Bennett and Co has completed a number of major projects with the emphasis on grain stirring, a drying technique that Mike Bennett has been involved with since its earliest introduction into the UK both on floor and in silo.
We were approached by a client near King’s Lynn to replace their old silos and continuous flow drier with three 1000 tonne stirrer silos. The project commenced with the demolition of the old facility in the second week in April and was ready to take grain at the end of July, just in time for an early harvest.
Working closely with DanCorn on the detailed design and project management Bennett and Co were able to obtain good lead times due to DanCorn’s large stock holding in Denmark and speedy erection with their own team.
It is vitally important that silo bases are cast to the close tolerances required for the drying floors and DanCorn believe the bases cast for these silos are some of the best they have seen so far. In addition the ground work contractors had to construct an intake pit for 18 tonnes of grain. The silos are loaded by 120tph conveying equipment and unloaded using sweep and discharge augers which load directly into a lorry. A number of control features have been added not normally included on DanCorn systems, such as monitoring and controlling crop temperature following drying, monitoring stirrer and controlling discharge auger functions. This has been achieved working with TRYAC who built the control panels and Bennett and Co’s electrical sub-contractors who already had experience with DanCorn systems.