Tired of brooms and shovels and all that dusty work to clean out grain bins after they’ve been emptied?
Farmers who’ve had enough of the ‘clean out’ grind will want to take a look at the new Z-Series bins from GSI. The Z-Series, featuring Flexwave technology, will be available this fall. GSI demonstrated how the technology works last week at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
In this video, GSI marketing communications manager Jon Peterson takes us inside a 24-foot bin for a look at Flexwave in action. Standard grain bins are typically emptied through a combination of gravity and sweep augers, but there’s always remaining grain on the bin floor that needs to be removed. GSI’s Z-Series bins utilize two large liners made of durable fabric that alternately inflate and deflate, gently pushing the remaining grain into a central reclaim for removal. The result is 99.9 percent clean out, without the need to enter the bin, says Peterson.
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Each inflatable liner can unload more than 100 tons of grain at a time using less than one psi of air pressure. The liners are constructed of durable, commercial-grade material designed to last over 30 years under normal conditions, says Peterson. He adds that the liners can easily be repaired in case of accidental puncture with a simple glue patch.
The 24-foot Z-Series bin has storage capacity ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 bushels, depending on height. “This model size can also be a higher-capacity and more cost-effective alternative for similar-sized hopper tanks with cone bottoms,” Peterson adds. “A flat bottom storage tank that sits on the ground not only holds more grain, but also eliminates the need to install legs.”
Z-Series bins include an easy-to-use touchscreen control to automate the process and a unique aeration system that maintains uniform grain quality comparable to conventional systems. Air is distributed through the central reclaim to flexible tubes that move with the liners.
For 2019, GSI expects to expand its Z-Series bin offering with larger-capacity sizes.
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