Barge to Rail Receiving System for CHS Crop Nutrients

Customer:CHS Crop Nutrients – Muscatine, IA
Project: Barge to Rail Receiving System

Challenge: A method was needed to accurately load rail cars directly from barges. The original system involved unloading the barge into the building and then moving the product with an end loader through the load-out system and into the rail car. No accurate weight was available.

Solution: Waconia Manufacturing, Inc. designed and constructed a totally automated solution utilizing the existing receiving system to feed a bulk weigh system which allows continuous unloading of barges and loading of rail cars. This results in increased efficiency by allowing the customer to off load an entire barge in less than an 8 hour day. The system also provides NTEP approved weights of the product loaded into the rail cars while feeding two tracks. This allows the customer to load up to 17 rail cars (an entire barge) continuously.

“Waconia’s design team did an excellent job of taking my concept to a final design which exceeded all my expectations.”

~ Brian Rankin – Terminal Manager