Controllable, reliable material-handling systems designed for optimum efficiency

Improving the efficiency of an existing storage and handling plant – or designing a new plant for optimum efficiency – means eliminating blockages, promoting smooth, reliable material flow, and ensuring material is delivered at the desired rate into the next stage of processing.

Our bulk-handling specialists can identify the ‘pinch’ points in your system and devise solutions to overcome any blockages or inefficiencies. This may require new or improved Discharge equipment, Conveying mechanisms or Control systems.

Understanding your material characteristics

To recommend the optimum solution, we may need to analyse your material in our full-scale test centre to determine its properties and characteristics. We hold a vast database of materials, but many have different grades that behave in different ways, requiring a detailed analysis to help us design the most efficient storage and handling system for your plant.

Consistent and controllable material flows

As well as promoting efficient silo emptying, Portasilo dischargers can be used to control and vary the flow of material to precisely match the feed rates you require. By facilitating a smooth, constant flow of material, you avoid the problems of alternate clogging and flushing associated with less efficient systems. This in turn increases efficiency of the downstream equipment and overall plant, resulting in less frequent stoppages for maintenance or repairs, reducing downtime and enhancing overall plant productivity.

Automated control systems to optimise efficiency

Aside from mechanical improvements, we can also recommend control and automation systems to help optimise your plant’s efficiency. Fully automated control systems can be used for everything from filling silos and bins through to more complex multi-ingredient batching, weighing and feeding operations. These advanced control systems increase efficiency by reducing the need for manual intervention and handling – removing the risk of human error.  Our material handling specialists can help you to choose the optimum Storage, Discharge, Conveying and Control systems for the materials you need to handle, ensuring the most efficient layout possible to achieve your production requirements.


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We have experience of handling every type of biomass material, including wood pellets, dried sewage sludge, meat and bone meal, draff, chopped straw and charcoal.

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Chemical Sector


Bulk handling solutions for challenging and hazardous chemicals. Specific expertise in paint powders, sealants & adhesives, fertilisers, petrochemicals, plastics and rubbers.

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Nuclear Sector


The types of material we handle for this sector include iron oxide, magnetite, cement, pulverised fly ash, blast furnace slag and have particular expertise in encapsulation and grout handling.

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Construction Sector


For more than six decades, Portasilo has been designing and manufacturing robust, durable and versatile storage and handling systems for a wide range of building products for the construction, mining and quarrying industries.

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Food Sector


Specialists in optimising productivity and minimising waste, experience in supplying economical, ATEX-rated food handling systems. We can design systems to handle every type of foodstuff, from dusty granules to moist pelletised products.

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Portasilo manufactures storage and handling systems for every dry bulk material used for water treatment, from hydrated lime and powder activated carbon (PAC) to polymers and soda ash.

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