bin board software

Grain origination managers are challenged with making the most informed business decisions, even when detailed physical grain inventory information is not readily available, accurate, and timely. Grain facilities are subject to not maximizing or losing margins when they cannot easily determine the quantity, quality, and availability of commodities in a timely basis in order to fulfill contract obligations.

This information has traditionally been managed with manually manipulated processes such as bin boards, spreadsheets, and accounting reports that all reside at the local site level.

Forward-thinking operations are investing in software solutions that combine both transactional and measurable data in a real-time environment that will assist in making business decisions using this detailed data. This valuable information is provided throughout various levels of an organization’s key decision-makers, either at the local level or consolidated throughout the enterprise.

This technology is transactional so as to provide weighted factor averages for tracking quality per quantity and determine traceability. It is measureable so as to verify accuracy of inventory quantity placement in bins. These are both important components of a successful software solution that meets the aforementioned requirements.

Here are some benefits that could be realized by key decision-makers when they have automated binning software:

Site Managers are relieved of posting ticket information to spreadsheets, marker boards, or pulling back office grain reports since scale tickets automatically post to an electronic bin board. They also make better binning decisions when inventory information is quickly and easily accessible as it is received. They can produce more profitable blends with reduced variability, therefore minimizing discounts and maximizing premiums when meeting contract requirements

Inventory Quality Managers work with Site Managers to discuss and model “what if” blending scenarios which helps them to plan how they can achieve better, more consistent results. They can also better track grain quality, quantity, and traceability in the elevator while producing commodity traceability information from the inbound ticket or outbound ticket through the elevator.

Merchandisers can quickly evaluate easy-to-read, detailed inventory quantity and quality information in any combination of bins and locations to help them choose the best delivery options. They can also see what is readily available to ship to meet contract deadlines.
• Regional Managers view and plan next steps with Site Managers while jointly viewing online bin boards. Information about inventory for each bin including commodities, factors, capacities, events, and more is discussed while viewing each bin’s history.

Merchandisers, Operations, and Logistics Managers anticipate and plan current and future storage space needs leading to smart inventory movement.

Office and Operations Managers verify handling and drying shrink information with grade factor differences that assist in determining monthly adjustments to position. They compare inventory information with grain examination findings to minimize surprises.

Automated bin board software is the future of binning, grain inventory management, and profitable deliveries that meet ever-changing contract requirements. Real-time electronic binboards that provide accessible inventory information to key personnel when making the invaluable decisions that truly affect the bottom line of an agribusiness are “what’s next”. It only makes sense to combine the wisdom of those responsible for accomplishing the goals of both strategy and profitability.

 

Contributed by Allen Smith, Senior Product Manager with Greenstone Systems
*This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Feed & Grain Magazine

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