Wish you could get rid of the tedious, repetitive duties in your grain business that are essential, but take so long and are so prone to error? You can – and should. Don’t be afraid to invest in your business. We have five reasons automation would be a great step for your facility.
Making any kind of change in your business is a big step. Many factors – including cost, training and time involved – all weigh into your decision, even if the change is meant to be a positive one. That’s especially true for grain facilities. We’ve identified some reasons you should take the plunge and consider using automation.
5. Improved accuracy saves time and money
Accurate data is key to knowing the true state of any business. The more often someone has to manually enter data, the greater the chance for errors from mistyping or from data simply not being entered. Automation software means you don’t have to re-enter data every time a repeat customer delivers grain. No more handwritten tickets and manual calculations determining load capacities or weights. You maximize efficiencies in freight costs and avoid overload penalties. Integration allows for accurate grade information to automatically post to tickets.
More accurate binning means capturing data to track grain to, through and from your facility for traceability, and recording specific characteristics of the grain that are important to the buyer for identity preservation. Also, using automation to improve accuracy in blending grain can help increase the margin opportunity on each bushel.
4. Better communications
Handwritten notes and radio communication (especially when you can barely hear it) can be misunderstood, distracting and time-consuming. Automation systems can eliminate the need for rudimentary communication, with simple tools that automatically convey information. It’s clear, easy-to-read and available where you need it – at the scale, at the pit or wherever load data is necessary.
3. Happier customers
All customers appreciate getting settlement checks more quickly. Automation software allows for payments immediately on delivery, and increases overall convenience for customers throughout the grain handling process. This shows your customers you respect their time and appreciate their business. They know you are making their experience as efficient as possible, moving their trucks through your facility and getting their settlement checks out. When your customers know that and are happy, it makes them want to do more business with you.
2. Eliminating labor-intensive tasks
Freeing up your staff to work on revenue-generating activities is valuable to their job satisfaction andyour company’s bottom line. With automation systems, you can even set up certain processes for unattended operation. So, no more time-consuming activities that take employees away from more productive tasks.
1. Getting more grain trucks processed in less time – more revenue!
It all boils down to keeping scale traffic moving. You cannot afford to upset customers and make life more difficult for your operators by having a long line waiting at your scale. With automation, more vehicles get processed in less time, customer satisfaction remains high and employees get more done, all of which have positive effects all the way to the bottom line.
Although change of any kind can be daunting, it’s important to keep the bigger picture in perspective. If the change can help your business be more efficient and profitable in the long run, it’s worth some expense and minor disruption in the short run. Evaluating your unique business is the start. Automation should be practical based on your needs, with the option to add features as they are justified. Learn more about the possibilities available with oneWeigh.