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Control System for a Grain Facility



Client: AgPartners LLC, Alton IA USA
Location: USA

Problem:  

AgPartners, Alton IA had plans for a major expansion, but they wanted to change control vendors.  They needed to find a company that could:

  • Support their current system
  • Update and make changes to their current system
  • Provide seamless programming for the major expansion  and integrate it into their current system
  • Provide support services

Solution:

Comco accepted this challenge and worked with the management team of AgPartners to pin point the current issues and determine a list of future needs.   Technical site visits were conducted by Comco technicians to evaluate the issues first hand and develop a plan.   The updates and fixes as well as the expansion programming was added to the control system with very little interruption to production.

Result:

AgPartners has a control system that is customized to their needs.  Also, they now have the support services available any time they need adjustments or have questions.

Update:  After supporting the hybrid control system for almost 2 years, Comco was able to replace it with a completely automatic front to back Comco control system.

This new Comco system provides:

  • Cross contamination prevention
  • Automated routing from source to destination
  • Remote accessibility
  • Manager utility screens to set security permissions for the operations team,  equipment setting such as idle timers, clean out timers, alarm setpoints etc.
  • Integrated monitoring of bearing temps
  • Hardware (Allen Bradley PLCs) were reused wherever possible to save expense for the customers
  • Automated fan control