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Camera Arm Helps Fill Grain Trailers
Filling a grain trailer is a breeze for Roland Wohlgemuth with his Camera Arm. He can watch the grain cascade into his semi-trailer from the comfort of the cab.
“I can see exactly what is happening and move the trailer ahead as I need to,” says Wohlgemuth. “I can see all the way to the back without running back and forth and climbing up and down the trailer sides, which can be a hazard with ice and snow.”
Wohlgemuth saw the need when he got his first trailer. The problem was how to get a camera up where it could see the length of the trailer, yet not get tangled in tarp covers. Initially, even getting a camera was a challenge.
“There were zero closed circuit cameras at the time that would work in our winter environment,” says Wohlgemuth. Once he found a camera that would work, he met the tarp challenge.”
He came up with an arm that mounted to the trailer, but could bob out of sight as the tarp was unrolling. The gas cylinder attached to the camera arm popped the camera back into view when the tarp was re-rolled.
Neighbors took note, and Wohlgemuth began making and selling The Camera Arm. Fast forward 15 years, and he has successfully licensed manufacturing, marketing and distribution to Michel’s Industries. The Saskatchewan company has built a reputation for combine accessories, grain tarp systems and augers.
“We could see the benefits of The Camera Arm immediately,” says Brad Michel, Michel’s Industries. “We farm too, and I’ve been in situations where I overloaded a trailer or moved too far and ended up with grain on the ground.”
Michel replaced the gas cylinder with a heavy-duty spring. It offers break-away like action if the camera arm is struck by low doors or overhead spouts.
“It returns to its original position just as it does when a tarp is rolled back off,” says Michel.
An even bigger change was to make The Camera Arm monitor wireless. Previously the cameras had been hardwired to the cab.
The 7-in. wireless monitor can handle up to 4 cameras, such as 2 on the trailer, a back up camera and one to monitor air gauges. The operator can choose from single view, split view or quad view.
“The Camera Arm system for a Super B or any trailer 32 ft. and longer comes with 2 camera arms, cameras and a wireless monitor for a retail price of $1,400,” says Michel.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michel’s Industries, P.O. Box 119, #3 Entrance Rd., St. Gregor, Sask. Canada S0K 3X0 (ph 306 366-2184; sales@michels.ca; www.michels.ca).

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