On 20 May 2009 the final negotiations between Cimbria
Unigrain A/S and Nibulon Ltd (Ukraine) were successfully
completed with the signing of a new contract for the delivery of
grain silos and handling equipment for Nibulon.
According to the contract, Cimbria Unigrain will deliver grain
handling equipment and silos for seven new grain storage
facilities in the Ukraine. The total storage capacity of the
facilities is 365,000 tonnes with a conveying capacity of 250tph
(tonnes per hour). The order consists of no fewer than 136
chain conveyors, 31 belt conveyors, 84 bucket elevators and 79
round silos, each with Unitest temperature measuring system.
It should be noted that it is not the first time that Cimbria
Unigrain and Nibulon have worked together. Such an important
contract can be seen as a logical development of the long-term
co-operation between the two companies. This co-operation
began in 2003 when a 100,000-tonne grain terminal for cereals
and oil crops was constructed in Nikolaev. The majority of the
grain handling equipment installed at the terminal, namely bucket
elevators, chain conveyors, etc., was manufactured by Cimbria.
Since that time, Cimbria has delivered conveying equipment to
Nibulon every year, both to the terminal in Nikolaev and to
other sites throughout the Ukraine. Furthermore, in 2008 yet
another complete line of Cimbria’s conveying equipment was
installed at Nibulon’s ‘Smotrych’ branch. The quality of the
equipment delivered has been tested, not only by the effects of
time, but also by its quantitative rates. Since 2003, Cimbria grain
handling equipment has thus loaded 663 vessels with
approximately 10 million tonnes of grain.
The seven new installations have
primarily been placed in the vicinity of
farmland that Nibulon cultivates itself and
along the river Dnepr where there are
facilities for loading grain onto barges.
Nibulon has purchased 16 river barges,
each with a capacity of 3,000 tonnes. The
idea is for grain to be delivered to these
seven silos from crops on the fields
mentioned above and through other
purchases of grain, after which it will be
loaded onto the river barges. These barges
will then sail down the river Dnepr and
other rivers to the harbour terminal in
Nikolaev on the Black Sea coast and be
unloaded into the large facility there. The
final stage of the process involves
discharging the grain into large ships for
transport to export markets, primarily
through the Bosporus Strait to
destinations in the Middle East. Thus, all in
all, the grain will pass through Cimbria
elevators many times before it ends up in
the large cargo ships.
In the summer of 2009, Cimbria handed
over a fully automated seed plant to Clov
Seed Company in the Ukraine.
The plant is developed by means of
remote operation of all the points of
adjustment in the plant. All adjustable
parameters can be stored in a database as
a sort of ‘recipe’. In this plant the client
has around 150 different pieces of
information in the database that make up one recipe. All
information, air flap positions, motor speeds, screen types, date,
operator ID, etc., are stored by just pushing a few buttons on
the monitor. The line can be started by selecting the required
recipe and pressing the line start button. Within 1–2 minutes
the line will be running at full production capacity with all
machinery pre-adjusted accordingly. When the entire line is
running, the operator can make fine adjustments by pushing
buttons or touch panels mounted on the equipment.
The following items of equipment are automated:
  • feeders;
  • cleaners;
  • grader;
  • gravity table;
  • indented cylinder; and
  • dry stoners.
There are a total of 52 analogue inputs and outputs.
Furthermore, the system has a remote connection to the
Centricoater, which means that the operator is able to monitor
the process from the control room. The system is prepared for
remote internet connection, which makes it possible for a
Cimbria commissioning crew to assist in case of problems on
Advantages of the automated control system are:
  •   process know-how stays within the company;
  •   increased output;
  •   less waste product;
  •   less down time;
  •   quick change to new types of seed;
  •   less dependency on one operator; and
  •   fewer mistakes in production.
Cimbria was established in 1947 and is today an international
organization with 800 employees in 15 companies throughout
the world. Cimbria offers equipment and processing plants for
the grain and seed industry and transport and conveying
equipment for bulk handling.