Preventative Conveyor Maintenance

For most people, the least enjoyable part of any job is cleaning up the mess after it’s done. However, when it comes to machinery and equipment, maintenance and cleaning, we at FS Construction Services want to stress that it is one of the most important factors determining longevity and efficiency of your valuable equipment.

It is important to note that our expert team strongly recommends scheduling routine maintenance checks. Annually, we do so for all types of your key equipment including grain drying, aeration, storage, handling or transfer equipment. Yet, there are many self-maintenance items you can conduct on your own.

Because things are usually much easier to digest in list form, here’s a checklist straight from our partner USC on preventative conveyor maintenance for different types of conveyors.

Bin Gates/Under Bin Conveyor

  • Check bin gates for leftover seed buildup
  • Purge water/oil separator and the air compressor tank to remove moisture
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Remove and clean tail section side covers
  • Inspect motor drive cover for debris and animal nests (birds, wasps, etc.)
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect additional parts (sprockets, chain, v belt, etc.)

Bin Fill Conveyor

  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Align and tension drive belt and chain
  • Clean motor cover
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • If stored inside, cover the inlet hopper

Inlet/Outlet Conveyor

  • Inspect conveyor cords for damage, nicks, or exposed wires
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • Clean/soak hopper brushes if there is chemical buildup
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)

If you have any maintenance or operating questions regarding your machinery or you are looking to replace or purchase grain drying, grain storage, or grain handling equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS Construction Services Expands Customer Service Experience

FS Construction Services is pleased to welcome new hire Nathan Bleem to our already knowledgeable and dedicated team. New hires are always an exciting time for us, not only because it means more hands to the plow here, but because it also means we have more resources and more expertise to give to you, our customers.

Nathan will be focused on inside sales and customer services, and will also be providing additional support to the other FS Construction Reps with their projects. “Ensuring the best possible customer experience is at the center of what we do,” said Greg Birchler, Operations Manager at FS Construction Services, “and adding Nathan to our team will help deliver on that promise.” Nathan will be providing support in many areas including:

Whether you have purchasing questions, product questions, or you’re looking to build new or upgrade existing buildings or equipment, please feel free to contact the service professionals at FS Construction Services. We will be happy to assist you and can inform you of any current discount programs offered by our partners, including: USC, Sukup, Brock, GSI, Shivvers, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Nathan to FS Construction Services. We are excited to have him on the team. As always, if you have any questions on buildings, grain systems, seed systems, doors, roofing, or more, let the team Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: 27’ Sukup Grain Bin with Accessories

Sometimes it’s more than just a big storage bin that gets the job done. At FS Construction Services, we know that each customer has a different set of circumstances and a different set of needs. Because of this, our grain system experts take the time to identify the right storage solution and ensure it is outfitted with the proper accessories. This attention to detail is the only way to make sure a project is as efficient and functional as possible.

When it comes to grain drying, storage capacity is unquestionably important. A bountiful harvest is no good if there is nowhere to dry and store the results of your hard work. Similarly, you can have all the space in the world for drying and storage, but if that space does not control moisture, you’ll end up with rotten grain. Choosing the right accessories for your grain bin can be as crucial as choosing the right grain bin itself.

Recently, we were able to help a customer not only find the right structure for their expanding operation, but also the right equipment to ensure that operation’s success. After meeting with the customer and determining their needs, we built a 27’ 6-ring Sukup grain bin with a capacity of over 11,000 bushels. However, knowing that they were harvesting in high-moisture conditions, we also installed a FASTIR stir machine, which will reduce moisture variation from top to bottom in the stirred grain, and will help provide more evenly dried grain throughout. Additionally, we mounted an LP heater, a fan to provide necessary airflow, and finally, to complete the structure, we installed an 8” horizontal unload with power sweep so our clients can make fast work of their bin clean out process.

The customer not only received all the space they needed, but the ability to effectively condition all the grain that goes into that new space. If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Sukup’s Pre-Season Summer Saving – Order by July 31

While it’s not yet time for harvest, it is the perfect time to make sure you are going into harvest season prepared. In order to make sure you have the equipment you need come autumn, Sukup Manufacturing is running a once-a-year kind of deal on their grain bins, and FS Construction Services is excited to extend the offer to our customers.

  • 10% discount on Sukup grain bin
  • 15% discount on Sukup grain bin package
  • PLUS, add grain handling and material handling products to your order and receive the same discount!

Through July 31, purchase a new grain bin and receive a 10% discount or purchase a new grain bin package receive a 15% discount. Taking advantage of these savings will be a great way to update old equipment or ensure you have enough storage space for harvests to come. Either way, you get the assurance of a successful year and quality Sukup products.

Although its only midsummer now, fall will be here before you know it, so act quickly to make sure you have everything you need when harvest comes. Have any questions about the offer, or want to discuss the best way to customize your Sukup bins to suit your needs? The professionals at FS Construction Services have the knowledge, skill and answers you need. We are always happy to help.

These Sukup Pre-Season Summer Savings Discounts are only available through July 31. So, contact the team at FS Construction Services and see just how much money 10% or 15% savings puts back in your pocket.

If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Real Steel: Get the Right Building for the Right Price

We’ve written before about the benefits of steel buildings, but we often find that we can’t stress enough just how adaptable and durable steel buildings really are. Because steel is so strong, and element resistant, it has a nearly limitless number of options and structural possibilities. FS Construction Services has steel building options for agriculture, manufacturing, retail, medical, athletic, government, and more. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can count on our building and construction professionals to design an incredibly efficient solution to your needs.

Of course, we know that a few things have to happen to take you from imagining your building to walking inside of it, and that’s where we believe some of our best work is done. We know that our partners at Sukup and Butler Manufacturing engineer strong, customizable structures that have proven reliability and durability. What we’ve been striving towards over the years is how to make that space in between “what if” and end product as smooth as possible.

The team at FS Construction Services has been trained to listen to potential customers, not make up their minds for them. We believe that our customer’s job is to come up with their dream building, and our job is to make that building happen. Different buildings will have different functions and we don’t adhere to a one-building-fits-all approach. Steel is customizable and so are we.

Thanks to pre-punched purlins, girts, and eaves, our steel buildings are assured to fit properly and install quickly. Factory-welded clips make for fewer bolts and fewer construction materials, which means multiple options and controllable construction cost. And while steel buildings are able to provide clear spans up to 200’ for massive open areas, if money is a bigger issue than uninterrupted space, then we can build a multi-span structure to reduce cost. Our experts can design the building you want within a budget that works for you.

We could go on and on, really. And just so we’re clear, our love for steel doesn’t take away from our love of wood buildings. If you have a building in mind but aren’t sure whether you want wood or steel for the job then we’ll be happy to help. Have questions about your next building project? Let Gateway FS Construction Services answer your questions. Simply give us a call at 866-551-3454! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Shivvers Link promo

Monitor Your Grain Drying Operation and Save Up To $500

We’ve all had it happen, you have multiple projects running simultaneously but can only be in one place at a time.  That used to be a problem but not anymore.  With SHIVVERS Link, you can now tend to other important needs on your farm while maintaining access to monitor your drying operation – from nearly anywhere.

SHIVVERS Link provides you the opportunity to stay connected with your grain dryer 24/7. All you need is Internet access and you can monitor dryer operation and even review historical information. Shivvers Link can be configured to send text message alerts when limits are reached, or errors arise. Benefits of the SHIVVERS Link system include:

  • Easily Installs in Existing CompuDry Command Center
  • Does Not Require a Land Line Internet Connection
  • Dryer Operational Data Viewable by Smart Phone, Tablet or Personal Computer
  • Historical Dryer Data is Accessible Anywhere You Have Internet Access*
  • Receive Alert Text Messages
  • First Year Data Service Included*
  • Control Dryer Remotely When Used with the SHIVVERS Premier Control Panel
  • Compatible with Android and Apple Smart Phones, Tablets and Personal Computers

Plus, place your order by July 14th and you can receive it equipped with the first year of data service at no cost as well as a certificate for a second year of data at no charge.  That is a savings of $250 per year – and $500 total.

If you are interested in adding remote monitoring capabilities to your operation, then contact the grain system experts at FS Construction Services to find out more.

Let the team of experts at Gateway FS Construction Services help you with all you grain system, wood and steel building, seed treatment and maintenance needs.  You can give us a call at 866-551-3454.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

*Requires acceptable level of cell data availability.

Project Profile: 42’ Sukup Bin Attached to Pre-existing Shivvers System

Choosing FS Construction Services to help you with a project not only provides you with access to our experts, resources, and years of experience, but also access to the many hand-picked partners we’ve selected over the years who are the absolute best at what they do. Because of the relationships we’ve established with industry leading manufacturers like Sukup, our product selection and working knowledge is not only broad, but adaptable.

Such was the case this past January when a customer decided to address the storage capacity of his operation. With one pre-existing Shivvers grain bin in place, he needed a solution that would expand his storage but continue to work with his old system. The solution came in the shape of a 42’ diameter, 6-ring Sukup grain bin featuring a 30,000 bushel capacity. Additionally, the system included an 8” unload with Power Sweep to make unloading easier.

Once the new Sukup bin was constructed, we tied it in to the existing Shivvers bin, effectively maximizing our client’s dry holding capability without compromising the preexisting equipment. To provide as much convenience as possible, FS Construction Services also built a set of stairs and an attached platform outside of the new structure that provides access to both bins.

Thanks to our longstanding partnerships with both Sukup and Shivvers, working with both manufacturers’ equipment was never a complication, and we were able to complete the project on time and on budget.

If you have been considering a new grain storage solution or thinking about a wood or steel building project now is the time to contact the team at Gateway FS Construction Services. From new projects to updating old projects, we are happy to provide the help and services you need. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Key Grain System Areas That Benefit From Pre-Season Maintenance

With it being the end of May, all of us at FS Construction Services know that grain harvest is quickly approaching and it will seem like no time at all before summer is over and corn harvest season is upon us. This means that now is the perfect time to schedule a pre-season maintenance check on your GSI, Sukup, Grain Handler, Brock and Shivvers grain dryer systems.

Why pre-season maintenance?

A pre-season maintenance inspection is often able to catch basic wear and tear on your grain dryer and grain dryer equipment that otherwise might not rear its ugly head until right in the middle of harvest. By making sure all your equipment is in proper working order now, you can prevent time and money-draining problems down the road and increase the quality and longevity of your dryer.

What pre-season maintenance entails

When you schedule an inspection, a trained technician will come out to your dryer and check the following six key areas:

  1. Burners
  2. Fan housing and blades for dirt buildup
  3. Belts for wear
  4. Bearings
  5. Electrical controls and switches
  6. Gas pressure regulators and LP gas vaporizers

Your expert trained FS Construction Services technician will also help you determine a plan to cover regular maintenance and care so you can prevent future problems, breakdowns, and maximize efficiency.

Maintenance you can easily perform on your own

There are, of course, many small maintenance tasks that can be done around your equipment to keep it clean and running well.

  • Inspect roof panels, vents, and connections for dirt and debris
  • Make sure manholes, caps, and other opening attachments are sealing properly to prevent moisture buildup
  • Make sure your foundation has remained level and all anchor bolts are tight
  • Check electrical connections and wiring, make sure everything is secure
  • Remove old grain, rust, and perform other general cleaning

Putting the time and money into an inspection now can pay out dividends in the future. And you will be ready to start harvesting without missing a beat.

If you would like to schedule an inspection, or if you would like to browse our selection of stir dryers, counter mix-flow dryers, or counter-flow dryers, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

May: National Electrical Safety Month

Did you know that May is National Electrical Safety Month? At FS Construction Services, we have to treat every day as if it were Electrical Safety Day, because most of our pole barn, steel building, and grain systems projects require significant electrical knowledge and strict safety measures. What we’re saying is, our experienced staff think about electrical safety all the time. However, we understand that this isn’t the case for everyone, and so in honor of this month, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some electrical safety tips.

The following list is taken from the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website, and while it is specifically targeted towards agricultural safety, many of these tips are easily applied to construction as well.

  • Locate all overhead power lines.
  • Keep self and equipment 10 feet away from all overhead power lines.
  • Do not touch anything that is in contact with the power line.
  • Beware of fencing near power lines.
  • Carry ladders and other equipment horizontally.
  • Lower equipment apparatus before driving.
  • Never spray near power lines with irrigation systems.
  • Stay at least 35 feet away from fallen power lines.

While these may seem self-evident, the ESFI does note that, “Contact with overhead power lines is the leading cause of electrical fatalities for agricultural workers.” So stay smart and stay safe out there.

These next safety tips come from our friends at Shivvers Manufacturing. Though we’re nearing the end of spring, there still may be those looking to build new grain bins in preparation for harvest. When looking to add a new grain storage, drying or handling and transfer capabilities to your operation, here are some important clearance requirements to keep in mind.

Vertical clearance over the bin is the highest point of the bin plus 18 feet. Horizontal clearance on the bin’s loading side is actually the same as the vertical clearance, the highest point of the bin plus 18 feet. One note on vertical clearance, it must be maintained away from the bin for the whole length of the horizontal clearance, and then maintained outward at one foot down for every 1.5 feet further out. So basically, imagine a giant trapezoid around your grain bin. Additionally, it’s recommended that a grain bin with a 15’ diameter be placed at least 55 feet away from the nearest power line. This goes up to 80 feet minimum for a 25’ diameter bin and 143 feet minimum for a 50’ diameter bin.

There are, of course, many more suggestions, requirements, and recommendations for electrical safety, and to view more of them you can go to ESFI’s website.

At Gateway FS Construction Services, we take electrical safety seriously, and we know that a good job is also a safely done job. If you have any questions about buildings or equipment, give our expert team a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Seed Treatment Specialists: Equipment, Troubleshooting, Repair, and More

A seed is a remarkable thing. Though small and numerous, any farmer can tell you how much potential and importance each individual seed holds. This is why so much effort and ingenuity has been poured into seed treatment technology over the years. Increasingly, seed treaters are being designed to provide the most even coatings and dressings while minimizing waste and loss.

In order to provide the best seed treatment equipment, FS Construction Services has partnered with USC Seed Treating Solutions. Our large product range and dedication to cutting-edge technologies, has made FS Construction Services an ideal partner, and allows us to provide you with the top-of-the-line seed systems and seed treating products.

From large bulk systems that require on-site installation specialization to tabletop lab seed treaters and every possible size and configuration in between, FS Construction Services is sure to have the right equipment for you. Whether you know exactly what you want or have some questions, we are always happy to help.

Our seed treatment specialist, Justen Kempfer, knows not everyone is in the market for something brand new. Sometimes, all you need is a new part and a little know how. Let our qualified team inspect pre-existing equipment to determine what needs replacing, fixing, or tuning, and we will estimate the cost of supplies and service. Additionally, we will also upgrade parts of older seed treating equipment with newer, more advanced options that provide great speed and efficiency.

One of the realities of advancing technology and multi-part equipment is the occasional need for service and repairs. FS Construction Services is ready to help you troubleshoot your equipment or even your equipment’s software, to make sure you are getting the most out of your seed treater.

With the right equipment, you can trust that your seeds are receiving the proper treatment time and time again. If you are interested in increasing the production and efficiency of your seed operation, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.