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Cloud-Based Apps Transforming Grain Storage

Miller Magazine

July 2021 

Inventory management at milling and grain storage facilities used to mean climbing bins and taking manual measurements with a tape measure, writing down measurements, and transferring them to a spreadsheet. Grain inventory today can be a highly automated process where a level sensor replaces climbing bins and cloud-based software applications replace spreadsheets.

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Bin Level Measurement Transformed by IoT

Milling and Grain

June 2021

Imagine your job did not involve climbing feed bins, guesswork, or inventory shortages. Instead, each day you stayed safe; inventory was convenient, accurate, and reliable.

That is what level sensors and software can do for you—both easily and affordably.

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Level indicators that connect to the cloud

Milling and Grain

February 2021

Grain industry considerations for level sensors that can provide cloud-based connections and accurately measure silo and bin contents.

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A SIMPLE GRAIN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:

Get a solid ROI while keeping your feet planted on the ground

Milling and Grain

October 2020

It is time to put an end to climbing bins. Knowing the volume and value of what is stored in grain bins is surprisingly simple and inexpensive. Installing a solution that measures grain bin levels automatically and lets you access inventory from your phone or computer can improve inventory accuracy, save time, and keep employees safe from the perils of climbing bins.

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No More Grunt Work

Milling and Grain

November 2019

Feed mills and farms have often been opposing forces when it comes to feed management. Although they share a common goal of producing and delivering quality products, inventory management and delivery schedules can create friction. This article explores how technology innovation from BinMaster bridges this gap, simplifying feed inventory and allowing feed mills and farmers to work in harmony.

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Safety takes centre-stage

International Cement Review

May 2019

Danger lurks on top, in and around storage silos. In a proactive approach to keeping employees safe, a leading North American cement producer undertook a company-wide initiative to reduce risk by automating silo level measurement using a variety of level sensors to keep people firmly grounded in a culture of safety.

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From Superman to Lasers

International Cement Review

March 2017

Non-contact level sensors provide many benefits to the cement producer. These level measurement devices use 3D scanners, laser or radar technologies to ensure accurate monitoring of product levels. BinMaster compares the different technologies. 

Chemical Processing
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Select the Correct Non-Contact Sensor

Chemical Processing

July 2017

3D, radar and laser scanners all provide continuous level measurement but suit different applications. BinMaster's feature article in Chemical Processing's 2017 eHandbook: Be Level-Headed About Level explains. 

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Get Data Where and When You Need It

Chemical Processing eHandbook

July 2016

Today’s manufacturing operations are increasingly automated and more sophisticated. As the needs of the industry have changed, manufacturers of bin level indicators have responded with new solutions to address those demands. These solutions start by determining the sensor needs and applying the right sensor for the material and vessel. These solutions continue by deciding how to manage the data gathered. BinMaster can provide that data communication technology as well as anything from simple switches and rotaries, to advanced non-contact sensors. 

Food Processing
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Using 3D Level Sensors to Solve Food Storage Challenges

Australian Bulk Handling Review

November / December 2018

In 2009, 3D scanner technology started a revolution in precise inventory management. Their evolution continues to address the unique needs of industry as the worlds of sensor hardware and software intersect with new solutions. 

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Using 3D Level Sensors to Solve the Toughest Food Storage Challenges

Food Processing
May 2018

For almost a decade, 3DLevelScanners have been providing highly accurate level and volume measurement in challenging materials contained in bins, tanks, and silos. The only sensor to measure and map the material surface, 3D scanners keep pushing the boundaries - and addressing the concerns of increasingly complex food operations. This article featured in Food Processing's May 2018 e-Handbook shares a few of the newest innovations.

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Detect the Tiniest Trickle of Flow to Prevent Cross Contamination or Comply with FSMA

Powder and Bulk Engineering

May 2017

The affordable single-piece Flow Detect 2000 is a flow/no flow detector that houses the sensing element, power and output connections, and user adjustment controls in a single NEMA 4X enclosure. This compact sensor helps prevent cross contamination by ensuring flow has stopped before a new material is introduced into the flow stream. It is ideal for detecting flow conditions of solids and powders in gravity chutes, feeders, pipelines, conveyor belts, or bucket elevators.

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Can't Touch This! Non-Contact Level Sensors

Food Processing

April 2017

Today’s most popular non-contact technologies are laser, radar, and 3D scanners. The sensor that might be best for your application is determined by a number of factors including the material being measured, the amount of dust in the environment, the size of the silo, and the desired inventory accuracy. Communications options for getting your needed data can also vary as well as the price of the sensor, its mounting, wiring, and installation costs.

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Turn Up the Volume

Food Processing Plant Design e-Handbook

September 2016

It seems for the past decade everything has been going 3D – 3D movies, 3D printers, and 3D video games. Even a level sensor now can see in 3D. What do all these 3D advances have in common? They enhance the user experience, make life more exciting, and in the case of 3D level sensors – your inventory far more accurate. Now food processors can get silo levels in 3D.

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Five Steps To Simplify Silo Inventory Monitoring

It takes just five basic components to design an inventory system for managing solids, powders, or liquids stored in bins, tanks, silos, and other storage vessels.

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3D Scanners take Volume Measurement to a New Level

Learn how 3D scanner level sensing technology is changing the landscape for inventory management in silos. This article in Process Industry Informer provides information on how the technology works, why it excels in providing volume accuracy, and the different models available. 

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CINCO TENDENCIAS QUE CONDUCEN EL MONITOREO DE INVENTARIOS EN SILOS

Los entornos de trabajo acelerados impulsan la necesidad de datos precisos en tiempo real. Los fabricantes de sensores y los desarrolladores de software han trabajado rigurosamente para crear soluciones nuevas e innovadoras.
 

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Five Trends Driving Inventory Monitoring in Silos

Fast-paced work environments are driving the need for accurate, real-time data. Sensor manufacturers and software developers have been rigorously working to create new and innovative solutions. Is your operation seeking ways to more efficiently monitor inventory? Check out these popular trends. 

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BinMaster Company Profile

Grain Journal

August 2019

This company profile explores BinMaster's rich history manufacturing level sensors for bins, silos, tanks, and other storage vessels and discusses the company's offerings today with Scott Hudson, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. 

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Inventory Management Beyond the Bin

Powder and Bulk Engineering

March 2019

Monitoring and measuring bulk solids in piles, bunkers, warehouses is necessary for many facilities. This article explains how software and cameras can help make inventory management more accurate in these locations.

Plastics
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Use Automation to Monitor Inventory in Resin Silos

Plastics Business 2021

Imagine your job didn’t involve climbing silos, guesswork, or inventory shortages. Instead, each day you stayed safe; inventory was convenient, accurate, and reliable. That’s what level sensors and software can do for your plant—both easily and affordably.

 

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Managing Resin Inventory

IPP&T

October 2017

“Real-time management of expensive resins helps ensure a continuous supply of raw materials for our operation that runs 24/7,” according to Dan Hurtz, plastics manager for Garner Industries. Read how Garner found the perfect solution right under their own roof with BinMaster inventory management systems. 

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Select the Correct Non-Contact Sensor

Chemical Processing
July 2017
Using a 3D scanner level sensor is like having Superman’s X-ray vision. With its dust-penetrating technology, you can see the topography of material inside the silo using the graphical option in the software.

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Overlapping Harvests

A merger in 2019 between two north central North Dakota cooperatives resulted in the need to add a million bushels of upright concrete storage at the new cooperative’s headquarters and rail 
terminal to handle the additional volume of grain. 

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Space for a Specialty Wheat

As Bay State Milling Company rolls out its new HealthSense® high-fiber flour products, derived from a group of highfiber wheat varieties, the privately-held company needed a
place to store those varieties to preserve their identity. 

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Corn, Soybean Expansions

TOPFLIGHT GRAIN CO. completes two separate projects using two separate contractors at country elevator in central Illinois.

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Feeding Arkansas Turkeys

Butterball builds a large-scale feedmill in northern Arkansas that includes a 1.2 million bushel elevator and a 600,00-bushel slipform concrete grain silo structure for ingredient storage.

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Grain Storage for Feed Mill

Central Valley Ag (CVA) operates a feed mill at its complex in midtown Elgin, NE and as demand for feed continues to grow in central Nebraska, so has the need for storage space.

Products
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BinMaster's Compact Non-Contact Radar with Bluetooth Setup

Milling and Grain

January 2021

BinMaster’s new line of compact non-contact radar aka ‘CNCR’ level sensors puts 80 GHz of precision to work measuring simple and aggressive liquids. These sensors set up simply using bluetooth and the wireless device configurator app loaded on a smartphone or tablet. The app can also be used to diagnose and change display parameters once the sensor is installed from up to 25 metres away.