As you produce the cream of the crop, how can you make sure that your mill or elevator’s processes are safe and efficient?
There’s no doubt that process inefficiencies and inventory inaccuracies caused by faulty or outdated technology are holes in your business’ pockets. Maximizing profit margins in the grain industry is essential, and you cannot afford to waste anything including commodities, machinery, or labor.
How can you maintain your competitive edge and make sure your facility’s processes are running seamlessly?
One thing to consider is how instrumentation can improve safety in your facility. Hazardous conditions impact grain workers on a daily basis, and the threats can range from minor to life-threatening. The grain industry has been taking steps to reduce the amount of workplace hazards by automating operations. As many facilities are in the process of or have already automated their operations, it’s important to review your procedures every year to see if there are any steps that can be updated.
Some questions you can ask yourself are:
- Is your equipment on a periodic maintenance schedule?
- Can you virtually eliminate the safety risks associated with needing to climb to the top of your silos?
- Have you trained your workers on the proper ways to protect your bulk material handling equipment?
- How do you control your shipping costs?
For some of the hazards the grain industry faces there is not a universal solution that can stop them from happening. However, there is instrumentation that can reduce the risk of injury, protect your bulk handling equipment, and reduce your shipping costs.
In my next blog, I’m going to dive into each of these topics but if you’re attending the GEAPS Exchange in Denver, Colorado, March 24-27, 2018, stop by our booth #319 to discuss this in further depth!