August 21, 2017

21/08/2017: NRGene achieves comprehensive Italian ryegrass genome assembly

Information will significantly advance breeding efforts and lead to improved animal food supply

NRGene, the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, has provided scientists with the complete genome of Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), one of the most important forage crops in temperate regions worldwide

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“With the complete genome, we’ll be able to more fully analyse the traits to increase the yield and nutritional quality when used for animal feed,” says Dr Bruno Studer of ETH Zurich’s department of Environmental Systems Science.

“We have decided to focus our research on biologically relevant traits rather than resource establishment that may take decades. With NRGene, we received comprehensive results within weeks, accelerating our entire research pipeline.”

The genome itself is exceptionally complex and highly repetitive. It is diploid and heterozygote, meaning each gene has two nearly identical copies. To provide a complete and accurate genome view it was essential to phase the two copies of the genome. This is not a trivial task and was previously impossible. It could only be accomplished only with DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0.

NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0 used Illumina reads and big data analytics to deliver the complete, phased genome in less than eight weeks. The complete phased assembly is 4.5 Gbp and an N50 of over 3 million bp.

“Constructing phased genomes for heterozygote crops is exceptionally challenging, and we are pleased to provide the ryegrass community with a top quality one,” says Dr Gil Ronen, NRGene CEO.

“The genome data will immediately be used to support the diverse genetic studies and breeding applications of this important crop.”

Visit the NRGene website, HERE.

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August 20, 2017

21/08/2017: Monsanto and ToolGen announce global licensing agreement on CRISPR platform

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and ToolGen, Inc. (KONEX, 199800), a biotechnology company specialising in genome editing, have announced that the companies have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products

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ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. This agreement further expands Monsanto’s broad portfolio of gene-editing tools that can be used to develop improved and sustainable crops.

“We are excited to bring ToolGen’s CRISPR platform on board at Monsanto, and are continuing to bolster and diversify our capabilities in this field of research,” said Tom Adams, Ph.D., vice president of biotechnology for Monsanto. “As a company we remain committed to the development of safe, sustainable and high-quality crops, and look forward to leveraging the CRISPR platform as we endeavor to meet the needs of farmers while answering consumer demand for food options.”

In order to grow more using less, farmers need a variety of seed choices to solve their local needs – like managing changing weather, fighting plant disease and pests, and using crop inputs and natural resources wisely.

The companies noted that gene-editing technologies, like CRISPR, offer agriculture researchers significant advantages over existing plant breeding and biotechnology methods due to their versatility and efficiency, and will allow Monsanto to provide farmers with solutions to problems that have been previously unaddressed.

“We are pleased to announce our agreement with Monsanto, a global agriculture leader, and look forward to working together to build new and exciting opportunities in agriculture,” said Jongmoon Kim, chief executive officer of ToolGen.

“This agreement further validates our platform and demonstrates the value that gene editing will hold for the future of both agriculture and biotechnology.”

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Visit the Monsanto website, HERE.

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21/08/2017: Getting through the main suppliers of bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping

TMI recently opened a subsidiary in the USA, and has introduced a success case, which is the best option for bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping of powdery products

From Catalonia (Spain) to the rest of the world: who is TMI?
Técnicas Mecánicas Ilerdenses, S.L. (TMI) was founded in Lleida, in the heart of the region of Catalonia (Spain), back in the year 2000 out from the hand of two experts in the field of the industrial machinery design, whom provided the company with all the knowledge and experience accumulated over more than 30 years working in the sector.
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Starting up as manufacturers of palletising systems and mainly focused on the industrial bagging sector, it did not last long before the company expanded its business towards the dosing and bagging of any kind of solids.

Nowadays, TMI designs, produces and installs complete turnkey lines, offering a wide range of solutions from semiautomatic or automatic systems for the dosing, weighing and filling of bags, as well as its closing, check weighing and palletising to the final stretch wrapping of the pallets with multiple load protection options.

Additionally, the lines can be equipped with centralised software for the monitoring and remote supervision of the equipment. Fruit of the company’s fast and sustained growth, TMI machines can be found operating in more than 35 countries all over the five continents, with established distributors in more than 25 countries that ensure something essential for TMI and the key to its success. We call it our “proximity concept”, meaning no less than a quality of service to the level of the equipment.

Passion for the innovation

But if something characterises TMI, it is its’ constant strive and commitment with innovation in every aspect of the chain, investing an average of 5 percent of its turnover in the R+D+I department. Thanks to this innovation capacity, a spread range of solutions adapted to the specific needs and criteria of the 5 different sectors that TMI caters (food, agro-feed, chemical & petrochemical, mining and recycling) has been developed:

• Automatic and semiautomatic bagging systems for open mouth and valve bags.
• Automatic bagging systems from flat or tubular film (FFS).
• Big bag filling systems.
• Dynamic check weighers.
• High level palletising systems by means of side pushing.
• High level palletising systems by means of motorised gripper.
• Cartesian gantry type palletisers.
• Robotic palletising cells.
• Automatic turntable stretch wrappers.
• Special solutions for pallet protection.

Case of success: Complete and complex packaging line for flours and powdery products
Harinera de Tardienta (Haritasa) is located in the middle of an important wheat-producing area of Aragon, and has produced an excellent range of high-quality flours and semolina flours since 1954, becoming one of the most important flour milling groups in Spain. In 2011, Haritasa faced the challenge of modernising its factory.

On one hand, they needed to change the packaging format from the classical valve bag, where the valve remained open, to a more hygienic and fully closeable open mouth bag. At the same time, the other goals were to increase the total output capacity and to get more flexibility in packaging formats, all of this, with the constraint of the reduced available space in the packaging and warehousing areas.

Haritasa put their confidence on TMI, whose proposal met all of these needs. With the time, the relationship between both companies became so close that TMI turned into a technological partner rather than just a supplier.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Wenger Manufacturing company profile

With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, brothers Joe and Louis Wenger founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. 

They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948. Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for all commercial extruders used today.

The Wenger brothers' novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, seventy-five years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

Today, Wenger offers a range of premium single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, dryers/coolers, flavor coating and enrobing systems, and control systems.

A new generation of proud employees works toward customer satisfaction daily in their multiple plants, in their world-class research and development centre, and in sales and service offices around the globe. 
Wenger equipment is unmatched in quality. 

Perhaps even more importantly, they've built a reputation for having lasting partnerships with customers. Lasting because of their dedication, ingenuity, and responsiveness – and  promise to carry out that commitment for generations to come.

Visit the website HERE.

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August 17, 2017

18/08/2017: 2018 IPPE registration and housing now open

Attendee and exhibitor registration and housing for the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) are now open

IPPE has secured more than 1,140 exhibitors with more than 518,000 net square feet of exhibit space already booked.

The Expo anticipates more than 30,000 attendees through the collaboration of the three trade shows - International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo - representing the entire chain of protein and feed production and processing.

The event is sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Register online and receive a discounted price of $50 (USD) through Dec. 31. The discounted rate applies only to registrations received online.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the registration fee will increase to $100.

The IPPE website, offers easy navigation with access to important information, including attendee and exhibitor registration and hotel availability and reservations.

The annual global feed, meat and poultry industry trade show is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Back by popular demand is the “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, for qualified attendees from member companies of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed, and for pet food manufacturers.

The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors, which include Arm and Hammer, Aviagen, Biomin, Ceva Animal Health, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Elanco Animal Health, Heat and Control, Huvepharma, Incubation Systems, Inc., Jamesway Incubator Co., Kemin, Soybean Meal Information Center, Zoetis and Watt Global Media.

“We sincerely thank and appreciate these elite exhibiting companies for participating in the M2A program. The program continues to deliver results in increasing attendance and contributing to the success of IPPE,” said IPPE show management.

The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of meat, poultry and animal feed. The week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2018, will feature dynamic education programs focused on current industry issues. The International Poultry Scientific Forum, Poultry Seminar in Spanish, Pet Food Conference and the Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry will kick off the week’s education programs.

The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry, Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium education programs will also return for 2018.

In addition, several TECHTalks programs will be offered during the Expo. The 2018 IPPE will also highlight several new educational programs including essential sessions on food safety, consumer trends and international trade.

The following programs are new for 2018:

- Preventing and Responding to Foreign Material Contamination Incidents
- Understanding and Achieving Operational Excellence
- Meat Quality Workshop: The Taste of Beef
- Permit Required Confined Space - Train the Trainer
- FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training for Animal Food
- Pork 101
- Family Business Focus: Utilising Outside Advisors and Board Members for Greater Success
- Beef 101
- Defend the Flock – Biosecurity Basics for Poultry & Egg Producers and Live Operations Personnel
- Feed Production Education Program; Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session
- Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work
- Wastewater Treatment Challenges for the Poultry and Egg Industry
- Get the Facts with Meat Mythcrushers
- Livestock Handling and Stunning to Optimise Animal Welfare and Regulatory Compliance

For more information about the 2018 IPPE, visit the website, HERE.

Register online, HERE.

2018 IPPE show dates/hours:
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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18/08/2017: “Magnum Systems Dual Auger Packer” - A tailored solution for bakery mixes

When processors of flour, or flour-based mixtures, want to package their product into bags for sale/shipment to potential customers, the go-to machine is usually an auger type filler

Flour by its nature is not a constantly fluidisable material and thus not a good candidate for air packers and not free flowing enough to work on gravity type fillers.
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Add in the ingredients in a typical bakery mix (sugar, shortening baking soda, and flavorings) and these poor flow characteristics become amplified along with the increased sensitivity to cross contamination.

Most auger fillers have a single auger and were designed to handle industrial minerals. They are simple machines that are designed to be robust and work on the same material day in and day out but they are the slowest of all fillers and food grade was usually not part of the original design basis. In the early 90’s there was a surge in demand of bakery mix production and packaging with the invention of the home bread machine that every housewife got for Christmas.

While the standard auger fillers worked with the mixes, they had three major drawbacks:

1. They were slow
2. They were not accurate enough
3. They were not cleanable

So to answer this demand, Magnum System’s Taylor Products brand set out to design auger filler that not only solves these drawbacks, has previsions for filling various container types, prevent dust, and pairs with automated bag placing based on automation/manpower required.

The bagging machine created was the APO Dual (Auger Packer Open mouth Dual).

1. The two augers (one 8” and one 4”) increase speed of fill.
2. The two augers increase the accuracy and repeatability of target fill.
3. Designed with a drop bottom chamber, removable augers and agitators, and even designed to be able to be 3A dairy certified, ensures ease of cleaning.
4. Multiple Discharge adapters allow for container versatility.
5. Inflatable spout ensures superior dust control.
6. Paired with bag placing equipment allows automation if required.

The APO Dual is a “Gross Weigh” filler, meaning that the container being filled is weighed as it is filled. It uses two horizontally mounted augers, one eight inch and one four inch to meter and control material flow.

These augers each have a positive shut-off cap to ensure halted flow when they stop for increased accuracy assurance. Located above the auger inlet, a ribbon type agitator ensures consistent flow and even feed to the augers.

The augers discharge through an enclosed chamber to an inflatable spout where the container (or its liner) is normally attached for filling. The unit is load cell based with a digital scale. To begin a fill cycle, an operator places a container onto the inflatable spout and signals the process to start by either a hand bump or foot switch. The spout is inflated to form a dust tight seal and both augers begin to fill.

At the first pre-act condition, typically around 65 percent of the target fill, the larger auger stops its fill, while the smaller auger continues to fill. At a second pre-act condition, the smaller auger, which is equipped with a variable speed drive, slows to a dibble speed for the final top off.

By using this sequence maximum efficiency in balancing speed and accuracy is achieved. When finished, the scale verifies that the bag is within the processors over/under acceptable limits from the target fill weight.

If acceptable, the inflatable head is deflated and the container released. If out of tolerance range, an alarm is signalled and the operator must clear it to proceed, alerting the operator to an upset condition.

Visit the Magnum Systems website, HERE.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Ottevanger Milling Engineers company profile

Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading European company in the design and manufacture of equipment and complete installations for the grain-processing and mixed-feed industries.

Food producers throughout the world use these installations to produce food for people and animals. In modern, well-equipped plants in Aalten and Moerkapelle (The Netherlands) Ottevanger's specialists use the latest technologies to design and manufacture a comprehensive range of products.

Computer-controlled plants – anywhere in the world – are provided with on-line technical support from these plants. In its design of any installation Ottevanger takes into account the strictest environmental regulations and safety requirements.

There are, for example, always adequate facilities for air purification as well as sound and heat insulation. A lot of attention is also devoted to hygiene through the use of stainless steel and special coatings.

Thanks to its expert knowledge and expertise, amassed throughout its over one hundred years' experience, Ottevanger is the ideal partner for the implementation of your project.

Visit the Ottevanger website, HERE.

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