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How do you create a safe environment while increasing operational efficiency?

Over the past 50 years, there have been more than 900 instances of grain engulfment with 62% of those cases resulting in death. In 2010, over 26 fatalities, the highest number of U.S. deaths occurred due to grain engulfment. Companies need to be aware of how to reduce the chances of their employees becoming the next statistic.

Grain engulfment can occur when an employee has to climb to the top of a storage bin to manually measure the level of product and is trapped in flowing grain. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed strict guidelines for agricultural and grain handling industries to abide by but by being proactive you can decrease the likelihood of an accident from happening. With the installation of level instrumentation, you greatly reduce trips to the top of storage bins and the opportunity for an accident to present itself.


As companies weigh increased production against limited resources, worker efficiency continues to be a key topic of discussion. The less time workers spend making trips to the storage bins, the more time available to delegate for other important jobs at your facility. With level instrumentation, increased operational efficiency can save you time and improve your bottom line.


What instrumentation is right for my storage bin?


If you’re attending the GEAPS Exchange in St. Louis, Missouri Feb. 21-24, 2015, stop by our booth #1601. I’ll be there with colleagues from Siemens’ Automation and Motion Control business units to speak with you about your process and help you identify new solutions that may assist your system’s setup.

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