Viterra shows off new tech at Tumby Bay

Viterra opened its Tumby Bay facility up to growers on Friday to show off the latest technology installed in time for the 2017/18 harvest.

Viterra has invested more than $1 million into the upgrade, which included a new classification office, a fully automated 40-metre long weighbridge and automatic grain probes.

Viterra operations manager for the Western Region James Murray said the company’s investment would improve service, efficiency and safety.

“The works will bring the site into the future and is the first of its kind within the Viterra network,” Mr Murray said.

“The automatic probes run the length of the truck on overhead tracks and will be controlled by an employee with a joystick inside the classification office.

“Visual inspection of the truck will be via video cameras on the probes.”

The new probes are a first for the state, with similar technology already in use in Western Australia, however the automated weighbridge is already used at Outer Harbor.

“The automated weighbridge is technology which has been operating at Outer Harbor for the past few years so we know this works well,” Mr Murray said.

“It has been a significant project with contractors working at the site since June and growers will ultimately reap the benefits when harvests gets underway.”

Tumby Bay is the only Viterra site to have received the upgrade, however, if successful it will be rolled out across the state.

Viterra has also conducted other works across the state this year, including sheds at Cummins being resealed and painted.

An economic impact study by Flinders University found that Viterra contributed more than $500 million a year to the state’s economy, with total annual employment the equivalent of more than 2700 full time roles.

The state’s harvest has already begun with Viterra’s Port Pirie silos receiving its first delivery at the end of last month.