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Posted by Dennis Blauser, February 18, 2021
Conventional silo cleaning, uses a high-powered pneumatic system to remove product buildup. One of the key issues with conventional silo cleaning is the time needed on-site. Typical compressed air systems are slow and have difficulty removing hardened material buildup. This can lead to increased downtime and a higher cleaning cost.
 
For the most effective silo cleaning, the market's leading solution is The Boss, an enhanced pneumatic system combined with a proprietary cleaning head. The Boss is 50% more powerful than conventional high powered compressed air machines. The specially designed cleaning head has various attachments, selected by our expert crew while in the field, that match the material buildup type and consistency for more effective cleaning. Silo cleaning professionals use the remote, dry cleaning system to remove even the toughest buildup while remaining safely outside the silo. This silo cleaning technique includes operating in a prescribed pattern to clean silos and storage vessels of any design and in any industry both safely and quickly.
 
It's called The Boss for a reason - when compared to conventional methods, it removes buildup more quickly and more effectively.
 
The Boss silo cleaning services are offered by USA Silo Service throughout the United States. As a division of the Marietta Group, which also includes Marietta Silos and Marietta Inspection Services, cleaning services can be bundled with silo inspection and maintenance to ensure economical silo care.
 
Wondering why you should have your silo cleaned? Watch our video, "Why is it important to have your silo cleaned?"
 
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Posted by Dennis Blauser, July 1, 2020

Silo CleaningJust as routine silo inspections are an essential component of your maintenance program, so too are routine cleanings. Regularly cleaning your silo can help keep it operating efficiently and limit potential liabilities. Regular cleanings also increase your silo’s usable lifespan, minimize big ticket repairs, and avoid more costly cleaning expenses. Silos that are emptied regularly and refilled will not have the same buildup issues as silos that are kept topped off, but every silo can benefit from a regular cleaning schedule.

Cleaning your silo can save you money in several ways. The primary savings are in recovering stagnant material that has built up inside your silo. This prevents losing that material and the resources — time, energy, labor — that went into storing it. Depending on your material, cleaning also can help prevent degradation or contamination that occurs when material sits too long, thus reducing or destroying its value.

Routine cleaning is necessary to remove the residue buildup inside the silo that reduces the volume of new material that the filled silo can hold. In all silos, cleaning removes old material residue which, in turn, helps maintain the freshness and concentration of the newly introduced material. Every silo, no matter the design or whether it’s steel or concrete, will benefit from a regular cleaning schedule. The benefits of a professional cleaning every year far outweigh the initial costs as this maintenance step keeps your silo running at full capacity, allowing maximum efficiency and leading to more consistent production schedules with no unplanned downtime.

Routine cleaning prolongs the life of your silo. Find out more on how to keep your silo clean and why it’s important to have your silo cleaned.

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Posted by Dennis Blauser, June 1, 2020

Construction, cone angles, and the type of stored material are all factors that influence how material moves through storage silos.

Funnel Flow

Funnel flow silos are usually more cost effective to construct, costing between 20-30% less than mass flow silos, but are not suitable for all materials.

Funnel Flow Silo Diagram

The flow channel drains material in the middle first. As the silo empties, side material flows into the middle channel. Because of this flow pattern, funnel flow silos that are not emptied completely on a regular basis keep stagnant, or dead, material against the silos walls. Without scheduled emptying, this causes material to build up along the silos walls and leads to issues like ratholing or irregular flow.

Taken together, these factors can enhance particle segregation, limit your live capacity, and cause silo failure. Generally, a funnel flow pattern is only suitable for coarse, free flowing, non-degrading solids when segregation is minimal.  

Learn more about Funnel Flow Silos

Mass Flow

Mass flow silos do not experience the same material flow issues as funnel flow silos. Stored materials move down the silo as a column, with no flow channels and the first materials in are the first materials out, providing for a uniform flow.

Mass Flow Silo Diagram

Mass flow is ideal for materials that are susceptible to segregation based on particle size or density, minimized by the first in, first out flow sequence, with the segregated particles remixing as they discharge. It is an ideal flow pattern for coal or other materials that are combustible or perishable.

Learn more about Mass Flow Silos

Funnel flow and mass flow are common silo flow patterns. In addition to these two are expanded flow and fluidized flow patterns. Find out more about the different types of concrete silo flow patterns.  

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