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Fabrication of VERTILOKTM Bin Complex for the Pet Food Industry

VertilokTM Complex
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VertilokTM Complex

At Steel Structures, we specialize in custom steel fabrication. The project highlighted here exemplifies our expertise and ability to produce quality large scale products. This California customer needed a 34 compartment VERTILOKTM bin system to be fabricated and installed. Steel Structures is one of only a very few fabricators that can produce a product of this type and scale.

Composed of 10 gage carbon steel, with 3/16 thick cones, it has an overall length of 40, 48 in width, 77.5 in height, with 78,500 cubic feet of storage. This unit featured a self-supporting flat lid, a caged ladder from grade to lid, and a full lid perimeter guardrail with kick-plate. It also included (34) 20" free-air vented lids (manway), all of which met specific OSHA regulations. Fabrication required use of our advanced welding, cutting, and bending capabilities as well as sand blasting and coatings.

To accommodate easy movement of materials, all interior surfaces had all weld spatter, scale, and debris removed, and was thoroughly cleaned. These surfaces were also left uncoated. Exterior surfaces were sand blasted per SSPC-SP6 standards for commercial sand blasting, prior to having a urethane coating applied. We were able to submit drawings for approval for this project in just 5 weeks, completing fabrication and installation in less than 16 weeks. All drawings were stamped and approved by a certified California civil engineer, and met all California building codes.

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Highlights of the Custom Steel Fabrication Project

Product Description These VERTILOKTM bins are used to store pet food.
Steel Fabrication
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Metal Fabrication
  • Welding
  • Cutting
  • Bending
Overall Part Dimensions Length: 40
Width: 48
Height: 77 6
Straight Wall Height: 37' - 6 Panel Height
Discharge Opening: 13 square flange
Discharge Clearance: 23'-4" from grade to discharge flange
Product Weight: 40 pounds per cubic foot
Material Used Carbon Steel: 10 gage panels & 3/16 cone
Material Finish Interior Surface Prep: Clean of weld splatter and debris
Interior Coating: None
Exterior Surface Prep: SSPC-SP6 commercial sandblast
Exterior Coating: Urethane
Features Self-supporting Flat Lid
Caged ladder from grade to lid per OSHA rules (1)
Full lid perimeter guardrail with kickplate per OSHA rules (1)
20" free-air vented lid manway (34)
6 Sets of calculations & drawings
  • Stamped by California civil engineer
Industry for Use Pet Food Industry
Volume 78,500 cubic square feet
Delivery/Turnaround Time Drawings for approval: 4 - 5 weeks after deposit
Fabricate and ship: 14 - 16 weeks after drawing approval
Delivery Location California
Standards Met Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing Current California Building Code
Product Name VertilokTM Storage Bins
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