Storage management is a difficult challenge to face for many farmers, food producers and handlers of grain. One of the reasons for this is that grains usually need to be stored for long periods of time and are required to be completely fresh when they are packaged and distributed to where they need to go.
Ultimately, storing grains in such large quantities is a delicate process made harder by space and budget limitations. If mishandled, grain storage can lead to product waste and profit loss. It therefore requires adequate management as well as the right tools and equipment for the task at hand.
Why Is Grain Storage Important?
Grains are an extremely important part of the food industry. They are an affordable and easy source of nutrition for many people and are a vital sector that supports many farmers throughout the country. Supporting grain production in the UK also stops us from importing the goods we need from other nations to support the demand for it within our borders, therefore reducing carbon emissions and unnecessary transportation costs.
In order to maximize grain storage life and preserve their yield, grains must be stored correctly after they are collected. Failure to do so will affect their quality and the ability for producers to generate significant enough profits to keep their operations going.
For most, grain storage silos are the solution. These are high-capacity commercial or industrial structures that are used for permanent grain storage. However, these silos also typically offer several other functions in the post-production phase, which can include, but is not limited to, distribution processes.
Grain storage silos also provide drying, fumigation, cleaning and turning functions to correctly process the grain once it has been collected. As such, silos are adapted to meet the needs of the specific producer, with collection, processing and distribution features built into the very design of the unit.
What Kind of Silos are Available?
Silos can come in various different shapes and sizes. Depending on the preferred way of managing grains and each producers’ individual requirements, each silo structure has its own specific installation process and function. As manufacturers of grain silos, we’ve worked with several different specifications and requirements leading to bespoke models that cater to the needs of an individual farmer or handling facility.
A modern grain silo usually consists of a silo tower and a few storage bins that are equipped with different configurations. Most silos are built from either steel or concrete with a rectangular, cylindrical, hexagonal or octagonal shape.
Some come with a flat bottom design while others have a more cone-like bottom, which is also called a hopper bottom. Also, some silo constructions will provide ventilation systems backed up with temperature controls whereas other silo structures will only serve as temporary storage for already dried and cleaned grain.
Where to Find a Grain Silo
Some grain silos can be made to custom specification and built on site. Others can be constructed or built off-site and then transported to their location. There are various material and design considerations to take into consideration so it’s always prudent to work with trusted experts in the field to handle everything from concept and design to final installation.
This will ensure that your silo works perfectly and will maintain its strength and condition for as long as you need it to, without risk of failure, rust or damage. If you’re looking for a grain silo to assist in your storage and post-production handling process, get in touch with us at RNT Tanks. We can assist with unique design specifications as well as standard construction models adapted to your needs.