McMurry Ready Mix aids inventory management with Kespry drone services
Aggregates and ready mix producer also streamlines distributed team auditing processes with the Kespry Cloud
Menlo Park, Calif. – Kespry announced McMurry Ready Mix is using the Kespry platform for inventory management, mine mapping and auditing.
“We needed Kespry because of its ability to help us control inventory and ensure it was accurate, so we could manage costs,” said Rob Jongsma, general manager. “We crush 1.2 to 1.5 million tons of materials a year. We sell approximately that much every year, too. So, it’s a million tons in and a million tons out. That’s a lot of assets to have on the books and it’s really important to keep those inventory numbers accurate for sales forecasts and management.”
In 2019, McMurry Ready Mix conducted 270 flights with Kespry. In addition to inventory management, it uses Kespry for mine mapping to confirm topsoil pile yardage for stripping and reclamation.
“We use Kespry a lot. And the great thing is, whether we use it 30 or 300 times in a year, the cost to us doesn’t change,” said Jongsma. “The value is really in taking advantage of the system and using it to its full ability. I personally haven’t found anything better than working with Kespry to manage the volume of inventory we do. The convenience and accuracy really helps us. Kespry’s drone technology is where it’s at.”
The safety benefits of Kespry’s touchless approach to drone-based aerial intelligence is another reason McMurry Ready Mix chose the platform.
“With Kespry, I don’t have guys crawling around in the Wyoming winter—where it’s 10 below zero—on top of frozen aggregate piles to get measurements,” said Jongsma. “The safety for my employees and the ability to get inventory done in shorter weather windows has been great. We used to put a limit on the number of times we’d walk piles because of weather conditions because they’d be frozen or slick. We don’t have to worry about that safety factor anymore with Kespry.”
Kespry’s touchless benefits extend to all its data being available in the Kespry Cloud, enabling McMurry Ready Mix to distribute reports digitally throughout its operations.
“It’s a great way of sharing information, not only across the company, but even with outside sources, whether it be environmental sources, accounting or customers,” said Jongsma. “We can create a PDF directly from the cloud to verify quantities and area sizes. We don’t have to deal with spreadsheets or calculations any longer. They get hard data from the PDF which makes the appraisers or accountants much easier to deal with. There’s no additional explanation needed. There’s a picture of the piles and a calculation of the measurements. Kespry is a source of 100 per cent absolute truth.”
To learn more about Kespry and its touchless inspection offerings, visit www.kespry.com