Weighing in Tanzania

Large Scale Grain Weighing in Tanzania

Posted on: September 22nd 2015   •   Posted in: Agricultural, Case Studies

Griffith Elder have created a streamline 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 has been operational for some months now and consists of 5 silos, totaling 60000 Tonnes capacity. With only 3 days to offload the grain from the incoming Russian vessel, the peak flow rate of 1200 Tonnes per hour must be consistently reached.

This speed of offloading is achieved 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 details of the shipment, including contract number,type of goods and many other bespoke details. These details are stored as a ticket within the Ton Tel 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, the vehicle is weighed 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, as he is paid based on the amount of grain offloaded. The whole system is fully automatic using Griffith Elder’s Ton-TelTM Software and the operator is only needed to clarify information with the drivers, if 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. As well as summary reports, the software can be programmed to send reports automatically via email at scheduled times. This allows the manager to know exactly what is happening on site at any time.

Once the grain has been offloaded, the grain handling is carried out by Buhler conveyors and elevators and directed from the control room to the selected silo. During this process the grain is sieved to remove the fine dust and large foreign bodies from the grain.

The whole system is then repeated, this time loading the vehicles with wheat via the loading bay above each of the weighbridges. The flow is controlled by an operator who can see the live net weight on the large display inside the office.

Once the truck is filled, the wheat can then be immediately dispatched from the Bakhresa grain handling site onto its various final locations where it can 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, allowing 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.

Reports can also be scheduled for automatic creation and delivered to a Manager via email.

The information between the conveyor control system can be correlated with the Griffith Elder Ton-TelTMsoftware and the clients own stock management system to ensure that stock levels and stock information is correct at all times.

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