Soy Processing Facility - Volga, S.D.
South Dakota Soybean Processors
Teaming creative design with innovative methods was a key factor in Ibberson being awarded the soymeal and hulls storage and loadout system project for South Dakota Soybean Processors in Volga, South Dakota. The design is new in the industry – there are only four installations of this type in the USA and Canada.
This process design, which Ibberson helped develop and pioneer with the Laidig Company, offers huge advantages over the conventional flat storage method. The cost of additional manpower, front-end loaders and bobcats are eliminated, as well as the safety risk that is associated with conventional flat storage. There are also the added benefits of less product segregation and the ability to blend product.
The storage silos are slipform concrete, standing 120 feet tall. They consist of two connected 40-foot-diameter silos and a cluster of two 26-foot-diameter hull silos with a rectangular section housing the blending bins and equipment. Although the meal silos and the hull/blending silos are structurally independent, they were slipped as one.
The meal storage system is unique in that it utilized flat-bottom silos with a sweep auger reclaim system, and loadout bins have been placed where the blending occurs. Both of these concepts are unique in the industry and offer better plant productivity.