The story of Wile
The Wile grain moisture meter was originally created by the
successful innovator and entrepreneur Matti Wilska in the early 1960’s.
Prototypes were built during 1963 and 1964 and the actual production
started at Optillinen Tehdas (”Optical Factory”) in 1965 under a license
from Wilska. First patents are from the year 1965.
Wile is an acronym after names of two persons: Wi after Wilska
himself and le after Leitzinger.Matti Wilska took assistance from patent
office Leitzinger and the owner, Jorma Leitzinger wanted to include a
part of his name to the product name as well.
We pronounce the name Wile like Wi in ”Wind” and le like in ”let”.
The first Wile type was the Wile 49-22. The format of the device
resembles closely today’s model even if the measurement principle
has been refined in later products. The first Wile 49-22 was available
for wheat, barley, oats, rye and canola. It was first tested by the
Finnish state agricultural agency in 1965 and it received the German
DLG approval in 1967. The first truly industrial device was the next
version, the Wile 22A.
A true legend was created in 1970 when the Wile 35 was introduced.
It was produced until 2006, for 36 years!
Wile moved to digital age in early 1980:s when the Wile 100 was
introduced. It was in the program until 1986 when Wile production
was moved to the newly founded Farmcomp. At this stage it was
unfortunately no longer possible to produce some of the required fine
mechanical parts with a reasonable price, so the product had to be
discontinued. However, most of these devices are still in active use
and very much liked by the users. Actually we have been unable to
get one of them for our own collection…
The current digital meter generation saw daylight in 1990 when
Wile 55 and 25 were introduced. They have undergone constant fine
development and today Wile 55 is our best selling model. They were
later followed by a range of Wile 6x models that have a text display
and some additional features like temperature measurement with
an additional probe.
And the development goes on. We know that the best Wile has not
been created, yet…