Automated barge drafting reading system

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Sep 09,2022
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This is how the client describes their need

This is what they are looking for:

An Automation Solution

I have a process in my production that I would like to automate. I am looking for suppliers and solution proposals to help me figure out how to proceed with my automation project

Amount of fulltime operators working on my process:
Current amount(before automation):1.5 Expected amount(after automation):0
Manufactured units passing through my process per week:
Current amount(before automation):17.5 Expected amount(after automation):17.5
Customer details

This is what the client says about their current robot solution

I need the automation solution installed at the following location: United States, Louisville suburbs, Indiana
My company is doing business in the following industry: Agriculture & Forestry
The product my company is producing is specified as: Grain (corn, soybeans, wheat, milo, etc.)
This is the process type that I want to automate: Inspection & QA
I need the suppliers to submit answers before: No deadlines
Process description

This is how the clients process is being carried out today

These are the steps that the client wants to automate

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Automation goals

This is why the client want to automate their process


This is the clients' expected timeframe for the solution to be installed

  • I want better data to be able to optimize production
  • I want to improve product quality and uniformity
  • I want to improve working environment
  • I want to reduce the number of employees working on this process

Further explanation:

Additional goals include: -Improve accuracy and consistency of draft readings -Improve efficiency of barge loading (reduce loading time due to accurate, real-time draft readings) -Reduce (or eliminate) amount of time that operators have to spend on barge for safety reasons Challenges include: -Variable dock configurations/obstructions -Variable barge types (box vs. rake) and dimensions -Variable loading sequences; barges are not always loaded from one end to the other -Water can be present in the wing tanks of the barge, which affects barge stability and overall draft levels during loading -Environmental (weather, waves, drifts, etc.) -Employee safety and exposure to man overboard -Dangerous environment that can cause people to trip/go into water (cables, winches, ropes, ice, snow, etc.)

I need the automation solution to be installed: Within a year

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