Croc-Clamp Commercial Grain Bunker

The patented tarp clamping system invented by Global Grain Handling Solutions (GGHS) is the most efficient and simple clamping system on the market. The system delivers major productivity and standardization advantages allowing individuals with no prior experience to complete the grain coverage process correctly, in turn alleviating tarp and grain loss. Tarping is an extremely dangerous task that requires efficiency to minimize the risk of employee injuries or fatalities. In extensive trials over the past 3 harvests it was concluded with evidence that the Croc-Clamp tarp clamping system is 85% more efficient than the outdated and archaic board and clamp system. Full details of the product advantages are detailed below.

Croc-Clamp 1000-3000T Storage Unit

The patented clamping system invented by Global Grain Handling Solutions (GGHS) has been used to develop a Tarp Silo storage Unit. The system is setup prior to harvest using a telescoping pole thus eliminating the risk of grain loss associated to weather events with traditional grain bunkers. The clamping systems ease of operation allows novices to open and close the bunker to access grain when required. The system is robustly engineered to join to the ground surface prevent tarp loss in storm and wind events prior to filling.

Croc-Clamp Grain Bag Storage Unit

The patented clamping system invented by Global Grain Handling Solutions (GGHS) has been used to develop a Grain Bag Storage Unit. The system is modular and can be assembled in a range of dimensions and shapes and can be easily transported based on seasonal requirements. The air tight system which prevents water ingress and stock losses can also be fumigated to deter insect and rodents. Grain loss through bags is a major problem in developing countries.

Competitive Advantages the Croc-Clamp Product Delivers

The key benefits of the clamping system invented by GGHS has been analyzed under 4 key business success pillars:

Financial

  • Reduction in direct cost of tarping - 85% increase in efficiency.
  • Reduction in maintenance cost associated with older systems.

Operational

  • It removes the process of temporary boarding previously associated with tarping the grain and enabling the grain to be covered and sealed 7.5 times faster, resulting in significantly increased tonnes per man hour that can be covered.
  • The new structure allows consistent and increased tensioning of tarps. Existing systems rely on manual tarping and result in inconsistent tensioning of the tarps.  During storms, poorly tensioned tarps can move and be damaged resulting in lost equipment and grain losses, due to water damage. Tensioned tarps can also reduce the amount of bird tears caused.
  • The system allows standardization of practice through a primarily mechanical process rather than previously manual.
  • The system requires permanent clamping to occur when pulling tarps, this process allows expedited hygiene and fumigation. The flow on benefits of which are reduced need for causal staff post the majority of receivals for hygiene and flexibility through access to more grain fumigated earlier in the season.

Safety

A key driver for an improved tarping system is enhanced worker safety.  In 2009 WorkSafe investigated open bulkhead tarping practices and identified some significant safety issues. They found that working conditions coupled with the heavy nature of the tarps contributed to two deaths in Australia in the past 12 years alongside countless unreported injuries.

  • Halving the time taken to complete the tarping process reduces employee exposure to the dangerous environment of working on the tarps and significantly reduces fatigue during the peak harvesting season.
  • The new structure is pre-fabricated, requiring no maintenance in contrast to current structures, which have many pinch points, and sharp edges which are both safety and maintenance issues.
  • The new structure does not require consumables in contrast to the current system, which requires clamps and boards that create slip and trip hazards when at ground level.

Risk

  • The product reduces the risk of major grain loss events occurring through increased grain coverage.
  • The products seal is superior to the current board system which has a risk for potential insect resistance which has catastrophic risk of inability to export grain.