Sukup Addresses Grain Bin Safety Concerns with Zero-Entry Commercial Sweep
Sukup Manufacturing Co. holds the safety of customers as a top priority. Keeping operators and workers out of grain bins is key to keeping them safe. To that end, Sukup Manufacturing Co. has developed the 16” Zero-Entry Commercial Sweep for 60’-156’ diameter bins.
The Zero-Entry Commercial Sweep is designed to withstand the demands of commercial grain storage, while being operated and powered entirely from outside the bin. The heavy-duty, zero-entry rotating contact provides power to the sweep, so there is no need to enter the bin with a drop cord. All motors on the Sukup commercial sweep, including pusher motors, are explosion-proof for increased safety.
The Sukup commercial sweep can be operated in automatic or manual mode. In automatic mode, the controller senses the auger load and advances the sweep without overloading the auger motor, preventing spinning of the pusher tires. The pushers’ start and stop points are programmed using a laptop, allowing the auger to run efficiently based upon the specific conditions in the bin. In manual mode, the auger and pushers are continually moving forward or are all off. Whichever mode the sweep is operating in, the sweep is a zero-entry system.
Variable gear ratios on the industrial grade pushers allow the pusher speed to be set dependent upon its location on the sweep. This results in the pushers applying uniform pressure to the sweep, reducing the wear on the inside pushers. These pushers, combined with the 16” diameter auger, industrial grade gear box and an adjustable, rubber-tipped scraper behind the auger, result in capacities ranging from 8000-10,000 bph. Adjustable front auger shields prevent overfeeding the auger.
The Sukup Zero-Entry Commercial Sweep is built to take the weight of the grain in
large commercial bins. A heavy-duty frame and sleeved auger ends provide optimal strength. Foam-filled tires are maintenance free and withstand the pressure from deep grain depths. Heavy-duty 3” hanger bearings support the auger and will last through years of use. Industrial grade wear track protects aeration tunnels.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned grain storage, drying, and handling equipment manufacturer located in Sheffield, Iowa, USA. Sukup has been engineering solutions to protect and preserve the world’s grain supply since 1963. The Sukup product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 50 foreign countries.