How Kahler Helped Improve Two Facilities’ Efficiencies
A pair of facility managers describe how Kahler Automation helped improve their facility efficiencies.
Central Valley Ag, Royal, NE
“Technology is driving agriculture growth,” said Jeff Krebs, location manager at the Central Valley Ag (CVA) Royal, NE, facility.
With today’s technology, it’s a win/win situation.
Speed, accuracy and documentation, along with competitive pricing, gives customers the services they expect. Customer equipment is five times as large as it was 20 years ago, and sites like Royal want to keep in pace. Direction from previous projects was applied to this project. A circle track was key to speed and efficiency. Truck traffic alone can’t handle the needs of today’s customers.
The Product Portfolio was based on the Northwestern region’s needs:
Liquid Building Storage: Four 1 million gallon tanks became six 1 million gallon tanks. 85 liquid rail cars can be off-loaded into storage in 12 hours.
Dry Stueve Building Storage: Two 8,000-ton bins; six 2,000-ton bins; one 4,000-ton bin; two 60,000-ton microbins. Waconia Dry Blending Towers allow product overhead at all times. Load time is cut drastically because product is immediately available and allows the ability to serve the direct customer’s needs and the custom application needs. It also allows latitude and flexibility in scheduling.
24/7 Self Service: This bay was also used for product distribution and customer pick-up.
Jeff said CVA is very happy with Kahler Automation and Kahler’s Nebraska distributor, Dultmeier Sales, in putting the project together. Jeff said that Kahler Automation products are “user-friendly, adjust to specific needs easily, and work well with the agronomy interface and provided up and running functionality.”
Trupointe Cooperative, Milford, IN
Trupointe Cooperative’s agronomy hub in Milford, IN, was designed with the latest technology to provide efficiency and accuracy for today’s growers, who face the challenge of maximizing yield to feed a growing world population.
The Kahler Automation system allows crop protection products, fertilizer and micronutrients to be weighed and blended electronically on-site to precise measurements, with each load tailored to what specific fields need. Automated product mixing, whether dry or liquid, occurs at the agronomy hub, not in the field, so growers get exactly what they paid for.
“Ensuring growers have product when and where they want it was key in developing an efficient, high-tech facility with suitable storage capacity. A 24/7 load-out bay for certain product also provides optimal convenience throughout the busy growing and harvesting seasons,” says Todd Shuebert, manager.
2 million gallons liquid fertilizer.
37,000 tons dry fertilizer.
7-minute loadout time for dry fertilizer.
15-minute loadout of anhydrous ammonia.
17-minute loadout for liquid fertilizer.
On-site intersection of two main railway lines, CSX and NS.
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