A rigorous process has been designed and implemented to ensure the quality and compliance of each of our stations. Each product is subjected to a series of tests before shipment. The following article presents the approach put in place to guarantee the reliability of the stations.
Our stations are fully assembled in France and Belgium. All our suppliers are ISO9001 certified, a proof of our permanent efforts for quality improvement. In addition, we work daily on our production lines to identify, treat and repair possible damage.
Thus, each station is tested individually according to precise specifications.
Reliable weather stations right from the product development stage
Already in the product development phase nothing is left to chance. The following test categories were established:
- Mechanical: resistance to weather conditions, especially to large temperature variations. Our stations must work regardless of the weather conditions.
- Chemical: resistance to saline atmosphere (risk of oxidation of the measuring instruments) and to plant protection products (note however that spraying near the stations is strongly discouraged).
- Dimensional: compliance with the dimensions laid down in the specifications.
Control tests under real conditions
The stations are first tested in the laboratory and then in the field under real conditions. We have a property on which tests and experiments are carried out. The measurements of the stations are always compared with each other and with a high-precision measuring instrument from Météo France. We occasionally ask farmers to test our new products or participate in studies. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate as well.
During production and assembly, each station is individually inspected to ensure its conformity and proper functioning. Every step of the manufacturing process is controlled by anti-error systems. The tests to be carried out at the stations prior to shipment include:
- Battery test: to make sure whether the power consumption of the standby mode is below a defined limit value to ensure that the battery has a good life expectancy. The sending of notifications is also simulated to ensure the correct transmission of data.
- Rainfall counter function test: to make sure that the precipitation counter measures correctly.
- Reliability test of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction sensors: the station's measurements are checked to ensure that they are within a strict tolerance range. If the values do not fall within this range, the station is discarded and studied.
- Visual test with defect library: to identify possible visual defects on the stations.
- GPS test: check the correct transmission of the GPS signal.
Monitoring each station for constant innovation
Apart from these tests, our products develop according to the feedback of our customers. At Sencrop, an entire support and R&D/product team is available to analyze your opinions and suggestions. Constant innovations around the stations have enabled us to significantly improve the reliability and service life of our products.
In addition, each station integrated in the Sencrop network is specially and individually monitored. We have tools that enable us to obtain a comprehensive overview of the quality of the stations and to be automatically notified in the event of faults. This enables us to react even faster.
Reliable measurement collection
In addition, to ensure the relevance of the measurements, regular cleaning of the stations is essential. We recommend cleaning the stations every two months and/or at the beginning of a critical stage for your crops and/or when there is abnormal behaviour on the station. For more information and explanatory videos, see the article How do I clean my station?.
If you do not need the weather data of your station during the winter months, it is advisable to store the station in a warm and dry place during this time. This extends the life of the battery and prevents wear and tear of the station due to harsher weather conditions.
Finally, the reliability of the data collected by the stations also depends on the position of the station. With the help of the article How and where should I install my Raincrop Station? you can ensure that your station is installed correctly.