Prevent Silo Collapse Using 3DLevelScanners

3D MultiVision Software Alerts to Center of Gravity Danger

The walls of steel and concrete silos have been known to wear or fail causing cracking, denting, buckling, and bending that can lead to catastrophic collapse. For operations that want to detect uneven loading of silos that contribute to these failures, BinMaster offers a new software option that uses 3DLevelScanners to identify the location of the center of gravity, display it graphically, and alert when the center of gravity falls outside of a predefined area.

How it works:

  • The 3DLevelScanner is mounted on the roof of the silo in an optimal location to view the material surface inside.
  • Level measurements are used to determine the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the center of gravity based on the material topography.
  • 3D MultiVision software processes the coordinates via a proprietary RS-485 communication protocol.
  • Users define alert parameters and accepted area where the center of gravity must fall.

The 3D visual indicates material has built up on one side. The center of gravity is outside the set parameters and is displayed in red on the material volume map. A red Center of Gravity Alert (left) clearly notifies of a need for action before damage occurs. 

Operations can use this unique solution to help reduce structural stress when loading or emptying a silo and as a preventative maintenance tool to alert to the need for inspection or cleaning.

Learn more about how BinMaster’s 3D solutions can prolong silo integrity and create a safer environment by alerting to potential structural stress! Call 402-434-9102 or contact a BinMaster expert today.