|First-of-its-Kind System For Efficient Grain Storage Cleanout
ASSUMPTION, Illinois – Farmers and commercial grain operations will soon have a more efficient alternative to grain bin sweeps, brooms and shovels for bin cleanout with new FlexWave®
Currently, standard grain bins are emptied through a combination of gravity and augers or bin sweep technology. However, with these methods, there’s always a remaining level of grain on the bin floor that
GSI’s new, patent-pending FlexWave technology can eliminate this labor-intensive and inefficient task. The system utilizes two large liners that alternately inflate and deflate, gently pushing the remaining grain into a centrally-located conveyor trough for removal, without the need to enter the bin.
A control system automatically senses the amount of grain and shuts off when the process has been completed. “FlexWave technology results in 99 percent cleanout and eliminates the risk of entrapment from
Trame said FlexWave is also more reliable than conventional methods, since there are no exposed mechanical components. Another advantage is that perforated bin floors are eliminated, increasing capacity.
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Grain hopper tank application
“FlexWave technology is another unload option added to GSI’s complete product portfolio and can be used with any standard current unload system,” Trame added. “This technology is exclusive to GSI for grain storage and represents an exciting advancement that supports our commitment to continuous innovation.”
Field trials are underway, he said, to ensure proper aeration is maintained to provide long-term, safe storage. The first FlexWave offering is planned for 2018.
Trame noted there is a lot of potential for future applications with FlexWave, since any equipment that relies on a hopper cone for gravity-flow cleanout can benefit from this technology.