February 19, 2017

20/02/2017: The importance of effective water management during the milling process

by Eloisa Martino, communications manager at OCRIM

On November 4, 2016 OCRIM S.p.A. organised an important technical meeting, at the Il Cicalino estate in Massa Marittima (Grosseto), to discuss about the importance of water and its management in the milling process

Addressing the audience, Alberto Antolini, CEO of OCRIM, stated that “the aim of congressional events is to create a unified spirit and therefore to share skill and knowledge”.

The purpose of the event, explained by Antolini, was to bring together, in a single location and for an entire weekend, mill owners, technologists and experts in the milling sector from across Italy.

It was not, therefore, simply a four-hour conference on a specific topic, rather, the meeting of ideas belonging to people who do not normally cross paths in their day-to-day lives or at least not frequently, each one with his/her specific background of experience and points of view to share with the others.

In his opening speech at the convention, Stefano Mazzini, commercial director at OCRIM, referred to the concept, mentioned several times at the previous edition “Grano, Farina e…” (Wheat, Flour and...), of the importance of the raw material, wheat.

He explained that OCRIM no longer intends to be a plant-engineering/mechanical company but, thanks to its partnership with Bonifiche Ferraresi S.p.A., to actually set the standards in terms of the entire production chain as well, confirming a new forward-looking trend.

This is a challenge that OCRIM has recently taken on, and that it strongly believes in. Marco Galli, technological director at OCRIM and Maurizio Monti, founder of Miller’s Mastery, were the two expert speakers of the technical day.

Both presented theories and arguments based on their personal instruction and experience.

Marco Galli focused particularly on grain preparation before processing, how to manage it in the conditioning phase, which, as per the procedure, changes depending on the type of wheat.

Mr Galli states that “the entire conditioning phase is extremely important because, once the grain is being processed there is no turning back”.

Therefore the wheat will retain any errors made during conditioning. On the other hand, correct conditioning can balance and correct any limits over the course of grinding.

The technology being used is of primary importance, states OCRIM’s technology director, since mechanical solutions, together with a careful study and analysis of how grain behaves during pre-soaking and conditioning, are crucial for achieving the right results.

Automatic soaking with OCRIM’s “MGA” system makes it possible to monitor, correct and change the amount of water that is delivered.

The real technological revolution of this system consists in the possibility of its installation and use in the second conditioning phase (on top of the first).

Read the full article HERE.

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