Industrial Access Bulk is trained and equipped to handle silo buildup, flow issues, and blockages of any volume and severity. In storage silos and tanks, bulk material that stands too long can gradually harden and get stuck inside the structure, resulting in a loss of company assets. Whether your facility deals with cement, lime, coal, grain salt, clay, fly ash, or other agricultural materials, IA Bulk can help with clogging in an efficient and timely manner.
Severe Silo Blockages and Flow Issues
No issue is too severe for us to handle. Unlike other contractors, our team has never walked away from an unfinished cleaning project. Regardless of the situation, we have all the necessary cutting-edge capabilities and unlimited resources to retrieve your product and return your structure to its full storage capacity. To solve flow issues, we can utilize Cardox CO2 blasting devices, expert equipment, and machinery, such as pneumatic whips, industrial shotguns , and more. We are fully licensed and trained to handle explosives when necessary in the most severe situations. In addition, our innovative rope access capabilities enable our team to safely and efficiently enter the silo structure and administer cleaning solutions with maximized precision and effectiveness.
Common Silo Clogging Problems
Funneling, ratholing, plugging, doming, bridging, caking, wall buildup, and scaling are all issues that can affect storage silos. Our engineers will customize a clean out plan that is tailored to your facility’s specific structure and material needs. The IA Bulk technicians are confine-space certified and trained in safety standby and hole watch. This allows our technicians to drop down via a tripod through the hatch on top of the silo to gain entry to inspections and interior wash downs & clean outs. We work on concrete, steel, stave, corrugated, round, square, rectangle, divided, and segmented vessels and silos.
Silo Cleaning Applications
IA Bulk mobilizes on-site to visually assess the structure and quantify the location and type of flow or blockage issues. We then determine the best material and application for removal. Here are a few approaches we utilize:
Holes are drilled through the silo’s wall to place the Cardox tubes. The Cardox system loosens and breaks up the congealed material.
The Bin Whip system from Pneumatic is used to loosen hardened materials.
These four systems are highly effective for coal & cement silos, bins, hoppers, and chutes. Flanges are installed permanently on the outside of the structure and compressed air is introduced so that materials will not build up.
After sufficient progress with the previous methods has been made, our certified technicians can enter the silo using rope access and shovel out the remaining materials.
Contact the silo cleanout experts at Industrial Access Bulk at 770-255-1313.