How Bucket Elevators and Silos Can Increase Productivity in Flour Mills
Manufacturers have to grind down wheat and flour for them to be turned into other products, such as cereals, bread, and even the flour we cook with. That is the incredible purpose of flour mills. The term “flour mills” can actually refer to both the building and the actual grinding machine itself. Here, though, we are referring to the buildings.
Mill is often ground down in mass amounts, then stored and eventually shipped to other producers, grocery stores, and more. Flour mills need much more than small containers to store the grinds, though. With storage space too small, the flour mills would have to shut down until they get rid of what is already ground down.
A much better option is silos. Silos are large, often cylindrical storage containers that are used for different products, such as grain, wheat, and coal. They are large enough that the mills do not need to shut down until a shipment goes out. Instead, the necessary amount is taken from the bottom of the silos and the new is added to the top.
Silos allow producers much more leeway for getting shipments out as there is no unnecessary urgency. Instead, they can focus on one order at a time, ensuring that everyone gets what they need. Without silos, the process would not run so smoothly.
Sometimes, though, the trouble can be getting the fresh grinds to the top of the silos. In the very early days, if people wanted something to go to a higher level, they had to climb with it to that level. Later, people learned how to use ropes to act as pulleys that lifted the items. While this cut down on the required time, it was still a fairly slow process as these simple machines were powered by either human or animal strength.
Over time, people have created new ways of doing things to increase efficiency. Though there have been many changes and adaptations, a bucket elevator is a very popular option at the time. A bucket elevator is currently one of the most efficient ways to lift items vertically- especially to fairly tall heights.
A bucket elevator is actually made of several buckets. They are lined up on a conveyor that moves vertically. When a bucket is at the bottom, it is filled with the item it is lifting. When it reaches the top, the bucket is dumped into the storage container- such as a silo- and then moves its way back down to refill. As they are electric, a bucket elevator can speed up your storage time tremendously.
If you are in an industry that needs a great deal of storage- such as working in flour mills or on farms- consider all that silos and a bucket elevator can do for you. When you are ready to take the plunge, give Ex Trading a call. We will help you find the equipment you need to maximize your day.