Viterra unveils latest upgrade at Cummins site

UPGRADE: Viterra operations manager western region Nick Pratt, strategic site committee chairperson Mick Dahlitz and operations manager Michael Hill in front of the new additions at Cummins.
UPGRADE: Viterra operations manager western region Nick Pratt, strategic site committee chairperson Mick Dahlitz and operations manager Michael Hill in front of the new additions at Cummins.

Viterra has unveiled the latest $4 million upgrade at its Cummins site which will aim to provide greater safety and efficiency in time for the 2020/21 harvest.

On Friday Viterra officially opened the new facilities at Cummins, which include two modern classification centres, automatic grain probes and three fully automated weighbridges.

Work on the project began in June and was made operational as of Friday.

Viterra Operations Manager Western region Nick Pratt said the new classification centres were on ground-level and no longer required the use of stairs, and enabled to removal of manual probing in the classification process.

"The automatic probes run the length of a truck on rails overhead and are operated by employees with a joystick who can visually inspect the truck via video cameras on the probes," he said.

"We will also achieve greater efficiencies by having three weighbridges instead of the previous two, along with the added advantage that they now support high productivity vehicles."

This project is the third and largest multi-million dollar major upgrade of its kind for Viterra's network, following the rollout of the infrastructure at sites at Tumby Bay and Gladstone.

Mr Pratt said there had been significant investment in Viterra's main sites but it would continue to invest in its smaller sites and there were no plans to close any sites.

Meanwhile harvest is underway across the state with 14 Viterra sites receiving their first truckloads of grain recently, including at Arno Bay, Kimba, Port Lincoln, Lock, Port Neill, Rudall, Thevenard and Witera.

Mr Pratt said recruitment had been a challenge in the lead up to harvest but the required number of workers was recruited for the new harvest season.

"We're extremely happy harvest has commenced and excited to showcase the systems at all our sites," he said.