Svegma driers from BDC Systems have a long track record of success at Weald Granary, the largest arable farmers’ co-operative in the South East based near Maidstone. It provides grain storage, marketing and distribution, handling around 100,000 tonnes of grain per year with four intake systems for its 200+ members.
Today, Weald Granary has three Svegma driers with combined capacity of 120 to 140tph with 4 to 5% moisture extraction. The co-operative’s first investment in Svegma driers goes back to 1986 when Bill Egerton was the Site Engineer for supplier T H White. When Bulk Storage and Process Systems (BSPS) was established in 1999, Bill became Technical Director and also project managed Weald Granary’s subsequent extension phases.
John Smith of Weald Granary says: “We have received excellent service and value over the years from Bill. He is very experienced at managing our projects, understanding our needs and budgets.”
This original Svegma drier has proven to be a reliable, efficient and an easy to operate machine over the last 27 years. “We recently overhauled the original 1986 drier, simply replacing original roof panels and other components – so we should get another 25 years out of it! Not bad as it works flat out 24hrs/day during the harvest period,” says John Smith.
According to Bill Egerton, BDC Systems is a supplier of the highest quality grain driers, handling and storage systems. The companies have worked together on a number of projects.” Our customer is very happy with the Svegma driers that BDC have supplied, their technical support is very good, we always get good service and spare parts delivery is prompt,” he says.
The second Svegma, an SV 9/3 model, was acquired in 1990 and in 2010 was extended in order to act as either a single or twin column, 3 or 6 metre drier depending on demand. The third drier was added to the same line as the 9/3 model in order to minimise downtime during crop changeovers. It saves Weald Granary time and money by now not having to unload, refill and re-circulate grain crop as often.