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GRAIN STORAGE OPTIONS
8 Gauge vs. 5 Gauge Galvanized SteelGSI grain bins are constructed using high tensile steel sidewall sheets, up to 65,000 p.s.i. (450 MPa) minimum. A commercial G-90, bright spangle galvanized steel coating increases life and durability. In addition, only GSI is capable of providing 5 and 6 gauge steel sidewall panels for unmatched strength. Previously, the heaviest galvanized steel available for sidewall panels was 8 gauge (.164″). GSI’s exclusive 5 gauge (.205″) galvanized steel sidewall panels are 25% thicker and provide up to a 37.5% increase in overall strength.
2.66″ and 4.00″ Sidewall Panel CorrugationDue to the large investment, few bin manufacturers are capable of producing two “in-house” corrugated patterns. In addition, corrugated steel from other sources that lack the proper machinery can lead to poor sidewall quality and cause delays in field construction. GSI’s exclusive, roll-forming press corrugates with complete precision and provides accurate sidewall sheets every time. This process assures a tighter fit and increased weather protection.
4″ Stiffened Grain Bins
The FCDL Series of stiffened grain bins are a strong, cost effective solution for a wide variety of applications, including grain storage bins, drying bins, drying bins with stirring devices and drying bins with recirculating equipment. The FCDL grain bins are provided with 12” plenum punching (standard) to facilitate installation of a full floor. Depending on the size, most bins have a two ring door, which is installed in the upper half of the bottom ring and all of the second ring to facilitate floor installation.
Grain Hopper Tanks
Wet holding bins need to be able to support slightly heavier loads than typical ground feed bulk tanks. They are available in 9’, 12’, 15’, 18’ and 21’ diameters and can be used for temporary storage, adapted to several grain drying and conditioning systems, or serve as long term storage for properly dried grain. GSI hopper tanks are designed to hold 45 lbs. per cubic foot, with total bin capacities exceeding 6000 bu. (150 metric tons). Optional view window level indicators can be added for convenient monitoring of grain loading and unloading.
GSI precision formed, galvanized coated, high tensile steel sidewall sheets, combined with a 2-2/3” (68mm) wide by 1/2” (13mm) deep corrugation, provide outstanding strength and durability. Optional fully die-formed side ladders with dimpled non-skid rungs provide convenient access to the tank.
Bulk Feed Tanks
Bulk Feed Tanks (BFT) are a very popular way of storing feed due to their ease of installation, lower expansion cost and convenient hopper unloading. Several of these tanks can be installed to store a variety of grains and the sealed roof and body design helps protect grain/feed from moisture damage. GSI Bulk Feed Tanks are available in 6′, 7′, 9′, 12′, and 15′ diameters and range in capacities up to 77 metric tons (3182 bushels)
Commercial Hopper Tanks
Designed for today’s modern grain producers and distributors, GSI’s commercial hopper tanks provide years of reliable service with convenient features and benefits you won’t find with other grain storage systems. Whether you’re looking for wet or dry grain holding, overhead unloading systems, blending bins, or long term grain storage, GSI can supply just the right tank to handle the job.
Commercial hopper tanks are typically used in applications where routine clean out is required, or just to reduce the energy and labor cost of material handling. GSI offers two varieties of commercial hopper tanks to better support the needs of this type of grain storage, the NCHT series with a strong 2.66″ sidewall corrugation, and the shorter FCHT series with a wider 4.00″ sidewall corrugation.
The NCHT series encompasses a full range of diameters from 12′ to 36′, capacities up to 58,234 bushels (1479 MT), and 40, 45, and 60 degree hopper slopes to meet virtually any hopper storage requirements.
The FCHT series is available in a 45 degree hopper slope and was designed to cover a more specific “intermediate” range of capacities providing the strength and reliability of a stiffened tank and the cost advantage of a series designed for a specific limited size/capacity range.