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Libra, Command Alkon delivering solution for silo safety

By |  February 4, 2021
The silo safety system features infrared sensors to enable each silo, if and only if, the truck is in the proper position. Photo: Command Alkon

The silo safety system features infrared sensors to enable each silo, if and only if, the truck is in the proper position. Photo: Command Alkon

Libra Systems, a subsidiary that specializes in aggregate and asphalt automation and technology solutions, is offering a silo safety system along with Command Alkon to ensure the safety of drivers and vehicles, as well as eliminate the loss of material in overhead silo loadout situations.

According to the companies, the standalone system can support operations that have overhead loadout – including aggregate, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete – and use any type of loadout automation.

“Once the gates on the silo open, a literal ton of material – sometimes at 320 degrees for asphalt loadout – is being dropped from the silo in the matter of one second,” says Greg Fleisch, Libra sales manager. “If the vehicle is not in the correct location, this puts the driver at risk for serious injury and can cause extremely expensive damage to the cab of the truck, as well as lost time and materials in the production process.

“The silo safety system could more than pay for itself with the price of one accident,” Fleisch adds.

Opening the incorrect silo can happen daily depending on the operation, says Lori Allen, director of corporate marketing at Command Alkon.

“An incident of this nature can bring the production process to a screeching halt and threaten the lives of employees,” she says. “Now that Libra Systems is under the umbrella of Command Alkon, we can offer this solution across our base of customers using Libra and Apex for asphalt and aggregate operations, as well as COMMANDbatch customers in ready-mix operations to ensure safety and mitigate the risk of lost materials.”

The silo safety system features infrared sensors to enable each silo, if and only if, the truck is in the proper position.

“This solution saved us the first day that we had it,” says Dewey East, owner and founder of Southeast Plant Services. “One of our operators tried to open the incorrect silo immediately after the installation, and the silo safety system prevented the gate from opening.”

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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