Feed Strategy - July 2018 - 22
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DESIGNS ADDRESS MODERN CHALLENGES
Improved transportation efficiency
The opportunity to increase efficiency travels beyond load-out to the actual
trucks that are hauling the feed. High output trailers by companies, like Hensley, Sudenga and Walinga, have the ability to unload 5,000 to 7,000 pounds
of feed in less than a minute. Features like the high-output trailers, faster cleanout and the ability to unload a truck remotely are ways that feed mills can
solve the challenge to maintain production with the shortage of drivers. The
U.S. reported a shortage of more than 50,000 truck drivers in the 2017.
Field explains that while the unloading equipment has
stayed the same, it's the changes in design that make the
equipment more efficient.
"What we're doing isn't rocket science, we're just working our way through a problem to find a solution," Field says.
Faster bulk loading robot
Another technology is a bulk loading robot that collects
feed from the silos, weighs the feed and travels back to the
contra set or trucks. The robot uses laser positioning to find
the hatch on the top of the contra sets or truck and unload
the feed. Because of the laser positioning, the robot can accurately unload in different size trucks. Van Aarsen senior
engineer Frank Verscheijden designed a robot to be up to
30 percent faster, and to use up to 20 percent less energy by
regenerating the energy back to the grid instead of losing it
in the breaking resistance when it stops.
Feed trailer technology focuses
on safety, profitability:
"This idea comes from necessity," says Van Aarsen
Product Manager Hans Boonen. "We needed to design a
solution to collect feed that is fast - but that doesn't use a
lot of power."
The robot can collect up to 6,000 kilograms, and includes features such as sample taking and gentle product
handling. Boonen says the robot allows mills to increase
loading efficiency without sacrificing feed quality and
driving up energy costs.
Finding the right solution to your challenges
While the industry trend is to increase bulk loadout
efficiency, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Design engineers prefer working with each individual mill to find a tailored approach to meeting their goals - whether that is to retain more
qualified employees, cut down on manufacturing
costs or increase the number of truck loads. Each
mill has its own unique set of challenges that needs to be
addressed individually. Companies, like Weitz, Young
Love and Van Aarsen, specialize in designing solutions to
meet each individual challenge. ◼
Laura Fernandez is a freelance writer. Email her at
www.WATTAgNet.com ❙ July 2018