The developers of AgPulse, a water-management system that uses wireless technology and the internet of things to optimize farm irrigation, have been presented with the latest Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Manual irrigation and record-keeping can cause large discrepancies in watering,” said Mist Labs CEO Matt Kresse. “AgPulse creates an immediate opportunity for farmers to understand and conserve water usage, leading to optimized costs and yield.”
With the price of water on an upward trajectory – especially in drought-ridden regions like Central Valley California – Mist Labs offers a unique solution, but needed to get to market quickly to gain a competitive foothold.
According to Kresse, the company had all the elements required to bring AgPulse to market but needed a partner to produce the final, end-use parts for its innovative equipment. The parts had to be custom-designed and injection-molded, using a high-strength polycarbonate material.
“We’re scheduled to deploy a large number of units on farms in 2016, establishing a solid customer base that will set us up for success in the future,” said Kresse. “Without winning the Cool Idea! Award, we would not be where we are today.”
With orders already rolling in, Kresse and his team are excited about the sales pipeline and their ability to deliver products as ordered. Units begin shipping midsummer 2016.
“Our goal with the Cool Idea! Award is to help innovative companies move through the design-to-development process quickly – whether they need functional prototypes, testing or low-volume production quantities,” said Proto Labs founder Larry Lukis. “Through our software-powered 3D printing, injection molding and CNC machining manufacturing processes, we can help award winners create exactly what they need, when they need it, to move their business forward.”