Application of Quality Management Systems to Grain Handling: An Inventory Management Case Study

dc.contributor.author Mosher, Gretchen
dc.contributor.author Laux, Chad
dc.contributor.author Mosher, Gretchen
dc.contributor.author Hurburgh, Charles
dc.contributor.author Hurburgh, Charles
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
dc.date 2018-02-16T08:26:43.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:41:32Z
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dc.date.copyright Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2015
dc.date.issued 2015-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>To help meet the production gap of a growing population, the agricultural industry is incorporating new quality management practices to improve operational efficiency. In the agricultural supply chain, operations management within the grain handling industry represents an important area for quality management improvement to meet the growing needs for food safety and security. The strong growth in the use of quality management systems in agricultural environments reflects interest from the production agricultural industry. The present case study examines the impact of implementing a quality management system at a large, multi-site grain elevator company by comparing selected quality metrics before and after QMS adoption. After adoption, the company statistically reduced the grain quality measurement error in grading damage and foreign material, resulting in significantly greater value to shipped grain. The company was also able to add monetary value to low-value grain by using quality metrics to optimize their inventory management and blending strategy. Significant gains were not made in all areas examined, but generally, quality management systems added internal efficiencies and provided a means of adding value to low-quality grains within the grain elevator studied.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>Applied Engineering in Agriculture</em> 31 (2015): 313–321, doi:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/aea.31.10860" target="_blank">10.13031/aea.31.10860</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.keywords Grain
dc.subject.keywords Management
dc.subject.keywords Postharvest treatment
dc.subject.keywords Quality
dc.subject.keywords Quality controls
dc.title Application of Quality Management Systems to Grain Handling: An Inventory Management Case Study
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