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Aeration Control to design grain handling system for Esperance Quality Grain processing facility

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article image Esperance Quality Grain grain handling facility

Situated in the Esperance region of WA, Esperance Quality Grain makes use of a number of silos, conveyor belts, bucket elevators, rotary distributors, drying ovens and a cleaning set-up to process grain and canola for external customers.

The majority of grain produced in WA will be stored for a period of time, so to ensure it stores well without spoiling the grain may require cleaning and drying. The Esperance Quality Grain processing facility offers this service to many of the local producers in the area.

Aeration Control , a subsidiary of Industrial Automation, is set to design, supply and install a grain handling system for Esperance Quality Grain that includes a conveyor, elevator and silo control system for all their grain handling needs. This includes the design, supply and installation of a motor control centre control system PLC, operator interface panel and soft starter equipment. It also includes the supply and calibration of the grain temperature probes.

Aeration Control is also responsible for the field mounted proximity switches for silo full indication and blocked chutes on rotary distributors.

The Phase 1 grain handling system allows a user to control all conveyors and elevators from a touch screen on a centralised PLC operating system. Manual controls are also provided for conveyors for maintenance override purposes.

Field mounted telemetry provides status monitoring and some control functionality, which will be reprogrammed within Phase II, with additional equipment to provide a fully automated system.

The grain drying system has already been integrated into the control package with allowance being made for the integration of the cleaning control at a later date.

The touch screen operator interface provides the operator with the following functions:

  • check current temp
  • view system alarms
  • check status of silos and conveyors
  • control conveyors/elevators
  • shutdown system.
The key features of the new Esperance Quality Grain grain handling system include:
  • centrally located PLC system
  • operator-friendly touch screen interface with site control, program entry, historical alarms and system status indication
  • fully programmable controller capable of implementing advanced control techniques for conveyor belt and elevator control
  • integrated control functionality with on site dryer control system
  • monitoring of silo full, grain temperatures, slide gate open/closed status, and conveyor/elevator drive status
  • maintenance override facilities for manual operation
  • pressured air input to main conveyor belts with automatic control and monitoring
  • data-logging of drive faults, grain temp, belt alarms and programs operated
  • aeration fan control from peripheral system on site
  • 2.1m long motor control centre
  • two stage implementation, i.e. fully upgradeable system.

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