(Stuarts Draft, VA)
Sugar Hopper (02/19)
We assisted Hershey food to examine the repetitive use damage to a bulk material unloading hopper. The hopper used to unload sugar from train cars was becoming jammed due to crystallization of sugar. The hydraulic rams that had been installed on the hopper was beginning to fracture the welds and stiffeners of the vessel which was leading to a potential hazard. Out analysis showed that the hydraulic rams were installed in areas where the vessel was too stiff, thus simultaneously being ineffective in moving the sugar and damaging the machinery. Our solution was to remove stiffeners and add additional knockers.
Alvey Conveyor Access (10/16)
We provided structural engineering design service to site survey and design a network of catwalks and suspended platforms to follow an existing conveyor route. Our work was deigned to be installed with minimum shutdown requirements.
Gearbox Hoist Beam (03/17)
We provided analysis of the existing structure and deign of anchor points and lifting beams for a hoist to be used in the regular maintenance of a gearbox.
Y & S Candies Conveyor Support (11/16)
We provided existing building analysis and structural design and detailing for the support of a conveyor system.