The system is highly automated with the help of Kasa Controls & Automation and the use of their database-driven Konnection software. With many different pieces of equipment and systems to manage, Konnection provides overview screens, monitoring screens, alarms and reports into one location for simpler diagnostics and review of the system.
On September 24, 2014 Syd Panzer and the Konnection team were awarded the Ignition Firebrand Gold Award. Their project was featured in this year’s Discovery Gallery and was on display throughout the Ignition Community Conference. Entitled “Fine Grained Precision”, this projects main focus was to control and track grain.
Frenchman Valley Coop expands its operations by adding Culbertson shuttle site. All operations throughout the facility are computerized and designed to be fail-safe, wired by control engineers Kelton Neighbors and Nimit Shah of kasa Controls and Automation, Salina, Kansas. Control panels track grain movement ("The grain can't go into the wrong bin," Neighbors said); monitor hazards and log graphs (for down-to-the-minute tracking for up to two years).
"We try to bring all (operations) of the facility into the grading shack -- making the facility's operations as simple and as safe as possible," he said. A sophisticated camera system aids the staff in probing and sampling inbound and outbound grains and serves as surveillance for the purpose of security throughout the entire facility. Read article at McCook Gazette.
Feed & Grain Magazine features article on maximizing facility automation systems. The article explores how removing operations from manual control is an undeniable advantage to automation systems, and the value in nearly constant data collection.
Heath Roker of Kasa is quoted in the article a number of times and states operators at non-automated facilities may run an elevator leg up to 30% less efficiently than its potential so as to avoid plugging, which results in longer lines at the dump pit and reduced throughput. View pdf of article.