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High Capacity and High Tech Grain Systems

March 9, 2013
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
 
 

When AGCO acquired GSI in October 2011, the grain systems company became the fifth global brand owned by the machinery maker. Today, GSI is riding a strong surge in demand and is investing in production improvements and new products. At the annual dealer meeting, the new 40 Series grain bin was introduced as well as the Vision N2 grain dryer control system.

Vision N2 Display

Vision N2 Display


Million-plus bushels. The 40 Series is an all-new bin lineup that supports faster fill rates, provides more storage in a smaller footprint and increases peak capacities.

Ranging from 18' to 135' in diameter, all sizes are single sweep capable. Capacity for the series ranges from 7,000 bu. to 1.2 million bushels.

Replacing the Red Iron Roof design, the Z-Tek Roof System features Z-shaped rafters and purlins that require less material but offer increased strength. Using 3-D analysis software and real-life testing, GSI confirms up to 40 lb. per square foot snow load and 30,000 lb. peak load capacity on the Z-Tek roof.

For testing, a 90' bin was constructed at GSI’s office in Assumption, Ill. The engineering team used more than 6 miles of wire for data collection as they tested the roof capacity. The roof design was tested to a total load of 225,000 lb. with rocks loaded on the roof and weights hung from the temperature cables. The company says this new design will be especially beneficial in supporting heavy snow loads.

The roof features standard temperature cable brackets to speed up construction of the bin. Also for faster construction, there is one common purlin clip across the design.

To accommodate larger conveyors, the 40 Series is outfitted with a bigger flat top for higher peak capacity. Integrated attachment points on the flat-top roof allows quick assembly of material-handling equipment.

The ring stiffeners are built with a new profile and use up to 2-gauge material that support additional rings for bin height. Paired with the stiffeners is an updated wind ring design.

The rolled structural base angle has also changed to improve sealing capability and ensure grain quality.

The new bins will be erected using streamlined hardware and standard brackets and parts, which will allow commercial bin builders to work more quickly and efficiently, reducing the owner’s construction costs.

Grain Bin

Efficiency plus technology. In 2013, GSI dryers will feature patent-pending high-efficiency burners. This improved design produces a cleaner flame for increased fuel efficiency and better flame recognition, both of which lower operating costs.

The new Vision N2 replaces GSI’s first portable dryer control system, Vision, which was introduced nine years ago. The new dryer controls feature a simplified user interface that allows the customer to better monitor dryer outputs and mechanical performance on a more dynamic touch-screen monitor. The screen measures 12.1" and has 3-D animation to monitor all essential moving parts within the dryer.

GSI’s WatchDog System is now integrated in the hardware and can be activated in the factory or farmers can purchase a thumb drive that allows them to remotely access and control the dryer from laptops, tablets and smartphones.

For more information, visit www.grainsystems.com.

Watch Tom Welke, president of GSI Group, explain what the AGCO acquisition has meant for GSI today and going forward at www.FarmJournal.com/GSI_AGCO

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