylight Time