Weighing in Tanzania

Large Scale Grain Weighing in Tanzania

Posted on: September 22nd 2015   •   Posted in: Agriculture, Case Studies, Food & Beverage

Griffith Elder created a streamlined solution to cater for hundreds of tonnes of grain at the Bakhresa site in Tanzania.

High-Speed Monitoring – No matter the size

The new facility at Kurasini, Tanzania has been operational for some months now. It consists of 5 silos, totalling 60,000 Tonnes capacity. With only 3 days to offload the grain from the incoming Russian vessel, the peak flow rate of 1,200 Tonnes per hour must be consistently reached.

They achieve the offload speed using four side-by-side Griffith Elder Weighbridges, each with separate intake lanes. Bakhresa’s site has a fleet of 40 brand-new wheat trucks designed for this exact purpose. Each truck has a capacity of around 25 Tonnes and can complete the entire weighing and offloading process in only 5 minutes.

Unmanned, Automatic & Reliable Operation

As the trucks arrive at the weighbridge, the drivers present a pre-programmed RFID tag to identify themselves. Each tag contains the shipment details, including the contract number, type of goods and many other bespoke details. Store these details as a ticket within the software along with the fully loaded weight of the vehicle.

The vehicle can then offload the grain onto the elevators and conveyors that will distribute out to the relative silos. Once empty, weigh the vehicle again. This records the empty weight of the vehicle and calculates a net weight value to add to each ticket.

The driver terminal produces a small printout for the driver showing the weight information. He will then be paid based on the amount of grain offloaded. The whole system is fully automatic using Griffith Elder’s Ton-TelTM Software. Operators can clarify information with the drivers when necessary. The Ton-TelTM Software contains an extremely versatile reporting function, allowing managers to generate reports based on vehicle, store, date or any other information found on the tickets. Create summary reports, and program to send reports automatically via email using the software. This allows the manager to know exactly what is happening on site at any time.

Offload the grain, and then carry out the grain handling using Buhler conveyors and elevators. Direct the grain from the control room to the selected silo. During this process, sieve the grain to remove the fine dust and large foreign bodies from the grain.

Repeat this system, loading the vehicles with wheat via the loading bay above each of the weighbridges. Control the flow using an operator, who can see the live net weight on the large display inside the office.

With a full truck, users can immediately dispatch from the Bakhresa grain handling site onto its various final locations.  It can then be made into a wide variety of products that are distributed across Africa.

Ton-TelTM Weighbridge Software Simplifies The Process

As well as controlling the 4 weighbridges simultaneously, Griffith Elder’s weighbridge software helps to pay your employees fairly! The driver terminal automatically produces a small printout for the driver, showing the weight information for that load. This allows the driver to be paid based on the amount of grain offloaded.

The weighbridge software also contains an extremely versatile reporting function. This allows managers to generate reports based on vehicle, store, date or any other information found on the ticket.

The reporting tools offer a full spectrum of data, allowing managers to inspect and identify success across the whole business. Schedule reports for automatic creation to send to a manager via email.

Correlate the information between the conveyor control system with the Griffith Elder Ton-TelTM software and the clients own stock management system to ensure that stock levels and stock information is correct at all times.

Please contact us via email or telephone for further information on all of products. We are experts in helping you optimise your weighing processes.

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