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Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor
Fri Jul 5, 2013 12:31 PM CDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (DTN) -- A train creeps over the grain pit at one-third of a mile per hour. Two robots, using laser beams for guidance, open and close the hopper doors. The train never stops.

"They're our two best employees," Jerry Gibson, the facility manager at EGT, Inc., said of the robots, which are the first of their kind employed in the grain export industry. The automated unloaders don't need sleep or bathroom breaks, and never complain about long hours, Gibson said. They can unload a 110-car shuttle train in a mere four to five hours.

"A silo is a ...

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