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Process Scale Demo & Install

FACILITY

UMC was called upon to facilitate a series of process improvements at a grain processing facility.  The facility needed to improve their process efficiency to accommodate increased production requirements.  UMC was the Owner’s contractor of choice for this project and immediately got to work on the improvements. UMC began by removing outdated process equipment including an aspirator, cyclone vacuum system, fans, ducting and assorted platforms. Once everything was removed, UMC used a crane to pick and install a new process scale and maintenance platforms that had been custom-fabricated by UMC and galvanized prior to installation. After installing the scale, UMC custom-fabricated spouting to connect the existing grain leg to the newly installed process scale.  UMC then installed spouting from the outlet of the scale onto a new loader which fed a process belt below.  Substantial modifications had to be made in order to fit all of the new equipment onto existing platforms and structural beams were added by UMC to hold the additional weight of the new equipment.  This project was completed on schedule and with zero safety incidents.

 


Process Belt Replacement - Wichita, KS

FACILITY

UMC crews replaced a worn out process belt approximately 700 feet in length on the second floor of a local grain processing facility. In order to complete the project an opening in the ceiling was utilized so that the entire belt could be removed and installed as safely and efficiently as possible. UMC custom fabricated a metal cradle to hold the new 2,200 pound belt, which was moved into position with a crane.  Once the old belt was removed and the new belt spool/cradle was in place, a series of winches and come-a-longs were used to safely install the new belt.  Before re-installing the belt, UMC replaced a handful of worn out liners on the bottom of the belt casing. Finally, the belt and rollers were adjusted and the belt resumed normal operation. This project was made especially challenging due to the tight working quarters where the conveyor was located.  The project was required to be completed during a 3-day plant shutdown, a deadline which UMC met.


Conveyor Head Section Relocation - Wichita, KS

FACILITY

UMC was called upon by a soybean processing plant to relocate a 4,000 lb. drag conveyor head unit used to process soybeans. The objective of the project was to relocate the conveyor head from the third floor of the plant to the second floor in order to create additional space for machinery on the third floor of the plant. In order complete the project, UMC was able to remove sections of the conveyor casing, shorten the 1,000 lb. chain drag inside the conveyor casing, and remove and re-build the existing catwalk surrounding the conveyor head. The final step required re-fabricating and re-lining the discharge chute installed alongside the conveyor head. To safely lower the conveyor head and chain drag, UMC set up heavy-duty rigging rated to handle the conveyor head load. The project was required to be completed during a 10-day plant shutdown, a deadline which UMC met. During this project, UMC employees utilized their exceptional mechanical and fabrication skills to complete the project. As always, safety was UMC’s top priority on this project and the work was completed on schedule and without incident.


Dam Diversion Gates Replacement – Arkansas River

FACILITY

Wildcat Construction subcontracted the removal of existing gates and fabrication/installation of replacement gates to UMC. There were three areas with significant damage to concrete which was rehabilitated to prevent further issue. For the gate work a local welder/fabricator was brought on to help complete this work. The challenges of this project were mostly the design and fabrication of new gates to match the existing gates which were built more than 30 years ago. The river bed was pure sand so maneuvering equipment did take some patience. Project was completed on time and on budget.


Reconstruction of Stage One Flocculators – Wichita, KS

FACILITY

City of Wichita put this project out for competitive bid and UMC was the low bid. Project overview was the labor and equipment to safely remove existing flocculator paddles and shafts, replace shafts with new ones provided by the City and reattach paddles once the City had finished repairing them. The difficulty with this project was safely handling the weight of the solid steel shafts. Use of a boom truck was needed in order to raise and lower shafts into flocculator basin. Only minor challenges arose during the project but UMC and City employees were able to overcome them and complete the project.