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Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production 

Renewable energy is revolutionizing our planet's power production and environmental impact. BinMaster offers precise level sensors and inventory management software for ethanol producers, wood pellet plants, and biodiesel processors. Our solutions measure corn, DDGS, CDO, wood fibers, vegetable oils, and animal fats in storage vessels, hoppers, chutes, and on conveyors. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, we provide expertise to optimize operations and address biomass and biofuel management challenges.

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Inventory systems for bioenergy producers

Ethanol Producers

Dry grind ethanol production involves monitoring levels in slurry, cooling, fermentation, distillation and storage tanks. Whole silage byproducts are further processed and dried to create DDGS.

Biomass Plants

Raw biomass containing wood processing waste, husks, and black liquor from paper mills is stored before being processed into biofuels. Ash by-product storage is monitored for proper disposal.

Wood Pellet Manufacturers

Biomass storage, dryers, cyclones, conveyors, coolers, screeners, finished pellet storage, and packaging stations require bulk material level monitoring at every step of the pelletizing process

Biodiesel Production

Biodiesel produced from vegetable oils, yellow grease, used cooking oils, animal fats, and alcohol requires monitoring level in tanks, reactors, separators, mixers, blenders and storage tanks.

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 Large Storage Bins 

Ethanol plants boast some of the largest diameter bins—some store 1 to 2 million bushels. BinMaster radar and 3D sensors measure corn stored in them accurately.

 Dried Distiller Grains 

Dried distiller grains with solubles (DDGS) are nutrient-rich coproducts of ethanol production. DDGS is sold as a feed ingredient known for it high-energy and protein content.

 Corn Distiller Oil 

Derived from corn-based ethanol, corn distiller oil (CDO) is a high-quality fat used as an animal feed ingredient. It is a valuable, profitable co-product of dry-grind ethanol plants.

 Hog Fuel Byproduct 

These wood byproducts or waste are burned for fuel used in sustainable energy production and paper manufacturing. Hog fuel is the basic feedstock for biomass-fired power plants.

bioenergy plant with BinCloud readings

How can bulk material inventory help my plant? 

Delivery scheduling: Especially during harvest, grain trucks are held up in long lines at ethanol plants. BinCloud’s truck management feature lets you know how much bin capacity is available.

Storage capacity: Radar level sensors and 3D level scanners help ensure that bins are used to their full capacity. 3D measurement detects peaks and valleys to help you manage fill and empty gates.

Compliance reporting: BinCloud can help you streamline reporting to help producers meet the record-keeping and reporting requirements of the Renewal Fuel Standard.

DDGS distribution: By sharing available inventory levels of this byproduct with buyers, you can ensure that dairy and swine animal feed producers have adequate production supply.

What do I need for an automated inventory system?

Level sensors: For most solid or liquid materials, the best level sensor for the biofuels industry is an 80 GHz radar. For large diameter bins with uneven topography, a 3D level scanner will provide greater volume accuracy and a 3D visualization of contents.

BinCloud software: You can view the inventory of every bin or tank at every site with BinView software. It is Cloud based and accessed from your phone, tablet, or PC. One login lets you see every vessel at every site for one flat fee per vessel per year.

Network devices: You will need a BinCloud gateway to send data from your level sensors to the Cloud. If you have long distances between bins, you may want to use a wireless transmitter instead of hard wiring to save money. Local push-button consoles provide at-the-bin access.

Inventory Management

Level sensors monitor ethanol and biofuel volumes in storage bins and tanks. Software provides real-time inventory updates, preventing shortages and ensures efficient supply chain management.

Process Control

Sensors track bulk materials and bin and tank levels during production. Software reports this data at each production stage, enhancing efficiency and consistency in biofuel manufacturing.

Safety & Compliance

Level sensors prevent risky situations like bin climbing and overfilling through automation and triggering alarms. Software provides regulatory compliance in detailed inventory reports.

Cost Efficiency

Accurate material level measurements reduce waste and optimize raw material usage. Sensors and software help cut production costs and minimize losses, enhancing resource efficiency.

Remote Monitoring

Advanced BinCloud software allows remote inventory level monitoring and control via a secure cloud platform. Operators access real-time data for every location using a phone, tablet, or PC.

Binmaster makes managing inventory easy for the bioenergy industry by providing precise level measurement and cloud-based monitoring solutions, ensuring efficient storage and supply-chain management.

What is the difference between 3D and radar level sensors?

The primary difference between the sensors is that radar is a single-point measurement device, while the 3D level scanner is a multiple-point measurement device. 3D is suited to very large bins that are prone to uneven material piling in situations where volume accuracy is important.

What makes 80 GHz radar great for biofuels?

  • Reliable level measurement in high dust
  • Dependable accuracy within 1mm
  • Rapid signal processing, frequent updates
  • 4-20 mA/HART and Modbus outputs
  • Immune to steam, vapors, and condensation
  • CSA and ATEX hazardous location approvals
  • Simple Bluetooth & BinDisc setup options

Why would I use a 3D level scanner instead of radar?

  • Measures multiple points on the material surface
  • Generates a 3D image of the material topography
  • Volume accuracy surpasses any single-point device
  • Reports minimum, maximum, and average distances
  • Detects cone up or down conditions
  • Shows sidewall buildup that could cause structural damage
  • Accurate volume in large bins using multiple scanners
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Software tailored to bioenergy



A cloud-based platform that provides quickviews, automated high and low-level alerts, and multiple-site monitoring on a phone, tablet, or PC.


Ideal for bioenergy processing plants for current, accurate inventory with everyone sharing the same information and reporting.

Continuous & point-level sensors for bioenergy

Videos for ethanol, biomass, biodiesel, and wood pellet producers

The BinMaster 3DLevelScanner offers non-contact, dust-penetrating technology to measure the level and volume of powders and bulk solids in storage bins.

View inventory on your phone, tablet, or computer. See bin levels automatically using level sensors & software. BinView from BinMaster eliminates climbing bins.

BinMaster NCR-86 measures solids or liquids in bins, tanks and silos. Accurate within 1 mm at distances up to 393 feet. Fast, continuous level updates.

A point-level switch or point-level indicator alerts when material reaches a high or low level. Wire it to an alarm, light, or control panel or to start or stop a process.

The BinCloud® platform is an integrated cloud foundation for data monitoring of inventory contained in bins, tanks, and silos by on-site and remote workers.


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