Grain Loadout

Grain Loadout

With an increase in industry regulation, international import restrictions, and the need to maximize facility efficiency, companies in the grain load-out sector are focused more than ever on the reliability and flexibility of their process control systems.

The Solution

NovaTech’s grain export solutions power many of the largest and most complex load-out facilities in the world, helping customers routinely deliver grain across the globe. By helping customers avoid data integrity issues, unnecessary downtime and costs due to rework, unexpected system outages, and slow recovery from equipment failure, the NovaTech grain export load-out solution–based on the NovaTech D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS)–provides a reliable, scalable, and fully redundant automation platform required for an operation of this magnitude.

The ability to deliver grain from source to destination in a safe and efficient manner is only half of the story of the NovaTech Grain Export Load-out System. Proper tracking, logging and reporting of material transfers is as critical as the grain transfer itself. The NovaTech system features redundant data collectors and reporting services to ensure data integrity even in the event of a server failure. All operator activity, equipment allocations, equipment failures, re-works, blends and transfers are tracked. Order and scheduling data is received from the corporate ERP system and “actual” data is automatically transferred to corporate QA and regulatory inspection systems, such as FGIS. Since the system is fully integrated, record keeping, data integrity, reporting and tracking are optimized.

NovaTech develops grain export load-out systems utilizing modern visualization, programming, sequencing, alarming, and interlocking techniques. Operators access hierarchical visualizations featuring plant overviews, path flow, and specific equipment graphics. Additionally operators can easily access and manage reports, logs, and alarms from the intuitive operator interface. Upgrading customers can choose to mitigate risk and reduce expense by developing visualization screens and custom graphics that mimic their existing systems, resulting in faster start-ups and virtually no operator training required at cut-over.

The NovaTech system employs sophisticated interlocking and sequencing techniques to ensure the proper flow of grain from source to destination. Whether unloading barges or filling ships, the NovaTech system is constantly monitoring the state of all equipment to ensure flow path integrity. Furthermore, the NovaTech system facilitates sophisticated blending, weigh-back, and quality monitoring systems.

Most regulatory compliance systems are designed to constantly monitor the grain flow, sampling, and weighing systems. Additionally the system must provide the necessary safeguards and hard copy documentation required to operate the official weighing system without 100% physical supervision of the bulk weigh scales and grain flow system. NovaTech’s U.S. installations fully integrate the U.S. FGIS with customer systems. This approach significantly reduces errors, reworks and delays due to discrepancies between the regulatory and customer system. NovaTech has the capability to integrate with any other regulatory compliance system.

Related Processes and Experience

Dust Collection, Barge Receiving, Railcar Receiving, Grain Storage & Inventory Management, Grain Flow & Grain Path Integrity, Grain Flow Monitoring, Blending, Weighing, Rework/Weigh-Back, Ship Loading, Railcar Load-Out, Truck Load-Out, Security Gate Weigh Stations

Related Solutions

Distributed Process Control, Operator Training Simulators, Recipe-Driven State Based Control, S88 Batch Management & Control, S106 Procedural Automation & Control, Electronic Batch Reporting, ISA 18.2 Alarm Management, Data Historian, Trend Visualization, Process Analytics, Process Simulation, Asset Management, Control Loop Performance Monitoring & Optimization, Energy & Asset Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Analytics, Regulatory Compliance & Validation, System Hardware & Custom I/O Cabinet Design, Product Lifecycle Services

  • D/3® Distributed Control System Overview Brochure  

    The D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS) is a leading edge process control system that includes a comprehensive suite of software applications, networks, and computing hardware. D/3 features system-wide redundancy and the ability to upgrade without stopping plant operations.

    October 28, 2016

  • It is fair to say that without a fully functional distributed control system (DCS), a modern plant cannot operate safely and efficiently and in some cases, cannot operate at all. Therefore, it is vital to ensure the integrity of all DCSs and protect them from malicious attacks, accidental corruption, and data breaches that may jeopardize safety or production or may compromise the end user’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    This paper describes the philosophy and guidelines for keeping your D/3® DCS secure from cyberattacks.

    August 1, 2016

  • PCM5 — D/3 Process Control Module 5 Series  

    The NovaTech D/3® Process Control Module 5 Series (PCM5) represents a leap forward in the development, virtualization, and Cyber Security capabilities of the D/3 PCM family. The upcoming PCM5™ will deliver even higher levels of agility and performance to the DCS with the longest life cycle support and lowest total cost-of-ownership in the industry: the D/3.

    June 7, 2016

  • D3v15: Futureproof of Automation  

    D/3® Version 15 (D3v15) includes an array of valuable enhancements to the most adaptable and powerful DCS on the market. D3v15 delivers the highest lifetime value by preserving investments in applications, hardware, and I/O while incorporating the latest advancements.

    March 21, 2016

  • ARC View: NovaTech Continues as Trusted Partner  

    In partnership with NovaTech, the ARC Advisory Group recently produced a 5-page ARC VIEW article promoting NovaTech as a long-term, viable, and trusted partner with a strong product offering. 

    February 18, 2016

  • Additional Datasheets, Application Notes, Customer Success Stories and other documents in our documentation library

    D/3® SABL® [#S456]

    A five-day course, using D/3® software, covering the steps involved in developing and using the SABL® package.

    June 20, 2017 – June 24, 2017
    Aiken Training Office

  • D3v15 Webinar

    The latest release of the D/3 Distributed Control System includes new configuration tools that make the system easier for new and existing users. The webinar covers building tags with MDL Builder, writing automation code with D3Edit, web-accessible History and Reports, features to facilitate migration to High-Performance HMI, and OSIsoft PI integration.

    March 24, 2016

  • D/3 Distributed Control System Overview

    This video introduces the D/3, the Distributed Control System trusted by many Fortune 100 companies to keep their global operations’ continuous and batch processes running smoothly and efficiently. Part one reviews the system architecture and configuration tools.

    November 21, 2014

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.Update my browser now