Agriculture, Silos

How HE Silos Forbes stands out in the field

HE Silos can design a silo for almost any kind of operation, from a small four-tonne storage silo to a massive 10,000-tonne flat-bottom industrial silo.

When an Australian see corn producer needed a new silo for their processing facility, it became clear a custom solution was necessary.

As part of the process, whole cobs of corn were dried and then shucked or stripped before being stored in a silo with forced air. This is done in batches of about 80 tonnes at a time. The market for this kind of corn is very specific, but it offers a high-value return. Finding the right silo was the tricky part.

HE Silos Forbes’ general manager Larry Storm told ABHR the customer had an idea in mind for what the silo should be.

“The customer had seen these kinds of silos in America and asked us if we could design one that would meet Australian standards,” he said.

“We did some 3D modelling and design, manufactured it, erected it, and had created another happy customer.”

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HE Silos can design a silo for almost any kind of operation, from a small four-tonne storage silo to a massive 10,000-tonne flat-bottom industrial silo. Its standard cone elevated silos can be built with cone angles 30°, 40°, 45° or 60°. The company has built equipment for use in the food and beverage, chemical, plastics, stock feed, agriculture and even the bean bag industries.

All the design and manufacturing work happens in Australia. Almost everything is made to order, as each facility and farm is unique and will have specifications to ensure the silos work with established infrastructure. 

The HE Silos Forbes’ factory, is equipped with advanced manufacturing equipment to keep up with the demand. Each silo goes through two quality assurance tests – one in the factory and one in the field – to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Stevie Morrison, executive director of HE Silos Forbes said the company uses high-quality steel, which ensures the silos are built to last and that they endeavour to meet and exceed industrial Australian Standards.

“The ideal life cycle of our silos is 30 years,” he said. “We spend a lot of money, time, and effort to ensure our silos are certified by third-party engineers as well.”

“We make sure they look over every silo to make sure they meet or exceed all of the standards for bulk storage.

“Often, they let us know the silos are much sturdier than the requirements.”

This focus on customisation means the company can manufacture a broad range of silos. It also allows HE Silos to quickly adapt to changing trends in the market. For example, grain segregation has become a common request for the company’s engineers.

The demand is due to farmers growing grain to contractor specific processes. HE Silos can design and build transportable silos, which are low capital expenditure items and can scale easily. Segregating the grain in these silos means that if there is any degradation in the grain quality or from infestation, they will only lose a small amount.

In addition, the company has developed the Thermal Insect Control System or TICS, a thermal syphon used to activate and distribute phosphine gas, operated at ground level.

The system eliminates the need to climb onto a silo to fumigate it, significantly reducing the risk of falls.

“We are now providing the TICS on most of our silos, with the farmers adding the system as part of their order, knowing and understanding the TICS solves a safety issue and provides a simple, fast, effective and consistent way to fumigate their silos, helping to manage and maintain their grain quality without insect damage, which increases their return on investment,” Storm said.

The award-winning TICS design has received international acclaim. A scientist from Charles Sturt University, who has been using and validating the system’s for over three years, has been invited to showcase how it works at the 12th Conference on Controlled Atmospheres and Fumigation in Stored Products in Winnipeg, Canada.

Storm said the company plans to continue growing, especially in South Australia. Earlier this year, HE Silos began operating in SA’s Yorke Peninsula to support the local growers in the region.

“We’ve only been there for four months and we’re already gaining a lot of traction,” he said. “Our regional sales manager is meeting all sorts of new people and we’re getting involved in the local community.”

To help support the region, HE Silos is working closely with its sister company GST, which focuses on research and development. GST works with industry and universities to find new ways of improving silo designs. Silos will be manufactured in NSW and installed and serviced by GST’s staff locally.

Morrison said 2024 is a milestone year for HE Silos and thanked the company’s customers for their support over 55 years.

“We have a lot planned for this year and are excited to share it with our customers, both returning and new,” she said. 

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