KAHLER AUTOMATION

COOPERATIVE PRODUCERS, INC. >HASTINGS, NE

WHAT THEY NEEDED

Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) wanted to transform their business with an all-new agronomy center to better serve the regional demand of customers. The new facility would be a massive upgrade in both size and efficiency, serving as CPI’s primary retail/wholesale liquid fertilizer plant to load delivery equipment and applicators, and supply existing liquid fertilizer plants. They needed to load out trucks much faster, with industry-leading speeds to drastically reduce wait times. CPI wanted to handle at least 200 orders per day using two different ERP interfaces, and with multiple operators running the system simultaneously. The intent of operation was to have dedicated bays operate for wholesale as well as ag retail, and multiple loadout bays with 24/7 unstaffed automated loading capabilities for bulk NPK, liquid blends, and chemical blends.

WHAT WE DESIGNED

CPI constructed a new fertilizer/ chemical facility in Hastings, NE, that features seven access-controlled bays to dispense and receive product. Bays one through three are for load out of fertilizer products only, while bays four through six have capability to load out fertilizer and chemicals. Receiving can be done by rail or by truck in a dedicated receiving bay or additional multiuse bay. Six bays feature Kahler Automation’s Self Serve 2 software for after-hours dispensing, and two bays have Bulk Receiving 2 software for after-hours receiving. For unstaffed dispensing or receiving, drivers input their order number at a Touch Screen Access panel to initiate the process. Behind the scenes the Kahler Terminal Management TMX software processes orders simultaneously from the agronomy interfaces, and manages all data associated with plant operation. When staffed loading is required, operators use Plant Supervisor PSX software to dispense to the truck bays and use Container Filling 2 software to fill and easily manage tote inventory.

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CONTACT US:
KAHLER AUTOMATION
507-235-6648
KahlerAutomation.com

COOPERATIVE PRODUCERS, INC.
800-355-2710
cpicoop.com

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