October 14, 2010: Coastal Grains turns to BDC Systems once again
Coastal Grains, the UK’s second largest co-operative grain store is preparing to unveil the first phase of a £2.5m state-of-the-art upgrade ready for this year’s harvest.
The upgrade includes the latest Svegma grain drier and Skandia handling equipment from BDC Systems and supplied through local agent Yorkshire Storage Systems. This installation represents the latest stage of a relationship between Coastal Grains and Skandia, represented in the UK by BDC Systems, which goes back to 1997.
The first order for Skandia equipment consisting of two 60 tonnes per hour lines was placed in 1997 when the store was extended by 24000 tonnes to 85000 tonnes. In 1999 Coastal Grains called upon BDC Systems again for two replacement Skandia conveyors and in 2001 an order for three replacement elevators and four conveyors was placed.
The latest facilities at Coastal Grains in Belford, north Northumberland, have boosted the site’s grain drying, testing and handling abilities for its 100-plus members and their food industry buyers. The three new dryers, when they are all installed, will be able to dry up to 240 tonnes of grain per hour. The first drier is a Svegma 6m drier rated at 80 tonnes per hour removing five percent moisture at 100ºC, nominally 100tph on feed wheat.
Coast Grains' chief executive Terence Pardoe said: “The upgraded facility is all about quality control - it co-ordinates Coastal’s testing and specs with that of its buyers.
Users are looking to procure product from homogenous grains storage which cooperative central stores are capable of providing. Grain standard is similar time after time. They’re getting a known specification and a product they can set their equipment to and know they are getting consistently the same product.”
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