Launch Slideshow

After cutting open the plants roof and bracing it with a steel platform, BMH Systems used a 350-ton crane to remove USIs old aggregate bin.

Special Delivery: USI’s new aggregate bin

Special Delivery: USI’s new aggregate bin

  • When Utility Structures Inc. hired BMH Systems to replace a 25-year-old aggregate bin, the custom batch plant designers worked during the Christmas holidays to minimize plant downtime.

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    When Utility Structures Inc. hired BMH Systems to replace a 25-year-old aggregate bin, the custom batch plant designers worked during the Christmas holidays to minimize plant downtime.

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    When Utility Structures Inc. hired BMH Systems to replace a 25-year-old aggregate bin, the custom batch plant designers worked during the Christmas holidays to minimize plant downtime.

  • After cutting open the plants roof and bracing it with a steel platform, BMH Systems used a 350-ton crane to remove USIs old aggregate bin.

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    After cutting open the plants roof and bracing it with a steel platform, BMH Systems used a 350-ton crane to remove USIs old aggregate bin.

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    After cutting open the plant’s roof and bracing it with a steel platform, BMH Systems used a 350-ton crane to remove USI’s old aggregate bin.

  • Due to rust corrosion, the 55,000-pound bin had to be removed in two large pieces rather than several smaller sections as originally planned.

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    Due to rust corrosion, the 55,000-pound bin had to be removed in two large pieces rather than several smaller sections as originally planned.

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    Due to rust corrosion, the 55,000-pound bin had to be removed in two large pieces rather than several smaller sections as originally planned.

  • Workers lifted the new aggregate bin to the roof of USI's plant and used a steel platform to maneuver safely, 75 feet above the ground.

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    Workers lifted the new aggregate bin to the roof of USI's plant and used a steel platform to maneuver safely, 75 feet above the ground.

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    Workers lifted the new aggregate bin to the roof of USI's plant and used a steel platform to maneuver safely, 75 feet above the ground.

  • BMH delivered the new aggregate bin to USI's plant in three pieces and assembled it on site.

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    BMH delivered the new aggregate bin to USI's plant in three pieces and assembled it on site.

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    BMH delivered the new aggregate bin to USI's plant in three pieces and assembled it on site.

  • BMH systems designed the new aggregate bin according to the needs of precast concrete producer Utility Structures Inc., including several sizes of compartments with lids that prevent aggregates from mixing.

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    BMH systems designed the new aggregate bin according to the needs of precast concrete producer Utility Structures Inc., including several sizes of compartments with lids that prevent aggregates from mixing.

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    BMH systems designed the new aggregate bin according to the needs of precast concrete producer Utility Structures Inc., including several sizes of compartments with lids that prevent aggregates from mixing.

  • As dusk falls, the crew from BMH Systems prepares to install USI's new aggregate bin. "They said once the roof was opened up, they would work nonstop until it was closed - and they did," says Claudio Mion, general manager for USI.

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    As dusk falls, the crew from BMH Systems prepares to install USI's new aggregate bin. "They said once the roof was opened up, they would work nonstop until it was closed - and they did," says Claudio Mion, general manager for USI.

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    As dusk falls, the crew from BMH Systems prepares to install USI's new aggregate bin. "They said once the roof was opened up, they would work nonstop until it was closed - and they did," says Claudio Mion, general manager for USI.

  • The crew lifted the new equipment, totaling 750,000 pounds, and installed it through the plant roof.

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    The crew lifted the new equipment, totaling 750,000 pounds, and installed it through the plant roof.

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    The crew lifted the new equipment, totaling 750,000 pounds, and installed it through the plant roof.

  • "Other companies shied away from the challenge," says Mion, "but BMH inspected our space and devised an impressive plan."

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    "Other companies shied away from the challenge," says Mion, "but BMH inspected our space and devised an impressive plan."

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    "Other companies shied away from the challenge," says Mion, "but BMH inspected our space and devised an impressive plan."

  • After the new bin was in place and the roof was closed, the workers took a week off for the Christmas holiday. They finished just in time: when they returned, a foot of snow had fallen at the plant.

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    After the new bin was in place and the roof was closed, the workers took a week off for the Christmas holiday. They finished just in time: when they returned, a foot of snow had fallen at the plant.

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    After the new bin was in place and the roof was closed, the workers took a week off for the Christmas holiday. They finished just in time: when they returned, a foot of snow had fallen at the plant.

Launch Slideshow

The systems manual control panel gives an overview of USIs bin and conveyor configuration, and allows the precaster to manage the system at the touch of a button.

Custom design by BMH Systems

Custom design by BMH Systems

  • Faced with product quality issues, Utility Structures Inc. decided to replace its corroded 25-year-old aggregate bin. The precaster hired BMH Systems to design a new, 350-ton capacity bin with 12 compartments.

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    Faced with product quality issues, Utility Structures Inc. decided to replace its corroded 25-year-old aggregate bin. The precaster hired BMH Systems to design a new, 350-ton capacity bin with 12 compartments.

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    Faced with product quality issues, Utility Structures Inc. decided to replace its corroded 25-year-old aggregate bin. The precaster hired BMH Systems to design a new, 350-ton capacity bin with 12 compartments.

  • The new bin has a service walkway on two sides that includes a handrail with an opening and safety guards to facilitate maintenance.

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    The new bin has a service walkway on two sides that includes a handrail with an opening and safety guards to facilitate maintenance.

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    The new bin has a service walkway on two sides that includes a handrail with an opening and safety guards to facilitate maintenance.

  • A 15-foot belt conveyor delivers aggregates via two reversing shuttle conveyors that feed aggregates through the bins deflection chute.

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    A 15-foot belt conveyor delivers aggregates via two reversing shuttle conveyors that feed aggregates through the bins deflection chute.

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    A 15-foot belt conveyor delivers aggregates via two reversing shuttle conveyors that feed aggregates through the bin’s deflection chute.

  • BMH Systems assembled the new bin and installed electrical wiring for USIs material handling system that also includes a bucket elevator, belt conveyors, and an aggregate weigh hopper.

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    BMH Systems assembled the new bin and installed electrical wiring for USIs material handling system that also includes a bucket elevator, belt conveyors, and an aggregate weigh hopper.

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    BMH Systems assembled the new bin and installed electrical wiring for USI’s material handling system that also includes a bucket elevator, belt conveyors, and an aggregate weigh hopper.

  • The systems manual control panel gives an overview of USIs bin and conveyor configuration, and allows the precaster to manage the system at the touch of a button.

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    The systems manual control panel gives an overview of USIs bin and conveyor configuration, and allows the precaster to manage the system at the touch of a button.

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    The system’s manual control panel gives an overview of USI’s bin and conveyor configuration, and allows the precaster to manage the system at the touch of a button.

Consider safety

Safety features include covers and ladders inside the 25-foot bin compartments. Divot plates hold a special crane that holds workers who enter the bin, and can be mounted in several different spots for maximum reach. Catch trays under the conveyor belts keep the area clean of spilled aggregate, reducing the time workers spend around the belts. Clean-up has gone from once a week to every two months.

Rely on the experts

When reviewing the bids, Mion and Falcucci were impressed with BMH Systems’ technical expertise. The manufacturer had also designed and installed USI’s original aggregate bin. “When you’re dealing with somebody who has done the job before, it always seems to go a little more efficiently,” says Falcucci.

The bin’s removal and replacement was scheduled to take place during the Christmas holidays to minimize production downtime for USI. “We were impressed that they worked around our schedule,” recalls Mion.

The plant’s roof was repaired by Christmas Day, and the crew took a week off. When they returned, it was covered with a foot of snow.

For more information on the companies in this story, visit www.utilitystructures.com and www.bmhsystems.com.