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Selection of Silos for Bulk Storage

By Tom Nomady, Imperial Industries Inc. |

To determine what kind of storage silo is best for your site and your materials, begin by answering the following five questions Selecting a silo for your bulk-solids storage needs isn’t like picking out a pair of socks. It’s a big decision. There are a lot of variables and plenty at stake, not the least of which is the safety of your colleagues and the success of your business. The high stakes can make the decision overwhelming. My experiences have taught me that there is a solution for every storage situation. I have fielded every kind of question imaginable, from requests to simply increase storage capacity to those regarding the design of silos for storing unique materials — for instance, coal dust, plastic additives and others. Be confident that a solution exists. My recommendation is to begin the selection process by asking yourself the five questions discussed in this article before moving forward. All five represent critical variables that need to be addressed before a silo can be bid, designed, built or shipped. By first establishing the answers to these questions, you can turn what can be a confusing process into a rewarding one. Figure 1. Shown here are custom-made silos used to store materials in a high-technology…
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