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by Teresa Acklin
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   Global needs for technology and products continues to be a growing entity and important market for Behlen Mfg. Co., Columbus, Nebraska, U.S., a worldwide manufacturer of grain silos, grain dryers and metal building systems. Products include steel silos up to 19,000 mt (670,000 bus) and hopper bins to 1,450 mt (36,750 bus). “Berico” commercial dryers can be designed for grain, oilseeds or rice up to 140 mt (5,000 bus) per hour.

   Behlen commercial grain storage bins feature a unique trapezoidal wall panel with built-in wind bands, allowing them to withstand winds up to 90 mph with no additional reinforcement. Wall stiffeners are standard and can be installed inside or outside. Bearing plates between stiffeners are designed for fast, precise, bolt-together assembly. All stiffeners are anchored directly to the concrete. The Behlen roof is certified to withstand a live load of 20 lbs per square inch. Continuous rafters provide strength and continuity from roof to wall.

   Berico grain dryers, manufactured by Behlen, are designed for low-cost drying and quality grain output. Berico efficiency is obtained by recirculating up to two-thirds of all pre-heated exhaust air and utilizing a unique “Turn Flo” grain exchange during the drying process.

   Berico dryers are clean, quiet and fuel-efficient. Single tower units dry up to 5,000 bus per hour; additional tower units can be added to meet desired capacity. Berico dryer designs are available for all cereal grains, edible beans and coffee, milo, rice, soybeans or sunflowers. Energy sources include gas, oil or steam. Booth 414

   •BMH Marine AB, Bjuv, Sweden, a part of Babcock International Group PLC, is a leading supplier of ship unloaders for environment-friendly discharge of grain, feedstuffs, fertilizers and other bulk materials.

   BMH ship unloaders fulfill any intake and vessel requirements, and are efficient and safe to operate. A common feature of all unloaders is a totally enclosed conveying line, which eliminates dust and spillage.

   The road mobile BMH Siwertell unloader is suitable for vessels of up to about 5,000 dwt and capacities up to 300 tonnes per hour. This flexible machine, based on the proven Siwertell screw technology, has a foldable design which makes the unit easily transported between unloading sites and ready for operation in less than 45 minutes. Only one person is needed to perform the folding, unfolding and unloading procedures.

   For capacities up to 500 tph and ships up to 120,000 dwt, the BMH PortMaster is a pneumatic machine based on the latest technology. The vacuum is generated by a positive displacement blower for efficient conveying and low noise level. A highly efficient filter separator guarantees no dust emission.

   BMH Siwertell rail-based and stationary unloaders, developed with a revolutionary feeding device for screw conveyors, ensure capacities of 1,500 tph and higher for grain. Their lightweight design, combined with high movability and a totally enclosed conveying line, enables installation anywhere, including narrow sites and inhabited areas.

   •Brock Grain and Feed Systems, Milford, Indiana, U.S., has developed a line of enclosed roller-belt conveyors to efficiently and economically move grain. Engineered for low maintenance and durability, the enclosed roller-belt conveyor line has models from 18 inches wide to 54 inches wide. The conveyors are made of galvanized steel and have self-cleaning and reloading capabilities to recapture spilled grain from the belt.

   The Brock conveyor system is capable of doing full-load starts and features a unique idler pulley design that minimizes harmonic vibrations while providing longer bearing life and smoother belt operation. The modular design also features removable covers with a quick-release hatch so the conveyor can be maintained from just one side.

   The company's on-farm and commercial grain silo product line now features grain storage silos from 2.7 meters to 32 meters (from 9 to 105 feet) in diameter, with capacities ranging from 14 cubic meters to 19,600 cubic meters (400 bus to 600,000 bus). The product line includes flat-bottom and hopper-bottom models.

   Brock's commercial silos include an optional drive-through access door, designed to ease silo clean-out. The company also has a line of silo doors, ladders, stairs and drying floors, as well as vane axial and centrifugal aeration fans for grain drying and conditioning. Booths 226, 228, 230

   In 1998, Buhler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland, installed several Portalino and Portalink-L type mechanical shipunloaders, including a 600-tonne-per-hour unloader at the Port of Al Adabiya in Suez. The unloaders were equipped with special traveling gear, enabling them to travel on uneven roads in the port area.

   To meet these ambitious requirements, Buhler said new traveling gear with a hydraulic suspension system was developed to compensate for the unevenness of the ground and to protect the steel structure from undue torsion.

   The unloaders are equipped with diesel-electric drive units, making them highly flexible and independent from the port infrastructure.

   The Portalino and Portalink unloaders also offer low energy consumption, minimum maintenance costs, high availability, gentle product handling and low dust operation.

   Meet the Buhler experts at GEAPS in Tampa, Florida, for more information. Booths 727, 729

   Shuttlewagon mobile railcar movers from Central Manufacturing, Grandview, Missouri, U.S., are available in eight models, featuring drawbar pull capabilities ranging from 24,500 pounds (11,000 kilograms) to 55,000 pounds (25,000 kgs) from one coupler without the need of any weight transferring coupling devices.

   The Shuttlewagon concept develops traction and braking through a rubber-tire drive system. The units are powered by Cummins or Caterpillar diesel engines with horsepower ranging from 152 to 550. The drive system components include Rockwell or John Deere axles and Funk transmissions.

   Features include road or rail speeds up to 19 mph; front and rear railcar couplers, with air-actuated coupler knuckle releases located in the cab; a sanding system for all drive wheels in both directions; a rail car air brake system with a train brake service valve; a 3-person, all-steel cab with an air cushion ride seat and safety belt; dual accelerator and brake control for rail operation in either direction; any many operator conveniences. Options include air conditioning, snow plow, radio remote control and a cold weather package. Booths 731, 733, 735

   •Chief Industries, Kearney, Nebraska, U.S., recently worked with two U.S. cooperatives to build some of the largest corrugated steel storage bins of their kind. Both projects were designed to address inadequate temporary storage of grain.

   For the Agri Co-op grain elevator in Roseland, Nebraska, Chief engineered and manufactured a corrugated steel structure designed to make loading and unloading easier, provide better grain handling, maintain commodity quality and offer an economical solution. The bin has a 232-foot diameter base, sidewall height of about 13 feet and a roof peak of about 80 feet, and will hold up to 1.1 million bus (about 30,000 tonnes). A material handling system consisting of leg and drag conveyors handles 15,000 bph; a tunnel under the concrete floor houses the reclaim conveyor. Centrifugal fans provide aeration.

   Aurora Cooperative, another Nebraska co-op, was experiencing similar problems with grain spoilage and inadequate access to temporary piles of grain for rail car loadout. Chief designed a corrugated steel storage bin 247 feet in diameter, with an 85-foot roof peak and 1.3-million-bu (35,000-tonne) capacity. The facility also features a Caldwell aeration system; a 10,000-bph leg and conveyor system is to be added later.

   The structures can handle massive amounts of grain, and loading and unloading can begin or end at any time, Chief said. Booths 120

   As part of the modernization of its grain terminal at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela's largest grain-receiving terminal, Algranel C.A. replaced two older pneumatic shipunloaders with two SuperTower Model 505/25 Fanless Shipunloaders from Christianson, Blomkest, Minnesota, U.S.

   Each SuperTower has a rated capacity of 500 tonnes per hour and is equipped with a 25-meter intake boom for unloading up to Panamax vessels. The boom features a 5-tonne lifting crane for hoisting skid steer loaders into the hold of the vessel during clean-up. The SuperTowers will discharge into trucks or to an inbound conveyor system that connects to over 100,000 tonnes of grain storage at the port.

   The SuperTowers are affixed to Algranel's existing traveling gantries, which have been modified to accept the new equipment. Franklin Sandoval, president of Algranel, said the company chose SuperTower Fanless Shipunloaders “because they provide higher, maintainable discharging capacities, less energy consumption, and gentler grain handling than alternative solutions we studied — all for a reasonable level of investment.” Christianson also helped Algranel arrange financing for the entire project.

   The GAC2100 grain analysis computer from DICKEY-john, Auburn, Illinois, U.S., combines fast, fully automatic analysis of grain moisture levels with superior communications technology to optimize the accuracy and performance of grain testing programs.

   Features include self-loading, automatic sample weighing, automatic temperature, automatic moisture compensation and a self-test before each moisture reading. A 64-calibration memory with user-defined “quick-keys” for automatic selection of most used grains is available, as is a page-by-page forward or reverse scroll-through for selection of other grains. Communication software provides the ability to upload or download calibration data and other configuration parameters and to perform remote diagnostic checks by an authorized technician.

   The GAC2100 has been selected as the official moisture meter for the national inspection system of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

   •The Essmueller Co. is a bulk material handling equipment manufacturer established in 1878. Its products include round- and flat-bottom conveying equipment, distributors, elevators and screw feeders, all designed to move mass quantities through a milling or storage system.

   “Our company's objective is to manufacture to meet the needs of the customer,” said William McLean, president of Essmueller. The company strives to provide a high-quality product and prompt after-sale service if problems arise, he said.

   Essmueller's equipment is in operation worldwide, including the Pacific Rim, Central and South America and throughout North America. Its customers range in size from local co-ops to international feed and grain producers.

   A 130,000-square-foot facility in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S., employs 120 highly skilled workers who manufacture each piece of equipment with quality as a top priority. The company is family owned and provides a family-like work environment for its employees.

   Essmueller wants to include its customers as part of its family to insure their satisfaction before and after the sale, Mr. McLean said. Booths 314, 316, 318

   Chain conveyors and bucket elevators from Grain Systems, a division of The GSI Group, Inc., Assumption, Illinois, U.S., are designed to be built to inventory and engineered to be shipped from stock to meet the application and minimize the length of time for delivery. Both are available in powder coated for extended outdoor exposure as well as galvanized steel construction.

   Drag conveyors, which range in capacity from 1000 bph (25 mtph) to 20,000 bph (500 mtph), offer welded steel or roller chain and are engineered to maximize working load and expected life. UHMW flights prevent steel-to-steel contact.

   The conveyor head section includes extended mount flange bearings on 12-inch (304.8mm) and 14-inch (355.6mm) tall conveyors and exterior mount pillow block bearings on 20-inch (508mm) and taller conveyors. It also includes machined 3/8-inch (9.5mm) UHMW shaft seals. The tail section includes a heavy-duty chain tension take-up system utilizing corrosion resistant Acme threaded rods. Head and tail sections include flame-cut steel sprockets with hardened rim and C-hub.

   Bucket elevators, in capacities up to 30,000 bph (750 mtph), feature a belt tension take-up screw in the boot section, which also utilizes corrosion resistant Acme threaded rods and externally mounted pillow block bearings. The elevator head section includes a two-piece hood for interior accessibility and a full radius contoured hood to minimize wear and improve material discharge flow.

   Fixture-welded structural angle iron flanges are continuously welded on trunks. The trunking can be furnished as factory-assembled 10-foot (3048mm) sections for efficient field erection or can be knocked down for more efficient shipping.

   GSI also offers over 1,000 models of grain bins/silos, a complete line of grain dryers and aeration equipment for both farm and commercial applications, marketing to over 70 countries. Booths 627-734

   •Great Western Manufacturing Co., Inc., Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S., recently introduced the Model 611 Mini-Sifter to meet the need for a smaller capacity unit.

   The 611 Mini has a net sieving area of 9 square feet. The new unit complements the company's larger Model 611, which has a net sieving area of 18 to 32 square feet, and the Model 631, which has a net sieving area of 35 to 62 square feet.

   Bob Ricklefs, Great Western's general manager, said unit sales of the Mini-Sifter had grown steadily since its introduction a few months ago. “We clearly have filled a need for a smaller capacity unit,” he said.

   The concept of in-line sifting is a recent advancement in the milling industry, Mr. Ricklefs added.

   All In-Line Tru-Balance sifters can be directly inserted into a vacuum or pressure pneumatic conveying line, Mr. Ricklefs said. This design allows for the removal of small amounts of oversized impurities from dry, free-flowing grain, powders and granular materials, he said.

   “Our proprietary engineering allows customers to eliminate costly equipment such as cyclone receivers, airlocks, receiving hoppers and blowers, which would be required if a standard, atmospheric pressure screener/sifter were utilized,” Mr. Ricklefs said.

   •Hi Roller Conveyors, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., manufactures enclosed belt conveyors designed for the sale, gentle and efficient handling of dry bulk materials.

   Hi Roller conveyors are not a “covered conventional conveyor,” but are designed to be totally enclosed, dust tight and weather tight, with no internal brackets, ledges or areas where material can build up. Spilled material is automatically reloaded back onto the belt.

   All conveyors are designed with external bearings mounted away from the product. This design is superior to placing conventional idlers inside an enclosure, the company said. Internal bearings may become contaminated, seize up and create heat. The introduction of heat to a dusty environment can increase the risk of fire or explosion.

   The conveyor belt returns on an anti-static UHMW return pan as opposed to conveyor idlers. This allows the belt to continually wipe the bottom of the enclosure clean of any dust or spilled material. This material is either swept or conveyed back to the tail section, where it is reloaded via the patented reloading system.

   Hi Roller conveyors are designed with ease of maintenance as a high priority. Customer input goes into the ongoing improvements of design and function.

   Hi Roller's product line includes Lo Roller, Mini Roller, Hi Roller, Super Roller and Hi Life. Booths 514, 516, 518

   •InterSystems, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., has introduced a new line of enclosed belt conveyors aimed at a wide variety of industrial and agricultural markets. The new line complements all of InterSystems' conveying, elevating, weighing, screening and sampling products, and positions the company to provide all of the major components of a complete bulk materials handling system.

   “InterSystems new enclosed belt line of conveyors has broad sales potential beyond our existing line in both industrial and agricultural markets,” said Rod Cooper, chief operating officer.

   The InterSystems enclosed belts are self-cleaning and fully enclosed to offer greater safety, reduce dust emissions and minimize “housekeeping” costs for end users. Features include intermediate idler adjustments for precise belt tracking, superior liner retention and externally mounted bearings for added safety. The new product line also follows the same “feature-rich” or “high-end” strategy as in all the other InterSystems lines: “no tool” access, removable shafts, full length gusseting, generous discharge sizes, complete lining packages, heavy bearing mounts, and quality access ports.

   The new enclosed belts provide a capacity range from 6,000 to 50,000 cubic feet per hour and feature belt widths of 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 and 54 inches. Booths 203, 205

   A Brazilian enterprise headquartered at Panambi, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Kepler Weber is the leader in grain storage equipment and installations in Latin America. The company designs, builds and installs a variety of cereal storage equipment with capacities for processing small, medium or large production volumes.

   Steel silos include a flat bottom, vertical model with capacities ranging from 23 tonnes to 16,000 tonnes and an elevated model used as holding, bagging or outloading silos with capacities from 9 tonnes to 780 tonnes. The A-150 and A-200 horizontal silos are large enough to permit large vehicles in the interior. These silos are available in capacities from 5,600 tonnes to 34,000 tonnes, depending on the type of bottom installed: flat, truncated cone or “V.”

   All of the company's silos can be equipped with a grain spreader and controlled environment systems, including aeration and thermometry; sweep augers for more efficient emptying of the unit; and a lateral gravity discharge system.

   Kepler Weber also manufactures precleaning and cleaning machines; bucket elevators and belt, screw, chain and drag conveyors; and three lines of grain dryers. The company also provides conveying and storage equipment for port and industrial areas, including malthouses, breweries, animal feed mills and crushing plants for vegetable oils.

   •OPIsystems Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has developed a revolutionary new line of grain management products designed to open doors to a new level of “pro-active” storage management. The OPIdigital system incorporates digital technology, from cameras to telephone networks.

   “OPIdigital enjoys a number of distinct advantages over currently available products, including increased quality and accuracy, cost reduction, and the ability to invest in a system that can grow with the evolving needs of our customers,” said David Crompton, OPIsystems president.

   The system is based on a patented cable design in which hundreds of “smart” input/output devices, such as temperature sensors, can be connected on a common, two-conductor line. OPIdigital's inter-connect system greatly simplifies installation and service, Mr. Crompton said, and its micro-computer based sensor design translates into increased accuracy and reliability. The system is fully modular and can be started at any level, from hand-held monitoring through to PC-based automation.

   Although a comprehensive monitoring, alarm and control system will be launched in the spring of 1999, OPIsystems will continue to grow the OPIdigital family in such areas as electronic insect monitoring, in-site moisture, continuous level detection and integration modules to third-party components such as T/C cables and level indicators. Booth 739

   •PM-Luft AB, Kvanum, Sweden, a manufacturer of a wide range of air handling and grain cooling equipment, and has served the agricultural industry since 1952. The company's KanalSystems improve the quality of food and the safety of those who preserve it through high-quality aeration and no bin entry. Different applications for the system will be shown at GEAPS Exchange '99 in Tampa.

   Information about its grain coolers and cooling technology also will be available. PM-Luft's approach of chilling in the bin, regardless of ambient conditions, increases drying capacity and decreases the cost of drying. This cooling technology also can increase milling yields, reduce shrinkage and reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals. Booths 620, 622

   •The ScanCenter LX from The Rolfes Co., Danville, Iowa, U.S., will be one of several new products featured in the “What's New” program at GEAPS Exchange '99, March 6-9, in Tampa, Florida.

   The ScanCenter LX is the foremost, next-generation hazard monitoring system in the industry. The system uses a high-speed digital temperature sensor to achieve unparalleled speeds of greater than four readers per second with an accuracy of plus-or-minus 1°F. accuracy. The sensors are connected to a single 4-conductor cable, much like the familiar Local Area Network.

   In addition, the system reads industry standard type-T thermocouples used in most hazard monitoring systems. The ScanCenter LX allows any combination of thermocouples and digital sensors in probe, surface mount or rub-block style.

   Security features in the LX include built-in diagnostic and problem alerts, including sensor fault warnings and sensor resistance readings for thermocouples. Warnings and alarms may be audible or printed. Booths 309, 311

   A world leader in grading, testing and handling equipment for the grain, seed and feed industries, Seedburo, Chicago, Illinois, U.S., has prided itself on providing quality, state-of-the-art equipment.

   Founded in 1912, Seedburo quickly became the largest distributor of agriculture-related equipment in the United States. Seedburo first began exporting equipment worldwide in 1940 through an extensive network of international sales personnel. In 1983, Seedburo was presented with the prestigious “Presidents E Award” for excellence in exporting.

   Seedburo's Gamet Manufacturing Division produces and distributes, worldwide, an extensive line of mechanical samplers as well as the Seedburo Model GMA 128 fully automatic moisture analyzer. The GMA 128 was designed around the NIST/NTEP specifications and has received the NTEP Certificate of Conformance.

   In addition, Gamet manufactures Seedburo grain sampling probes and triers, grain sample dividers, pellet durability tester, the APOLLO line of automatic truck and railcar probe samplers and many other Seedburo products. Gamet also has a line of bulk material scale systems.

   Other acquisitions and arrangements have allowed Seedburo to exclusively distribute many lines of equipment to the agricultural industries, including the Chopin line of flour milling and testing equipment, Count-A-Pak seed counters, Burrows moisture testers, Seedburo computer grain scales, Ohaus grain grading scales, S/J grading inspection viewers and inspection stations, Seedburo germinators and many others.

   Seedburo's 1999 catalog is accessible on its website at The company's extensive line of equipment can be found in the catalog, available at no charge. Booth 322

   A combination of unsurpassed design, a high degree of engineering expertise, proper equipment selection, manufacturing and customer service after the sale has made Scafco Corp., Spokane, Washington, U.S., a worldwide leader in providing grain storage systems.

   Scafco began manufacturing corrugated galvanized steel silos in 1961, producing silos with capacities ranging from 3 tonnes to more than 16,000 tonnes and hopper bottom silo capacities ranging from 4 tonnes to several hundred tonnes. A full range of accessories, aeration equipment and grain handling equipment, including bucket elevators, drag conveyors, screw conveyors and tube augers, is available.

   The company's silos have been engineered for quality, quick assembly on site and simplicity of operation. Stiffened silos range from 5.49 meters to 32 meters in diameter and non-stiffened silos range from 4.27 meters to 14.63 meters in diameter. Both can be used for commercial and farm storage.

   Scafco engineers use the latest in computer drafting and analysis techniques to develop project layouts and designs, as well as shop drawings and manufacturing specifications.

   Scafco Corp. is located only 450 kilometers from the Port of Seattle, a major U.S. shipping port on the West Coast. Individual silos and storage projects delivered in over 48 countries are storing wheat, maize, soybeans, barley, pulses, rice, sunflowers, palm kernels and other free-flowing products.

   Samples of the reformulated Rhino Hyde liners from Tandem Products, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., will be on display at GEAPS Exchange '99. Tandem, which will make its 28th appearance at the conference this year, also will sponsor three drawings each day for a genuine Beanie Baby, the recently retired rhino named “Spike.”

   The first Rhino Hyde product was commercialized in 1965. The original Rhino Hyde elastomer sheets were developed to line grain and feed equipment to prevent wearing and abrasion. All subsequent Rhino Hyde products were developed working directly with customers to solve other materials handling problems.

   Tandem Products also manufactures the deep bin Probe-A-Vac system and the Sample Conveying Power Unit. The company also recently redesigned its Reli-A-Sense point level indicators. The new design provides a larger sensing area, with tough Rhino Hyde urethane around the sensor so it will last — even when placed directly in the grain flow. Other features are a more focused sensing area, improved ability to adjust the sensitivity and more safeguards against false readings related to humidity, temperature and dust buildup. Booths 515, 614

   •Tapco Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., will exhibit its complete line of agricultural elevator buckets at GEAPS.

   All Tapco buckets are manufactured in the highest grade of polyethylene, urethane, nylon and steel available. The CC-HD style is the most accepted design in North America and has proven, for nearly a half century, to be the best design available. The CC style is conspicuous by the distinctive “breaks” on the bottom of the bucket. The precise angle of the breaks determines the discharge characteristics of the bucket. “Rounded bottom” buckets cannot emulate the CC style and its excellent performance.

   Tapco also maintains the largest inventory of elevator bolts in the Western Hemisphere. Four styles (No. 1, No. 3, blunt and pointed end fanged) are stocked in carbon steel, stainless steel and zinc plated. The company carries an inventory of over 9 million elevator bolts.

   Other products include abrasion resistant sheet lining in UHMW and urethane, drag flights and hanger bearings for screw conveyors. These items can reduce wear and friction in your grain facility. Booths 432,434

   •VICAM, L.P., Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S., has introduced a new fluorescence test product for DON (vomitoxin). The new test, DONtest TAG, uses propietary technology to measure DON with greater speed, precision and accuracy.

   DONtest TAG offers the user the ability to run a variety of samples in single or multiple batches. Results are available approximately 20 minutes after extraction. The new test also lends itself for use in conditions where an immediate result is essential. For example, at a grain elevator, a flour mill or a malt house, DONtest TAG can run a sample immediately as it comes from a truck or train probe and provides a result before the sample is routed to storage.

   In addition to its speed, sensitivity and accuracy, the new test for DON provides a quantitative result using the same equipment as VICAM's other mycotoxin tests.

   VICAM's other rapid test kits include Afla Test, DONtest HPLC, FumoniTest, OchraTest and Zearala Test for the detection of fungal toxins.