BinCloud® Platform for Inventory Management

The BinCloud® platform is an integrated cloud foundation for data monitoring of inventory contained in bins, tanks, and silos. It enables on-site and remote workers to work via the cloud. BinCloud® is the backbone of the BinView® web application used to monitor solids, powders, and liquids across all process industries. The platform is also the basis for FeedView&® used by swine and poultry growers to manage feed and place orders with feed mills. Features of BinCloud® include real-time monitoring, automated alerts via text or email, and historical reporting. Software can be used to manage a single site or across multiple locations and accommodate hundreds of vessels.

IoT Network Devices for Level Sensors and Monitoring Silo Inventory
Wireless gateways, long range transceivers, HART consolidator modules, and analog expansion hubs simplify taking a new or existing level sensor inventory monitoring system to the Cloud. Reduce the cost and complexity of installing a new inventory system for your silos with wireless IoT devices that make connecting analog, HART, or Modbus level sensors to Cloud applications simple.

Here are real-life examples of how BinCloud® can help most any industry storing materials in bins, tanks, or silos.

Feed: By projecting consumption growers can better manage rations, eliminate feed outages, late delivery charges, and ensure there is less feed leftover at closeout to reduce vacuuming and disposal charges.

Plastics: Real-time monitoring of resins going into the production process, improved supply chain management using vendor managed inventory with resin suppliers, optimizing scheduling of deliveries.

Cement: Centralized monitoring of multiple batch plant locations, improved logistics and scheduling of drivers’ routes, ensuring entire truckload with fit into silos, improved coordination with fly ash suppliers.

Food Processing: Managing inventory of raw ingredient, WIP, and finished product silos, leveraging buying power by ordering for multiple plants on a single contract, batch processing of foodstuffs.

Fertilizer: Tracking inventory of solid, powder, and liquids chemicals, using historical reporting to track inventory turns and carrying costs, preparing for seasonal production and distribution.

Chemicals: Tracking inventory of regulated chemicals, ensuring chemicals are used before shelf-life expires to reduce disposal costs, creating an automated audit trail of chemical usage.

Wood Pulp Paper: Pellet production facilities, hog fuel storage bins, emptying sawdust bins to prevent production stoppages, ensure pulp, water, and bleach level levels are adequate for paper production, managing mill-to-mill transfers.

Agriculture: Optimizing capacity of storage bins, preparing audits and USDA reporting, eliminating spreadsheets at grain elevators, valuing grains, oilseeds, and other commodities for export, railcar logistics.

Propane: Historical reporting to project impact of weather on consumption, supplying planning for storage facilities, tracking stored propane at multiple depot locations, routing of commercial and residential deliveries.


A BinCloud® solution combines cloud-based Software-as-a Service and advanced level sensor technology to make inventory and supply chain management easier.

Accessibility: Information is portable and available anywhere there is internet access from a phone, tablet, or PC.

Accurate Information: Total transparency, fewer discrepancies, and more information leads to better decisions. Know what to buy and when to order it.

Better Control: Automation brings centralized digital control, minimal human intervention, faster and timelier outputs.

Cost Containment: Direct and indirect. Less overtime, automation of daily tasks, fewer inefficiencies, no emergency or late delivery charges.

Historical Reporting: Manage and segregate high-turn, long lead time, and materials with strict reporting requirements.

Improved Monitoring: Real-time reports of on-hand supply, forecast when you will run out, data is continuously updated effortlessly.

Job Satisfaction: Less mundane work, more time for planning and problem solving.

Optimize Production Processes: Streamline vital communication between people and devices and get everyone on the same page.

Process Improvements: Reduce material outages, production stoppages due to shortages, fewer batch processing errors leads to better quality.

Security: Data—both past and present—is stored securely and safely.

Simplicity: No servers, no IT department, programming updates done by host provider, no need-to-know programming to use software

Time Savings: Less time on the phone, managing spreadsheets, fewer trips to the control room, less time doing routine or redundant tasks.


System Components

  • Wireless or wired data communications network
  • BinCloud®Gateway to provide connectivity to an IP network
  • BinView®, CementView®, ResinView®, or FeedView® web application accessed from the Internet
  • Sensors for continuous level measurement

Sensor Compatibility

  • SmartBob II
  • 3DLevelScanner (3D Solids Scanner)
  • NCR-80, NCR-84, NCR-25, or NCR-30 Non-Contact Radar
  • CNCR Non-Contact Radar
  • GWR-2000 Guided Wave Radar
  • SPL-200, FVL-200, or LL-100 Laser
  • SmartSonic Ultrasonic
  • Sensors with 4-20 mA output or Modbus RTU