MC&I designed, manufactured and installed the RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Insulated Panel System on 2 welded silos, located in Madison, MS for the DeBeukelaer Baking Company. One silo contained flour and one contained sugar.
The sugar silo was a 12′ diameter x 30′ high welded silo. The flour silo was a 12′ diameter x 38′ 6″ high welded silo. The silo insulation project was completed in May of 2011.
The RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Insulated Panel System consisted of 0.024 stucco-embossed aluminum metal jacketing, in a White color, laminated to 1.5″ of polyisocyanurate insulation board (R-value of nominal 10). Only the sidewalls were insulated on these 2 silos. The roofs and the cones were not insulated.
There are multiple benefits to insulating agricultural storage silos, such as the sugar and flour silos above. Insulation helps control condensation, which helps minimize mold & mildew. It also minimizes freezing of the stored products in the silo, allowing for more even distribution of the product with the silo unloader. Insulation saves on monthly energy costs by conserving heating or cooling, if the product requires it.
For Process control, insulation will protect the product from freezing or being heated by solar radiation. It will also reduce the cooling of the stored substance, which may prevent it from setting and remaining in a solid form. In both cases, additional heating or cooling may be required.