Investigate Silo or Equipment Failures

What are Silo or Equipment Failures?

Hundreds of industrial and farm silos, bins and hoppers experience some degree of failure each year due to improper design, faulty construction, and/or erratic operation.

Although failure may involve a catastrophic collapse of the structure, it can also display in less obvious forms, such as cracks in a concrete wall, wrinkles/dents in a steel shell, and/or bending/deflection of a support beam.  Even these more “minor” issues can be important danger signals, indicating that corrective measures are probably required.

When & Where Can Silo or Equipment Failures Occur?

Common equipment failures can involve:

  • Silos, bins, hoppers
  • Feeders, conveyors, chutes
  • Corrosion, erosion
  • Reactors or pressure vessels
  • Dryers or coolers
  • Silo inserts, supports, nozzles

Why is Equipment Failure a Problem?

Silo or equipment failures can be costly in many ways.  Failures often contribute to:

  • Complete unit shutdown
  • Increased labor costs
  • Personnel safety risks
  • Reduced production rate
  • Unscheduled maintenance
  • Litigation or liability
  • Poor process availability
  • Environmental hazards

How Can Jenike & Johanson Prevent or Diagnose Equipment Failure?

Jenike & Johanson is prepared to assist you with evaluating equipment failure.  Our team of experienced engineers have the required experience, on-site investigative skills, and state-of-the-art tools needed for these complex applications.  How the bulk material interacts with the equipment is an important part of the investigation, and we have the world’s best material testing and physical and analytical modeling capabilities to meet your needs.

Explore our solutions, review case studies, or contact us so we can help you to prevent a structural failure or investigate the cause of a failure event.

 

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