Tuesday 01 February, 2011
Woldgrain Storage Ltd based at Hemswell Airfield in Lincolnshire was established in 1980 to store grain on behalf of its members. As a farmers' cooperative it works on a non-profit basis and the storage space is owned by the membership of shareholders. A board of eight farmer members oversee the store management and the primary objective of the business is to provide a cost effective storage option for farmers.
Over the last 25 years, it has expanded to its current capacity of 30,000 tonnes of ventilated storage and recently has just completed phase one of a major expansion programme which will see the capacity eventually rise to 57,000 tonnes.
A grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has allowed for the building of 26,000t of new storage with 13,000t available for harvest 2010 and the remainder available for harvest 2011. The new facility will include five new intake pits, a new high capacity drier, new colour sorter, high capacity cleaners and a gravity separator.
As part of this first phase expansion Lincolnshire based Guttridge Ltd, a leading bulk material and powder handling equipment specialist, has worked closely supplying equipment to Game Engineering who were awarded the phase one contract to design, supply and install all the handling and processing systems for Clugston Construction Ltd.
Working with a tight time scale of three months Guttridge supplied a bespoke solution of thirteen chain and flight conveyors in three widths, ranging from 7- 95 metres in overall length and two 300mm wide soft flight chain conveyors all rated at a capacity of 250tph @ 750 kg/cu.m. Five Hiload 230 and two Hiload 370 Mk 11 belt and bucket elevators ranging from 12 -24 metres in length were also supplied. The equipment supply was completed with a screw feeder and included eighteen associated inline electro-pneumatic slides to fit the chain conveyors.
With a wide variety of build options and special features to suit customer’s requirements and applications Guttridge Mark 11 elevators feature a 45° angled inlet and outlet to minimise loss of height whilst maximising elevator efficiency. Further features include a heavy duty curved, close tolerance boot radius plate, large access panels above outlet and on sides of boot and a special sealing plate arrangement on elevator boot bearing mounts eliminating dust leakage. Maintenance issues were improved by incorporating top and bottom pulleys secured to shafts with taperlock bushes and top hood splits at shaft level allowing removal of shaft, pulley and bearings in one piece.
Tony Kirk, Business Development Director – GAME Engineering Ltd, commented,
”For many years GAME Engineering Ltd has sourced a large quantity of their materials handling equipment from Guttridge, for use in projects in not only the grain handling sector but animal feed, pet food production plants and the waste recycling industry. When we were approached by the principle contractor in charge of this major expansion for WoldGrain Storage, to put together the process scheme it only seemed natural to use Guttridge equipment. Not only because they are a local company but also because of their commitment to delivering quality machines on time and on budget. Both of which they achieved. This resulted in the completion date for the 2010 harvest being met.”
Guttridge Ltd is a provider of a wide range of services and is a leading UK manufacturer of equipment which can fulfil most bulk handling requirements. With an extensive in-house portfolio of equipment Guttridge has also partnered with a range of Pan European equipment and solutions providers allowing them to potentially fulfil any requirement.
With a foundation of 50 years of experience, Guttridge is a flourishing company, globally respected for delivering well-engineered, reliable materials handling solutions that continue to anticipate dramatically changing industrial needs.