• Brijesh Dubey

Ben & Gaws Legal Research on – Benefits of silos 

In large industries, a silo is a pit structure used to store bulk commodities such as cement, carbon black, woodchips, and so on. The silos might be bunker silos, tower silos, or other varieties depending on the bulk material they carry. Engineers plan and build the silo construction to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

Features of Storage Silos

  1. The silos can be used to store grain in agriculture, plastic resins in chemical industries, cement in cement factories, calcium oxides in cement factories, and a variety of other commodities like activated carbons in cement factories.

  2. A cylinder with metal support is the most typical silos geometry. The silos can be rectangular or square in shape in addition to being cylinder-shaped.

  3. Wood, reinforced plastic, reinforced concrete, or stainless steel are used to construct the silos.

  4. The number of goods to be kept, the environmental conditions, and the site circumstances all influence the construction and design of silos.

  5. For loading and unloading commodities, silos include opening and shutting provisions. To avoid any reaction with the stored substance, the inside surface of the silos is smoothed and lined with specific coatings.

Types of Storage Silos

There are three main types of silos, namely Tower Silos, Bunker Silos, and Bag Silos.

1. Tower Silos

Tower silos range in size from 4 to 48 metres in diameter and 3 to 40 metres in height. Wood, steel, or concrete are used to build tower silos. Tower silos are the most prevalent type of silo. The unloading of cement, woodchips, or grain from silos is made easier with air slides or augers. Trucks, conveyor belts, and rail cars can all be used to offload them.

2. Bunker Silos

Tractors and loaders are used to fill and pack bunker silos, which are trenches. Concrete walls are used to construct bunker silos. To keep the bunker silos airtight, a plastic cloth is placed over them. The materials can be unloaded from the bunker silos using a loader or tractor. Bunker silos are used in agriculture and large manufacturing companies to store massive quantities of goods. The military is one of the most important uses of bunker silos. To store and manage missiles, the military uses bunker silos.

3. Bag Silos

Grain and fodder are stored in bag silos. Plastic or hermetic bags or tubes are used to construct it. Bag silos range in size from 2 to 21 metres in diameter. The height of the silo is determined by the amount of material to be stored. One of the most cost-effective silos is the bag silo.

Silos Advantages

1. Requires Lesser Ground Space

Silos have a far lower footprint on land than other grain storage choices because they are vertical and relatively tall constructions. It avoids the need to invest money on land and hence is a preferable option. Even if the land is already available, it could be put to better use.

2. Greater Control

Grain storage that is centralized in one site allows for better management of environmental conditions. It allows the grain to be stored at a specific temperature while being free of insects and other pests, allowing the grain to remain in ideal condition for a longer period of time. Aeration in a properly sealed silo is also a simple and straightforward way to guarantee that pests are kept to a minimum.

3. Convenient Loading & Depositing

Collecting and transporting grain to and from a silo is also easier. Not only is there a significant cost reduction, but it is also more efficient when compared to other options. For example, a low-cost grain vacuum/ auger allows the grain to be filled/emptied quickly, lowering expenses.

4. Reliable Longevity

Ben & Gaws Legal Department advises a well-maintained, air-tight grain silo, rice silo, Galavanized silo, paddy silo, maize silo, Zincalume Silo are not only cost-efficient, but it also lasts several decades, lowering the effective costs of ownership. During this time, it also provides perfect conditions for grain storage. Many silos can last for more than 25 years before they need to be repaired.

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