The Norwegian company, Felleskjopet Agri, is the most important supplier of grain, seed and various articles for the Norwegian agriculture. The company owns and runs approximately 100 stores and has 2500 employees. The Felleskjopet is a union of 44,000 farmers. The company works as a market regulator and purchase and sales co-operation, and the main purpose is to contribute to the strengthening of the members’ economy in the short and long run. Felleskjopet Agri has once again been the centre of interesting and diverse tasks for Cimbria, with a number of these being described in the following article.
At the cooperative at Felleskjopet Kambo almost 1,000 data collection points have been set up for monitoring of the grain silos, thereby safeguarding the considerable assets that are in storage here. The temperature system monitors a total of 48 silos, and more than 3.3 km of sensor cables have been installed. The facility at Kambo is one of the cooperative’s biggest facilities in Eastern Norway, and includes a reception unit for grower grain, which is taken in and cleaned and dried, with some of it continuing to the feed factory. The facility also handles transit grain which is sailed to Western Norway and Northern Norway respectively. Furthermore, the facility contains a major feed factory and an extensive fertiliser packing plant. Cimbria has delivered a large number of efficient Unitest systems to the cooperative over the years.
2015 has once again seen new complete plant control units delivered by Cimbria to existing cooperative facilities. These include a facility at Elverum and a facility at Eiker. New plant control units were required at both facilities, as they were both running “old” control units consisting of large switchboards with flow diagrams and push buttons for operating the machines. This represents a major change for those operating the plants – and inevitably initially generated some scepticism as control of the plant migrated from a large switchboard to a “small” PC monitor. As has also been the case on previous occasions, however, this scepticism quickly gave way to enthusiasm once the new control systems were up and running. Both facilities are grain plants that focus exclusively on reception, cleaning, drying and storage of grain.