Batch Weigh Hopper Bin Site Quick Reference Sheets

Batch Weigh Hopper Bin Site Quick Reference Sheets
Batch Weigh Hopper Bin Site Quick Reference Sheets
TD - 09 - 06 - 2005
Revision: A
Software Release: U-TREAT v2.1.0
LOADING SEED INTO BINS
Before seed is pulled out of the bins and run through the Batch Hopper system, all the applicable information about the seed that
was loaded into each individual bin must first be entered into the Batch Hopper system. If the same seed was loaded into multiple
bins the same information still needs to be loaded into each individual bin separately. The following is a list of steps to perform to
enter the bin information for each bin once seed has been loaded into that bin.
1.
Load the seed into bins. If you are using a USC Treater with a Seed Wheel, take a seed sample for the cup weight for each
bin. Note the seed type, seed variety, lot number, seed weight and total inventory weight. The seed weight can be defined in
either pounds, seed count units or seed weight units.
2. Press the UTILITIES button in the lower left corner of the bin site main screen.
3. Press the SECURITY button on the bottom of the UTILITIES
screen.
4. Press the PASSWORD box, then from the pop-up keyboard enter
the letters USC and press enter.
5. Press the TOOLS & OPTIONS button in the lower left hand corner
of the SECURITY screen
6. Press the BIN INFO button on the TOOLS & OPTIONS screen.
7. Select the bin you want to enter information into from the Select Bin
list.
8. Enter the seed type, seed variety, lot number, seed measurement
(Pounds - SCU - SWU) into their respective box in the Current Bin
Info section.
9. Add the total weight of seed that was added to the bin into the bin
inventory section on the lower right portion of the screen. The
system will automatically subtract inventory after each run.
Press the save button after the information is entered.
10. When finished exit back to the Main Screen.
SETTING THE SEED FLOW RATE
The following is a list of steps for setting the seed flow rate. This must be completed before running the Batch Hopper system.
Repeat steps 1 & 2 for each bin.
1.
Set the manual gate on the bin to the fully open position. Once opened, this gate should be set in place and not moved
through out the entire season. If this gate is adjusted during a run or between runs then it will effect the calibration of the
system and the system will need to be re-calibrated.
2.
Set the stop for the air actuated slide gate on the bin. This stop controls how far the slide gate will open and the flow rate at
which seed can exit the bin. To set the stop, adjust the position of the collar on the rod that exits the slide gate opposite of
the air valve (below). Placing the collar closer to the slide gate will restrict flow and farther away from the slide gate will
increase seed flow for the system. Once a collar location has been selected, use the hitch pin to lock the collar in place. If
the stop is adjusted between runs then it will effect the calibration of the system and the system will need to be re-calibrated.
It is recommended to initially place the collar closer to the slide gate and then move it farther away from the slide gate one hole at
a time to increase the flow rate of the system. This will protect against overloading the underbin conveyor with seed.
3. Finally, set the position of the manual slide gate that is located under the weigh hopper. This gate will control the flow of seed
out of the weigh hopper by restricting the size of the opening from the weigh hopper. The more open the gate is, the faster
seed will exit the weigh hopper. To set this gate, simply loosen the three nuts on the gate. Then adjust the gate to the
desired position, and retighten the nuts.
Move the position of the
collar along this rod to
adjust the flow of seed
through the bin slide
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SCALE FILL FROM BINS
The following is a list of steps to use when running the Batch Hopper system in the SCALE FILL FROM BIN mode of operation.
This allows the operator to automatically fill the scale from the bin.
1. Select the bin that you wish to call seed from by pressing the image of the bin on the Main screen and then select the bin
from the pop-up menu.
2. Press SELECT PROCESS in the upper right hand corner of the
screen and then select either AUTO TREAT or MANUAL TREAT /
BYPASS mode of operation depending upon what you plan to do
with the seed once it has been pulled from the bin and weighed by
the Batch Hopper system.
3. On the Main screen, in the box labeled TARGET WEIGHT enter
the amount of weight that is to be brought into the Batch Hopper
on this run. (top)
4. Press the box labeled CUSTOMER at the bottom of the Main screen
and enter in the current customer’s name.
5. Under the H-O-A screen place all necessary conveyors into the
AUTO mode of operation. (middle) Ensure that the diverter is in
the appropriate position as well.
6. Under the Utilities screen, ensure that all settings are appropriate.
7. Return to the Main screen and press the START SCALE FILL FROM
BIN button at the bottom of the screen. Then press START from the
pop-up screen. This toggles the button to CANCEL SCALE FILL
FROM BIN and activates the PAUSE button. The system will first
turn on the scale fill conveyor and then the underbin conveyor. Once
all needed conveyors are running, the slide gate for the selected bin
will open and seed will flow through the conveyors to the
Batch Hopper. (bottom left)
8. As the Batch Hopper system is running, the main screen will display
the total pounds of seed in the weigh hopper, and the status of the
conveyor motors.
9. The slide gate on the bin will automatically close once the target
weight in seed passes through the slide gate. Once the gate closes,
a window will appear notifying the operator that the batch is finishing.
It will then be replaced with another window indicating amount of time
before the system shuts down. If operating in the Manual Treat
mode the treater will have to be turned on and off separately. The
system will then shutdown the conveyors in reverse order of startup.
This will ensure the conveyors have an opportunity to clean out any
product from them. (bottom right)
10. There are two ways the seed will be removed from the hopper.
If the system is running in the AUTO TREAT mode the hopper gate will open automatically at the appropriate time. In the
MANUAL TREAT / BYPASS mode the operator must go to the H.O.A. screen, place the Weigh Hopper Discharge Valve
in the HAND mode and press and hold the OPEN button.
System shutting
down.
Start
Start scale fill
from bin.
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CALLING IN SEED FROM PRO BOXES
The following is a list of steps to use when running the Batch Hopper system using the START SCALE FILL FROM HOPPER
button. This button will automatically move seed from the manual hopper, via the transfer conveyor, to the scale.
The START SCALE FILL FROM HOPPER button is only available if the Batch Hopper system has a manual hopper.
1.
Under the H-O-A screen place all necessary conveyors into the AUTO mode of operation. Depending upon the setup of the
equipment, some bin sites will require only the transfer conveyor or the scale fill conveyor to be in AUTO mode and some
sites will require the transfer, underbin and scale fill conveyors to all be in the AUTO mode. Ensure that the diverter is in the
appropriate position as well.
2.
Under the Utilities screen, ensure that all settings are appropriate.
3.
Press the image of the bin and select MANUAL HOPPER from the pop-up screen.
4.
Press SELECT PROCESS and then select either AUTO TREAT or MANUAL TREAT/BYPASS mode of operation depending
upon what you plan to do with the seed once it has been pulled from the Pro Box and weighed by the Batch Hopper system.
5.
Press START SCALE FILL FROM HOPPER button at the bottom of the screen. Then press START from the pop-up screen.
This toggles the button to FINISH SCALE FILL FROM HOPPER and activates the PAUSE button. The system will first turn
on the scale fill conveyor, the underbin conveyor, then the transfer conveyor If applicable and the outlet conveyor If
applicable. (left)
6.
As the Batch Hopper system is running, the Main screen will display the total pounds of seed in the weigh hopper. If the
system needs to be stopped for a moment because of a problem, the PAUSE button can be pressed to halt the process.
When ready to begin again, the CONTINUE button is pressed.
7.
Once all of the seed has passed from the manual hopper, through the conveyors and through the weigh hopper, press the
FINISH SCALE FILL FROM HOPPER button. At this point, the conveyors will shutdown in reverse order of startup. (right)
8.
The system will automatically print the report for the run from the scale head printer
Start
Start scale fill
from hopper
BATCH HOPPER CALIBRATION
Once the initial calibration is established, the system continuously updates the seed flow rate. The calibration is based upon time
and weight. The system first calculates the amount of time it takes for the seed to travel from the bin slide gate to the weigh
hopper. This is called the travel time. Then the system calculates how long it takes to fill the weigh hopper. This allows the
system to calculate the seed flow rate of pounds per minute. Finally, the system uses the travel time and seed flow rate to
calculate the amount of seed in the conveyors at any given time. Once this weight is known, it will automatically close the bin
gate at the appropriate time to reach the target weight of seed that the operator has entered.
Initial calibration procedure:
1.
Set the bin collar in the fourth hole from the end of the rod in. This sets the Flow Rate at approximately 1200 pounds. Adjust
as needed (each hole adjusts up or down by approximately 200 pounds). These figures are based on Soybeans.
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BATCH HOPPER CALIBRATION
2.
From the main screen check the Flow Rate to verify it is at the
default setting of 1800 lbs/min and the Travel Time is at it’s default
of 15.0 sec. Then set your Target Weight at 2000 pounds. This
Target Weight is recommended but not necessary depending on
the setup. After the run, check to see if the Flow Rate and Travel
Time have changed from the default settings. If they have the
system has been successfully calibrated. Each bin must be
individually calibrated. As long as there have been no pauses
or alarms the system will re-calculate and update the flow rate
display after the run is complete. For the Travel Time to update,
there must be seed in the hopper before the bin slide gate closes.
NOTE: If you change the location of the bin collar or the bin runs
out of seed before the Target Weight is reached the system will
need to be re-calibrated.
EDITING & PRINTING REPORTS
The following steps explain how reports are entered after a run
has been completed.
1.
After the SHUTDOWN button has been pressed a dialog
box will appear, notifying the operator that the data from
the run is being saved.
2.
Once the data has been saved, the operator may access
it from the BIN SITE REPORTS screen (top). Under the
reports screen, the customers information and seed
information can be recorded and saved for later use.
Press the EDIT button and go to the EDIT BIN SITE
REPORTS screen (middle). From this screen you may
change the customer name. Pressing the customer name
will bring up a keypad to enter the name with. Or you may
select the arrow to the right of the name to scroll to the
customers name. When finished the operator can press
the OK button to save the data.
3.
Press the PRINT button and a popup print verification
window appears. From this screen you can enter the
number of reports to print for the customers records.
Then press the X in the top right corner of the screen
to exit back to the main screen. (bottom)
4.
If the Auto Print Bin Site Report has been activated on the
Print Set-up screen steps 2 and 3 will not be required.
The print verification screen will appear and automatically
print the number of reports specified. (bottom)
5.
Once the data has been saved, the reports can be
accessed later by pressing the REPORTS button on the
UTILITIES screen. If you would like to erase the reports,
press the SECURITY button under the UTILITIES screen
to advance to the security screen. Enter the password
USC and then press the TOOLS & OPTIONS button.
From this screen press the CLEAR ALL REPORTS button.
A confirmation window will appear allowing the operator to
erase all saved reports.
Print
Button
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Edit
Button
Print
Verification
Window
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