Square Bin Storage. Supplying the feed and food industry
Once again Cimbria had a busy year with many interesting square silo installations around the world. Also, on the Scandinavian market, there has been increased activities and enterprise, and Cimbria has supplied a number of square silo constructions for the feed and food industry.
Silo facilities for fish feed at Cargill, Norway
At the EWOS fish feed factory at Bergeneset in Norway, which now belongs to Cargill, Cimbria supplied an installation of a new bulk silo for fish feed pellets. The site is situated in the very north of Norway, close to Tromsø in the town of Bergneset, where EWOS has one of its three production locations for fish feed in Norway.
The plant consists of a square silo system with 27 silo cells. The silo has been raised with a steel deck being mounted at a height of approximately six m. below the deck, there is a flat storage area for storing big-bags.
As the silo is designed for storage of fish feed pellets, the importance of gentle handling of the product has very high priority. After the feed pellets leave the production department, they are sifted on two sieves mounted in a tower above the silo. After the sieves, there are buffer bins and the pellets are transported from here to the storage bins by means of an X-Y robot-car moving along and across the silo deck on specially designed rails. Underneath the silo deck, reception bins with the same volume as the moving car are installed, thus enabling the bins to be emptied very fast. Emptying of the silo takes place by means of belt conveyors connected to the existing conveyor system running to the quay for loading onto ships.
As the silo is installed so close to the sea, the silo walls and decks are manufactured as hot-dip galvanised in order to provide as much protection for the steel as possible.
The parts for both the Marine Harvest and Cargill orders were delivered directly to the sites by ship from the port in Thisted.
Storage of coffee beans
Since its foundation in 1960, the Danish-based company BKI Kaffe A/S (Brazilian Coffee Import) has delivered quality coffee to Danish consumers, whilst in recent years exports to the rest of Scandinavia have increased significantly.
Today, BKI roasts and packs coffee from all over the world at its high-tech coffee plant in Højbjerg near Aarhus, in Denmark. BKI is one of the biggest operators in the coffee market and is the only 100 percent Danish-owned coffee producer with production facilities in Denmark selling to the retail and food service sector.
Food safety and quality are important at BKI, which aims to produce safe foodstuffs of high quality. The enterprise is certified and BKI"s employees receive ongoing training in food safety and quality.
Recently, BKI Kaffe ordered an extension of its square silo installation. This involved 72 new silo cells with ancillary steel constructions and conveying equipment for integration with the existing installation. The new silo is being installed on top of the roof of an existing building for logistical reasons and due to constraints in terms of space.
In connection with the facility, great importance is attached to its suitability with respect to foodstuffs in accordance with EN 1935/2004/EC, which means, among other things, that:
The silo cells are delivered with a specially approved powder coating that has been certified in connection with the storage of green and roasted coffee beans.
The steel for the silo cells meets the requirements concerning maximum content of lead, cadmium and arsenic.
Conveyors are equipped with wearing plates that are suitable for use with foodstuffs, and they are produced in standard pre-galvanised plate. Chains and wheels are treated with liquid paraffin. Belts in elevators are fitted with belts suitable for use with foodstuffs. Elevator buckets are manufactured in steel. Gear motor and bearings are greased with non-toxic oil.
The new facility will be a fully-modern facility designed in accordance with the latest principles with regard to food safety in accordance with Eurocode building and construction standards.
Marine harvest – Norway
In recent years Cimbria have received a regular number of orders for the extension and completion of silo and conveyor systems for the Norwegian company: Marine Harvest.
Last year, the order list included an extending of the second finished product silo with an extra 3,100 m³ of storage capacity for fish feed pellets.
The silo block was extended with five rows of silo cells. First of all, the gable cladding was removed and secured it in a safe place for reinstallation after extension was complete.
The steel work and service floor below the silo bins were extended for the new cells, after which the silo extension was built up, including new roof frames.
After installing the silo, the job was completed with cladding of the new silo extension and refitted the existing gable.
Cimbria was established in 1947 and is today an international organisation with 900 employees in 30 companies throughout the world. Since 2016, Cimbria has been a part of AGCO corporation.
Cimbria offers storage, equipment and processing plants for the grain and seed industry and transport and conveying equipment for bulk handling. The company has an experienced, highly qualified workforce, its own development and construction department and modern production facilities, which enable it to construct and manufacture all of the solutions in accordance with the individual requirements of each client.
by Cimbria A/S, Denmark