Is Buying A Cement Silo The Correct Decision For My Business?
Adding a bulk cement silo can have a positive impact on a business. A bulk silo allows for on-site storage of large amounts of cement and increases accessibility. The main consideration is ensuring the minimum capacity holds one full tanker which ranges from 25 ton to 27 tons each load. A cubic foot of cement, frequently called a bag, is 94 pounds, with four bags to a barrel.
Two Ways Bulk Cement Storage Helps You Save
1. Increased Employee Productivity
In many cases, a silo will pay for itself in one year to two years. The savings comes from purchasing cement in bulk instead of bags, speeding up the break-even point of the purchase. Examples of savings include the time spent gathering and disposing of the empty cement sacks and extra storage space for pallets of bagged cement, along with transportation to the mixer. This means employee time and wages instead go toward more productive business activities.
2. Improved Employee Safety
With bagged cement, employees are put in close proximity to airborne cement dust as the bags break. These particles are harmful to people when inhaled. A silo offers a cleaner, safer work environment as it’s completely enclosed. The transfer auger moves the cement to the point of discharge, significantly reducing exposure to cement dust.
Common Cement Silo Configurations
Silos come in two traditional shapes — round upright and rectangular low profile configurations. The upright style ranges from 25 feet to 35 feet in height and has a 40-ton to 60-ton capacity. An increased holding capacity and top-mounted baghouse are two distinct advantages of an upright compared to a low profile. The baghouse is a cement filtering component which allows the cement to be retained in the silo while allowing air to exit as it fills by the pneumatic filling process.
The low profile silo is primarily used with location height restrictions or regular mobility is desired. This type has a holding capacity of 30 tons to 32 tons.
Quick Maintenance Tips For Cement Silos
Regardless of silo style, inspect the bags and/or baghouse filtering cartridges annually. Spring is a great time for this maintenance since the winter months bring higher levels of air moisture and reduced usage. It’s also recommended to inspect the condition and function of the pressure relief pop off valve.