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How does a grain lab work at Risoil Terminal 21.11.2018

November 30, LLC JV Risoil Terminal will be 17 years old. We want to introduce people who work at the enterprise and create its history.

The head of the grain laboratory, Maria Margaret, graduated from a technological institute and, before coming to Risoil, worked for a long time in the state grain inspection, checked grain-receiving enterprises, supervised the equipment and the quality of raw materials. Maria arrived at the Terminal in 2015. Following her, staff filled with Lyudmila Shulyak — she took the post of deputy head of the laboratory. Previously, Ludmila worked for 18 years at a terminal with the same profile in the Black Sea port. Outside the laboratory, the deputy chief engages in powerlifting [power sport], raises the barbell weighing 110 kg and participates in bench press competitions.

But wearing white coats, both specialists stand guard over quality and can work in the lab until night. Here is what they say about their work:

Maria: Laboratory — is the face of the company. We are the first one to deal with suppliers, as we meet and talk about the company. During the operation of the terminal more than once low-quality goods were tried to be brought on its territory. Once they bdelivered lupine instead of soy, and once under the upper layer of grain stones were hidden.

Lyudmila: Since we have an experienced team gathered, the machinations will always fail. Employees who have been working for a long time can quickly determine the quality of the material, even at a first glance. Our girls are like that! When they take a grain, they can immediately tell by smell, color and appearance whether it is a weed grain or not; what is its humidity and is there any contamination. All the girls are with experience, in this regard, we were lucky, we did not have to train anyone.
Initially we were 8 employees, and now 24 people. At the terminal, grain is sampled using mechanical probes from Intersystems. For this work specially trained people — samplers are responsible. Not every terminal has such a position.

Maria: Despite the high cost of laboratory equipment, the company aims to buy new and modern equipment for quality control. At the beginning of the work of the laboratory, there were several tools for express analysis and the necessary auxiliary tools. That was the beginning. The main instrument then was an infrared analyzer. At that moment, they mostly took soy. And our device helped us get all the necessary data: moisture, oiliness, protein. Actually, at that time there were no such facilities, just one warehouse and the receipt of cargo from motor transport. Cars with meal, soy and other cultures that I do not recall at the time were brought.

But the terminal developed, and the laboratory developed along with it. Risoil volumes increased, 2 stations of railway unloading, silo park, additional storage capacity appeared. Now in the laboratory purchased a lot of new equipment.

Ludmila: Our equipment is modern, from FOSS and Perten. These are very reliable companies and they are in demand. Now we have about 8 devices. 5 grain analyzers, they show moisture, protein, gluten, and nature, give all the necessary indicators. There is also a glutomatic.

Maria: We are interested in making an analysis quickly and efficiently. Recently acquired a new device to determine the number of the fall of the company FOSS. The device is expensive, but we are trying to buy the best. Since September, we have a new moisture meter. Plus recently ordered another drying cabinet. By the way, the device that was the very first continues to work.
Currently the lab is certified by GAFTA. Now we are undergoing an audit by HACCP. If an arbitration dispute arises, then our results always get to the point.

Maria Margaret — Head of the Grain Laboratory

Lyudmila Shulyak — deputy head of the grain laboratory