November 27, 2017

28/11/2017: You need silo maintenance most when you don’t think you need it at all

by Mole Master

The efficiency of a plant’s operation depends in part on how effectively the plant’s storage vessels are working

Where silo maintenance is concerned, this fact serves as a two-edged sword. The desire is to have the storage vessels as free of blockages and issues as possible, but there is usually hesitation in stopping or slowing production to get those kinds of problems addressed.
Often, that hesitation results in a call being made only after a serious problem has developed. Mole Master has been the leading expert in the industry for over three decades, so when there’s a serious problem, that first call comes to us.

The number of calls Mole Master receives when a storage vessel seems to be in pristine shape is minimal. That is actually a problem. Mole Master is equipped with the safest, most efficient buildup, contamination, and blockage removal services and equipment available.

Mole Master can handle even the most difficult challenges. Our experienced crews are uniquely qualified to handle any obstacles that may arise during a silo-cleaning project. We arrive onsite with a variety of tools and systems that have been developed over more than three decades of specialising in silo, bin, bunker, tanks, transport, and process vessel cleanout.

Whether it is a simple clogged feed and grain bin with a few bushels of buildup or an entire bank of silos with many tonnes of hard, non-flowing buildup, Mole Master has the solution.

Silo inspections and preventative maintenance
Mole Master constantly and consistently reminds customers about the importance of regularly scheduled silo inspections and preventative maintenance. It is advantageous (and smart) to have your storage vessels examined on a regular basis.

Contracting Mole Master to execute your silo or bin inspection carries the added weight of also incorporating Mole Master’s silo cleaning expertise. The two services are intertwined, and being able to work through one company that is coordinating all efforts makes the process far easier to manage with confidence.

A silo inspection involves an examination of the storage vessel both on the outside and the inside. The first step is that a silo engineer will look at the silo with binoculars to see if any immediate problems can be spotted. These might include buckling, bulging, or exposed beams. The interior of the vessel needs to be examined next.

Along with visual inspections, the engineer will use a 3-pound hammer to test the sound of the inside walls. A dull, dead sound can be a signal of delamination. Core samples may be taken for further analysis of suspected problem areas.

Incorporating an experienced silo cleaning contractor to handle all of the necessary rigging is important because the interior of the silo cannot be examined until areas have been cleared of blockages or buildup.

Usually this kind of information will be presented in the initial plan, but sometimes the unexpected also occurs, and having a silo cleaning contractor ready at hand can save a great deal of time and money. Regularly scheduled preventative maintenance can work with regularly scheduled silo inspections quite easily.

The inspection can confirm that your structure is safe to use at full capacity. If the inspection indicates there are serious problems, our engineers can provide you with the proper repairs necessary to get your silo safely back into service.

Read the full article, HERE.

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