Conditioning/ loading/ delivery
A conditioning line is composed of storage hoppers, a sack filling station and a palletizing system.
The main elements of the sack filling station will be the dosing / weighing that must be sufficiently precise to assure that the conformity between the bagged quantity the quantity declared in the label.
The second key element is the labeling or bags marking that must be made in accordance with the applicable legislation.
In most cases, the bags are delivered to dealers or distributors while the bulk is delivered directly to livestock farmers.
Usually most of production is delivered in bulk. In the case of cooperatives, mostly there is a direct link between the feed production plant and the livestock farms consuming the produced feed.
At the plant, loading can be done in the truck in several ways :
- either directly on a weigh-bridge.
- either by a weighing tool pre-installed between storage cells of finished products and loading.
The truck is divided into cells (typically seven to nine) in order to separate the different batches of deliveries.
Logistics, the loader and the delivery driver all contribute to the loading development according to the round schedule, and the compatibility between batches.
Upon arrival to the farm, unloading depends on the truck type:
- Pneumatic hoses are connected between the storage cell of the truck and the storage silo. A pneumatic conveyor system is used to transport the product from the truck to the storage silo.
- Mechanical : the conveyor system in the boxes (screw or chain conveyors) discharges the feed on the basis of a vertical screw. In the screw outlet, the feed is taken by the mobile transverse screw to be driven into the silo of the farm.