A New Salem man earns one of five 2012 Innovate ND Award Winning titles for a creation he says can be used both on and off the farm.
Reporter Sarah Gustin introduces you to the invention that earned the title.
This isn't always an easy job.
Stop Sensor is a device that helps farmers align trailers while loading and unloading.
A tool Larry Mosbrucker says saves time because producers don't have to get in and out while backing up and money because they aren't spilling any grain on the ground.
(Larry Mosbrucker / StopSensor Creator) "On an average load a farmer has to get in and out 3 times, on a perfect load. If you are not positioned correctly it can be as much as 4 or 5 times that that. Stop sensor solves that problem. I was always planning to offer it to other farmers. The farmers are getting older. There's lot of people with arthritis and getting older it's not so easy to do anymore."
How does it work?
(Larry Mosbrucker / StopSensor Creator) "It's like a laser. It bounces a beam to the truck and there is a reflector on the trailer in two spots for the right spot for the hoppers. The beam bounces back and sets the light off. So you have that on inch reflector on the truck basically gives you 1/2 inch accuracy."
Even in the tricky situations Mosbrucker guarantees it will work.
(Larry Mosbrucker / StopSensor Creator) "In this situation with an offside load, you will bypass the second one go to the second light. Now you know your auger is going to clear the jack and it's going to be perfect under the back hopper. so you get out of your truck once. Your done."
(Sarah Gustin / email@example.com) "Stop Sensor is actually a kit. Including the sensor itself, a work light a universal bracket that will fit any and all augers and if you are not using an auger, it includes a tripod."
Mosbrucker says it's simple enough for anyone to use and the options of where to put it to work are endless.
(Larry Mosbrucker / StopSensor Creator) "Farmers are telling me what they all want to do with it. They want to put it on air seeders, grain vac's. I brought it up to grain elevators, they are very interested in it. Agronomy centers want to put 4 or 5 reflectors on their trailers and they'll have the perfect load every time."
Mosbrucker plans to start marketing Stop Sensor at the State Fair.
To learn more about the backing up device log onto stop sensor dot com or call Larry at 425-2774.