New products from Sukup Manufacturing Co. win AE50 Awards

Three innovative new products from Sukup Manufacturing Co. have won AE50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

The award-winning products are the Sukup Single Phase Centrifugal Dryer, the Grain Buster™, and the Safe T Home™. The Single Phase Centrifugal Dryer has a power converter that helps increase drying speeds at sites with only single-phase power. The Grain Buster™ safely breaks up clogs of grain inside of bins; and the Safe T Home™ is a low-cost shelter that can be used for emergency housing following disasters.

The awards were announced in February during the Agricultural Equipment and Technology Conference in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re delighted these products were chosen for AE50 Awards,” said Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. The variety of award-winning products “is indicative of the broad scope of our engineers and other employees, who are always looking for ways to improve safety, efficiency and profitability in agriculture.”

The annual AE50 Awards competition is sponsored by Resource magazine, published by ASABE.

To be eligible for an award, products must have been introduced and made commercially available between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011. Products or systems nominated must be intended principally for use in the production, processing, research, storage, packaging or transportation of agricultural and food products, and have the potential for broad impact.

Following are profiles of the three AE50 Award-winning products from Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Single Phase Centrifugal Dryer

The Single Phase Centrifugal Dryer provides greater drying capacity through the use of larger dryers than previously available to farms with single-phase electrical power. This 16’ centrifugal dryer has a converter that changes single-phase power into three-phase power. This permits the use of larger fan motors—potentially up to 50 horsepower—than could previously be used with single-phase power. The converter mounts to the side of the dryer. It provides clean, balanced three-phase AC power that is more reliable than the power provided by external phase converters. With a built-in, variable-frequency drive, the phase converter allows the dryer motor to be soft-started, resulting in longer motor life and smooth, steady operation.

Safe T Home™

The Sukup Safe T Home™ is a shelter that can be used for temporary or permanent housing of disaster victims, and as housing for impoverished people. The shelters can also be used as churches, schools, and clinics or for other purposes. The Safe T Home™ is well ventilated, and with its aerodynamic shape and ballasted design, it can withstand hurricane-force winds. The structure is 5.5 m (18 ft) in diameter, with 2.4 m (8 ft) sidewalls, and a roof peak of 4.1 m (13.5 ft). The interior volume is 23.6 m2 (254 ft2). At $8,030, the Safe T Home™ is economical. It can be assembled in four hours with minimal tools and crew, and it can easily be taken down and erected elsewhere. The Safe T Home™ provides an economical, versatile and portable solution when emergency shelter is needed.

Grain Buster™

Using an approach similar to a drain snake, the Sukup Grain Buster™ provides a safe way to break up grain masses inside a bin. Instead of entering the bin, which can pose life-threatening danger, the Grain Buster™ operator works outside of the bin, using a variable-speed drill. The drill is attached to the end of a metal rod that extends through the bin wall and through a pipe mounted along the top of the bin sweep. On the other end of the rod is a short length of stiffened chain or cable. When the drill spins the rod, the chain or cable spins around over the center sump, breaking up any grain clumps caused by excessive moisture, freezing, build-up of fines, or crusting. The Grain Buster™ is also extremely effective with new rice hybrids that don’t flow well.

For more than 20 years, companies from around the world have nominated products for AE50 awards. An international panel of industry-leading engineering experts select up to 50 products that best reflect engineering advancements for the agricultural and food industries.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the fastest-growing grain bin manufacturer in the world. It is also the largest family-owned and operated full-line grain handling and storage equipment manufacturer in the world.

Located in Sheffield, Iowa, USA. Sukup has been providing top-quality products to agricultural producers since 1963. The product line includes farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also makes a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors. The company also recently began producing pre-engineered metal buildings.

Sukup products are sold throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in more than 50 other countries.

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