The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 02, 1978, Image 7

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THE BATTALION MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1978 Page 7 ew grain elevator holds less, safer United Press International IOUSTON - At 260 feet in jr. , m d , capacity ol 6 1 mtllon ;,,| s t| ie new Goodpasture, Inc. lt01 ' may be smaller than its lecessor which exploded more i two years ago-killing n.ne- it is safer, company officials say. ■think it's as safe as an elevator be made," said Truitt Kennedy, ^pasture’s executive vice presi- t of the new structure with *1 safety features. mnedy notes that although the elevator’s storage capacity is 2 [on bushels less, it can transfer i from trucks and railroad cars bps faster — 800,000 bushels 20,000 bushels per eight hours ■nd with greater safety. He de- ,d to disclose how many millions e said that barring extended ,ad strike delays of grain ship ments, the new elevator should load its first ocean-going ship on or about next Monday. After months of lawsuits, damage claims and a struggle to provide substitute service at other elevators, Kennedy said he is relieved to be moving into the new facility. “If you struggle and try to keep a business alive for two and a half years without having your main fac tory available and finally you get this place to where it will run again, you feel greatly relieved,” he said. You can go back into business and not worry about how you're going to get your grain transferred.” The elevator is fully automated and equipped with television cameras and sensing devices so that no personnel need be inside while it is operating. Control is remote, from a building 200 feet away. The fact that we have eliminated the human element inside the elevator adds substantially to the safety, said Kennedy, although whether Federal Grain Inspection Service will require inside person nel remains under negotiation. Kennedy said seven television cameras inside provide a full view of the operation on control house monitors. Thirty-five dust collectors work against accumulation of vol atile grain dust. Sensing devices, measuring elec trical load on wires and motors and conveyor belt pulley stress, can shut down the elevator automatically. Wires and switches are antispark. Equipment inside is bolted together so no welders or torch cutters will be required for repairs. The elevator also has an interior firefighting sprinkler system. Still, Kennedy, hesitates at saying absolutely nothing can go wrong. The facility began unloading trucks in mid-September and rail road cars this week. It now contains about 400,000 bushels of grain — about one-fifteenth of its capacity. Kennedy said the gradual start is due to the need to fine tune the facility. He said conveyor belts aligned and tuned while empty often need adjustments for full-load, ftillspeed operation. rain elevator explosion ypic of growing concern OPEN 11 A.M. Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m. Sunday Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 Mon.-Fri. 913 HARVEY RD. (HWY. 30) COLLEGE STATION EXXON LET’S DISCUSS YOU and EXXON OPPORTUNITIES OPPORTUNITIES IN EXPLORATION — Oil, Gas and other resources. PRODUCTION — Oil, Gas and other resources. PETROLEUM REFINING CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING TECHNICAL SALES AND SERVICES RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING — Exploration and Production. RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING — Fundamental, Processes, Prod ucts, Project Management. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS — Scientific, Business Systems. OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 9th 7:30 P.M. 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Such day-to-day [s as plastic milk bottles and soft [act lenses have been tested to pass federal safety lines. e center has also made signi- t contributions in development [ocket calculators and digital " esby measuring the purity of for major electronics man- turers, says director Emile reikert. behave collaborated with some e large energy companies in paring methods of converting to gas and liquid fuels and ying the efficiency of these pro be adds. one of the few laboratories world where elements can asured in amounts of less one part per billion, offi- at the center say. e ^oter has even replaced the ers office of the Old West, the dramatic rise in the price ^individuals and corporations have come with samples of ore to determine if mining is feasible. Trace characterization, the mea surement of minute quantities of dif ferent elements in a given amount of material, has been a rapidly growing Trace characterization has been a rapidly growing technique both in industrial and scientific quarters, director Emile Schweikert says. technique both in industrial and sci entific quarters, Schweikert says. More than 70 research groups on the Texas A&M campus, represent ing most of its 11 academic colleges, make use of the center’s facilities, unique in the Southwest and one of a handful in the United States. In addition the labs have aided in public health research in ways such as measuring amounts of selenium in egg whites and quantities of car- cino in mother’s milk of animals. One of the projects involves human hair as a means of telling a person’s state of health. The body deposits chemical traces in each hair as it grows, so the strand becomes a day-by-day ledger of the body’s state, including de ficiencies and excesses of chemicals. After a while, enough of these chemicals are deposited to obtain a readout by plucking the hair from the head, irradiating the sample and scanning its length with sophisti cated equipment. Such research holds tremendous potential for med ical treatment. Irradiation of the samples can be done on campus, either at the Texas A&M cyclotron or at the Nuclear Science Center. The Trace Characterization center, which annually conducts a week-long short course in advanced techniques that attracts people from across the United States, is sup ported by state appropriations in cluding Organized Research, fed eral and private grants and con tracts. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS OF VITAMINS HAS BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY! LET US BRING UP YOUR GRADE POINT WITH HIGH POTENCY VITAMINS & MINERALS FROM ELLISON DISCOUNT APOTHECARY 2706 TEXAS AVE. 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