Plan4Feed is an established optional facility for AutoPilot4Feed to help with scheduling production and improving efficiency. With AutoPilot4Feed Version 9 all blending systems include a "Lite" version of Plan4Feed which visually displays the day programme and updates in real time. This helps predict when product runs will complete and users can easily see the production schedule status. The "Lite" version does not include any of the order scheduling features.
Where the fully automatic AutoPilot4Feed bulk out-loading facility isn't currently possible due to manual operation of bin discharge, there is an alternative facility to process finished product trucks on the weighbridge. This enables 1st and 2nd weights to be captured for each truck and dispatch notes printed. It can also process bag collection trucks. All data is logged for future reference and reporting.
When a weigh scale goes to a slow fill status due to running out of material the operator can able to use the bin substitution facility by clicking on the weigher box which will be red to indicate it is in alarm condition. This facility has been completely rewritten to provide a more intuitive interface for operators. Fundamentally the old version would ask a series of questions to ascertain how the operator wanted to deal with the short fall of material. In the new version the operator is presented with full details of the shortfall and several buttons that allows them to quickly select and perform one of the following options:-
A new facility is provided in version 9 to simplify bin stock checks by allowing the operator to enter a bin dip level in metres from a laser device (or transmit via Bluetooth). The utility is designed to work on a tablet PC so this can be taken to the top of the bins. The system can then instantly and accurately update the bin stock level. Bins are configured with their size and cone shape. The software uses these parameters to convert the bin dip level to a volume which is then converted to a tonnage using the material density.
A new feature has been built into AutoPilot4Feed to allow operators to report plant issues to the Assets4Feed maintenance software. This allows non-planned maintenance to be scheduled alongside the planned maintenance. To report a fault the operator simply clicks on the item and fills in a form with the details of the issue. In the Assets4Feed the issues will appear in the maintenance schedule.