September 27, 2013

CBH celebrates machinery milestone, leading to a future of automation

The CBH Group recently announced the completion of its 500th portable conveyor belt, known as a grain stacker.

Matthew Newton, CBH country maintenance & engineering manager, says it’s an important milestone that is likely to lead to further improvements at receival sites.

“The 500th stacker is the first to be automated, giving the operator the ability to fully operate the stacker from a distance,” said Newton. “Although this innovation is in its earliest stages, it is our goal that it will enable CBH to receive grain to an open bulk head without the assistance of an operator in the field, improve the level of safety and be energy efficient.”

The CBH Group is the first Australian company to design and produce a grain stackers; the latest model is the first to be automated. This development has been 30 years in the making. The first prototype stacker was built in 1983.

“It was nicknamed Dino the Dinosaur by the operators on site, this was due the size of the stacker and how cumbersome it was to move around. The stacker was capable of 200 tph,” added Newton.

“This latest stacker weighs 18.8 tonne, has a boom length of 23 m and extends to a height of 9m and it has the capacity to run at 500tph.”

“We’re proud of this innovation and it’s important for CBH to strive for continuous improvements to meet current and future operational requirements, improve safety standards and manage its own energy usage.”
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CBH grain Silo - Kwinana, Western Australia.
CBH grain Silo - Kwinana, Western Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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