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New weighing software for UK co-operative

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New weighing software for UK co-operative
ollowing increased demand for wheat tonnage and with a growing membership, the Mereworth, Kent based co-operative Weald Granary has installed a Precia-Molen GeneSYS™ Enterprise Software system as part of an on-going development programme. Owned by a membership of local farmers, Weald Granary is a non-profit making organisation functioning as a grain drying, cleaning, handling and marketing facility. Serving Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Essex, the facility is one of a number of co-operative stores in the UK and Scotland and is part of the Openfield Store Network (OSN). Weald Granary chose the Precia-Molen GeneSYS™ Enterprise Software because it met four criteria: To bring the entire vehicle unloading operation, including contract validation, sampling, laboratory testing, weighing and discharge on two Precia-Molen weighbridges under the control of a single PC network. To be fast enough to cope with the increased traffic in ‘harvest time’ and ensure that they have all been tested and accepted for delivery. Flexible enough to adapt to any future needs of Weald Granary, allowing new commodities to be added to the database if necessary. To be fully supported with technical backup and updates. John Smith, Managing Director, Weald Granary, says, “The installation of the GeneSYS™ Enterprise System is proving an important part of our ongoing site expansion and development program here at Weald Granary. We increased storage capacity at the Mereworth site by 26 percent for harvest 2010 with no additional staffing requirement.”
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Weald Granary, United Kingdom An assurance scheme
One of the key features of the GeneSYS™ Enterprise system is that it maintains the traceability of assured combinable crops after they have left the farm, which complies fully with TASCC guidelines. TASCC was developed because farmers and end users wanted to be sure that crops of grain, oil seeds and pulses were treated responsibly once they left the farm. That includes wheat processed by flour millers and malting barley for the brewers and distillers in the drinks industry. It also provides independent verification that the trade is meeting food safety laws. The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011. This means that the certification body


With the impressive facilities currently handling approximately 100,000 tonnes per annum from 192 farmers alongside an annual projected growth of 4-5,000 tonnes from a projected 10-12 new members, the PreciaMolen GeneSYS™ Enterprise system has changed the fundamental time resource completely, throughout the stores, administration, marketing and stock control of the products.

A smooth transition
Currently employing seven HGV staff and five store personnel, the Weald Granary team are supplemented by casual staff in harvest time (8-10 weeks); At its peak 3,500 tonnes per day is delivered in from farmer members to the facility with each member requiring quality confirmation and weight data from the granary.

For the Weald Granary project, PreciaMolen installed one surface mounted weighbridge-type VS400, capacity 50,000kg, one RFID reader, ticket printer and a dialogue display. This has smoothly accommodated the transition to phase eight, providing total farm management through the integration of the weighing system with the stock management system, allowing the farmers easy access to their data through the web portal.

is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly. The scheme is made up of a Scheme Manual and four codes of practice (Storage, Haulage, Merchants and Testing Facilities). The Storage Scheme is operated to a joint scheme with the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) covering combinable crops and feed materials.

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tein, (for example, Since the installation, the software has Hagburg-suitability Martin Thomson joins Schenck Process UK to Head the Light Industries Sales team provided an expandable system which has for dough in provided many benefits including: increased bread making), overall efficiency; decreased paperwork and specific weight and decreased management of paperwork; and screenings (cleanliness). remote access to the system. Outgoing Mr Smith says, “The IT platform has provided customers and farmer members deliveries of grain with all the information they require at the are handled by time they want it. It has reduced data entry the partnership and double handling of data freeing up staff with DHL with trucks entering the to focus on other tasks.” one- way system passing onto the A simple and effective system Gaining access to the site is through a one- incoming weighway system which directs the driver to the bridge and then incoming weighbridge where the driver gains to the appropriaccess by receiving a card from the Precia- ate silo for loading. Exiting the Molen automatic card dispenser. The driver enters the relevant information site, they move including referenceRisley Named AFIA onto the outgo- the Year Dr Chad number, vehicle registra- Member of tion, and contractor code and commodity ing weighbridge type. The GeneSYS™Enterprise System then for sampling and retrieves the contract details from the data- weighing of the load. base and checks that the transaction is valid. Here again Should there be a query on a load, the system incorporates a search facility (truck/ a sample is then member/quality), which allows the operator drawn off by a to quickly interrogate the database ensur- remotely operated ing minimal time delays. Having already un- vacuum spear samsheeted the load, a sample is drawn off by pler adjacent to the a remotely operated vacuum spear sampler weighbridge and Kernelyzer-F (NIR) and Farinograph®-AT adjacent to the weighbridge and sent to the sent to the on-site laboratory for samon-site laboratory for sampling. By the time the sample arrives at the labo- pling. The results ratory, the GeneSYS™ LIMS module labora- obtained from the tory Information Management System will outgoing load are already have printed off a sample document then retained by with a checklist of the quality tests required the GeneSYS™ for this load. The results of each test are Enterprise System keyed in by laboratory staff and automatically which can be remotely accessed checked against the pass/fail criteria. If the sample passes all the quality tests, by OSN to check the driver is given permission to unload. If the quality paramthe sample fails for any reason, the vehicle is eters of each put on ‘waiting’ status and the test details are individual load if flagged up on the screen. This allows staff to required. At Weald contact the supplier to inform them the load has been rejected, or to negotiate acceptance Granary, Mr Smith says, “The site below contract specification. Having received a ‘pass’ theNutrition appoints Country Manager for New Zealand Lallemand Animal driver then operation is a lot moves forward to transfer his load into the more organised appropriate silo. When he has completed his and less stressThis is not only a contribution to the technical quality delivery the driver, draws away from this area ful now with staff of our products but also our implicit service orientation. and proceeds to the site exit via the outgoing having easy access Our technically trained service team takes care for to all the informaweighbridge. a long term smooth function of our instruments. Any incoming load, dry or wet, can be tion they require dealt with effectively as the load can be to carry out their calculated as a dry net weight through weight job roles.” loss calculations within the Our service for you: GeneSYS™ Enterprise Advantageous maintenance contracts System (through algorithms). More inforMation: All-embracing customer support Through its database, the Precia-Molen UK Ltd Various calibration flours system will automatically Made Tel: 01527 590320 in calculate the moisture conFax: 01527 590301 Germany tent in any grain type and Email: Brabender® GmbH & Co. KG subsequently provide data Website: E-Mail: · on the parameters of pro-

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