Union Grain Storage Ltd in Skegness operates a 20,000 tonne store, housing 17,000 tonnes of grain in six bulk bays and 3,000 tonnes in six additional silos. They sample anything up to 30,000 tonnes of product each year including wheat, barley, rape, beans and peas. They are a member of Openfield Cooperative which is an industry leading, British, farmer owned cooperative.
In early 2016 Union Grain Storage Ltd. made the decision to upgrade their grain sampling system. Their old system had become worn & dated. The store manager at Union Grain Storage Ltd. John Allen, approached Perry of Oakley Ltd about installing one of their newly available grain sampling systems. Union Grain Storage Ltd. already have several of Perry of Oakley Ltd’s machines installed and they have a long business relationship together.
Along with being the UK’s most experienced manufacturer of grain & bulk handling and drying equipment, Perry of Oakley Ltd. are exclusive UK suppliers of Tout Pour Le Grain’s range of grain sampling equipment.
The grain sampling system installed at Union Grain Storage is the HERON 3000 Gyroscopic. The HERON Gyroscopic boasts 3.3m, 4.1m or 5m operating radii. It can be mounted on a single post or on a wall allowing for maximum flexibility to suit the needs of the user. The swinging up/down drive is gearmotor controlled through a variable frequency drive (VFD) for torque boost and integrated dumper bottom detection. The sampler also has a vacuum intake with grain to air ratio adjustment and a 3kW vacuum turbine at the foot of the sampler for conveying distances up to 60m; or at the sample receiver end for greater distances.
All the electronic components and wiring are enclosed on the sampler pillar, out of harms way and with the limp home mode available, the sampler can operate up/down and swivel drives even if the VFD fails, meaning no down time.
Union Grain Storage Ltd. opted for their HERON Gyroscopic to have the uprated control panel which allows for automatic sampling and can be programmed to sample up to 10 spots per vehicle for 4 different vehicle sizes. By sampling the 10 spots it conforms to TASCC (Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops) and the HGCA’s (Home Grown Cereals Authority) best practice guide.
Mr. John Allen said “We are very happy with the new sampling equipment, it’s a really nice machine. We are particularly impressed with the joystick controlled panel which we can program with up to 10 sampling spots. It’s a big improvement on our previous system.”
Perry of Oakley Ltd are able to offer multiple sampling systems to suit your needs. For more information, please visit www.perryofoakley.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1404 891400