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Storage solutions With six decades of bulk storage and handling experience, EB Equipment

gives an insight to its innovative solutions

From humble beginnings, producing hand-made steel silos and ancillary components for the agricultural industry to today’s modern production facilities. Specialised automation means the company can manufacturing up to 20 silos and tanks and more than 3000m of flexible screw conveyor per week, supplying industries such as:

• Renewables, in both Biomass and Bio-fuel markets • Plastics • Food

• Agriculture • Utilities • Milling

Its dedication to understanding and interpreting the customer’s needs, has enabled EB to promote storage and conveying systems which are innovative, durable, cost effective and above all reliable. Getting the product right from the start and ensuring customer satisfaction is paramount to EB Equipment. Having had over three decades experience in the production of steel silos, EB was the first in the UK to develop the production of silos and tanks in GRP (glass reinforced plastic). Establishing a strong foot hold EB have continued to dominate their market place, developing their own unique process to produce the only UK GRP silo, which is of one piece construction, totally seamless, totally watertight.

Seeing the enormous benefits of the seamless construction of GRP silos EB progressed into the production of liquid tanks, which today equates to more than one third of capacity. Continuing investment and research has resulted in one of the most advanced silo and tank production facilities in Europe. The emphasis on quality was the founding strength of EB and the company worked to and maintained, international quality standards long before the official audits and awards such as ISO 9000 - 2000. The company has also gained the ultimate recognition for an outstanding health, safety and

environmental record, achieving the British Safety Council 5 Star Award and the coveted Sword of Honour awarded to only 40 companies worldwide.

A family run business, EB has a 4-hectare operation and 6500 sq. metre manufacturing facility. New designs are CAD originated in the EB drawing office, with any potential problems being designed-out at source. The latest manufacturing technology, combined with EB's people skill established over many years, results in a totally British made quality product built to last. Specialising in filament winding, chop spray, hand lay-up and resin transfer, production is controlled to ISO 9000-2000. At first vessels were designed using software written to BS4994, in more recent years EB has invested in bespoke software that utilises the original BS4994 along with American and European Norms standards producing more advanced design calculations and reports.

All vessels are manufactured from EB’s blended polyester resin or optional Isophalic / Vinylesters. The glass smooth inner surface and the robust exterior are non-corrosive, have no seams, rivets, bolts or other jointing forms or similar sources of potential leakage. These advantages combine to give a superior storage solution, with improved flow characteristics, whilst reducing maintenance / cleaning issues.

Having superior insulation properties to steel or aluminium reduces the potential for interior condensation, temperature and chemical resistance can be combated by the selection of the appropriate resins and post curing. This results in silos and tanks that are the ideal solution for the storage of chemicals and corrosive prone materials.

Each vessel is manufactured to suit the customer’s individual requirements with variations on height and diameter, coned or dished bottom, inlet and outlet style, size and location. Support structures are also an important consideration, varying from fully galvanised metal structures to integral GRP, again all supporting

8 Solids & Bulk Handling • May 2012

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