Here are some frequently asked questions:

Who is Western Grain Dryer Inc.?
Western Grain Dryer Inc. is the only full service company of non-screen grain dryers in North America. We engineer, manufacture advanced WGD drying systems and remanufacture specific brands of existing non-screen grain dryers.

Who are our customers?
We serve farmers, commercial grain companies, food processors and University research centers. Our global diversification gives us the opportunity to select the best in technology and customer service protocols, regardless of the state of agriculture or current conditions in various regions. Our customers include Viterra, Canadian Wheat Board Research center at the University of Manitoba in addition to thousands of farmers and organizations for whom commodity drying is a vital component of their activities.

Who are our industry partners?
To serve such a widespread customer base, we maintain close relationships with sub-contractors, dealers and agents, component manufacturers and governmental international trade representatives. We also partner with financial institutions, international buyers, grain producers, grain terminals and food manufacturers.

What is our commitment?
Our continual investment in research and development also involves strong ties with universities, engineering firms and users who share with us a commitment to ongoing improvement in grain drying technology.

What is the temperature range of Western Grain dryers?
An owner of Western Grain dryer can choose to dry in high or low temperatures; it depends on the dryers' capacity and grains. In favour of maximum capacity, set it for the recommended maximum temperature. For maximum grain quality, set it for the minimum within the temperature range.

How does Western Grain dryers' function?
Western Grain dryers are easier to operate than screen grain dryers. Its streamlined shape makes easier maintenance. The dryer is quieter operation by the use of centrifugal fans. Grain dryers are easy shipping, assembly, installation and system expansion due to its modular design. Standard belts, motors and other components make for easy replacements. Adjustable cooling easily converts to all heat drying conditions. Galvanized construction assures longevity and higher residual value of dryer than screen dryer. Following are some other features and benefits:

Features Benefits
Duct type design (no screen) No screens to leak, plug, contaminate or hold seeds
No drying front Avoids over-drying or under-drying
Future expansion Dryer can be expanded with extra drying layers
Instant clean-out Prevents contamination
Dries all grains Can provide highest quality drying for canola, flax, wheat, barley, corn, sunflower, rice, peas, beans etc.
Even and gentle drying No kernel damage
Innovated Maxon Burner Provides even hot air distribution with maximum fuel efficiency
Custom-designed control panel Basic automation or PLC
Built to last/few moving parts Highest quality of grain dryers in the market, certified by Canadian Standard Association


How does using a Western Grain dryer preserve grain quality?
Western Grain dryers provide even heat, no drying front, which leads to a better quality of grain than the screen grain dryer. Fewer stress cracks because the longer retention time removes moisture more gently, resulting in better dry bushel weights. Most grain elevators are using Western Grain duct-design dryers. Drying is best when grain moves constantly through a dryer against a current of hot air. Each kernel receives the same treatment and grain dries evenly.

What are some of the components included in the grain dryer?
Basic Western Grain Auto-tune Moisture Controller
Auto - tune temperature controller
Industrial Maxon Burner
Leveling auger or gravity fill
Full cover roof and catwalk
Electrical control panel is a stand alone unit which consist of controls for wet leg, dry leg, all dryer functions, input accommodations for wet bin empty, discharge plugged, dry leg plugged.

What are the advantages of Western Grain dryers compared to Screen grain dryers?
Screen dryers are limited by the size of the mesh. The mesh must be appropriate for the size of the seeds being dried. If the mesh is too large for the seeds, the seeds will pass through it. If the mesh is too small, seeds will collect and thereby reduce airflow and dryer efficiency. Changing screens for various commodities is labour intensive and does not cost effectively. Keeping screens clean can be a challenge, particularly in winter when they become clogged with ice and snow. Chaffy commodities may be unsuitable for drying in screen dryer because chaff can build up on the screens, restricting airflow. Screen dryers also require thorough cleaning between commodities to prevent carry-over from one seed category to the next.

A Western Grain dryer is a multi-purpose grain dryer, it can dry small seeds and large grain within the same dryer; it provides flexibility for both users. Fuel cost is lower compared to screen grain dryers without resistance of airflow by a screen. Less horsepower is required because the continuous flow design eliminates stops and starts. Western Grain dryers have maximum air flow without any possibility of plugged screens. Continuous flow non-screen dryers are clearly superior, leading to our policy of minimum involvement with screen type dryers.

What is the advantage of Western Grain compared to other non-screen dryer manufacturers?
Western Grain Dryer Inc. has a history of more than six thousand projects, an unmatched accumulation of experience and commitment to continual technical advancement in this field.

Western Grain Dryer is one of best value grain dryers in the market compared to most of competitors in North America, for example, Viterra who purchased various brands of dryers, have confronted many technical challenges. Competitors who provided grain dryers have not provided solutions, and Western Grain Dryer Inc. is the company that has provided the expertise to solve Viterra's technical difficulties in various locations of its grain terminals such as those in Alberta and Manitoba.

Western Grain Dryer Inc. has designed and manufactured numerous grain dryers for over 11 years, including the Canadian Wheat Board research centre grain dryer at the University of Manitoba. Western Grain serves the community and provides great benefits for the community. Jeff Wallack, one of company's founders has been a trouble-shooter for many competitors' dryers about 30 years.

Why should you purchase a Western Grain dryer?
Recent natural disasters worldwide have caused storm damage and flooded acres, reminding us the importance of the immediate availability of grain drying equipment. Dryers have following most important benefits:

Generate More Revenue:
1) Prevent loss from inability to germinate,
inclement weather and reduce in quality.
2) Sell grain at the right time at the right price.
3) Drying tough or damp grain can reduce or
eliminate spoilage in storage.
4) May improve market grade and
acceptability of grain.
5) May afford alternative market outlets for grain.
Save Time and Effort:
1) Extends available harvest period.
2) Make an earlier harvest possible

One Canadian farmer reported a saving almost a million dollars following the harvest of 2004 as a result of a recent purchase of a dryer from Western Grain Dryer Inc.

How much drying can be expected with aeration?
The primary purpose for aeration is to reach or maintain a fairly uniform grain temperature throughout the bin to prevent moisture accumulation. Aeration is not a grain drying system and should not be considered for drying purposes. Some drying can occur in aeration systems, but generally grain going into aeration bins should be within about 1% of being dry enough for long-term storage.

How long does it take to dry grain?
Grain drying time depends on the size and efficiency of the dryer, the moisture content of the grain and the volume or weight of grain, temperature of the grain to be dried.

What are the main questions to ask before deciding on purchasing a dryer?
Who is the manufacturer of the grain dryer?
How long has a manufacturer been designing and building grain dryers?
Is the manufacturer financially sound, or has it changed ownership recently or constantly?
How many projects has a manufacturer been involved with?

Some of the other basic questions that should be asked about the dryer: (1) air flow (2) type of burner (3) fuel consumption (4) drying capacity per hour at what moisture level for what type of grain (5) dryer types: batch or continuous flow, screen or non-screen (6) dryer reliability and manufacturer's service record (7) Maintenance costs (8) dryer controls (9) dryer residual value (10) regulatory considerations

How has Western Grain Dryer Inc. performed its duties standing out from its competitors?

Western Grain Dryer Inc. provides extra care for our patrons by providing customer service second to none in North America, and our customers reward us by helping spread word for our products and services. When one client purchased a dryer, updated its component or had their technical problems solved, their acquaintances and friends want the same or better products from Western Grain Dryer Inc. For example, most Western Grain's advertising was through word-of-mouth.

Western Grain Dryer Inc. manufactures designer grain dryers. There are always some designer features in the dryers to satisfy our customer's needs. We listen to our customers and work with them to constantly improve drying technology.

What information does customer may consider before purchasing any grain dryers?

·  Western Grain Dryer Inc. has engineered, manufactured, updated and repaired more grain dryers
than any other competitor in North America.
·   Western Grain Dryer Inc. reserves the rights to provide any technical support of competitors’
grain dryers except Western Grain’s own brand.
·   Customers who purchase Western Grain dryers will automatically be on our priority list for
technical support.

 

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