Over the last year, Perry of Oakley Ltd. have announced a number of new exciting endeavors – one of those being the announcement of Perry & SiloMasters silos, and the recruit of Nick Carter. Nick has over 25 years of experience in the silo industry (on a global scale) and now takes control of the technical sales for the range of flat and hopper bottom silos.
“I was 8 years old when I first went onto a silo site,” says Nick Carter, Perry’s product manager for silos. “I took my O Level Technical Drawing Exam stood at a drawing board, and now I sit here with a laptop and CAD system, zooming in and out, moving blocks of silos around an imaginary site and being able to email them around the world. Back in the ‘90’s we were still making blueprints!”
Changes to the design of silos have been made since Nick first started in the industry. Namely that of building standards codes – BD to DIN 1055 to a harmonised Eurocode (overseas markets largely using ASNI). Steel grades have also changed – as steel has become stronger, silos become lighter; silos are now produced using thinner material while still conforming to the design codes. For galvanising, it was common for silos to be produced using Z275, whereas now Z600 is offered – meaning extended service life and protection from corrosion. Silos are now stiffened externally rather than internally.
“I can clearly remember the day one of my co-workers sold the companies’ first 90’ (27.43m) diameter silo. When I first started in the industry the most common size of silo was a 42’ (12.8m), storing around 1,500 tonnes. The new norm is 5,000 tonne silos (22m diameter), with many projects using 10,000 or 15,000 tonne silos.” Says Nick.
Health & Safety has been a driving force for change. The changes in the design of catwalks, platforms and ladders have come about with the user’s safety in mind. The removal of trip hazards, catwalk decking on top of the support frame so you can easily move around. The need to ventilate an empty silo to ensure the air is breathable. Reducing the need to enter a silo by having a permanent sweep auger.
A progression in aeration systems has also taken place. As the silos have increased in size so to have the fans. Great volumes of airflow with higher static pressures. The fans efficiency, power consumption, is becoming an important factor as well sound pollution. Going hand in hand with aeration systems is the monitoring of temperatures in silos. A silo storing 5,000 tonnes of feed wheat could be worth around £750,000 – the wellbeing of the grain is of essential importance.
The arrival of Nick has given Perry the most knowledgeable and experienced sales and support team in the business. “Having received an excellent response to the product launch, with the manufacturing facility fully operational, and the first Perry silo orders being manufactured it was an obvious move to increase our sales team to support our customers.” says David Perry, Managing Director of Perry.
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If you wish to contact Nick directly, his mobile is 07554 435866 and email firstname.lastname@example.org