Grain storage developments

by Teresa Acklin
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A round-up of equipment for optimum grain handling and storage

   Braime Elevator Components Ltd., occupying a 1.6-hectare site in the center of Leeds, U.K., is the world's largest manufacturer of pressed steel elevator buckets.

   Part of T.F. & J.H. Braime (Holdings) P.L.C., the company first began deep drawing steel buckets more than 100 years ago. In that period, because of expansion and acquisition, Braime now fields a formidable range of products, all designed to aid manufacturers and users of bucket elevators and their associated equipment. Braime's customers read like a Who's Who of international bulk handling equipment, and it is true to say that wherever in the world bucket elevators are found, so too, are Braime buckets. The company has agents throughout the world, and in concert with its associate companies, 4B Elevator Components in the United States and Setem in France, strategic product inventories are always maintained within striking distance of the world market.

   Braime's dedication to customer service has led to the steady expansion of its product range. Now, in addition to an unrivaled range of steel, stainless steel, plastic and nylon buckets, the company has added electrical controls and safety devices, elevator belting, imperial and European style elevator bolts, wear-resistant sheeting, couplings for pneumatic systems and forged steel chain to the highest international standards. Braime will continue to add to its range as part of the company's ongoing development program.

   Braime products are found in a whole range of industries; grain and cereal handling, animal feed, sugar production, mining, glass-making, quarrying and cement are just a few. It is an indicator of the size of the company's bucket selection that it is able to offer industry specific products.

   Brock Manufacturing, Milford, Indiana, U.S., now offers two new options for commercials grain silo users: a drive-through access door and a two-ring walk-through access door.

   An economical alternative for cleaning out commercial grain bins, the Brock drive-through access door has an opening measuring 2.1 by 2.1 meters — large enough to permit the use of a skid loader as an alternative to sweep augers for clean-out tasks.

   Designed for use with all new or existing Brock commercial grain storage silos 18.3 by 27.4 meters in diameter, the drive-through door's minimum number of fasteners makes it easy to open and close. It's also hinged so it will swing open easily without the use of a fork lift or front-end loader. The door's adjustable tracking wheel aids quick alignment of the door and its fasteners. The innovative door design also allows for the use of sidewall bumper curbs inside the silo to help prevent skid loader damage to the silo's sidewalls.

   Brock's patented two-ring Latch-Lock walk-through access door system also offers an access door solution for individuals needing to enter commercial grain silos. The Latch-Lock door system now includes models strong enough to be placed in the bottom two rings for even the largest Brock commercial grain silo.

   The Latch-Lock's door boards open with a simple pull upward and close with a downward push of a latch bar. Doors for some larger silo models also feature tie bars for added strength. Simply loosening one bolt allows an individual to slide the tie bar out of the way for easy access into the silo.

   Brock offers other innovative storage solutions with more than 200 commercial grain storage silo models in diameters from 5.5 to 27.4 meters. Brock also offers a line of commercial grain holding hopper-bottomed silos in diameters from 4.6 to 9.1 meters.

   In a small town in the U.S. state of Illinois stands the largest commercial tower dryer in the world, provided by the G.S.I. Group, Assumption, Illinois, U.S.

   Willow Hill Grain, Inc., Lis, Illinois, is the home of the 182 tonne-per-hour G.S.I. Tower Dryer, the largest single-unit grain dryer available commercially. The dryer is positioned on a structural steel support, nearly 5 meters above the ground, to save space.

   This revolutionary tower dryer features a patented electronic monitoring control system that can self-diagnose any problems and relay the information to the operator on a large, backlit liquid crystal display. The tower dryer also includes grain columns that are 30 centimeters wide and grain turners for uniformly dried grain.

   Other features include internally mounted in-line centrifugal blowers for quiet operation, heat recycling from cooling grain to minimize natural gas usage and hopper bottom discharge that eliminates the need for sweep augers and provides quick cleanout.

   G.S.I., a family owned corporation with roots dating back 60 years in agriculture, offers a complete line of grain drying and conditioning equipment, as well as more than 1,000 models of galvanized grain storage tanks.

   Scafco Corp., Spokane, Washington, U.S., began manufacturing corrugated galvanized steel silos in 1961. Today, the company's products include silos, which range in capacity from 100 tonnes to more than 13,000 tonnes; and more than 50 models of high-capacity hopper bottom silos with diameters ranging from 2 meters through 9 meters in capacities of 14 cubic meters to more than 3,250 cubic meters.

   Hopper bottom silos feature galvanized steel construction, with a continuous steel support channel at the hopper-to-wall connection on silos 5.5 meters and larger in diameter. Support legs are constructed from wide flange beams, sidewall stiffeners are external, and hopper bottoms ranging from 40° through 60° are available.

   Scafco also supplies a full range of accessories and aeration equipment, including bucket elevators, drag and screw conveyors and tube augers, that are integral components of its systems. Scafco silos have been engineered for quality, quick assembly on site and simplicity of operation. Stiffened silos ranging from 5.49 to 32 meters in diameter and non-stiffened silos from 4.27 to 14.63 meters also are manufactured for commercial or farm storage.

   Scafco's Spokane plant and corporate offices, with 5,400 square meters of modern manufacturing capabilities, are strategically located only 450 kilometers from the Port of Seattle, Washington, a major U.S. west coast shipping port. In more than 30 countries, from the far reaches of the Southern Cone, Africa, Asia and Europe, you will find Scafco silos synonymous with quality, design, engineering and value.