Baker-Rullman’s bin innovation
August 11, 2010
By Baker-Rullman Manufacturing
|Baker-Rullman installed this storage silo at the Indeck Ladysmith wood pellet plant in Wisconsin.
Aug. 11, 2010,
Watertown, WI – Baker-Rullman Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of corrugated
steel storage bins, hoppers, steel structures, and triple-pass rotary drum
dryers, has completed testing and construction of its new 55-foot corrugated
bin panel available in 8- and 10-foot widths. The genesis of the project was
customer driven in an effort to reduce field labor and crane time.
Baker-Rullman put its field experience and manufacturing staff on the project
and achieved the customer’s goals and several additional benefits.
“The big advantage
of using the Baker-Rullman 55-foot panel is obvious,” says Baker-Rullman
president, David Schroeder. “Fewer panels means fewer crane picks and less
field labour. That goes right to the bottom line and helps our customers to
complete their projects on time.”
In addition to the
cost savings, several other benefits have been realized with the larger panel.
Fewer bolts are needed, as horizontal panel seams are virtually eliminated. And
because the panel is in a single piece, there are tighter tolerances and more
precise construction. Baker-Rullman has also perfected the use of
self-threading bolts, which eliminate the need for cage nuts, thus saving more
time and money. Another feature of the new 55-foot panel is the ability to
install letdown ladders prior to setting the panel. This saves time and
eliminates the need to weld from a man basket inside a completed bin.
One of the first
field employments of the new Baker-Rullman 55-foot panel is the Monsanto
soybean facility in Centralia, Illinois, where 76 panels were set.
Baker-Rullman also provides storage bins for biomass products such as wood
pellets. Its installation at the Indeck Ladysmith wood pellet plant in
Ladysmith, Wisconsin, is a prime example.
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