Silo Cleaning, Inspection & Repair Services

Silo Cleaning Service

What We Do

Airmatic distinguishes itself among silo cleaning companies serving the New England and Middle Atlantic States by offering a full complement of products and installation and maintenance services to eliminate problems with the flow of powders and bulk solid materials held in bins, silos, hoppers, and tanks and railcars. Through our SERVICE GROUP, our crews not only install and maintain Air Cannons and Vibrator Flow-Aid Systems to prompt and maintain product flow, but also provide mechanical and acoustic vessel clean-out services to remotely, and safely, clear build-up and blockage in silos, bins, bunkers, stacks, industrial chimneys, railcars, pipes, and tanks. In addition, AIRMATIC offers Silo Power Washing to sanitize storage vessels, prevent cross-contamination and remove mold.  Power washing with either hot or cold water can reduce maintenance and increase efficiency. Our vessel cleaning services, generally referred to as Silo Cleaning, are used in manufacturing, mining, construction, and agricultural facilities on a wide range of bulk materials to:

  • Remove Product Build-Up
  • Restore Flow Rates
  • Recover Design Capacity
  • Prevent Cross-Contamination
  • Reclaim “Lost Material”
  • Eliminate Combustion-Generating “Hot Spots”
  • Decommission Storage Vessels at Facility Conversions or Shut-Downs
  • Eliminate Mold

Industries We’ve Served

Our Silo Cleaning Services have been used by:

  • Battery Manufacturers
  • Biofuels
  • Breweries & Distilleries
  • Coal
  • Cement Plants & Terminals
  • Feed & Grain
  • Food Processing
  • Foundry
  • Glass, Stone & Clay
  • Mining / Quartying
  • Paint & Allied Products
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Sand & Gravel
  • Steel & Aluminum

Bulk Solids We’ve Cleaned-Out

We have performed Silo Cleaning on a wide range of bulk solids:

  • Animal Feeds
  • Aragonite
  • Boiler Ash
  • Borax
  • Catalysts
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Clinker
  • Coal
  • Cullet
  • Detergent
  • Dusts
  • Fertilizer
  • Flour
  • Fly Ash
  • Grain
  • Gypsum
  • Kaolin
  • Lime
  • Nitrates
  • Ore Fines
  • Ores
  • Pelletized Fly Ash
  • Pet Food
  • Plastic
  • Salt
  • Sand
  • Soda Ash
  • Sugar
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Potash
  • Sludge
  • Soybean Meal
  • Wood Chips & Pellets

Whether the flow obstruction is caused by materials that cling, arch, bridge, or tunnel in silo, bin, and hopper applications, or build-up / blockage in pipe and stack applications, AIRMATIC’s Silo Cleaning Services are increasingly chosen because we can select from an arsenal of clean-out technologies, our SILO SOLUTIONS Tool Kit, developed by our franchise partner, MARTIN ENGINEERING, the world leader in enhancing material flow for seventy years.

Our SILO SOLUTIONS Tools:

  • Prevent hazardous confined space entry by enabling our trained Technicians to remotely operate the controls.
  • Reduce the risk of damage to vessel linings, walls, and bottoms, a problem prevalent with other clean-out methodologies.
  • Eliminate environmental waste issues because no water or chemicals are used
  • Eliminate potential contamination by burst or leaking hoses from hydraulic-driven equipment – our mechanical and acoustic cleaning technologies are compressed-air driven.
  • Allow the vessel to stay “on-line” during clean-out (based on plant policy) which can be especially important during production periods.
  • Preclude the risk of fire through the use of non-sparking equipment.

Our Silo Cleaning Equipment, Methods and Procedures

Our SILO SOLUTIONS Tool Kit includes…

MARTIN® HD Bin Whip Tool MARTIN® HD Bin Whip Tool

MARTIN® HD Bin Whip Tool:

A compressed-air driven (plant air 85-100 PSI), remotely-controlled, heavy-duty, reversing motor equipped with application specific, specially designed flails and cutting edges (the Whip Head) mounted to a modular, articulating boom which is used to dislodge stubborn materials without damaging the vessel's lining, walls, or bottom. The Whip Head is lowered from the vessel's topside access port / inspection hatch opening, and precisely positioned based on the type of flow obstruction. With the Whip Head in place, our trained Technicians remotely control, from outside the vessel, the operating speed, 360° boom movement, and draw rate based on material characteristics and equipment load-out capabilities. As the agglomerated material (wet or dry) is undercut, it falls from its own weight. The process continues safely and efficiently until the vessel is fully empty or meets Customer expectations / requirements. The HD Bin Whip's easy-to-assemble components are compact and lightweight, so the highly mobile Whip is easily transported, set-up, and operated by one man. Suitable for explosive environments, the HD Bin Whip cleans up to a 30' radius from each 18" topside opening, to a depth of 225'.

MARTIN® Acoustic Cleaner Tool

MARTIN® Acoustic Cleaner Tool:

A compressed-air driven (plant air: 85-100 PSI) Sonic Horn that produces deep penetrating, low-frequency, high-energy sound waves. The sound waves are produced by the compressed air flexing a titanium diaphragm in the Horn's sound generator. The sound waves are then magnified as they are emitted through the Horn's bell, and travel at > 1100 ft/sec in a 360° radial pattern. The Sonic Horn is mounted to or suspended in the vessel at strategic locations, and then air pressure and volume are controlled remotely from outside the vessel. Alternating sound waves, repeating 60-420 times per second, produce a range of fundamental frequencies that cause dry particulate deposits to resonate and become fluidized. Once fluidized, gravity causes the material to flow freely to the discharge. Because Sonic Horns operate at frequencies higher than the resonance frequency of steel, ceramic linings, concrete, etc, they do not cause vibrational damage to the vessel or surrounding structure. Suitable for explosive environments, Sonic Horns have not only been used for vessel cleaning, but also for maintaining air preheaters, precipitators, SCR reactors, heat exchangers, filters, boiler tubes, baghouses, draft fans, and ductwork.

MARTIN® Bin Drill Tool

MARTIN® Bin Drill Tool:

A hydraulic-driven, remotely-controlled drilling rig used to bore a flow channel through a ridged, arched, or completely blocked vessel so that bulk material dislodged by the HD Bin Drill, the Sonic Horn, or the combined use of these Tools during the cleaning process has a pathway to the discharge. The Bin Drill's platform is clamped over the vessel's topside access port / inspection hatch opening, and, using multiple lengths of bolt-connected drill shaft, application specific, graduated drill bits are rapidly and efficiently fed into the flow obstruction until a sufficient flow channel has been opened. The components of the highly mobile Bin Drill are constructed of compact, lightweight, spark-proof materials, and are easily transported, set-up, and operated by one man. The highly efficient power unit includes portable controls that enable our trained Technicians to precisely manage the drilling operation from outside the vessel. Suitable for explosive environments, the Bin Drill has been used on vessels up to 200' deep.

MARTIN® Chunkbuster Cartridge Tool

MARTIN® Chunkbuster Cartridge Tool:

A specially-designed, high-strength steel tube filled with liquid carbon dioxide (CO2 as used in fire extinguishers) which, when remotely energized, converts the liquid to expanding gas which creates an instantaneous pushing force (the CARDOX System). One or more tubes with discharge nozzles are mounted to the vessel at point specific build-up locations. The tube, which houses a replaceable chemical heater and rupture disc, is filled with liquid carbon dioxide. When energized by a small electrical charge, the chemical heater converts the liquid carbon dioxide to gas, causing it to expand in volume by 600%. Pressure builds up then pops the disc, releasing a heaving mass of CO2 gas which generates an instantaneous pushing force of up to 40,000 PSI through the discharge nozzle to rapidly dislodge the most rock-solid blockages. The CARDOX Tubes can be reused by replacing the heater and disc, and recharging the CO2. The System is certified as a non-explosive device, making it suitable for virtually any type of vessel.

Skilled Provider of Silo Cleaning Maintenance Services

With our 35-years of providing quality silo cleaning services, first as a sales agent for MARTIN® Silo Cleaning Services (25-years), and now as the MARTIN® Authorized Service Provider in the Northeastern States (10-years), we understand the need for professional service that meets your need for prompt response (even when it’s not an emergency), and productive, trained service crews that not only recognize the importance of safety procedures and compliance with plant policies, but also the need to meet or exceed your expectations. Every crew member is trained in safety and held responsible and accountable for a safe work environment. AIRMATIC adheres to contract standards set by federal and state governing authorities, and as a member of ISNETWORLD and BROWZ LLC, we meet the safety, procurement, sustainability, quality, and regulatory guidelines set by review and verification processes.

Our Application Specialists are experienced professionals who know your industry and appreciate the importance of helping you find ways to reduce operating costs and increase productivity within your budget and time frame. They’ll walk you through the information gathering process, prepare a quotation for the service, schedule the work to meet your requirements, and manage your project to its successful completion.

Allow AIRMATIC to help you gain increased productivity, decreased downtime, and a safer, cleaner work environment. Put our SILO SOLUTIONS Tool Kit to work keeping your bulk solids storage and processing vessels free flowing and operating at design capacity. Whether you have an “EMERGENCY” silo cleaning need or want to discuss a PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM tailord to your Plant’s needs, we’re ready to help. Contact us today or simply complete our Application Data Sheet and let us know when we should contact you.

Silo Cleaning Capabilities

General Capabilities
The purpose of Silo Cleaning is to remove material build-up or eliminate blockage in vessels:

  • Decommission Vessels at Conversion or Shut-Down
  • Eliminate Combustion-Generating “Hot Spots”
  • Eliminate Dangerous “In Vessel” Clean-Out by Plant Personnel
  • Recover Design Capacity
  • Restore “Live” Storage Capacity
  • Restore Flow Rates
  • Reclaim “Lost” Material
  • Prevent Cross-Contamination
Types of Vessels Cleaned
  • Bins
  • Bunkers
  • Chutes
  • Flue-Gas Stacks
  • Hoppers
  • Industrial Chimneys
  • Railcars
  • Pipes
  • Silos
  • Tanks
Common Obstruction Problems
  • Arching
  • Bridging
  • Blockage
  • Build-Up
  • Clinging
  • Tunneling or “Ratholing”
When is Cleaning Needed
  • Change-Out in Vessel’s Stored Materials
  • “Live” Capacity Diminished – Vessel Needs Filling Frequently and / or Time to Fill Decreases
  • Material Discharges in Lumps or Chunks
  • Material Discharges Off-Center
  • Outlet / Discharge Regularly Plugs
Industries Served
  • Battery Manufacturers
  • Biofuels
  • Breweries & Distilleries
  • Coal
  • Cement Plants & Terminals
  • Chemicals & Plastics
  • Feed & Grain
  • Food Processing
  • Foundry
  • Glass, Stone & Clay
  • Mining / Quarrying
  • Paint & Allied Products
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Sand & Gravel
  • Steel & Aluminum
Sampling of Materials Cleaned from Vessels
  • Animal Feeds
  • Aragonite
  • Boiler Ash
  • Borax
  • Catalysts
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Clinker
  • Coal
  • Cullet
  • Detergent
  • Dusts
  • Fertilizer
  • Flour
  • Fly Ash
  • Grain
  • Gypsum
  • Kaolin
  • Lime
  • Nitrates
  • Ore Fines
  • Ores
  • Pelletized Fly Ash
  • Pet Food
  • Plastic
  • Salt
  • Sand
  • Soda Ash
  • Sugar
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Potash
  • Sludge
  • Soybean Meal
  • Wood Chips & Pellets
SILO SOLUTIONS “Tool Kit”
  • BIN WHIP – To mechanically flail adhered materials from vessel walls.
  • SONIC HORN – To fluidize adhered materials with low-frequency, high-energy sound waves.
  • BIN DRILL – To bore a flow channel through tough clogs to facilitate vessel emptying.
  • CHUNKBUSTER CARTRIDGE – To dislodge rock solid materials with controlled discharge of CO2 gas.
SILO SOLUTIONS Advantages
  • Cleans with an Environment-Friendly Dry Process
  • Cleans from Outside the Vessel
  • Uses Clean, Safe, Compressed Air, and Utilizes Non-Sparking Flails, Cables, and Hardware
  • Easily Cleans Any Material from Light to Severe Compaction
  • Eliminates Vessel Damage
  • Enables Total Clean-Out of Material
  • Requires Limited or No System Outage
  • Removes More Material Per Hour than Competitive Methods
  • Offers Turnkey Service so that Plant Personnel Need Not Be Involved
  • Provides Lowest Total Cost: More Efficient Cleaning; Quicker, Lower Cost Mobilization; No Hidden Charges for Fuel, Compressors, etc.
  • Provides Regional-Based Cleaning Crews to Reduce Mobilization Charges
  • Available to Meet Your Schedule Including 24-hr Emergency Service
  • Guarantees Satisfaction — If Not Satisfied After First Cleaning Shift No Charge for Work Done
Territory Served
  • New England and Middle Atlantic States
Silo Cleaning Technicians
Our Silo Cleaning Crews have the tools, training, and experience required for safe, productive cleaning of any storage vessel. Each Technician is trained in safety and each Technician is held responsible and accountable for a safe work environment. In addition to our own 35-point safety, operation, and maintenance checklist, our Service Work meets standards set by:

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)
  • OSHA Confined Space Trained
  • ISNETWORLD – A Contractor Safety Compliance Verification Organization
  • Joseph A Homes Safety Association – A Mining Industry Health & Safety Organization
  • Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Association
  • BROWZ LLC – A Contractor Safety Compliance Verification Organization
  • Equipment Manufacturers Annual Certification Training
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