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New grain aeration system is out there

S3 UFO aeration
(Photo courtesy S3 Air Systems)

A Saskatchewan maker of fans for ag applications is now arranging close encounters between its new UFO Aeration unit and on-farm grain storage systems.

Swift Current-based S3 Air Systems in June launched the UFO, for which general manager Al Marques said the goal is “to give farmers a User Friendly Option for their vertical aeration system.”

The UFO, S3 said, is made of “durable, lightweight, heavy-duty polymer components” to fit easily through bin openings as small as 18 inches in diameter.

The new unit’s bolt-together, interlocking design is meant to simplify installation, the company said, while steel support plates and legs allow for stability in operation.

“Given its modular construction and telescoping legs, a farmer can add or remove stages to increase or decrease the height of the aeration system to best suit its intended use,” S3 said in a release.

“The conical shape of the components mirror the angle of repose of grain to allow for more than four times the airflow of traditional vertical aeration systems.”

“Sometimes the greatest innovations are about making things simple,” S3 CEO Richelle Andreas said in the company’s release. “Farmers have enough challenges they need to manage, their aeration system doesn’t have to be one of them.”

In the farm equipment business since in 1966, when it started building and selling pneumatic chaff management systems, S3 has since supplied custom and catalogue fans for various ag applications, both “proprietary and for other manufacturers.”

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