TekPro enters U.S. market with truck probes

by World Grain staff
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NORFOLK, ENGLAND — After two years of discussions, TekPro Ltd. and Chief Industries finalized an agreement in October 2013 in which Chief will manufacture the Samplex CS90 range of truck probes, opening the U.S. market for TekPro.

The electro-mechanical truck probes will be manufactured on U.S. soil, greatly reducing the expensive shipping and tax costs, said Daniel Howlett-Clarke, technical sales engineer with TekPro. Chief is already taking orders and manufacturing the machines for the U.S. market.

“This will enable a customer to purchase proven British technology at a great price,” he said.

Because the probes are electro-mechanical, they don’t rely on hydraulics, which can contaminate a load if hoses leak due to damage or general wear and tear. The Samplex machines detect the bottom of a trailer, enabling a complete sample to be taken with repeatable accuracy. An adjustable aperture at the tip of the probe allows an operator to control how much sample is taken.

TekPro is owned by brothers John Catchpole, managing director, and David Catchpole, technical director. It was established 12 year ago to house the manufacture of the Samplex machines, along with Holmen (pellet durability testers) and Insectomat (insect detection in grain).

At that time, the agricultural and engineering divisions were formed. The Samplex, Holmen and Insectomat products are represented by the agricultural division while the engineering division takes conceptual ideas and turn them into reality.