May 19, 2015

19/05/2015: The importance of temperature monitoring

First published in Milling and Grain, March 2015
Agromatic AG was founded in 1979 in Switzerland by a group of experts from the grain industry with electronic backgrounds. The operational business started with the development and manufacturing of temperature monitoring systems for silos and level indicators.
The monitoring systems supplied by Agromatic received wide acceptance right from the start and the company closed its first operational year with a positive result.  

The key milestones for the company include:

  • 1982 the first automatically regulating dampening system for grain was supplied to an Austrian mill
  • 1984 erection and move-in of own company building  
  • 1986 opening of subsidiary in Germany 
  • 1987 opening of different country representations 
  • 1991 operational business in Austria
At the same time new monitoring units and products were evaluated, designed and manufactured. Nowadays, Agromatic manufactures about 230 different units for the grain and feed processing industry. The range of its own developments has been enlarged by adding specially selected external products, which are partly marketed under the name of Agromatic.
Before an ‘external product’ is introduced to the market by Agromatic, it undergoes extensive quality testing. 

“The continuing success we are achieving proves that we can solve the problems of our customers, increase the quality of their products and optimise the efficiency of their production,” says the company. 

Products for the grain industry

Improved and continuous monitoring of temperature during storage is essential and has been a goal of Agromatic development since the company’s beginning in 1979.
Managing grain throughout the storage process pays off. It is necessary to enhance the quality control of grain from production to processing.
Thus, safety of grains has to be maintained at every stage, thst is from harvesting, in storage, through transportation, processing and storage of processed food.
Often storage quality control is adversely affected due to a number of prevailing circumstances such as: 

  • Unintended temperature effects
  • Missing competence and management regulations 
  • Failure to adhere to regulations
Nowadays, the most important considerations are to avoid include: personal injury, damages or the ignition of an explosive atmosphere; following all equipment safety procedures during commissioning and respecting necessary security requirements; complying with all specifications in the ATEX directives, as well as international standards and insurance cover recommendations.
Renewed certification
Agromatic is pleased to announce it has renewed certification for all silo temperature cables and control systems, achieving its new ATEX accreditation. 

The systems are versatile, usable in existing plants, in new plants or in plants with periphery expansion. 

High value has been placed on the best possible and cost-benefit ratio that sets a target for modular and well-functioning temperature-monitoring systems, and to meet the essential and strategic aims of all types of storage. 

The choice of a system should be made based on various provisions and should ensure long-lasting results over the years, aimed at removing the need for continuous interventions and costs.   
Furthermore, it should facilitate effective monitoring considering all structural arrangements and conserving the benefits achieved. 

This feature offers a range of illustrations covering many of the aspects of temperature control and safety management within a grain storage and handling facility, but also uses other materials as illustrations.

Recording, storing and documenting performance data informs any necessary adjustments. The SM2010 central control system stores all temperature data and can instantly display and print the measured values.

Agromatic have provided temperature-monitoring solutions and equipment for plants all over the world. The company is exceptionally proud to offer systems that fully conform with the latest 2014/34/EU ATEX guidelines, and can provide all necessary certification.

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