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Pressure Vacuum Relief Valves: Why You Need Them for Tank Protection

Pressure/vacuum relief valves are required if you have fixed roof atmospheric storage tanks. The relief valve is mounted on the storage tank’s nozzle opening, and it protects your tank from imploding or rupturing.

How do they work?

Relief valves are considered as safety valves, and they limit or control the pressure in a system – in this case, your storage tank. If the pressure in your storage tank becomes too much or too low from what it is designed for, then it can cause instrument or equipment failure, fire, and other dangerous situations. A relief valve stops this from happening.

The valve has an auxiliary passage where the pressurized fluid can escape. When the pressure in the equipment is about to exceed its design limit, the valve opens up so the excess of the buildup is released through the auxiliary route. Once the pressure has normalized, the valve closes again.

In some cases, you need pressure/vacuum relief valves. This is when you need to protect your equipment from low pressure, also known as an internal vacuum. If the pressure is lower than what the equipment is designed to accommodate, then the valve will open up to admit inert gas or air into the system. This way, the amount of vacuum would normalize.

How do they help you?

Aside from keeping your equipment safe, relief valves can save you money since you don’t have to buy new equipment. It protects your tank from under or overpressure, and it also reduces the atmospheric corrosion of the tank. What’s more, pressure/vacuum relief valves are required by the federal government, especially the OSHA and EPA.

These protection devices can minimize evaporation emissions and protect your investment long-term. If you are looking for them, you can contact us at KC Supply by calling 1-800-527-8775. You can also click here to see our products.

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Tips for Long-term Grain Storage

Long-term grain storage has been the bane of every farmer’s life. If done improperly, this can render the precious harvest wasted. For this reason, it is important that you store your grains properly to avoid wastage.

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As it turns out, the first step to this isn’t in the harvest itself, but on the grain bins. Here’s what you should do to ensure optimal long-term storage.

  • Prepare your storage facilities – Make sure that your grain bin storage is clean and dry. You should also check under it and around it. Make sure there is no spot for insects to grow. Remember that if you battled insect infestation in the previous harvest, then you should fumigate your bin.
  • Dry your grain to the right moisture content – Put only high-quality and mature corn into the bin storage so that it will keep better. Then, understand the right moisture content for your grains. You need to know the maximum allowable storage of your product, and you need to know the different temperatures that you should monitor throughout the year. You should never be complacent and set it at just say, 13% and leave it for a year. Also, make sure that you improve aeration by using a grain spreader. This ensures that the air will go through your harvest evenly and there would be minimal spoilage.
  • Mind the temperature – The temperature for your grain storage is not the same during summer and during winter. For this reason, it pays to use a storage system that is combined with a good aeration system. This gives you full control of the temperature, so you can adjust it as you need.

The quality of your produce would depend on the quality of the grains that you put into the storage at the beginning, and how well you maintained it during the storage. In case you have any doubts, ask us at KC Supply to see if your storage system is enough to keep your grains free from spillage or wastage if you are considering long-term storage.

 

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Why Do You Store Grain?

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Checking grain storage is a vital part of storing your harvest and protecting your investment. However, did you know that the purpose of grain storage varies from group to group? The common clusters for this are farmers (such as yourself), traders, and the government. Here’s why these groups store their grains.

  • Farmers – Majority of farmers store a portion of their grains for personal consumption, or their household’s food supplies. Whatever they don’t consume are allocated for the market, which they would want to sell on profitable times. Here, checking grain storage is important as the farmers would have to know when to sell: it should not be too costly or too risky, and should give them a good profit margin.
  • Traders – Now, there are a lot of organizations that trade in grains. Grains are used for a lot of things, after all, and traders would need to have enough grain in storage in case their suppliers would fail to deliver raw products. For this reason, traders are highly invested in grain storage. You can almost bet that checking grain storage is the norm for them, particularly when they may need to access reserves.
  • Government — The government does store grain for a number of reasons, among them to stabilize prices, food security reserve, and as a reserve in case the supplies cannot cope up with the demand. In such cases, governments have the proper storing capabilities to ensure that the grains won’t go to waste.

These three groups have their own reasons for storing grain, but they also limit the number of grains they store. Storing grains come with costs, and the more quantities of grain are kept, the higher the risk that the benefits derived from grain storage would be lost. Whatever the case, routinely checking grain storage is a must to ensure that all that grain wouldn’t be wasted.

Are you looking for grain storage tools? Head over to KC Supply—your one-stop shop for your farming needs. Click here to know more.

 

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The Importance of Monitoring Grain Quality

When it comes to farming, your job doesn’t stop once you have harvested your crop. You have to regularly monitor the grain quality of your harvest too.

There are many things that go into measuring your grain’s quality. The kernel size, hardness, and density of your grains would dictate if has been a good harvest, as well as the moisture content and the bulk density. Yet the bottom line is that a good quality grain would fetch higher prices in the market.

However, a lot of growers do not have the tools to properly monitor their grain quality. As such, many lose a lot of their hard work and investment from spoilage and shrinkage, both of which lead to lowered market value.  This means they might’ve spent more on the harvest than on what they would earn on the market.

Why would you compromise all your efforts when it can be rectified by properly monitoring your grain?

The first step to properly monitor the quality of your harvest is to invest in a good grain storage. Remember, the quality of your grain will no longer improve by the time you harvest it. The only thing you can control is to ensure that no harm comes to your grain—and there are quite a number of factors that can harm it too. There are insects, fungus, and molds to contend with, as well as moisture and poor sanitation. By having a good quality grain storage, you would be able to keep the temperature where you want it to be without damaging your grain.

If you are looking to preserve your grain quality by using a premium grain storage, then you’ve come to the right place. We at KC Supply offers an extensive line of bulk material conveying equipment and safety supplies. With our products, your grain quality will be protected from moisture, mold, insects, and fungus. Contact us today to know more.

 

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Four Tips for Working Outside Safely in Cold Weather

Winter safety is paramount as it can be dangerous to work outside in cold weather. Apart from an increased risk of conditions like frostbite, hypothermia, and dehydration, you will also more prone to slipping and other accidents. Fortunately, the dangers can be curbed with the right precautions.

Here are tips on how to keep yourself safe this winter:

  • Wear the right clothing

Dressing in layers will prevent your body from losing heat and will protect your skin from cold outside air. The right clothes include jackets, shirts, innerwear, and footwear. Make sure that your gloves and socks are comfortable and do a good job at warming your fingers and toes respectively. The toes and fingers are prone to the side effects of frostbite, so they need a lot of protection. For your headgear, winter safety gear requires that you choose something that covers both your head and your ears.

  • Keep yourself properly nourished

Fats and carbohydrates are burned by your body to produce heat, so consuming them will be very helpful during cold weather. It may not seem like it, but cold weather also causes your body to lose fluids fast, increasing your risk of dehydration. It is, therefore, important that you drink enough fluids before working outside.

  • Take a break

Continuous exposure to the cold can be harmful, so do take occasional breaks. Perform warm-up activities when you can to help your body produce heat. Winter safety best practices also require you to rest to keep you alert and ready to face the dangers outside.

  • Keep a safety kit nearby

In case of emergencies, make sure you have a safety kit made for cold weather. This is especially ideal if you work on the road. The kit should contain essentials like blankets, matches, and candles. These items should help you keep warm for a set period of time.

Working outside during the cold can be dangerous, so it’s important that you’re prepared for it. Dress properly, eat healthy, and have the right items close to you to ensure that you are always safe .

 

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The Importance of Grain Bin Training!

There have been numerous accidents in recent times that call for grain bin training. Case in point: this farmer from Pennsylvania. According to a report from AG Daily, the farmer was working on a truck when he noticed something amiss. So, he entered the grain bin. Thankfully, a colleague immediately found him and called for help.

Cases such as this are becoming more common in farming. Thankfully, there are classes that teach the basics of grain bin safety, but not all workers are given the opportunity to learn them. However, your workers need to be familiar with the dangers of working near or in a grain bin, so they never find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Here are some of the pointers of grain bin training:

  • Only enter the bin when necessary. If you must, practice precautions: ask for permission, tell someone you’re going in, and make sure this observer is someone you can trust with your life. After all, it only takes 90 seconds for you to die in case you are engulfed. This is why you need someone experienced watching guard over you as you enter the grain bin.
  • Next, make sure you have prepared accordingly before going in. Grain bin training dictates that the unloading equipment are locked out prior to entering the bin so that they can’t be accidentally turned on. Next, the oxygen level must be at a minimum of 19.5% before you enter. There should be a secure lifeline (such as a harness or a ladder) for everyone who is going to come in.
  • Finally, have a plan. Your management should talk about lifesaving tips, such as crossing your arms in front of your chest—as well as a plan for training and rescue in case something goes amiss. You should also train and practice often to make sure everyone can perform their role in case of a crisis.

With grain bin training, your workers will know how to proceed in case of an emergency. Of course, this can be prevented by using high-quality products such as the ones that are offered by KC Supply. Click here to know more about our products.

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Conveyor Safety for Plant Visitors

Your workers who normally use conveyors—such as workers and other employees—know how to act around these powerful machines. However, the safety of those who are unfamiliar with them may be compromised. These people are your sales personnel, inspectors, drivers, and customers. For this reason, conveyor safety for plant visitors cannot be understated. You must always instill a culture of safety within your facility.

Here is how you can do so:

  • Safety Briefing

You must assess if guests are wearing appropriate clothing before they are allowed into the facility. Anyone with loose clothes or accessories that may be caught in the conveyor must be instructed to change or fix their clothes. Safety gear such as helmets or vests must also be handed to them before they are allowed into the operations area.

Then, conduct a briefing for conveyor safety for plant visitors. Inform them of what the conveyor belt does, and the hazards of being too near the equipment. Once they understand the potential hazards and are mindful of their safety, allow them to enter your operations area. Those who have no business approaching your equipment must stay in the safe buffer zone.

  • Enforcement

You must always escort your visitors inside your facility. Doing so would ensure that they have someone to ask should they have questions and they would be guided to act with safety in mind.

Also, train your employees to be more mindful of their jobs when you have visitors over. They should keep an eye out on visitors should they appear to be too near the conveyor, and to call out the attention of anyone who is disregarding conveyor safety for plant visitors. They should also be authorized to interrupt a tour if they think safety is being compromised.

At the end of the day, the safety of your visitors would rely on how well you prepared both the guests and your employees. Make sure that you do a good job to avoid any mishaps with your conveyor belt and other equipment.

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Bucket Elevator Maintenance: How to Prevent Downtime

A bucket elevator, also known as a grain leg, is important to your farming needs. It is oftentimes used to vertically haul flowable bulk materials such as fertilizer or grain. While it can carry heavy loads that range from fine to large lumps, and from light to heavy materials, it goes without saying that a faulty grain leg can disrupt your processes and set you back.

For this reason, you should ensure that your grain leg is maintained properly so it can function at optimum levels. Here are a couple of things you can do to ensure that your bucket elevator works when you need it to:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s preventive maintenance schedule and activities

Some would contest that preventive maintenance is unnecessary only to find themselves losing significant manhours due to a faulty grain leg. Bucket elevators tend to be used extensively and without break in most facilities, so it’s no wonder that it often breaks down if it is not properly maintained. If you religiously maintain your equipment, then you will be able to see if certain parts and components are already ripe for replacement before they break.

  • Maintain regular equipment inspections

Does your bucket elevator jam frequently? You should routinely inspect your equipment to ensure that there are no blockages or foreign bodies within the housing of your grain leg. You should also check that there are no moving products that can damage your equipment, and that there are no loose, missing, or broken fasteners.

Aside from guaranteeing that your equipment won’t jam, regular inspections would also give you peace of mind that there is no material accumulation in the infeed area or elevator sections. Your grain leg would therefore be in the best shape that it needs to be so you can focus on your business rather than on fixing equipment.

You should take care of your bucket elevator and your other equipment as they are the ones that are going to make you successful. If you’re ready to know more about agricultural equipment, look no further than KC Supply Co. We have everything you need when it comes to conveying and elevating equipment, as well as safety supplies. Call us today at 800KCSUPPLY to know more.

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The Benefits of Grain Vacs

As one of the biggest suppliers in the United States, we at KC Supply have been asked numerous times about the benefits of using a grain vac. While grain vacs have been used for a long time, some are still hesitant to use them because of old myths. We’re here to set them straight.

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  1. It’s common to see farmers wearing dust masks. Using traditional farming materials can kick up unhealthy dust – particularly if you’re moving grain around. This puts workers at risk of being exposed to allergens, molds pores, and the dust. Now, this in itself can cause a host of health problems that can be easily avoided by using a vac. In fact, a popular comment we hear from our clients is that it is cheaper than a heart attack.
  2. Using a grain vac minimizes labor. Labor that usually takes three days to finish gets done in just a day if you use a vac. It is easier to use, and it also requires less physical exertion. This is also perfect if you do not have enough people to scoop loads, and if you want to finish harvesting in no time. So all in all, you’ll have quicker loading and unloading time – which both equal to less labor.
  3. You can sell more loads. One of the good things about using a vac is that it can remove bugs easily, so your harvest is not likely to be rejected. You can also maintain superior grain quality.
  4. A grain vac is generally safer than an open sweep auger. Using the latter is prohibited now to be used in bins since they can pose as safety hazards. Using a vac also reduces the risk that the auger will become entangled with an overhead power line.

Check out www.kcsupply.com for our grain vac selection or call us today at 800-KC-SUPPLY.

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What Type of Conveyor System Best Suits Your Business?

What kind of conveyor is most efficient for bulk material handling? Well, that all depends on your needs, and your definition of “efficient.”

Tubular drag conveyors might work best if equipment size and space utilization is a critical factor for you. On the other hand, bucket conveyors are a more efficient choice if you have more space and need to move large amounts of materials.

So first, you have to determine what factors you need and want in a conveyor system. Then you can assess some of the efficiencies and inefficiencies of each. Here are some commonly used conveyor technologies to consider:

Aeromechanical conveyors. These conveyors are best for handling bulk powders. They move products on a fluidized air stream and are efficient in terms of their ratio of energy consumption to capacity. Another advantage is that moving products on a fluidized air stream may help product flow in downstream processes. However, the drawback to aeromechanical conveyors is their moderate- to-high maintenance requirements, and they require regular adjustment and inspection of the rope assembly.

Belt conveyors. Belt conveyors can move large amounts of materials over long distances. However, they have one huge drawback: They take up more floor space than any other conveying system.

Bucket conveyors. Bucket conveyors can also move large amounts of material effectively and efficiently but, depending on their design, they may not be good for fragile materials. These conveyor systems also require a lot of floor space.

Flexible screw conveyors. These conveyors are simpler, lower cost and require a smaller space than other systems. They also work well for moving a wide range of materials. But they are notorious for their poor ratio of energy consumption to equipment capacity. And they have a tendency to degrade or damage materials that crumble or break apart easily. This can result in losses.

Pneumatic conveyors. Pneumatic conveyors come in dense and dilute phase technologies. Both types have a higher ratio of horsepower to capacity, which means that they are less energy-efficient then mechanical conveyor systems. Pneumatic conveyors also have a higher rate of wear and tear and high maintenance requirements. These conveyors also require larger dust collection systems than mechanical conveyors because the material to be moved must be separated from the air used within the system.

Tubular drag conveyors. These conveyors have lower energy requirements as well as a lower rate of wear and decreased maintenance requirements. This means cost savings that more than offset the higher price normally associated with these types of conveyors.

Each conveying technology has its strengths and weaknesses.You should choose the best conveyor system for you based on your needs and the materials you need to move.

Trust KC Supply Co. for all your conveyor belting needs. To find out more about which conveyor system might work best for you, call us at 800.KC.SUPPLY or visit www.kcsupply.com.

 

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