Frontier Co-Op, a cooperative with over 50.3 million bushels of grain capacity, engaged EAD to provide a multimillion dollar automated controls solution for a 24-bin grain elevator with grain-drying capacity and two large dry grain storage bins in Osceola, Nebraska. We provided the control system design, HMI and control panel fabrication, Schneider PLC and HMI programming for the entire site, and the Schneider MCCs configuration.
The site included eight refurbished and automated storage silos; EAD’s project added two large-capacity dry grain storage bins, one continuous grain dryer, four bucket elevators, and multiple drag and belt conveyors. The project gave operators full automated control, with a manual override, of the grain conveyance and distribution system from all the HMI locations. The controls system also monitored the equipment status using speed, plug and belt-tracking switches to minimize equipment damage.
In addition, EAD commissioned and started up the entire site expansion in partnership with the client’s on-site electrician.