Ronin Grain Management Solutions was established as a company in 2002 based on the industry need for improved risk management and inventory management solutions.
Ronin engaged within the South African grain handling Industry providing analytical instrumentation catering towards safe storage and quality grading. Ronin soon established OEM (original equipment manufacturer) relationships with various international manufacturers for providing instrumentation to measure moisture, protein, fat, fibre and other constituents in cereal grains and flour. To this day Ronin plays an important role in terms of their national moisture calibration rollout programme which happens twice yearly accommodating summer and winter crop calibration validation.
Amidst a time of deregulation of the cereal and oilseed control boards the need for improved day to day management of stock positions became more evident. Diverse trading methodologies were introduced into the newly formed free market which challenged any accountant to balance physical stock in the silo with what is happening on the book. During this time the ART® System was developed to be the first Inventory Management System to balance physical stock positions to transactional book systems on a daily basis.
The ART® System utilizes a range of in-bin laser rangefinders which is connected over an Ethernet network to the silo office. The ART® Software sends requests for measurements or scans, if it is a laser scanning device, to calculate the occupied volume inside the silo. Full historic reference in terms of date and time of measurements are kept inside the ART® Software for each bin on site. ART® Head Office software, installed in the silo office or remotely somewhere else, correlates and interrogates the ART Software as well as the clients’ transactional database. All grading information like moisture, foreign materials, grading factors, bulk density and others are then applied by the ART® Head Office software on a weighted average basis per silo bin.The result being a daily stock position between what is in the silo and what is on the books.
Today the ART® System is valued as one of the most important components at a bulk handling facility. The ART® System provides the needed information for production, logistics and traders to accommodate the time relevant decisions and product availability on site. Recent years saw the development of single and multi-axis 3D scanning lasers which can function as single units inside the silo bin to multiple scanning units making easy work of assessing big warehouses and flat stores.
Ronin AIMS® software makes it possible to create the storage vessel in a 3D environment and to incorporate the intricacies of silo and warehouse design. Bin or warehouse shape, angular floors, discharge chutes, sweeping augers, temperature monitoring cables, partitioning walls, virtual segregation walls and the content bounds are all taken into account.
By introducing a different laser class to the Artemis® laser scanner, Ronin unlocked a magnitude of industrial applications with the Artemis 300® series laser scanner. The Artemis 300® laser scanner provides open air; long range measurements on products with very low reflect ability.
Ronin have an installed base of more than 2,000 measuring units which is used in grain silos, sugar warehouses, soybean meal plants, ammonium nitrate sheds, open air iron ore stacker, chrome stacker and more.
Ronin Inventory Management System, IMS, situated in Richards Bay South Africa utilizes the Ronin propriety technology on a daily basis inside the South African port and mining environment to conduct moment in time audits, stock quantity and quality verifications on bulk commodities which is stored in silos, open warehouses and bunker bays as well as key-side laydown areas and stacker and/or reclaimer yards.
Ronin runs a continuous development and accreditation programme in terms of hardware and software to enhance its clients’ experience as well as remote support functionality as well as to open up the more challenging environments of bulk handling.
International distribution and establishing distributor agreements are core initiatives which are currently being focused on in various territories.
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