Whether you’re the owner of a small farm or cooperative association, there are reasons why you should consider making upgrades to your grain handling and production equipment. Though your machinery may be consistent and reliable, your production may be bound by inefficient processing or safety standards that are too antiquated for the needs of your personnel. So if you hadn’t considered investing in new grain handling and production machinery, there’s a couple of important reasons why you should.
Efficiency is Key
Replacing old conveyers, sifters, cleaners, and grain handling equipment can not only make your work easier, but it reduces energy demands as well. Efficiency is key in updated systems, and with new equipment you can sort larger batches faster (and with higher accuracy), create a more cost-effective method of production, and make your overall workday easier. There are both smaller sorter and cleaner systems that can be brought directly to the field using a trailer and larger units that can sort continuously and on-demand within the warehouse.
Sorting by weight allows you to shift between different types of crop independent of the bushel size being loaded, so you can process different products sequentially. Simple updates to screening allows you to quickly make a switch to cleaners between crops, so different grains can be optimally processed without product loss, and variable speed options give you complete control over how you want bushels to be handled. Since processing is only automated by weight, you have maximum control over the efficiency of both handling and power needs to process bushels.
Safety is Elevated
The working safety of your farm’s personnel is an important consideration, and modifications that make grain handling safer for routine operation should give you a reason to buy new equipment. Suffocation from grain elevators is a possibility that should never be overlooked, as personnel can unintentionally become engulfed by grain during inspection. Consider upgrades to existing silos to include custom welding of new bins (where corrosion is apparent) and sound inspection bridges that can be utilized with harnesses to avoid entrapment.
Safety parameters that remove dust during cleaning give workers a cleaner, safer, and more comfortable place to work when handling grain. Because dust can be the source of explosions and fire within indoor areas, contained processing and internal vacuums of new machinery help to keep handling up to safety standards. And with the possibility of amputation that can arise with unguarded bins and handling equipment, updated models that include automated safety gates and retraction features elevate safety and prevent unnecessary accidents from happening.