Bratney Companies

Alfalfa Seed Plant

Bratney Companies designed this alfalfa seed cleaning facility for a global market leader.
Bratney Companies designed this alfalfa seed cleaning facility for a global market leader.
Bratney's design teams consider all aspects of a well built plant including equipment access, lighting and safety.
Bratney's design teams consider all aspects of a well built plant including equipment access, lighting and safety.
Bratney Fabrication builds equipment platforms, stairs, railings, ladders, valves, bins and other material handling systems for processing plants.
Bratney Fabrication builds equipment platforms, stairs, railings, ladders, valves, bins and other material handling systems for processing plants.
A well lit plant aids in safety, productivity and professional appearance.
A well lit plant aids in safety, productivity and professional appearance.
Cimbria air-screen cleaners provide precision cleaning in this seed conditioning facility.
Cimbria air-screen cleaners provide precision cleaning in this seed conditioning facility.
Cimbria gravity tables separate alfalfa seeds into fractions by their bulk densities.
Cimbria gravity tables separate alfalfa seeds into fractions by their bulk densities.
Cimbria gravity tables are efficient, operator friendly and effective tools to separate seeds.
Cimbria gravity tables are efficient, operator friendly and effective tools to separate seeds.
Cimbria Heid gravity table separating alfalfa seed.
Cimbria Heid gravity table separating alfalfa seed.
Bratney Companies constructed a stand alone 8,000 sq.ft. office space for this alfalfa seed producer.
Bratney Companies constructed a stand alone 8,000 sq.ft. office space for this alfalfa seed producer.
The motor control center in this seed plant centralizes the power, motor starters, circuit breakers, fuses and power disconnects.
The motor control center in this seed plant centralizes the power, motor starters, circuit breakers, fuses and power disconnects.
Bratney develops engineered dust control systems to keep plants clean and safe for operators.
Bratney develops engineered dust control systems to keep plants clean and safe for operators.
The 100,000 sq.ft. seed storage warehouse protects and organizes the packaged alfalfa seed for efficient distribution.
The 100,000 sq.ft. seed storage warehouse protects and organizes the packaged alfalfa seed for efficient distribution.
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Bratney Companies delivered a new conditioning facility for a global leader in alfalfa seed research and development.  In true turn-key fashion, Bratney's process engineers and construction teams handled everything from conceptual design through construction and plant start-up.

Challenged by the local landscape and running the project on an operational site, Bratney's project management team worked closely with the customer operations and management to ensure their existing operations could run safely and uninterrupted.  Due to the local site conditions, extensive site preparation was required including:

  • Demolition of an existing building

  • Remediation of contaminated soils

  • Local blasting of buried rock shelves

  • Construction of an underground stormwater retention system

  • Specialized building foundations with rock anchors.

Another interesting aspect of the project was the innovative process flow.  The customer frequently cleans different varieties of alfalfa seeds, and consequently can't have any cross contamination.  Bratney designed two mirrored seed cleaning lines, each with capacity of 5,000 lbs. per hour, allowing the customer flexibility  to run two products independently or one product at twice the capacity.

In addition to the 10,000 sq. ft. processing tower, Bratney also designed and constructed a 100,000 sq. ft. storage warehouse and a separate 8,000 sq. ft. office space.

Project Scope - Turn-Key Alfalfa Seed Plant, Warehouse and Office
  • conceptual design and scope development

  • process engineering

  • facility design

  • project management

  • construction management

  • millwright services

  • equipment selection

  • equipment installation

  • facility start-up and commissioning

  • operator training

Project Details
  • Two 5,000 lbs. per hour seed cleaning lines to run two products simultaneously without cross contamination

  • 100,000 sq. ft. storage warehouse

  • 10,000 sq. ft. processing plant

  • 8,000 sq. ft. office space

  • Underground stormwater retention system

  • Extensive site clearing, including demolition of an existing building, contaminated soils remediation and blasting of buried rock shelves

  • Specialized building of foundations with rock anchors

  • Project occurred at an existing facility, extra care was taken so the customer could maintain full operation during construction of new plant

  • Conceptual design started in March 2014, construction finished in August of 2015

Equipment Solutions
  • Cimbria Air Screen Cleaners for pre-cleaning and precision cleaning

  • Cimbria Gravity Tables

  • Cimbria Bucket Elevators

  • Plant automation and control system

  • Motor control center

  • Dust control center

  • Compressed air system

 

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