Case Study ² NSW sugar industry uses Agtrix technology to save time, money and resources
The New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative (NSWSMC) has set benchmarks in harvest and supply chain management, using technologydeveloped by Agtrix over the past 9 years.Harvesting up to 2.4 million tonnes of cane each year, the cooperative embraces technology to drive its business operations.Former NSWSMC employee Grahame Dines developed an automated traffic scheduling system in the late 1990s which was trialed at HarwoodMill in 1998, with outstanding results. The mill recorded a 39 percent reduction in mill stops associated with traffic scheduling, at a time whenaverage trip time had increased by five percent and the average crushing rate was up by 10 percentGrahame is now employed by Agtrix and has been a key player in upgrading the technology to provide total supply chain solutions for theagricultural sector.In 2003, the NSWSMC engaged Agtrix to provide harvest management and harvester tracking systems. In just three years, the organisationcut its cane supply operation costs by 32 percent.More recently, Agtrix has been working with the sugar cooperative to improve real-time communication between mills and the harvestingsector, using on-board computers fitted to tractors, as well as a web-based ETA Calculator.This technology enables truck and harvester activity to be monitored on a daily basis.
Snapshot of Agtrix technology solutions employed by NSW sugar industry
Before the season
Product BenefitFarmMap (GeographicInformation System)
(Being replaced by AgDat)
Cane supply officers can:Map all the sugar that could be supplied to a millIdentify expected yieldPredict the length of a processing season
evelop a harvest plan to optimise transport efficiency.
uring the season
Product BenefitSweetNet (telemetryapplication)Automatically informs a mill when bins are ready for collection.SHIRT (Harvester Informationin Real Time)Harvesters are provided with real-time data about cane thathas just been delivered including bin weight and stock problems. This enables harvesters to:Adjust their level of fill to achieve their target weights, and