Inventory Management with the BinCloud® Platform

The BinCloud® platform from BinMaster is a built-in cloud foundation designed for data monitoring of inventory contained in silos, tanks and bins. It allows remote and on-site workers to work through the cloud.

The BinCloud® platform is the backbone of the BinView® web application used for tracking liquids, powders and solids throughout all process sectors. The platform is also the foundation for FeedView® utilized by poultry and swine growers to handle feed and place orders with feed mills.

The BinCloud® platform includes several features like real-time tracking, historical reporting and automated alerts through email or text. With the help of software, a single location or various locations can be managed, and hundreds of vessels can be accommodated.

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Applications

Listed below are the real-life examples of how the BinCloud® platform can allow almost any industry to store materials in silos, tanks, or bins.

Feed: Growers can project consumption, thus eliminating feed outages, better managing rations, avoiding late delivery charges and ensuring that there is minimal feed leftover at closeout to decrease vacuuming and disposal costs.

Plastics: Live tracking of resins that go into the production process, enhanced supply chain management through a vendor-controlled inventory with resin suppliers, and improving plans for deliveries.

Cement: Centralized tracking of numerous batch plant sites, better coordination with fly ash suppliers, enhanced logistics and scheduling of drivers’ routes, and ensuring complete truckload with accommodation into silos.

Food Processing: Handling inventory of raw ingredients, work-in-progress and end product silos; batch processing of foodstuffs; and leveraging purchasing power by ordering for numerous plants on a single contract.

Fertilizer: Monitoring inventory of powder, solid and liquid chemicals via historical reporting to track inventory turns and carrying charges, and preparing for seasonal production and distribution.

Chemicals: Monitoring inventory of regulated chemicals, making sure that chemicals are used before the expiration of their shelf life to decrease disposal costs, and producing an automated audit trail of chemical usage.

Wood Pulp Paper: Hog fuel storage bins; pellet production facilities; clearing sawdust bins to avoid production stoppages; ensuring that water, pulp and bleach levels are sufficient for paper production; and handling transfers from one mill to another.

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

Propane: Historical reporting to demonstrate the effect of weather on consumption, making plans for storage facilities, monitoring stored propane at numerous depot sites and routing of residential and commercial deliveries.

Features

A BinCloud® solution integrates cloud-based Software-as-a-Service and sophisticated level sensor technology to considerably ease the inventory and supply chain management.

Accessibility: Data is portable and available at all the places where there is internet access from a PC, tablet, or phone.

Accurate Information: Complete transparency, fewer discrepancies and more data result in better decisions. Users would know what to purchase and when to order it.

Better Control: Automation brings minimal human intervention, centralized digital control and quicker and timely outputs.

Cost Containment: Both direct and indirect. Automation of day-to-day tasks, less overtime, no emergency or late delivery charges and fewer inefficiencies.

Historical Reporting: Handle and segregate high-turn, long lead time and materials with stringent reporting needs.

Improved Monitoring: Live reports of on-hand supply; users can predict when they will run out of supplies, and information is constantly updated easily.

Job Satisfaction: Less routine work and more time for problem-solving and planning.

Optimize Production Processes: Simplify crucial communication between individuals and devices and get everyone in sync.

Process Improvements: Decrease material outages, prevent production stoppages caused by shortages, fewer batch-processing mistakes and better quality.

Security: Both past and present data are stored safely and securely.

Simplicity: No IT department, no servers and no need to learn programming to use the software, and all programming updates are performed by a host provider.

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

Specifications

System Components

  • BinCloud® Gateway offers connectivity to an IP network
  • Wired or wireless data communications network
  • Sensors ensure constant level measurement
  • FeedView® or BinView® web application can be accessed from the Internet

Sensor Compatibility

  • Smart Bob II
  • SmartSonic ultrasonic
  • CNCR Compact non-contact radar
  • NCR-80 non-contact radar
  • 3DLevelScanner (3D Solids Scanner)
  • Sensor compatibility with liquids
  • Sensors with Modbus RTU or 4 to 20 mA output
  • GWR-2000 guided wave radar
  • FVL-100, SPL-100, or LL-100 Laser

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