Manufacturers are facing one of the most challenging periods in their memory as costs rise, logistics bills continue to rise and pressure rises to reduce carbon emissions.

Innovation has always been at the heart of production, but a North Lincolnshire firm has found a new way to boost new efficiency at one of the more incredible sources through the manufacturing process, storage silos.

Minsterport is a silo specialist who helps organizations across the country manage, monitor, maintain and clean silos. He developed a new cost-effective remote monitoring system called MySilo, which allows manufacturers to access live data on how much product is in the silo and whether the product is running at the right speed.

This information can be invaluable, as it not only prevents employees from manually checking levels – helping to improve safety – it also ensures that businesses never run out and run the risk of shutting down production. Most importantly, however, it allows business owners to order a new product at the optimal time, ensuring that they can reduce parts deliveries. This reduces truck traffic to your premises, reduces fuel costs and reduces carbon emissions.

Stimulating efficiency through inventory management

One business that is already seeing savings from the MySilo remote monitoring system is Singleton Birch, a 200-year-old lime producer.

CEO Richard Stansfield sees decarbonisation of lime production and production as a huge opportunity, but also realizes efficiency and carbon savings in the rest of the business.

One area that has made a huge difference, both in terms of carbon emissions and the end result, is the focus on inventory management.

Singleton Birch used Minsterport MySilo’s remote monitoring for all silos involved in the limestone process and the wider business, which not only helped revolutionize the way the business itself operates, but has highlighted positive results on how key customers manage their own silo levels.

The power of telemetry

In addition to secure data recording, the real value of MySilo is its ability to provide efficiency by better forecasting, optimizing logistics and virtually eliminating the risk of silo depletion.

Richard Stansfield said the efficiency the platform brought to his business was obvious at first and led to significant cost savings. He says: “We have connected the remote monitoring system to 20 of our silos on site. It was a simple and cheap thing, but it brought great clarity to the business.

“We quickly learned what remote sensing could do for us,” Mr Stansfield said. “But we knew that if we could convince our customers to use it, the risk of running out of product would be a thing of the past, simply because they – and we – can see exactly what is in their silos at all times. ”

Peter Widowson, Minsterport’s business manager, said the telemetry system also allowed Singleton Birch to more effectively plan routine silo services and maintenance by identifying lime build-up and checking product flow, which never changes.

Reduce fuel and carbon costs

Probably the biggest advantage of the telemetry system is its ability to reduce logistics, save money and reduce carbon.

For example, when Singleton Birch encourages customers to adopt the telemetry system, it allows them to assess customer needs remotely and optimize delivery schedules around it.

This led to a significant reduction in the number of partially full tankers sent and drastically reduced wasted voyages.

Peter says: “What often happens is that the customer may have the capacity to take 28 tonnes of your product, but on Friday they are running out and want to make sure they have enough to last until Monday.

“So, instead of ordering a full delivery, they will order 24 tons. This is inefficient, and if this is the way they regularly order, essentially using the best guess, they will order many partial loads during the year.

“With the telemetry system, they can monitor all levels of their silos directly and check that they have enough lime to last until Monday. If they do, then they can get a full delivery.

“Working in this way means that their product never runs out, and we reduce the annual number of tanker trips, which can be up to 25 percent.”

As fuel accounts for 30-40% of HGV’s running costs and HGV’s movement accounts for about five percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions emitted each year in the UK, Mr Widdowson said great efficiency could be achieved.

“Often a wasted trip leads to 200 miles of two-way travel, so you can see the impact that this has on business and environmental costs,” Mr Widdowson said. “Without telemetry and e-mail alarms to the people concerned, these trips happen several times a week.”

Data-driven insights for manufacturers

Richard Stansfield concludes that the adoption of telemetry throughout the business has provided a number of data-driven insights to which they have not had access before. This has become a number of effective new processes and also transforms their customer service offering.

“When we embarked on the introduction of telemetry, we had an idea of ​​the benefits we wanted to bring,” he said.

“But in the end, it provides much more than just manufacturing, to ensuring that our customers never run out of products, it adds value every step of the way, while helping us reduce costs and our carbon footprint. . It’s definitely profitable for us. “


To learn more about the benefits of telemetry, contact Peter Widowson or William Taylor Spencer on 01652 686010 (Peter 07787 127558 / William 07774 967125), email or, or you can visit

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