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Publication Date: 02/1996
Pages: 3
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New England powdered cement distributor cleans house, frees up 98 percent of silo space

When compacted cement blocked a significant amount of silo storage capacity and a ship was due to reload the silos in a week, a distributer called on a silo cleaning firm for help.

A common problem confronting material producers and handlers is material building up and clogging silos, bins, and hoppers. The implications can be serious for plants that fail to quickly free buildup from clogged storage vessels. When clogging occurs, not only is the material investment tied up, but the vessel's capacity is diminished as well. Both problems reduce profits. If a plant has a significant capacity reduction when an incoming shipment is expected, the problem can be compounded. A plant not ready to accept a shipment may be assessed substantial fees for holding up a ship's schedule.

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