Agribusiness & Food

LGPM delivers bespoke stockfeed plant

LGPM won a major contract to deliver a new stockfeed processing plant in WA. ABHR speaks to the company’s general manager to learn about how its local manufacturing supported the project.

LGPM won a major contract to deliver a new stockfeed processing plant in WA. ABHR speaks to the company’s general manager to learn about how its local manufacturing supported the project.

Bulk materials handling process business LGPM can trace its history back to 1968 with the creation of the Sydney-based company Grain Processing Machinery (GPM).

The company has since grown and flourished, expanding across the country and overseas. In 2004, a generational change in GPM’s management led to the merging of the company’s Melbourne division with Lynchborough Corporation to form Lynchborough–GPM Corporation (LGPM).

Bruce Stewart, LGPM’s general manager, said the company aims to be a one-stop shop for bulk materials handling and processing solutions.

“We do all our design work, engineering, drafting and fabrication in-house,” he told ABHR. “We have our own on site equipment like cranes, telehandlers and installation teams, which allows us handle a project from concept to manufacturing to installation.”

“This means we can be very flexible and tailor solutions for what the customer needs. Other suppliers in a similar industry might only be able to sell standard off the shelf products – we can hand pick the right tools for the job.

“We have full control over the process and aren’t completely reliant on external suppliers. We can be flexible and plan out our design and manufacturing to ensure it fits our scheduling needs.”

This flexibility was vital for the company’s most recent project, delivering a 30-tonne-per-hour, high-fibre feed mill in Western Australia. 

The plant required grinding equipment, bulk storage for grain and meals products, micro-ingredient batching and pelletising machinery. 

The client needed to shred high-fibre hay bales, which are difficult to handle and can be highly abrasive for process equipment. This hay, along with other ingredients, would then be ground, mixed, pelletised, stored and loaded onto road train trucks.

Stewart said the process needed to be highly efficient, require minimal operating labour and have fully automated process control to be able to operate at maximum throughput.

“We initially started working with the client on the design and submitted it to the local council for development approval,” he said. “We then won the contract to handle the whole project – bulk earthworks, building works, process, landscaping, signage and everything in between. 

“We sent our installation crew from Victoria to the site and used local contractors for works like concrete. We also sent all our equipment needed for the job, including cranes, telehandlers, and boomlifts.

“A Perth-based construction manager was employed to assist, and local consultants helped with the council submission.”

Handling the straw safely was key to the design. Straw is flammable and prone to explosion, so explosion-venting devices were fitted on bins and filters. Spark-detection and suppression systems were also installed in transfer lines, and sensors check the conveyor belts for slippage and alignment to avoid any friction fires.

LGPM will also provide full after-sales support for the project and has a spare parts department that can assist with any issues.

Stewart said sustainability was also a key issue for the local manufacturer and project implementation.

“We’re fully solar-powered and we ensure our materials are being ethically sourced. We recycled or repurposed as much waste materials on site as possible” he said.

“We’re planning to expand our workshop and increase our manufacturing facility, which will let us further support the industry.” 

Send this to a friend