February 29, 2012

Chopin Technologies: Infraneo Junior

Near-infrared analyser specifically developed to provide simple, reliable and economic solution for millers and baking industries. Infraneo Junior uses the same Near-infrared technology as Infrano Senior.
  • Optimise your investments and equip your sites according to your analysis frequencies
  • Choose a quick and reliable control adapted to the needs of your business
Versatility
Dry and conditioned wheats (moisture, hardness).
All flours including mill stream flours (moisture, protein, ash content…). 
Bran and middlings (Starch, cellulose…).
 Other pulverulent products...
Reliability
Robustness of the device and consistency of the results thanks to the SAM(1) system witch automatically limits the adjustment of bias of the monochromator.
Rapidity
In less than 25 seconds, obtain the quality of your flours and pulverulent products. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of 'PPLAPP' click here.

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Russian agro-industrial group move HQ to Luxembourg

Sodrugestvo the Russian agro-industrial group, has relocated its headquarters to Luxembourg, minister of Economic Affairs Schneider announced on Tuesday. The company Sodrugestvo employs activities in animal feed and logistics.

As was announced on Tuesday during a press conference at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the company will furnish its headquarter in Luxembourg. Ten people will be employed here. The group has annual sales of US$1.8 billion (€1.338 billion) and employs 1,350 people worldwide, especially in Russia and Brazil. Read more ...

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Organic growers case against Monsanto dismissed

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has officially dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organisations against Monsanto Company.

OSGATA and plaintiffs in the case alleged that they did not want to grow crops containing Monsanto's biotechnology traits but feared a patent-infringement lawsuit in the event the company's traits happened to enter their fields inadvertently through, for example, cross-pollination. However, the court rejected the lawsuit finding that OSGATA and plaintiffs had engaged in a "transparent effort to create a controversy where none exists." Read more ...

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February 28, 2012

Silo Construction & Engineering (SCE)

 The SCE method of modular silo construction consists of a number of square construction forms with a self-supporting structure. As a result, storage capacity per available surface is fully made use of. We offers you a whole range of cell sizes and types of sides. SCE can rely on many years of experience with the development of silo projects for bulk storage of granulated and powdery products.
 
Our highly qualified engineering and construction teams guarantee you a flawless total approach: from preliminary research to stability studies to detailed production, delivery and assembly. SCE makes designs according to the European calculation standard EN 1991-4:2006 and always takes into account international industry and safety standards.

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In Russia poultry producers purchasing feed plants

The number of independent feed companies in relation to the number of the same enterprises having being integrated into the holdings during the past several years has been in significant decline. Representatives of the national association of feed producers noted the declining trend at a recent Moscow conference “Compound Feed 2012”.

Only this month of February did the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service approve the purchasing of shares in individual feed mills by different poultry farms. In particular it is reported that large poultry complex Kochubeevskoe of Stavropol Krai plans to buy 100 percent of the shares of Belorechensk feed mill.
“This is a single strain of logic: if we have our own feed to feed our poultry, we do not have to buy it on the side, so the cost of the final products is reduced. Read more ...

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EPA streamlines feed mill cyclone operating standards

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule on December 23, 2011 to revise certain provisions of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air pollutants for Prepared Feed Manufacturing. The direct final rule, which went into effect February 21, revised an earlier rule EPA finalised in 2010 that requires general housekeeping practices and sets efficiency standards for cyclones that operate on pellet mills.

The rule applies to facilities that produce more than 50 tons of feed per day and also add magnesium or chromium to their feed. The earlier 2010 regulation required facilities to formally certify that existing pellet mill cyclones were designed to reduce emissions of particulate matter by at least 95 percent. Read more ...

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February 27, 2012

At SYMAGA your reliable storage solution

At SYMAGA

Symasil is specialised in the design, manufacture and supply of metal silos for the storage of seed, cereal, malt, oilseed, granules and pellets, flour, rice and, in general, for agriculture, the food industry, bio-fuels and biomasses. Technology service your reliable storage solution with worldwide references.

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Irish feed factory to sue the state for damages

A feed factory in Ireland owned by ASM Alternative Feeds is set to sue the state for damages, the factory was forced to close after a sample vial mix up lead to the diagnosis of dioxin. Which closed the factory for five months. The Republic of Ireland's department of agriculture suspended ASM Alternative Feeds’ license after a routine sample showed elevated dioxin levels. 

It was later discovered that the original sample vial had been misplaced and a mix up lead to a false assignation of dioxin. The state laboratory carrying out the analysis apologised, but the dioxin result was only part of the grounds for the suspension of the license, namely a consignment of 8.5 tons of feed delivered to a Northern Ireland address having gone missing. Read more ...

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Saskatchewan elevator capacity expanded by Viterra

Viterra is expanding its grain elevator in Fairlight, Saskatchewan, Canada, to boost storage capacity and give it the ability to handle more rail cars. The company said it will increase the size of the grain elevator so it can handle 100 rail car deliveries and store more grain for market.
 Viterra did not say how much it is spending to grow the operation in the small community in the southeastern Saskatchewan farm belt. Canadian National Railway, the company's key shipper, was involved in the expansion. "Viterra's investment in this facility will ensure more efficient movement of grains and oilseeds for our customers," said Bob Miller, Viterra's senior vice-president of North American grain services. Read more ...

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Press Release: BinMaster 3DLevelScanner for Harsh Environments

BinMaster Level Controls announces the introduction of the  3DLevelScanner HE designed for use in storage silos containing challenging materials such as clinker, alumina, and fly ash. This new model of the 3DLevelScanner has an operating temperature range of up to 250°F (120°C) to accommodate higher temperatures that may be present when material that has been heated in the production process is conveyed into storage silos. The 3DLevelScanner HE is ideal for use in the cement, aluminum and power industries where there are multiple challenges such as dust or high humidity and very large silos where the material surface in the bin may be uneven and difficult to measure.

Dependent on the diameter and height of the silo and the desired level of volume accuracy, one or more 3DLevelScanners is mounted on the top of the silo in strategic locations determined by using advanced proprietary software. Each dust-penetrating, non-contact sensor sends pulses in a 70° beam angle, taking multiple measurements from the material surface and continually mapping the material surface to detect changes in level, account for uneven surface topography, and calculate a highly accurate volume estimate for the contents of the silo. The 3DLevelManager software reports the lowest and highest points detected and the average level based upon a weighted average of all of the measurements detected in the bin. For the MV and the MVL models, a colorful graphical representation will indicate where high and low spots exist in the silo.

“In the manufacturing process, materials such as clinker, alumina or fly ash may be conveyed into the silo when they are still relatively hot,” said Todd Peterson, vice president of sales for BinMaster. “The new 3DLevelScanner HE withstands these higher temperatures while maintaining a high level of measurement accuracy, unlike some non-contact devices that are prone to becoming unreliable in harsh environments. With our experience in over 500 installations in North America, the 3DLevelScanner has been proven to perform in a wide variety of materials like heavy lump material like clinker, fine granular material like alumina oxide, or powdered materials such as fly ash.”

About BinMaster
BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp & paper, power, mining, and concrete industries. The BinMaster product line is sold worldwide and features many diverse technologies for bin level indication and measurement, being well known for its SmartBob2 and 3DLevelScanner advanced inventory management solutions.

For more information about BinMaster, visit www.binmaster.com

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February 24, 2012

NoviPet to unveil new nutrition product

NoviPet, a global provider of nutritional supplements for pets, will launch a new line of easy-to-feed and easy-to-chew healthy supplements, which was developed especially for the US dog nutrition market, at the Global Pet Expo. All of NoviPet's products are based on a "soft-chew" delivery system and are available in pharmaceutical-like blister packs to maintain optimal freshness.

NoviPet will unveil a series of new products at the pet industry annual trade show, including:
  • Joint Support - provides an excellent source of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), supporting joint function and comfort
  • Multi Vitamin - provides dogs with the vitamins and minerals they need, reducing the risk of vitamin or mineral deficiency and preventing poor coat, inflammation, lethargy and additional undesirable conditions.
  • Omega 3 & 6 - specially designed to ensure healthy skin and beautiful coat while supporting the immune system and reducing inflammatory processes.
NoviPet's supplements will be presented at the company's booth 3671 on February 29-March 2, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Read more ...

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Nuscience introduced Shellbiotic at Victam Asia 2012

The 2012 Dairy Focus Asia took place in Bangkok on 8th and 9th February and Nuscience cattle specialist Nele Gyselinck was there to present new insights on the benefits of Aromabiotic Cattle.
Nuscience also introduced Shellbiotic at Victam Asia 2012 (15-17 February). The title of the presentation at Dairy Focus Asia was ‘Countering mastitis in early lactation with MCFAs’.

The importance of mastitis and the link between somatic cell count in the milk and white blood cells was explained. Trials at the University of Ghent (Belgium) have shown a positive influence of Aromabiotic MCFAs on the quality of the white blood cells, resulting in a decrease of the somatic cell count and a higher milk production. At Victam Asia the Nuscience team presented the results obtained in India and Thailand with the feed additive Shellbiotic. Read more ...

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Brenntag opens new office in Mumbai

Brenntag, the global leader in chemical distribution, inaugurated its new head office in Mumbai, India. This new office represents Brenntag’s continued commitment to invest in India and to ensure the company has ample room for its planned growth over the next few years.
Brenntag's welcome CEO
Brenntag established its presence in India in 2008 and focuses on various industry segments such as Agro, Coatings, Food & Beverage, Leather, Lubricants, Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics & Polymers, Polyurethanes, Solvents and Textile. The new office adds to the company’s six existing offices located in all major industrial locations in India and Brenntag’s growing presence in the Asia Pacific region, which includes more than 40 offices in 15 countries. Read more ...

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Alltech symposium 2012 looks to 2050

The world population is growing at an incredible rate, which means that people and industries alike must explore innovative ideas in order to plan for the future. Agriculture will play a tremendous role in shaping that future as producers grapple with the challenges of feeding the booming global population projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 while dealing with diminishing resources and environmental concerns.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, described some of the issues that must be addressed by the agriculture industry."As we look to our future, we have some major questions that we need to come together and answer through innovative solutions,” Lyons said. “For example, what does the future hold for our children’s world? What role will you play in it? Where will you be? As we look to our children’s future, we must revolutionise how we think about the business of food production.” Read more ...

During Alltech’s 28th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium May 20-23, 2012, in Lexington, Kentucky, presenters will cover many topics related to feeding the world now and in the future.
 
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February 23, 2012

Novus brings out rumen booster

Novus International has brought out a plant extract product, Next enhance, that affects the rumen environment to improve nutritional uptake and efficiency, benefiting weight gain in cattle. Next enhance is a source of cinnamaldehyde and garlic oil (containing the active ingredient diallyl disulfide), which have been shown to favorably modify rumen fermentation.


This allows dietary carbohydrates and proteins to be more efficiently used by the animal. "This rumen effect leads to increased nutrient uptake or use which results in improved feed conversion and growth as well as reduced rumen waste products,” said Troy Wistuba, beef research manager for Novus.
“Carbohydrate and protein savings are channeled into better average daily gain in growing and finishing cattle.” Read more ...

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USDA Announces New Highly Erodible Cropland Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a new conservation initiative to protect up to 750,000 acres of the nation's most highly erodible croplands. Vilsack made the announcement via video to attendees of the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, held February 17-19, in Kansas City, Mo. The new initiative will assist producers with targeting their most highly erodible cropland (land with an erodibility index of 20 or greater) by enabling them to plant wildlife-friendly, long-term cover through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Producers can enroll land on a continuous basis beginning this summer at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office. With the use of soil survey and geographic information system data, local FSA staff can quickly determine a producer's eligibility for the initiative.

"As we work towards President Obama's vision for an economy that is built to last, America's natural resources must play an important role. Lands in CRP help support strong incomes for our farmers and ranchers and are the source of good middle class jobs related to outdoor recreation, hunting, and fishing," said Vilsack. "This announcement will strengthen CRP by focusing on protecting the most environmentally sensitive land. It targets limited resources where they can make the most difference for farmers, ranchers and to drive economic growth. I urge landowners who have highly erodible land to visit their county office to learn more about this program." Read more ...

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Blaze at the Wallaroo silos Australia

Wallaroo silo
Fire fighters have extinguished a gantry blaze at the Wallaroo silos, preventing it from spreading to the grain. Crews arrived at the scene since before 6:00 am. the fire broke out in machinery which moves the conveyor belt to transport the grain. Locals were warned to keep well clear of the area because of the risk of an explosion. Police evacuated residents of the area near Chatfield Terrace, creating an 800-metre exclusion zone. A truck with a hydraulic ladder was sent from Adelaide to help tackle the fire. The same silos had a fire emergency in 2010. Read more ...

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February 22, 2012

Yoghurt for piglets from Nutriscan

Among Danish piglet producers, it’s well known, that sour milk products as yoghurt has a beneficial impact on the intestinal function and hereby on the health and welfare of the piglets. That is why yoghurt products are widely used for piglets suffering from digestive disturbances, for large litters and in periods when the sow does not produce sufficient amount of milk in order to support a healthy growth, and at the same time to keep the use of antibiotics low, especially at weaning.

The new product, YoghurLac, from Nutriscan is designed to have the same texture and acidity as yoghurt products, when the 125 grams of the product is mixed into one litre of lukewarm water. Besides active lactic acid bacteria, YoghurLac contains high contents of milk powder and lactose, providing the piglets with easily absorbable nutrient at the same time as the milk acidification ensures a low pH in the intestinal tract and thus damaging E.coli and other gram negative bacteria. Read more ...

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DDGS dietary calculating tools developed by several US universities

Kansas State University, Iowa State University and South Dakota State University have all developed online calculators for distiller's dried grains with soluble (DDGS). Distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are figuring highly in US pork producers' dietary supplements for their herds, by some estimations at five million tons.

Kansas State University free online calculator
Iowa State University free online calculator
South Dakota State University free online calculator

Replacing corn with the byproducts of the ethanol process cost effectively requires time and calculation, so to help with the calculation process several US Midwestern Universities have developed free online calculators to aid in the decision making process when figuring out the potential cost savings from using DDGS at varying levels. Read more ...

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Feed premixes grew by 60 percent in Russia during 2011

"Production of compound feed and feed products (premixes and concentrates) in Russia are growing steadily" Said Vladimir Manaenkov, head of the department of livestock feed and breeding of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, speaking at the conference "Mixed feeds and premixes 2011". Indeed, the feed production in Russia increased  by nearly one million tons per year.

According to the forecast of Manaenkov, in the 2012 production rate in the country will account for 17.7 million tons of feed, in 2011 it was 17 million tons. According to the calculations of the Russian association of producers of feed, by 2013 production of feed relative to 2009 will have increased by 20.4 percent, protein-vitamin-mineral concentrates by 46.7 percent, premixes by 56.9percent. Read more ...

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February 21, 2012

The US and China sign agreement of strategic co-operation

The US agriculture secretary and the Chinese minister of agriculture have signed an agreement a plan of strategic co-operation, a blueprint for the two countries' agricultural relationship for the next 5 years. The plan was signed as part of the US-China Agricultural Symposium held today at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

The symposium focused on bilateral cooperation in the areas of food safety, food security and sustainable agriculture, as well as enhanced business relationships between the two countries. "This symposium and plan are a product of a vision I share with my dear old friend Minister Han for the United States and China to work more collaboratively in the future to benefit our nations and agriculture around the world," Vilsack said. Read more ...

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China agrees to purchase 10 percent of US soybean crop

The US produces approximately 35 percent of the world's soybeans. Since 1991, global soybean demand has increased 151 percent. China leaders made commitments to purchase than 8.62 million tons at a cost of about US$4.31 billion (€3.248 billion).

The China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) delegation, led by its president, Bian Zhenhu, signed 15 contracts with US companies that including ADM, AGP, Bunge, Cargill and CHS. Read more ...

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Dioxin reassessment first part has been released by the EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has published the first of two volumes of its response to the National Academy of Sciences 2006 report on the EPA's original dioxin reassessment. The document is the first of two EPA reports that, together, will respond to the recommendations and comments on 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) dose-response assessment included in the 2006 NAS report, Health Risks from Dioxin and Related Compounds: Evaluation of the EPA Reassessment.

The released document, Reanalysis Volume 1, includes (1) a systematic evaluation of the peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies and rodent bioassays relevant to TCDD dose-response analysis; (2) dose-response analyses using a TCDD physiologically based pharmacokinetic model that simulates TCDD blood concentrations following oral intake; and (3) an oral reference dose (RfD) for TCDD. Read more ...

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February 20, 2012

Experienced international sales and marketing person

Perendale Publishers Limited generates more than 90 percent of its advertising revenues (from its three industry trade titles) from international and overseas companies and clients. We are looking to fill a full-time position of International Sales & Marketing Manager to manage existing clients, but more importantly to seek out new advertisers. We will appoint an individual with at least 5 years experience in international sales, has a firm understanding of both digital and print media, writes well, can communicate easily by phone, email and face-to-face and has an engaging personality that crosses cultural boundaries.

The successful candidate will work with a small sales team from our Cheltenham, UK office and target a wide variety of businesses on all continents. The role will report to the managing director. Remuneration will be approximately UK£35,000 per annum, based on the successful candidate’s experience. Some international travel is required but will not be extensive. An additional language such as Spanish, Mandarin or French would be beneficial.

If you want to join this progressive publishing company where your input will make an important contribution to the company’s overall success, please email your CV plus a short explanation of your current circumstances in either an eight to 10-page Powerpoint or Slideshare resume in the first instance to:

Roger Gilbert, Perendale Publishers Limited, Cheltenham, UK (rogerg@perendale.co.uk)


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BinMaster MultiBob Level Sensor System






BinMaster’s MultiBob inventory management system provides an average bin level from measurements taken by two up to 32 SmartBob2 or SmartBob TS-1 sensors installed on the top of a single bin, tank, silo or flat storage warehouse containing powders, granulars or bulk solid materials. The SmartBob sensors are strategically located in the vessel to monitor critical measuring points and using eBob software, are programmed to measure materials at scheduled time intervals or on demand. The advanced eBob software compiles the measurement data to calculate an average level or headroom and estimated percentage full. 
MultiBob can be used to monitor levels in any storage bin or flat storage warehouse where a single measurement is not adequate to estimate inventory. Each SmartBob sensor precisely and reliably measures in the same location every time, detecting level changes as bins and warehouses are emptied or filled using trucks, loaders or conveyors. Large diameter bins, bins containing materials that tend to pile up, as well as bins with multiple filling and emptying points are common applications for MultiBob. Depending on the number and locations of SmartBob sensors mounted in the bin, the user can use the data to determine conditions such as cone up or cone down, whether there are high and low spots in the bin, and which filling or emptying points they want to target in multiple-fill, multiple-discharge point bins.

In addition to multiple point measurement, the advanced eBob software allows the user to add a strapping table to the bin parameters to further personalize the data for a particular bin. Strapping tables are helpful when the material in the bin tends to compact, which makes the bulk density of the material greater at the bottom of the bin than the top. In a non-linear vessel, the addition of a strapping table will improve the estimated volume of material in the tank.

About BinMaster
BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries – an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp & paper, power, mining, and concrete industries. The BinMaster product line is sold worldwide and features many diverse technologies for bin level indication and measurement, being well known for its SmartBob2 and 3DLevelScanner advanced inventory management solutions. For more information about BinMaster, visit www.binmaster.com

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Viterra sells US and Canadian feed mills

Viterra the Canadian grain handlers company has entered into a deal with a new company Hi-Pro-Feeds, selling its Canadian and North American livestock operations. The sale includes six feed mills and one pre-mix manufacturing plant in Canada, and six feed mills and a commodity blending site in the United States.

 “The company will continue to look for opportunities to grow its processing portfolio in industries where it can achieve scale and influence and this divestment will allow us to focus our capital on areas of greatest strategic impact,” president and chief executive officer Mayo Schmidt said in a release. Read more ...

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Press Release: Insta-Pro International® and Alfa Laval Join Forces

Insta-Pro International and Alfa Laval Inc. have announced an agreement for Insta-Pro to distribute Alfa Laval decanters and represent Alfa Laval’s process engineering packages for the vegetable oil industry. At the same time, Alfa Laval will be generating activities for Insta-Pro’s oilseed crushing systems. “There is an excellent fit between Alfa Laval’s world-known oil refining process technology and Insta-Pro’s recognised expertise in crushing and extrusion systems,” said Kevin Kacere, Insta-Pro President and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect this partnership to make it easier for our customers to find the complete processing solution with one call.”

Now, customers with process technology needs will be able to contact either Alfa Laval or Insta-Pro International to access equipment and technical guidance from both companies. “We foresee excellent potential from harnessing our companies’ strengths together,” commented John Piazza, Market Unit Manager at Alfa Laval Inc. “We share common business strategies centered around quality equipment and technical expertise second to none in our industries. “While both companies have a significant global presence, Insta-Pro is poised to help Alfa Laval reach the oil refining needs of the small to medium sized enterprises.” “This should be a ‘win-win’ for Insta-Pro, Alfa Laval and most importantly our customers.” Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialised products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

As an innovative partner to industries that handle all types of vegetable fats and oils, Alfa Laval offers the standard setting PX range of high-speed separators, market-leading range of decanters and heat transfer technology including condensers and evaporators. In addition, they offer complete oil processing solutions including the groundbreaking SoftColumn continuous deodoriser, and the new SoftFlex semi-continuous deodoriser. Insta-Pro International manufactures and promotes extrusion and oilseed processing technologies worldwide. With a presence in over 100 countries, Insta-Pro International’s chemical-free, environmentally friendly technologies provide safe, efficient and effective solutions for the food and feed industries.
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Biomin gets US patent for its innovative symbiotic poultrystar

Biomin was granted US patent protection for its multi-species synbiotic Poultrystar, a growth promotion solution. Poultrystar combines live strains of the genus Enterococcus, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus and Bifodbacterium with prebiotic fructooligosaccharides, designed to  promote beneficial gut microflora in day-old chicks and birds of all ages, making them more resistant to pathogens.

“The unique probiotic strains in PoultryStar were isolated from the gut of healthy chickens making them host specific, and safe and efficacious for use as a feed additive for poultry," said Michaela Mohnl, product manager for probiotics within Biomin. "Importantly, the PoultryStar strains were selected from different parts of the chicken intestinal tract to ensure their reproduction and colonisation throughout most of the gut,” she added. Read more ...

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February 17, 2012

The GRAPAS Award made this week in Bangkok

The GRAPAS Award made this week in Bangkok, Thailand at the Victam Asia Exhibition acknowledged the contributions in innovation made by four companies submitting products for consideration; two were ‘highly commended’ and two ‘commended’.

Dutch equipment manufacturer, Van Aarsen received a ‘highly commented’ award for its ‘Automatic Screen Exchange for GD Hammer Mills.

Van Aarsen receiving their award
“Automatic screen exchange on a hammer mill is a distinct advance on normal operating practice and which will improve overall feed milling plant operating efficiency and safety. Screen changing is typically a laborious procedure which this innovation will address. The animal feed industry can achieve improvements in its utilisation of plant by applying this device,” the judges stated in their summing up.

Alco coming ‘highly commented’ was the Batch Call Optimiser from Norvidan Overseas A/S of Denmark.

“Plant control systems which optimise the utilisation of the plant are of ever increasing significance. Norvidan are offering an impressive facility to ensure the optimum use of  parallel lines of a process to ensure maximum output and thus best economic return,” the judges said.

Commended
The two companies receiving a commendation for their submissions were the Morillon company of France for its All-in-one Hydrascrew and the Queue-plus Software for Feed Plants by the Thai company Agentis Innovation. The hydraulic drive for the HydraScrew discharge screw is advantageous due to its good torque characteristics – “a commendable innovation with fairly wide opportunities for application as flat-bottomed storage grows in importance.,” said the judges.

“Queue-plus, as described, is an innovative software development which will provide material benefits for the feed miller and his customers of bagged products. A reduction in traffic congestion and turnaround time resulting from the improvements in scheduling is a major objective for a plant operator, concluded the judges.

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of  'PPLAPP' click here.
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FOSS wins the Asian GRAPAS Award for 2012

January 15, 2012 – Bangkok, Thailand: The winner of the 2012 GRAPAS Innovation Award has gone to the Foss company from Denmark at the Victam Asia exhibition held this week at the BITEC centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Darren Robey, represented FOSS at the award ceremony receiving his award from Mr Roger  Gilbert

The ProFoss Online Analysis has true in-line capability has very great potential, said the judging panel. It was the product that swept the pool of innovations coming from the grain milling industry and on display at the exhibition.

GRAPAS is the name given to an exhibition within an exhibition on flour, grain, rice and pasta milling. The judges said the application of effective on-line instrumentation linked to control systems can make a very large contribution to the profitability of a continuous process industry.

“Most cereal-related industries for both human food and animal feed milling are continuous processes.

“The ProFoss appears to offer a significant improvement on previous online instrumentation. Although it uses well-proven NIR technology it offers great practical and functional advantages by virtue of its ability to continuously measure parameters of cereal grains and ground products without interruption to the product flow. This true in-line capability has very great potential.”

The award was presented by Roger Gilbert Perendale Publishers Limited.

The runner up was Buhler AG of Switzerland with its Dolomit rollermill.

“The rollermill is the basic principles of the four and eight rollermill have been established for over a century. Nevertheless, the incremental improvements in design, materials and manufacture have resulted in enormous gains in efficiency,” added the judges.

Runner Up Buhler AG
“The Dolomit rollermill offered provides a ‘state of the art’ product which can be applied across a broad spectrum of the milling of cereals for both human food and, to a lesser extent, animal feed.

“In addition to its claimed practical merits the Dolomit rollermill has good aesthetic design which will suit it for modern food manufacture.”

Overall the judges acknowledged the “interesting selection of products has been submitted for judging this year.

“Although each of the products offered for judging provide clear benefits and advantages to one or more milling processes, they are generally the result of evolutionary improvements and are not in themselves truly revolutionary.

“It is our recommendation therefore that in judging, weighting is also given to the breadth of fields in which they can be applied. The recommended winner and runner-up are both products that can be applied to a wide range of milling sectors and thus they will thereby contribute more to the industry as a whole.” The panel stated.

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of  'PPLAPP' click here.
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February 16, 2012

The Milling awards at Victam 2012 images



The winner of the Victam ‘Award for Milling’ GRAPAS Asia 2012 went to FOSS presented by Roger Gilbert of Perendale Publishers Ltd







Victam ‘Award for Milling’ GRAPAS Asia 2012 Runner-up Buhler AG, Switzerland
Dolomit Rollermill







Victam ‘Award for Milling’GRAPAS Asia 2012 Highly Commended Van Aarsen International, The Netherlands Automatic Screen Exchange for GD Hammermill






Runner up: TAT Energy And Engineering Co,Ltd.





Mr Roger Gilbert from Perendale Publishers Ltd, presented the awards to the, winners FOSS, second place to Bulher AG, he also presented Van Aarsen International with the highly commended award, and runners up TAT Energy And Engineering Co,Ltd.

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of 'PPLAPP' click here.
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