COMPACT, BUDGET-CONSCIOUS NEW SYSTEM IS A GAME-CHANGER FOR THE FIELD OF SILO PRESSURE SAFETY
On 17 July, after months of development and testing, silo protection expert Hycontrol Ltd. announced the launch of the SHIELD Silo Protection System. The compact, all-in-one system comes after years of developing innovative technology to protect powder storage silos from pressure during tanker-fed deliveries.
Utilizing purpose-designed, state-of-the-art pressure monitoring and control equipment, SHIELD meets and exceeds best engineering practice and current guidance from the Mineral Products Association. The new SHIELD system has been re-designed from the ground up to offer customers the same comprehensive protection as Hycontrol’s original, award-winning SPS, but with a raft of new and enhanced performance features and at a significantly more competitive price.
Powder storage silos are commonplace in many industries but are at risk of over-pressurization during tanker deliveries, which can happen when the filter unit gets blocked or if the pressure blowing in during the fill is uncontrolled. Air pressure from as little as 1psi or 2psi can easily rupture a silo or blow its filter unit off the top. This poses a serious health and safety risk, which is why a comprehensive safety and alarm system is vital. SHIELD incorporates the essential high-accuracy silo safety components into a modular design that can be adjusted to suit site requirements. Maintenance has been made easier and the long-term cost of ownership is significantly lowered. Along with many new features, SHIELD incorporates Hycontrol’s pioneering Ground Level Test technology enabling a one-button full-function test, and inbuilt system diagnostics aid preventative maintenance.
“Drawing on our years of industry experience, it is clear that there is still a widespread requirement for comprehensive silo safety systems,” said Hycontrol Managing Director, Nigel Allen. “From now on, cost is no longer a valid excuse for ignoring safety. Hycontrol has led the silo protection field for over a decade through both innovation and product performance. We have added new features and improvements to the SHIELD system, whilst lowering the cost to meet the needs of the competitive end of the market, particularly in ready-mix and concrete.”
He adds: “With this exciting new product, we are confident that we are now making truly comprehensive silo protection systems available to, and affordable for, all sites and businesses. Safety for staff, contractors and drivers is, quite rightly, the number one priority. With SHIELD, Hycontrol is making complete silo safety achievable and affordable for all sites, however restrictive their maintenance budget.”
About Hycontrol: Hycontrol has been at the forefront of level control and silo protection technology for over thirty-five years. Hycontrol is acknowledged as a global knowledge leader in silo pressure safety.The company creates systems that are safer by design, in order to reduce risk, create a safer working environment and provide the best-engineered solution — without compromise.