December 21, 2015

21/12/2015: Modern meets tradition at Molino Quaglia

by Thomas Ziolko, Bühler AG, Grain Milling

First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015

The northern Italian mill has been relying on Bühler as its technology partner for years. The Quaglia family owners are enthusiastic about the recently added Maia bagging station, due to its easy operation, low cleaning requirements and the new sealing system.

Molino Quaglia is a special mill in several respects, beginning with the founding of the mill over a hundred years ago. At the age of 13, Antonio Quaglia left his home in northern Italy, where his parents ran their traditional mill operation since 1856, and built his own mill just south of Padua. The truly unique part: The small stonegrinding mill floated on two rafts on the Adige River (the Fuime Adige in Italian) and was driven by the water over the mill wheels.

Industrial mill
In 1937, Molino Quaglia moved from the river to solid ground in the commune of Vighizzolo d’Este. Under the guidance of Annito Quaglia, the family-operated business grew into an industrially operated mill that often stood out within the Italian milling sector because of its innovations. For instance, in 1986, Molino Quaglia was the first Italian mill to install a grain roasting facility. The siblings Lucio, Chiara and Andrea Quaglia took over the management of the family business in 1989. As the first mill in Italy, they had Molino Quaglia certified step-by-step and successively expanded the production lines.

Partnering with Bühler since 2007
In 2007, Molino Quaglia purchased its first machinery from Bühler, a Primus/Ventus grain cleaner for pre-cleaning grain that had been delivered. The Quaglias immediately noticed improvements in the production capacity as well as the flour quality. Other Bühler machinery followed, such as a Light Peeler, the high-capacity grain cleaner VEGA, a Sortex color sorter and finally several Antares roller mills. In 2011, the Quaglia siblings selected the Bühler company to deliver a new automation solution which would merge all plants in the Molino Quaglia under one central control system.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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