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pull onto one of two grain intake weighbridges. On arrival the driver enters his card; which if he is in the correct position will accept and weigh the vehicle; if the truck is at the wrong weighbridge the card reader will then inform accordingly. Here the vehicle can tip directly into one of the two pits where the load is then transferred into adjacent silos. (With the possibility of hazardous dust conditions all the hardware in this area is ATEX compatible).


If the truck has arrived on-site with a back load the system will direct him to the DDGS bulk loading area traffic control before allowing the driver to draw onto the first weighbridge and insert his card into the reader. After loading, the truck proceeds onto a second weighbridge to assess the weight of the now fully loaded truck.


Drawing away from either area trucks then proceed to the site exit.


For the project Precia-Molen installed six pit mounted weighbridges, type VS400S, capacity 50,000kg, eleven PM BI300 driver cabinets with intercom, five motorised RFID dispensers and ticket printers and six badge readers. Additionally, Precia-Molen also supplied two point-to-point document systems and four electronic message board displays. Precia-Molen also supplied a surface mounted VS400 weighbridge which is utilized for the syrup production. Fully automated with a driver console, trucks are reversed onto the weighbridge with water and syrup loaded into the truck whilst the system monitors the weight, sending a signal to the plc (DDGS control room).


Mark Wilson – site operations manager, commented on the installation: “We handle over one and a half million tonnes of wheat and DDGS truck movements per annum. An efficient electronic receipt & dispatch system is crucial to the smooth running of our business. The Precia-Molen team has worked closely with us over the last 18 months to ensure that we have an effective system.”


For more information contact Precia-Molen UK on tel: 01527 590320 or visit: www.preciamolen.com


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