Bulk Equipment, Heavy industry, Silos

Tylden silos stand the test of time

Victorian-based manufacturer Tylden Equipment Sales has been supplying silos for more than 30 years. ABHR finds out how. 

Victorian-based manufacturer Tylden Equipment Sales has been supplying silos for more than 30 years. ABHR finds out how. 

Filling a silo is the easy part – getting the material out is where it can become tricky.

If there’s a blockage or the material catches, the material inside can refuse to flow. That means downstream processing equipment slows or falters, and productivity withers to a halt.

Paul Martin, managing director of Tylden Equipment Sales, told ABHR silos need to be reliably engineered for the material being stored and to withstand the pressures placed on them.

Tylden Equipment Sales, a Victorian business, has been designing and supplying silos for the Australian industry for more than 40 years. The company specialises in providing fixed and transportable silos for the cement, fly ash, and concrete industries.

Related stories:

Martin said Tylden Equipment Sales is one of the only Australian companies that can build silos that can store up to 400 tonnes for powder storage applications.

“The difference between our silos and the ones you might find on a farm are the materials. Farm silos are around one to two mm thick and normally filled with a grain augur. Grain flows very easily and doesn’t need additional air to fluidise the product,” he said.

“Ours are manufactured to be a minimum of five mm thick and are, designed to meet all Australian standards for pressure. They are pneumatically filled from pressure tankers so there is a need to protect from overpressure situations that could potentially blow the silo apart.

“We shotblast and paint our equipment in-house, using our own paint booths. That lets us apply industrial coatings, epoxies, and polyurethane paints to give a top-quality finish.

Tylden Equipment Sales can design silos for particular environments and can include alternate paint systems for silos that will be exposed to chemicals or the ocean.

This manufacturing process means a typical system will last for around 15 years, if not longer. Some of the company’s silos are still in use almost 30 years after being installed.

Martin said there’s not much maintenance required to keep the silos working – some of the equipment, such as filter bags, will need to be replaced, but the silos themselves don’t deteriorate.

One of the company’s most popular ranges is its transportable silos. These are designed to be delivered to the site and are popular among contractors working in the mining industry.

These silos are most often used for shotcrete and can store up to 90 tonnes of cement. 

Screw conveyors help extract the materials and are designed by Tylden’s team to ensure the product reliably flows.

The company also offers smaller models that can be put on load cells to help accurately measure the material used in concrete batching.

Martin said customers are very happy with their transportable silos, leading to plenty of repeat business.

“One of our customers has about 20 of them,” he said. “Word of mouth is important in this industry, and it’s clear among our customers that we’re producing quality products.”

“We’ve been selling a lot of silos into the large infrastructure projects across the country, and with new mines being opened all the time, the business has continued to grow and develop.

“The company provides amazing support. We keep stock of all the critical spare parts that might be required and can distribute to people within 24 hours.” 

Send this to a friend