Performance Enhancers

Hand adds Prompting and Micro-ingredient Management System

Typical Hand Adds Prompting Screen

Wireless Handheld Prompting and Simultaneous Batch Alarm Acknowledgement

Bar code scanner for lot tracking ingredients and bags

WEM Automation LLC is the leader in Hand adds Prompting and Management systems. WEM produced its first hand adds prompting and check weighing system, including bar code reading of raw material bags and hand adds containers (tubs) in 1983 for a major premix manufacturer. Since that time WEM has continued to enhance the system to include wireless connectivity options and a fully integrated lot tracing system. With the WEM4000 hand adds prompting system you can rest assured that the correct materials were scanned into the system. Lot numbers are carefully recorded and that the inventory of raw ingredients and pre-manufactured hand adds are accurately accounted for instantaneously.

This option for the WEM4000 batching system allows hand adds to be made in advance and/or made at the time a batch is being made. The hand adds prompting system will work on orders, even if the order has not been batched yet. This allows the hand adds to be prepared in advance. All hand adds made in advance are inventoried for future use. They are also lot coded for precise and accurate traceability. The system handles multiple lot code for an ingredient.

  • PC-based bar code system assures and documents exact hand-adds and individual amounts added to every batch of feed
  • Actual weights are recorded and shown on the batching documentation
  • Automatic safety checks prevent the addition of wrong material or wrong amount of material
  • Automatic inventory and history for all ingredients
  • Meets or exceeds Track and Trace requirements

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Bag Label Printers

  • Save time and labor
  • Labels are clearly printed
  • Lot numbers are automatically printed
  • Integrates with the track and trace recordation

WEM4000 systems are now available with a label printer for sample bag label generation. This feature eliminates the concern about getting the correct information on a sample bag. Additionally the WEM traceability software enables source code entry to trace the source of all ingredients and document every load of feed delivered. This printer will automatically and accurately provide detailed sample labels in the receiving area for all ingredients, in batching for all mixed feeds, in pelleting for each pellet run or sample and in loadout, for each order or for each truck. Easily affixed to sample bags these labels eliminate the problems associated with hand written labels or hand writing on the bags. The WEM4000 system supports multiple printers located anywhere in a plant.

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Wireless Mobile Computers

WEM’s wireless control provides the opportunity to monitor and manually control all aspects of a plant. Features include the ability to start and stop motors and operate all the gates, turnheads and valves. Bump motors and inch legs from anywhere in the plant. This unit is active with the WEM Maintenance mode of operation and will save thousands of dollars when doing plant maintenance or start ups.

This wireless control is also used in operations (particularly dairy feeds) that use loaders to batch into a mixer on load cells. The loader operator never needs to leave the loader to produce feed. On-board prompting assures the correct ingredients are used and records the exact quantities. Batch reports and other detailed reports are included with this package.

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Bar Code Scanner

WEM uses bar code reading and tag printing as well as RFID for numerous applications in the feed mill. 

Receiving – WEM can read vendor bar codes directly into the system for lot code tracking or can print bar codes for application to pallets, bags, and bulk bags. These can be used during inventory reconciliation to assure accurate accounting and inventory control.

Micro-ingredient Control – WEM can use bar codes to control access to micron-ingredient bins. This helps to assure the correct micro-ingredient goes into the correct bin.

Hand Adds – The WEM hand adds prompting and check weighing system can scan bar codes on bags or other containers to help assure the correct material is being added.

Shipping – Bar codes can be printed on labels or tickets to assure lot code and other key information is available for every material shipped. Additionally bar codes can be used to read the truck compartment below the feed discharge point. This assures the correct feed is going into the correct compartment of the truck.

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Precision Positioning of Lorry Devices

The WEM4000 positioning system reliably indicates equipment positions within fractions of an inch of the desired position. This means that a lorry scale can quickly and automatically be precisely positioned under a bin or automatically moved to a discharge point. Shuttle conveyors can be moved to precise locations and trucks can be perfectly positioned on scales or under the lorry discharge location.

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Cameras - for all environments

The WEM4000 camera interface can be used for many viewing and recording activities throughout the feed mill. The pictures can be displayed on the main system monitor or on multiple monitors simultaneously. Data can be captured and recorded electronically.

In receiving or loadout, pictures of the truck sides with their names and pictures of the truck license numbers can be viewed, recorded, digitized and stored with transaction records. This permanent record helps track all truck activity in your facility.

Video can be used to view inside of truck compartments, approaching vehicles, plant areas or hundreds of other uses.

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RFID Tag reading

  • Read rail car identification on the move
  • Identify trucks automatically on the move
  • Avoid costly and inaccurate manual entry
  • Speed loading and unloading of trucks and rail cars
  • Identify vehicles for unattended receiving and loadout

WEM4000 system interface with various RFID scanners to automatically identify railroad cars or trucks. Rail car vendor and weight information can automatically be retrieved and used as part of the electronic transition record.

Trucks delivering material to the plant can automatically be identified. This is recorded and transmitted to the accounting system to make sure that the proper accounts are credited with the correct amounts.

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WEM WhiteBoard

Every feed mill has a “white board” to show what materials are in the bins. Typically these are manually updated and are a potential source of errors that may cause cross contamination of ingredients or finished feed. Now the WEM white board will accurately display the materials and the amount for any bin. This can be displayed on any computer for instant access and maximum convenience. All displays are instantly refreshed and accurate within seconds of a bin change.

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Key Performance Indicators

The Right Way To Run Your Feed Mill

  • Optimize your processes for performance, productivity and quality
  • Troubleshoot equipment that is under performing
  • Monitor your plant functions to assure continuing superior performance

WEM’s Key Performance Indicators module is the feed industry’s most advanced tool to help monitor and analyze plant performance. The comprehensive Library of Charts cover a wide range of key productivity, quality and performance measurements. The Key Performance Indicators application contains a “drill down” feature to find the root cause of a problem. This program reviews data from multiple aspects to gain appropriate insight into the factors affecting plant efficiency.

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PDA

The WEM PDA will communicate wirelessly to the WEM4000 Batching System, Hand adds System and to the Wonderware GUI. The WEM PDA batch alarm software enables an operator to accept or retry batch alarms, pause and resume production runs, plus hold and release scales and mixers.

The PDA can be used to acknowledge alarms, prompt for hand adds additions and is also able to display pelleting alarms. The PDA includes an audible sound on the PDA to indicate the presence of an alarm. The system is compatible with industrial and non-industrial wireless networks. The software program can be installed on a PDA running Windows CE 5.00 or higher.

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