September 21, 2017

21/09/2017: Nutritional feed company achieves uniformity with rotary batch mixer

by Bob Seeley, Micron Bio-Systems

 Micron Bio-Systems is an international biotech company that produces feed preservation additives, mycotoxin remediation treatments and probiotic feed supplements for livestock including beef and dairy cows, calves, lambs, pigs and chickens. Blending of these nutritional supplements is a critical step of the manufacturing process due to the diverse sizes, shapes and bulk densities of ingredient particles, supplement-to-feed ratios as low as one to 400, and the need to achieve 100 percent batch-to-batch uniformity.

 Micron Bio-Systems blended its products successfully for more than 40 years using a 708 litre Rotary Batch Mixer from Munson Machinery, Utica, New York, so when increased demand for its products called for higher throughput, the company specified a new 1415 l version of its original mixer design.

 Updating a proven process
 Shannon Lineberry, Production Manager, Micron Bio-Systems explained, “The original mixer was reliable, and we replaced very few parts on it over the years. The new one also gives us a good homogenous blend with uniform ingredient distribution, even though the materials have varying particle sizes and densities.”

 Whereas the original unit had a screw drive that augured raw ingredients in from a hopper, the new feed system features an overhead hopper into which an operator manually empties bags of ingredients. The company is also upgrading to an automated bulk bag discharger with programmable logic control to feed primary ingredients into the new mixer.

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Tapco Inc. Company Profile


The largest manufacturer of elevator buckets in North America. 

 From the company website, "We have the products you need, when you need them, and at a competitive price! No order is too big, nor too small. Our shipping department is geared to handle the most urgent of emergencies - we welcome rush orders."

 Tapco stocks the largest inventory of elevator buckets and bolts in North America, some 900,000 buckets in 64 sizes, and 15 million bolts. We also have the largest inventory of abrasion resistant sheeting, drag flights and hanger bearings in North America. Their shipping department is geared to handle the most urgent of emergencies - we welcome rush orders. 

 They have exported to more than 50 different countries around the world. Stocking distributors are located strategically in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim. 

Visit their website here. 
 

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21/09/2017: GEAPS, K-State offer four October courses

Courses cover inspections, quality management systems and safety and quality in flour milling. 

 Registration is now open for four grain handling and processing operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in October. These online courses run from October 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017. Registration closes October 24, 2017. Courses can be completed any time over the five week schedule, and each offering should take approximately 10 hours to complete. 

 GEAPS 522: FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation
 This course was developed by the USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service in conjunction with GEAPS and K-State. It introduces the basics of grain inspections, provides a history of inspection and an overview of general techniques. 

 GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations
 Participants learn about quality management systems and how to use them in agricultural storage environments. This course provides strategies for integrating systems into normal business activities and teaches the skills needed to create food safety plans and develop management systems. After completing the course, participants should be able to do a basic quality analysis of facility operations and identify points where physical quality or economics are impacted. 

 GEAPS 540: Entry Level Safety
 Lectures identify the main risks of working in the industry, discuss precautions and emphasise the need to learn and follow company and facility safety and health policies. This course is a great resource for new grain industry workers, but also serves as an excellent safety refresher for more experienced employees. 

 GEAPS: 630 Quality Control, Quality Assurance Practices in Flour Milling
 This course focuses on the quality control and quality assurance principles of milling, including milling process quality, flour analysis, sampling and additives. Participants will learn methods to quantitatively analyse both flour quality and mill performance. The tools and techniques introduced in this course will enable better and more efficient communication between the milling operative and the quality control/quality assurance department. 

 GEAPS 530, 540 and 630 are all required for base credentials from GEAPS and K-State. Learn more about the credential program on the GEAPS website. 

 About GEAPS 
 The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as "The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations". GEAPS addresses the industry's critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programmes and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS' global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies. 

Visit the GEAPS website here. 
 

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21/09/2017: Nutriad appoints Business Development Manager

Ms Karen de Ridder - Image courtesy of Nutriad
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Ms. Karen de Ridder as Business Development Manager Preservation & Functional Ingredients. 

 Around the world, the Belgium headquartered company continues to invest in their technical and commercial organisation. The hiring of talent and experience is aimed to support Nutriad’s growth ambitions in health and nutrition solutions for livestock and aquaculture producers.

 Karen de Ridder graduated a Bio-Engineer from the University of Ghent and brings with her several years of experience within the feed additives industry. Stated Ms. De Ridder: “I am excited to join Nutriad as it provides a hands-on environment where people work closely together in an international setting. Nutriad has developed an interesting portfolio over the years and I am looking forward to supporting the further development of the company.”

 Concluded Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “The choice of raw materials, and especially their chemical and microbiological quality, is essential for the successful production of safe and high quality feed. The Nutriad anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial portfolio helps protect sensitive raw materials and essential nutrients from autoxidation or (re)contamination with pathogenic bacteria. To further support our customers across the world we continue to invest in the development of new concepts and in-market technical support. This appointment follows from that strategy.”

 Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents. 

Visit the Nutriad website here. 


Read more HERE.
 

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September 20, 2017

20/09/2017: Millers supported by brothers in arms

Alberto Antolini, the owner of Ocrim together with his brother Sergio Antolini, who in turn owns Paglirani the Italian packaging company, hosted the 7th Ocrim 'Flour, Wheat and ...' days in Cortona, Italy this past weekend - from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17, 2017.

The conference day looked not only at milling equipment, but also at how flour improvers, enzymes and  additives impact the production of standardised and consistent-quality flour production. Several other speakers focused on machinery developments, such as the new antimicrobial sieve which helps protect flour 'from the inside' and relies on industrial diamonds to support the process.

Over 200 delegates from around the world attend this year's event. Full reports to follow in upcoming editions of Milling and Grain magazine.

Here, Alberto Antolini and Sergio Antolini explain more behind the concept of their companies and the progress they are making for millers everywhere.






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20/09/2017: NUTRION International: Fats, fatty acids and sustainability

Dr Alfredo J. Escribano, expert in livestock sustainability, participated as an invited speaker at AGROFUTURO, September 12, 2017. The event is considered by some as the most important academic and business orientated event in Colombia's agricultural sector. 

 Dr Escribano is responsible for Business Development at NUTRION Internacional, the leading manufacturer of bypass fats and fatty acids. The company has focused throughout its history on the development of nutritional solutions based on fats and fatty acids. On this the company says, "Which has allowed us to reach a high level of expertise, both scientifically and at the farm level; the combination needed to bring value to the sector: innovation plus understanding of needs equals useful and tailor-made solutions."

 Dr Escribano provided an applied vision on the concept of sustainability in livestock and it's evaluation, and presented future livestock technologies and designs, paying special attention to the application of ICTs and precision feedings. 

 He commented, "ICT's are already part of the day-to-day, and precision must be in our companies' DNA. In this sense, precision begins with determining the animal's needs not only on a physiological basis, but also taking into account a farm's specific context - i.e. the slop and altitude in some Columbian farms." 

 NUTRION Internacional provided the latest scientific research showing the great potential of fatty acids. In the words of Dr Escribano, "Fatty acids are more than a source of energy, they are elements with specific functions at the metabolic, immune and reproductive levels among other aspects, which ultimately lead to greater sustainability of livestock production, less methane production, less use of resources/food produced and less use of antibiotics."

 As his presentation reads, "a fatty acid, a function", this philosophy is reflected in both NUTRION's nutritional solutions, whose formulation is on fatty acids basis  (Omega-3, Medium Chain Fatty Acids, and others) and its fat origin: palm, flax, rapeseed, maize, soy, fish, etc. 

 NUTRION ended its participation reminding that "sustainability is everybody's duty, a lighthouse, and a goal; and fatty acids are useful tools in the battle" and calling to action "Together, we can do it!"

Visit the NUTRION website here. 

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Ocrim Company Profile


  Ocrim manufactures milling plants for wheat, corn and cereals in general, feed mills, electical systems, silos and grain conveying systems.

 Since it has always been specialised in "turnkey formula" projects, it offers a complete management of the entire production process; from the design of the entire industrial complex, passing through the construction and electromechanical part that takes place exclusively at the historic headquarter of Cremona, to the installation and final testing, providing also the training of the customer staff, to make it expert and independent.

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20/09/2017: Ocrim's Gala Dinner at Bonifiche Ferraresi, Cortona, Italy

Milling and Grain had the pleasure of being invited to the 7th Ocrim 'Wheat, Flour and ...' days in Cortona, Italy this past weekend.


The event attracted over 200 invited guests who participated in a one-day conference which focused on how machinery developments can impact the nutritional value and the quality of final flour and shared some exquisite and typical Italian dinning and entertainment. Guests came from all over the world - from Argentina to Mexico and the USA and Canada; from Indonesia, the Thailand to India and China and Taiwan; From South Africa to Kenya and Egypt and not to overlook the European guests from the UK to the Ukraine. A truly international gathering of flour millers!




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20/09/2017: Fatty acids for ruminants: A revolution in knowledge and approaches

by Alfredo J. Escribano, DVM, PhD, NUTRION Internacional, www.nutrion.es/en, aescribano@nutrion.es

 Functionality: Behind fatty acids, specific functions remain
 In the recent years we have observed a great torrent of new knowledge regarding fatty acids functions and role in improving products’ quality. Therefore, nutritionists are already formulating taking into account both quantities and proportions of different fatty acids.

Productivity & Profitability: C16:0 (Trending topic in academy and field)
 C16:0 has been one of the first fatty acids to be individually considered in formulation, in order to increase milk fat percent. Palmitic acid (C16:0) has become recurrent in nutritionist conversations, as it has been proposed (and showed to be) as an effective tool to increase milk fat percent, and much of research has been carried out on this during the last years (see some examples in table 1).

Products’ healthiness for human consumption: PUFAs (Omega)
 Furthermore, essential fatty acids are being considered in fatty acids formulation due to their specific roles in cows' reproduction outcomes, immunity, inflammation regulation and also in product quality. From consumers’ behavior point of view, there is a growing demand toward healthier foods, such as PUFAs-enriched meat and dairy products. Among them, Omega-3 enriched products are star products on supermarkets’ shelves and television ads, as they have been claimed to have positive effects on both cardiovascular and neurological health, as well as on immunity and inflammation regulation.

 Consequently, the presence of these fatty acids in meat and dairy products is gaining interest day by day also for farms and the industry and allows manufacturing premium products of higher profitability. From the nutritionists’ point of view, PUFAs topic is more complex, as these fatty acids must be rumen-protected (unlike direct effect on rumen –i.e. CH4 abatement). Thus, when technical people hear ‘PUFAs’, we think almost automatically about their externalities and the following dynamic interactions (figure 1).

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September 19, 2017

19/09/2017: The preservation of grains through cooling systems

 by Noemi Reyes, Cosergra, S.L. 

 Products such as grains, seeds, oilseeds, nuts, and others that are similar are still alive when stored after being harvested. Their vital activity consumes their own mass and oxygen, generating carbon dioxide, water and heat. These create a multitude of well-known troubles such as stored product weight loss and quality decrease.

 Insect infestation is a particular problem in poorly stored grains. Insects eat and infect the stored product, which is also reheated due to their vital activity. Insects start their presence from 13°C and up, although the real insect infestation occurs from 18°C and up with a peak between 30°C and 40°C for most insect species.

 Mould presence and subsequently dangerous toxins, some of them carcinogenic, may enter into the food chain. When using chilled storage most of the micro-flora growth stays under control, since most micro-flora species develop at temperatures between 20°C and 40°C. In addition, water condensation appears inside silos and warehouses making grains stick to the internal silo/warehouse wall and rot.

 In the case of grains with a high oil or fat content, their quality decreases quickly due to the fat oxidation. Heat speeds up this unwanted process. Some products like rice, change flavour and colour under inadequate storage conditions. For example, rice changes its color from white to yellowish, and later to orange. Color change is a clear indication of product damage during storage, and its market price drops a lot.

Read the full article on Issuu here. 
 

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Maxi-Lift Company Profile

 For more than 35 years, Maxi-Lift, Inc. has built superior elevator buckets by exceeding customer expectations. The Maxi-Lift name means unmatched service, customised solutions, engineered quality, and fast delivery.

 Their elevator buckets are in operation around the world, moving everything from aggregate to zinc, because we put the customer first. Maxi-Lift, Inc. manufacturers elevator buckets and related conveying components for agricultural and industrial applications.

Visit the website here. 
 

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19/09/2017: New milling facilities in Kazakhstan


Image courtesy of GMach
 A manufacturer of milling technologies, GMach announced it has started construction of two new milling facilities with capacities of 600 tonnes/day and 700 tonnes/day in Kazakhstan.

 The company announced that it has started construction of two new turnkey, steel construction milling facilities in Kostanay, Kazakhstan. The new facilities will be equipped with the latest technologies in milling and steel construction.

 GMach has also become the solution partner of two important companies, which produce flour in the city. The facilities, which are still in installation phase, have been designed with the latest technologies and superior engineering, using minimum manpower.

Image courtesy of GMach
 The facilities, which are equipped with various technologies, including full-automatic PLC control, remote management, management information system and automatic packaging system, will offer remarkable competitive advantage to companies.


 Officials said the machines they produce are used at facilities in various regions around the world, and with the new facilities they have added new reference projects in Asia, thus consolidating their position in the regional market.

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19/09/2017: Nutriad sponsor South Asia layer feed quality conference

(L-R) Mr Anand Srivastava (Nutriad Area Manager - South Asia), Dr Thiyagarajan Rajaram (Nutriad Area Manager - South Asia), Mr BK Chew (Nutriad, APAC Director), Dr Glenn Alfred Ferriol (Nutriad Area Manager PH, IN and MY)
Image courtesy of Nutriad
 Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad continues to support trade shows, conferences and seminars across Asia. Most recently the Belgium based company sponsored the 2017 South Asia Layer Feed Quality in Bangkok (Thailand).

 The event, that took place in September, addressed the specific challenges egg producers in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka face centered around the theme of ‘Science, trials & application”. Leading regional and international speakers addressed a variety of topics that were well received by the attendees.

 Dr Glenn Alfred Ferriol, Nutriad Area Manager, presented a paper on “Butyrate: linking precision delivery with gut health, laying performance and egg shell quality” sharing the most recent updates on the application of ADIMIX PRECISION® in layers and how it addresses food safety (Salmonella and Campylobacter control).

 Nutriad Regional Director BK Chew said: “The Layer Feed Quality Conference proved to be a good venue for Nutriad to once more show its commitment to the South Asian market. This year we added more manpower in the Indian sub-continent allowing us increase our engagement with customers in this extremely important region. From interaction with attendees, it became clear to me that this first ever layer feed quality conference tailored for South Asia benefited all the nutritionist, veterinarians and layer farm owners."

 Anand Srivastava and Rajaram Thiyagarajan, South Asia Area Managers, emphasized “India is the third largest producer of table eggs in numbers, behind China and US. Production efficiency and quality of eggs always depend on three major factors: Breed, Nutrition and Management. Nutriad can play an important role in addressing challenges producers face. At this conference we had the opportunity to discuss extensively with producers and enjoy great speakers. We noticed a growing interest in Nutriad’s gut health product range and alternatives it provides to AGPs (ADIMIX PRECISION®; ADIMIX EASY®; APEX® 5) and the complete practical approach to mycotoxin risk control (TOXY-NIL®; TOXY-NIL®PLUS & UNIKE®)”.

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September 18, 2017

18/09/2017: Kemin leads conversation on creating efficient feed mill operations

Conference brings panel of experts together to discuss new insights in feed processing 

Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company that uses science to touch 3.8 billion people every day with its products and services, recently hosted a conference on improving the efficiency, safety and profitability of feed mill operations.

The event was led by a panel of six feed processing experts and attended by feed mill operators from more than 20 countries, representing the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
 


“Few symposia provide in-depth discussion on the actual process of feed production, yet it’s a critical topic for the industry. Feed represents about 75 percent of the cost of animal production, and feed manufacturing represents about 10 percent,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin.

“This conference equipped attendees with tools they can use to improve efficiencies in their operations.”

The panel provided educational, practical and business-focused insights that can be put in place to optimise the bottom line of feed production.

Highlights from the series of expert presentations include:

• Ir. Juan Acedo-Rico González of Acedo-Rico & Asociados SL in Spain opened the conference with a discussion on feed technology trends and challenges for efficient manufacturing. He conducted an analysis on the main process involved in feed manufacturing and presented tools to improve feed operation costs, while also maximizing quality, hygiene and security of the feed. He stressed the importance of controlling process weight losses, and to recover moisture losses during feed production. González said overall management and good training of the feed mill operators is key to managing feed production costs.

• Mr. Peter De Cneudt of Spirax Sarco in Belgium focused on “Optimal Steam Quality” to improve press performance. He shared that it is beneficial to use saturated steam or slightly overheated steam. With saturated steam, there is a direct connection between temperature and humidity. This means if the temperature increase of the animal feed after steam injection is known, the humidity of the feed can be calculated. High quality steam for feed mill applications has a low variance in the dryness fraction. Because steam for conditioning can take up to 20 percent of energy costs in feed manufacturing, he believes it is important to carefully monitor steam use.

• Eng. Diego Clivio of Geelen Counterflow in Argentina focused on “Optimal Cooling Process” and explained the theory of cooling. He described it as a process of heat and moisture transfer from the product to the air. He shared that air flow rate and temperature are important parameters of cooling. In a feed mill, air flow can be used to achieve evaporative cooling of pellets and to reduce moisture content of pellets. Air flow rate must be high enough to avoid condensation, and air moisture content can be measured using a relative humidity sensor. He concluded that high air flow rates will give more cooling by heat transfer, but less evaporation, whereas longer retention times will remove more water.
• Ir. Oriane Guérin of Zetadec in the Netherlands challenged the audience to rethink the role of data in feed manufacturing. Data such as temperature, moisture content, energy use and production times can be collected along the entire processing line. She demonstrated the correlation between data and optimizing the production process to reach production objectives and stressed the importance of monitoring process and data collection for managing a modern feed mill.

• Dr. Luis Conchello of Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health Europe shared how efficient feed preconditioning can result in profitable and safe processing. He explained the fundamentals of the Kemin MillSMART™ preconditioning programme, and its role in preparing feedstuff for optimum steam conditioning, pelleting and cooling. The MillSMART programme uses Opti CURB® preconditioning solution, which has powerful surface-active agents to provide uniform dispersion and penetration of the solution. To further optimize the preconditioning process, Kemin has developed an engineering nozzle technology to increase application homogeneity and online control technology to decrease process variability. He described how pelleting under these optimised conditions has a positive impact on hygiene, throughput and energy consumption. It reduces wear on the dies and frictional heat, which is beneficial for pellet quality and durability. Through product development, equipment manufacturing and engineering technology, he said Kemin helps improve the profitability of feed manufacturing.

• Mr. Raf Snoekx of Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health Europe shared the engineering systems, the online monitoring technology, software and hardware Kemin offers to manage process variability in feed mills. These tools can be used across different stages in a feed processing plant to reduce variability and in turn improve efficiency. He said the goal of batch processing is to limit moisture variability to ensure uniform quality. He described how feed mill operators using the MillSMART programme can leverage the online monitoring technology to achieve a more consistent process. He also shared that Kemin Product Application Department (PAD) offers customers customised surveying, installation, system set up, maintenance plans and operational training support. He believes through the MillSMART programme, Kemin makes substantial contributions to improving the profitability of feed manufacturing.

For more information on the feed processing solutions Kemin offers, click HERE.
 

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