Harvest is a demanding time for everyone involved. The farmers, the haulers and all the people at your grain business… it’s all hands on deck.
Your elevator stares down hundreds of truckloads of grain every day without blinking. You have to know the quality and grade factors, who is hauling the grain, which farm it is coming from and where to bin the grain… all within a matter of minutes. Any slowdown will delay unloading. And you do not want to be the one responsible. Bottom line: if delivery takes too long, haulers will look for a faster option.
Roadblocks to smooth operation
So you spend most of your day addressing issues that stand in the way of smooth operation. And those issues can run a gamut: seasonal help, limited parking space, confused haulers or faulty communication. All can create situations that can slow down elevator operation.
You know that record harvest yields, a short harvest window and long truck lines delivering to your elevator present both an exceptional opportunity and tremendous challenges. The more grain your facility is able to unload and store, the more profitable it becomes. That means the elevator must operate day in and day out as efficiently as possible. That can be easier said than done.
Automating your scale is a big step to take. It’s an investment. Smart investments make sense. But forking out money for bells and whistles you might not even need is a lot to ask. And it may be totally unnecessary.
Getting just what you need
With practical automation, you don’t buy all kinds of features that don’t match your needs. Instead, your facility is closely examined, specifically the number of trucks you currently handle and could potentially handle, as well as the pain points you want to get rid of. We hone in on those and make recommendations tailored to your requirements, not what we think would look good on a sales report.
While it’s true that each feature brings new levels of ease and efficiency, your pain points may be different from the next elevator’s. That’s why it’s important to confirm which features are best for you. And as you grow, your automation can grow with you. You can simply add features as they’re justified. It’s like buying your kids shoes with some growing room. You don’t want to start out too big or they’ll trip and fall. Instead, you buy what they can run in. We sell you what fits, so your business can run faster than ever.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about practical automation. Next, we’ll tell you about the big misperception about scale automation, and how you are at the helm in making automation decisions.