Baker-Rullman’s bin innovation

August 11, 2010
Baker-Rullman silo  
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., 920-261-8107

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