September 18, 2019

Build my FeedMill taking place on September 20th at VIV Qingdao!

The latest rendition of the Build my FeedMill Conference, created by Milling and Grain magazine and VIV, will be taking place on Friday September 20th at VIV Qingdao. Speakers include members of Andritz, PLP Liquid Systems, Buhler, Zheng Chang and many more companies.

The conference will be taking place at VIV Qingdao in Room 208, 09:30-12:00 and the participating companies will be delivering ten-minute presentations about their own solutions and how they assist users in making the most out of their feed mills.
The Build my FeedMill concept originated in 2017, and the two-hour conference systematically takes audience members through each step of the feed mill process through presentations, from intake and conveying, storage, extruders, expanders, automation and much more.
The programme for the VIV Qingdao rendition of Build my Feed Mill is as follows:

Read more HERE.

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Japan trade agreement would be boon for US Animal Feed Industry

Following President Donald Trump's recent action of sending to Congress his intent for the US to ratify a free trade agreement with Japan in the coming weeks, the American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) President and CEO Joel G Newman made the following statement:
'AFIA is pleased the administration has reached an initial trade agreement on tariff barriers with Japan and intends to enter into the agreement in the coming weeks. We are hopeful this agreement will show progress in bringing the US animal food industry closer to the level of tariff treatment Japan affords our competitors in the recently implemented Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. We are eager to review the final text and for further developments in the subsequent bilateral negotiations with Japan.'

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September 17, 2019

Reduce Ambrosia contamination to zero with customised grain cleaning solutions

by Dr Heike Knörzer, Head of Petkus Academy / D-99848 Wutha-Farnroda

“Ambrosia free” is not only a quality label for bird food. It is an insurance policy against a weed that is in most countries an alien invasive species threatening both health and crop production. When experts talk about an integrated systems approach to limit and prevent the spread of Ambrosia artemisiifolia, also known as common ragweed, they tend to disregard a major pillar.

Apart from quarantine arrangements, plant protection measures and crop cultivation practices, proper - and sometimes sophisticated – seed and grain cleaning processes are also immensely important.

In most cases indeed, the species was accidentally introduced into other countries with contaminated seed. Every single Ambrosia seed can produce a plant that produces 3,000-to-32,000 seeds in return. The achenes are globose to pyriform with a length of two-to-three millimetres and can survive in a dormant state for 40 years.

It demonstrates the importance of post-harvest seed and grain hygienisation measures such as mechanical and optical cleaning.

“Yes, the aim is to reduce the Ambrosia contamination to zero, which is possible with aggressive and rigorous machine adjustment. But you have to keep the balance for the processor as well. Therefore, the grain loss or the good seed recovery as economical aspect has also to be taken into account”, says Jan R Hartmann, Petkus Head of Sales.

Excellence in grain cleaning is characterised by a grain cleaning line that consists of different technologies where each individual machine is precise and highly efficient in its sorting task, allows for high throughput and minimises good grain loss. Machines that can operate from Far East Russia to South Ural to Egypt and South Africa as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia, where Ambrosia is already present.

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Alapala company profile

Establishing plants at any desired capacity, Alapala Machine is a company that exports 95 percent of its current production today and has hundreds of references in over 75 countries in 4 continents including developed industrial countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Canada and USA. Alapala continually develops and expands thanks to its superior technology infrastructure, perfectionist staff and management, and its quality and customer-oriented approach.

It renders the best before-sales and after-sales services with its staff specialized in their industry, overseas representatives, strong service networks and spare-part stocks.

Alapala can manufacture quality and high performance machinery where the best efficiency ad products can be obtained in the production facilities that have the most developed and state-of-the art technology.

Alapala’s lines of business:

•    Wheat flour mills,
•    Semolina mills,
•    Corn flour mills,
•    Rice processing plants,
•    Feed mills,
•    Cereal storage systems,
•    Weighing, conveying, packing equipment
•    Harbour facilities under the licence of Tramco Inc-USA


Visit the company website HERE.


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September 16, 2019

Quick viscosity measurements for production: Universal compact solution for quality control

by Brabender, Germany

End consumers have certain quality expectations for products which producers need to live up to. Viscosity measurements for raw materials and end products are analyses which need to be performed rapidly and reliably in the production process.

For this purpose, the laboratory equipment manufacturer Brabender from Duisburg has developed the new ViscoQuick. Jessica Wiertz and Ulrike Ito from the Application Lab Food introduced the device in an interview.

Viscosity measurements are of key importance in many sectors, such as the food industry in the case of starch and starch-containing products. Why are they so important?
Ulrike Ito (UI): Measuring viscosity is necessary in order to control the quality of raw materials, to optimise and monitor the production process, and of course also for the final inspection of the finished product.

This ensures that only the best raw materials are used and that complaints are minimised. Malfunctions and the resulting losses in production also need to be avoided. In addition, they are also used to develop products and production processes.

Which factors influence viscosity and, hence, the processing chain?
UI: Natural products such as starch are subject to natural fluctuations, which depend on their type and variety, as well as their cultivation and weather conditions. Depending on their individual properties, they have a differing level of suitability for certain uses.

Further on in the processing chain, temperature, quantity, heating and cooling rates, as well as shear forces acting on them, play a big role. By determining product-specific viscosity curves, the properties can be controlled and processes optimised.

Jessica Wiertz (JW): In order to determine the best possible use of a raw material and analyse its quality, the gelatinisation properties of starches and starch-containing materials are examined. When processing flours, the effect of raw material-specific enzyme activity on the gelatinisation process is also analysed. It is also decisive for the processing properties of the flour and has a huge impact on the result after baking.

Read more HERE.

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Pingle company profile

PINGLE has proudly served customers for more than 20 years. They are a Chinese manufacturer that is committed to the development, production, distribution, installation, and testing of flour milling machines.

Their main products include the roller mill, square plansifter, purifier, multi-storey flour milling plant, and the steel structure flour milling plant. Additionally, they can provide stand-alone machines in the 9 to 1,000t range, which include popular selections such as the grain pre-cleaner, grain cleaning equipment, flour milling machine, flour processing equipment, maize processing equipment, and conveying equipment.

Also available are turnkey projects for flour milling plants with capacity ranging from 100 to 1000t.

Their technical solutions and high performance machinery are implemented worldwide for the fine processing of wheat, maize, and other types of cereal grains.

Pingle have a staff of 800 employees, of whom there are more than 50 technical personnel. These technicians are expert in fields such as mechanical structure, processing technology, automated control, and production flow. Their dedication and ingenuity allow the introduction of new products whilst providing upgrades for existing lineups.

Product diversity and sincere services have distinguished Pingle as a leading domestic supplier. Their sales revenue has exceeded 150 million RMB for three consecutive years.

Pingle’s flour processing machinery is available in more than 60 distinctive models. According to the Pingle website, “we are recognised as the first Chinese manufacturer to adopt the ERP system. As a pioneer in the industry, we have introduced the steel structure flour milling plant and the multi-storey steel structure flour milling plant to the Chinese market. In 2000, our company successfully obtained self-managed import and export rights for private enterprises.”

Pingle have passed the ISO9001:2000 Quality Management System certification and established a complete quality assurance system.

In 2009, PINGLE products were distributed worldwide across 32 countries and regions including Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Brazil, Australia, etc. As a mature and responsible enterprise, Pingle strive to provide customers everywhere with satisfying products and attentive services.

For more information visit the Pingle website, HERE.

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September 15, 2019

A museum that embraces the future of feed

by Roger Gilbert, Publisher of MAG

“As we remember the past we must take up the challenge of the future - to a feed industry based on innovation and international cooperation that will assist the country’s development and serve the needs of its people.” That’s the stated mission of China’s Feed Museum; to speed up the continuing technological transformation of its feed industry.

Milling and Grain was fortunate enough earlier this year to be invited to tour the three-year-old Feed Museum by Dr Yongxi Ma the supervisor and Executive Curator of the museum at located at China’s Agricultural University’s West Campus off Malianwa North Road in Beijing.

The museum is a converted pilot feedmill that had belonged to the Ministry of Agriculture’s ‘Feed Industry Centre’ and covers some 3280 square metres. It has become a dedicated symbol of the role feed manufacturing is now playing in feeding a country with a population which exceeds of 1.3 billion.

From its Grand Hall visitors can learn about the history and the present of the Chinese feed industry - from animal feeding, to industry developments and the operation and social status of the industry itself. The Grand Hall functions as a public access facility for academic meetings and special exhibitions.

While the museum destined to become an international meeting point, currently most of the displays are in Chinese. Regular audiences are industry visitors, students and technicians learning about every aspect of feed manufacturer and the important role it plays in terms of providing protein foodstuffs to consumers.

In 1906 the Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce was located at the Sanbezi Park where the first trial work was carried on animal rearing and feeding. Liu Chunin was its first director. Seven years later the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce started the first animal testing in Zhangiakou. By 1941 a livestock group had been established called ‘The Central Animal Husbandry Experimental’  group under the directorship of Cai Wuji from the Nutritional Laboratory and Feed Crop Research Laboratory. This is considered the formation of what has now become modern-day compound feed manufacturing in China.

However, while chicken and dairy feeds took hold from 1949, real progress was not made until the mid- to late-1970s, some 10 years after more developed countries.

Read more HERE.

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SCE company profile

An important task

The demand for food is becoming bigger and bigger with an increasing global population, which is why companies will have to produce more efficiently and effectively. SCE wishes to help companies with this. By designing silos that take up little space and are quick to assemble in any production unit. That is why food and feed producers around the world also count on their know-how. Their engineers have given their fullest attention to all cooperation and have done so for over 25 years. This has allowed them, since 1988, to collect sufficient experience to successfully complete each and every project.

Just what you are counting on
A perfect operational production machine also requires a perfect operational silo. That is why every effort from their team focuses on durable quality. From the drawing table to production, delivery and assembly, etc., they work according the strictest quality and hygiene standards every step of the way. Even better: even though it is required to meet the strict 'EN 1090-2' standards from June 2014, they have been delivering products with this quality label since 2012.

Results by a personal approach
In the past 25 years, SCE has grown from a family company into an international player. Nevertheless, they have always remained independent. Moreover, they made a conscious decision to limit the size of their teams so they can always work with their clients in a direct manner. By freeing time for sufficient discussions and meetings, end clients and machine manufacturers can seamlessly integrate their silos into their production unit upon completion.

Thinking ahead
If you integrate a silo building into a machine, then you expect it to last just as long as the company itself. That is why SCE delivers silo components from the best materials and all with a focus on durability. Furthermore, their silos are very easy to maintain which limits the costs of use, to last for the entire shelf-life of the project and not be a cause for down-time at any point of its operation.

Construction is assembly

Steel construction components are prefabricated in construction workshops. At the construction site, the activities are limited to joining the turnkey components. This saves time, money, construction waste and inconvenience for the surroundings. Steel construction components are light-weight and compact, which limits the number of transports to the construction sites as well as the number of investments in transport means and infrastructure facilities. The relatively low weight of the construction also saves on the costs for foundations.

Safety at every level
By cooperating with the biggest producers, they encounter the strictest safety standards. This means they keep raising the bar for themselves, which you can profit from. They safeguard the safety of their and your employees both during the production process and assembly of your silo building. But even afterwards, safety prevails for SCE. Their team provides modular silos that guarantee the quality of your product at any time during storage. Would you like complete insight into their work method? They will draw up a safety manual for you at the start of the project on request.

Safety first - Their values:

1. Working safely
2. Knowledge and experience
3. Respect for people and their culture
4. Passion for perfection and teamwork
5. Looking for solutions inquisitively
6. Their word is their bond

Delivering around the world
Their clients call on them from the whole of Europe, Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America. Nevertheless, they always have short delivery times thanks to extensive project management. Thanks to the design of their silos, they can transport all assembly components in ordinary lorries or shipping containers. Everything is stacked in a logical order so the assembly team can set to work quickly on-site and with a minimum of welding! This means your silo building will be installed quickly by their people or your own under the supervision of an SCE assembly leader.

Efficient in transport

Their silos can be transported very easily by lorry or shipping container. Due to the fact that all components are stacked for transport, all space is used.

Always on time

Their word is their bond, which is why it is very rare that their projects exceed the pre-set deadline. Thanks to extensive project planning and good interaction with their clients, they always succeed in avoiding delays.

Visit the SCE website, HERE.

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Taiwan Smart Agriweek 2019 a gateway into Asia Pacific agriculture

Taiwan's leading International Agriculture B2B Trade Show will run 26-28th September at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan Smart Agriweek is held concurrently with Taiwan Fisheries Seafood Show, both show together exceed 400 exhibitors, and a total space occupied exceeding 12,000 SQ.M. Over 12,000 professional visiting buyers and exhibitors from 50 countries and regions.

Taiwan Smart Agriweek will be held concurrently featuring international forum and seminars connecting experts from numerous countries to publish insights and market trends in fruit and vegetable breeding and cultivating research, and to support the global buyers in improving business opportunities for all participants, to enhance the gateway to the Asia Pacific markets.

Why Taiwan
Taiwan is the hub of Asia Pacific and a vital springboard into the emerging markets. With population of over 2.1 billion, the ASEAN countries are among the fastest-growing middle class market in the world, as more attention is focused with global food shortage, food safety, aging population, and the rising of health awareness.

Integrating the platform of the upper, middle and lower stream of the Agriculture Industry by promoting growth through incorporation of value chain, expanding into new market territories, and providing a full range of one-stop shopping.

Exhibition features
Hosted Buyer Program
Over 150 qualified buyers from over 50 countries, majority of the companies have annual gross revenue of between USD 100-500 million.

Customised seminar
Assistance for exhibitors by arranging match and meet with buyers to negotiate with each other to enhance business collaboration.

Taiwan Smart Agriweek to hold promotional events and activities for exhibitors to announce and publish new products and relevant know-hows.

VCA Fruits, Vegetables and Flora culinary competition
Allied with five-star hotel chefs to showcase the latest culinary creation and applicable expertise.

For more information visit the Taiwan Smart Agriweek website, HERE.

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September 13, 2019

UK’s most important innovation accolade goes to Bühler’s optical sorting

Image credit: Bühler

Bühler has received the United Kingdom's most prestigious innovation award – the Queen's Award for Enterprise – for its optical sorting technology. In an official ceremony yesterday, in which the award was handed over by John Barber, representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Newham. Johannes Wick, Bühler Group's CEO for Grains & Food, said, 'This breakthrough technology will make the difference for us in the market for years to come. What is now in reach are applications to grade raw materials for composition and to remove invisible contaminations. This will be a major contribution to provide healthy and safe nutrition around the world.'
The Queen's Award could be described as United Kingdom's 'Innovation Oscar', which this year acknowledges the leading technology position of Bühler. It is the highest award for British businesses which have excelled in the fields of international trade, sustainable development, or innovation.
This is the seventh Queen's Award Bühler UK has won since 1968. This year's win is in recognition of Bühler's development of a unique camera technology used in sorting machines, capable of recognising the subtlest of colour and shading contrasts in materials and foods, thereby significantly increasing detection rates for foreign materials, potential choke hazards, or contaminated foods.
'Bühler are old hands at receiving these awards. After my first visit to the factory I could see why they have been constant winners. They have such a high standard of skills and technology, and are leaders in being good employers, as well as producing such high-quality products,' says John Barber, representative of Her Majesty The Queen.
He handed the award to Bühler's Timothy Kelf, Head of Sensor Development.
'The fact that we have been so successful in a number of different market segments with this technology shows the strength and depth of our capabilities in cutting-edge technologies,' says Kelf, who received the Queen's Award together with Senior Research Engineer Ben Deefholts. With their team, both have been instrumental in bringing this innovation to the market.
The technology is currently being used by food producers in Europe and the United States. They report an increase in detection rates of foreign materials by 10 percent, from 85 percent to 95 percent. A single Sortex optical sorter can control up to 150,000 single grains or 15,000 peas-per-second with a capacity of 12 tonnes-per-hour, securing highest food standards.
Bühler's PolarVision uses the industry-leading camera technology for the frozen vegetable market. Its technology can detect even the most challenging foreign material in frozen vegetable production lines. Ardo, one of the world's largest producers of fresh-frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs, has introduced PolarVision in its European sorting plants.

Read more HERE.

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September 12, 2019

Red flags in a project

by Gustavo Sosa, CEO, Sosa Ingenieria

Sometimes, the best you can do for your business is walking away from a project. In my years of experience, I have identified some red flags that tell me to be careful with a client. On the other side, having seen the mistakes made by clients, I can also see some red flags in a supplier. This article tries to give some advice to both users and suppliers of equipment.

When to walk away from a client:

They are asking for a turn-key quotation but won’t provide soil studies
There are so many ways this can go wrong. Nobody with half a brain would invest more than one million dollars and try to save five thousand on feasibility studies. The first thing he could be trying to achieve is getting the supplier to pay for it, in exchange for the not-very-serious promise to purchase, and then use the information to get bids from everyone else.

Maybe he is even expecting that you complete the project without doing the studies. Then, when the foundations fail, he will sue you and basically get you to pay for the project.

They are asking for detailed drawings and engineering information
This is called getting an engineering project for free and happens all the time. Most companies would happily pay fifty thousand dollars for a marketing research, but still will dodge paying for engineering. This is totally the responsibility of suppliers.

Like campers feeding the animals, they have taught their clients to misbehave. The problem is not doing the study for free, but the fact that the client is waiting for the first fool that will do it and then pass the information to all other suppliers trying to get the lowest bid.

My position with this is: if the project is simple and I can do it in less than two days, I will do it anyway; but if it is a complex problem requiring weeks of work, he has to either pay for the study or sign a commitment to purchase from me. If he won’t do either, I walk away.

Read more HERE.

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TSC Silos company profile

As a specialist in the building of square silos TSC Silos supplies an end product that meets the highest quality requirements and is used in a variety of industries.

According to TSC Silos, “We use our focus and expertise to design suitable rectangular silo installations of which we are proud. That is all we do: we design, calculate and build silos; day in day out, year in year out. For your benefit.”

The rectangular silo concept is characterised by an optimum storage capacity and flexible layout options. A clever design produces the best possible product discharge with maximum storage capacity.

With a TSC silo you are also investing in a safe, hygienic working environment.

The organisation is 100 percent focused on this silo concept, from sale and design to production and installation.

They are able to handle projects from A to Z: from the steel support structure to the insulating cladding and from functional design up to and including fitting.

At TSC safety is a given. Their well-trained engineers carry out sound calculations for your silo. TSC designs, calculates and manufactures all the silos in accordance with the latest standards (EN 1991, EN 1993 and EN 1090).

TSC Silos are familiar with ATEX, earthquake coefficients, snow loads and the effects of wind. Everything is worked out using advanced computer software down to the smallest detail.

If you so desire, you can have the calculations checked by independent parties; that’s not a problem.

Their experienced installation teams have all the necessary training and are at home on construction sites.

Visit the TSC Silos website, HERE.

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Future technology for product diversity: The new crunch

by Brabender GmbH

Lab extrusion for recipe and product development
Gluten-free flatbread, Omega 3 noodles, chocolate rice, lupine puffs, woodruff liquorice, vegan hot dogs? Extruder products are some of the most trendsetting and promising options for product innovations on the market. There is practically no other process that offers so much potential for entirely reshaping a food matrix. Therefore, practical equipment with extrusion devices are now necessary tools for product developers in the baked goods, pasta, and snack industries.

With the TwinLab-F 20/40, Brabender has now introduced its current top model for the R&D laboratory world. We spoke about the background, possible uses, and innovative device features with the application technicians in Brabender's extrusion laboratory, Julian Foerster and Michael Landers. 
Application technician Julian Foerster with the new TwinLab 20/40 twin screw extruder
Image credit: Brabender

Extruded foods — Where is the trend headed?
ML: With extrusion as a modern key technology, new developments for snack products, breakfast cereals, flatbreads, noodle products or confectionery can be prepared at lab scale. Innovative foods are made possible by varying the parameters of screw speed, temperature, and shear during their interaction at extrusion.

JF: At the moment, for example, protein texturisation of plant-based raw materials for the booming market of meat substitute products is in high demand. Laminar structures are created in the product during the wet extrusion with subsequent cooling of the denatured proteins. This meat-like texturing provides sufficient bite and the desired mouthfeel.

Which current challenges from the industry need to be solved in the laboratory?
ML: We need to be able to evaluate the options for the product development process step-by-step in a realistic fashion in the laboratory. For this purpose, we offer our clients technical solutions. This is because any possible risks of new procedures must be checked out reliably before proceeding to production with them in large quantities. This means that we need recipes and real products, for example, for the sensory test, texture analysis, or colour value optimisation during development. The TwinLab opens up a wide field in this regard: Raw materials can be extruded in various geometries in sophisticated process conditions.
Julian Foerster
Image credit: Brabender

Market-driven solutions with new raw materials and innovative products — Where does lab scale extrusion come in?

JF: Our TwinLab has been designed primarily for research and development. It enables contemporary and flexible product design from a range of raw materials: Not just "classic" corn, wheat, rice, or soy, but also with other legumes such as peas, lentils, or lupines. Above all, this also includes innovative products made of potatoes, vegetables, or nuts in the snacks segment. Raw material mixtures with fibres, oils, sugar, or micronutrients are also possible.

ML: For this purpose, the TwinLab has six openings for dosing solid or liquid ingredients, four on the top and two on the side of the liner. I would like to name a few typical examples of the practically unlimited applications: Hot extrusion for direct or indirect expansion, such as for snack foods or breakfast cereals, cold extrusion for pasta, and wet extrusion for textured products. Various die geometries enable almost an unlimited variety of imaginative shapes: The default is the round die head, which can be configured to diameters from 1 to 7 mm with die inserts. The TwinLab produces expanded flatbread, confectionery, or snacks with the ribbon die head. And the tubing die head even makes macaroni...


Various die heads are available for creating extrudates in different shapes
Image credit: Brabender

What can the new TwinLab extruder do?
JF: The range of applications focuses mainly on recipe and product development. In addition, it can also be used to create samples for quality control or for the optimisation of production pro-cesses. The new TwinLab is a twin screw extruder at lab scale. We have used it to test a wide range of shapes, colours, and flavours. During development, it was important to us to be able to ad-here to realistic processing conditions. This saves on costs, is consistently quality-oriented, and ongoing production is not impacted for our clients.

ML: Along the length of the liner, four heating and cooling zones provide optimisable temperatures in every process area. With screw speeds of up to 1200 rotations per minute, it offers users great flexibility with regard to specific mechanical energy (SME). The twin screws can be individually configured with conveying, kneading, and mixing elements depending on the process sequence. This allows for a wide range of product simulations with different shear forces and allows the Twin-Lab to be used for a wide range of purposes. With a width of 60 centimetres, it also fits in even the narrowest of laboratories.

Depending on the application, the screws for the TwinLab-F 20/40 can be individually configured with conveying, kneading, and mixing elements.

Where do you see the application-related advantages for product development?
ML: Well, I could go on for hours about that. But I'll name four main arguments for practice-oriented product development with laboratory extruders such as the TwinLab instead of experiments which interfere with production. For one, you can vary your application ideas in a wide variety of ways with regard to raw material, formulation, machine, and product. Secondly, you have the option of establishing methods for measuring your quality parameters from the raw material to the end product in advance. Thirdly, you require significantly less time for your tests, save on material, and have almost no product wastage. Last but not least: You do not need to worry that your ongoing quality management system will be impacted in the first place.

JF: Universities and other research institutions are also increasingly involved in such practice-oriented product development. In collaborative projects with the sciences and businesses, we at Brabender support our clients with extrusion technology know-how.


Michael Landers
Image credit: Brabender

Smart workflows are the talk of the town at the moment — does this apply in the laboratory as well?  
JF: Yes, we can offer our clients huge advantages with the Brabender product family in this respect. The TwinLab is controlled via our MetaBridge software. It allows multiple laboratory devices to be networked — for evaluating, exchanging, and linking measurement data. Off the top of my head, I have two examples: The Moisture Tester MT-CA is used to measure the moisture level, first in the raw material and then the extrudate, as an important parameter for expansion and shelf life. The degradation of starch in extruded products made of flour is a key product characteristic that can be analysed easily and quickly in the ViscoQuick.

ML: And there are two additional technical aspects for laboratory staff: The process unit is separated horizontally and can be folded up vertically — a feature that only a few models on the market offer. This not only allows for the visual evaluation of individual processing steps, but also allows for convenient screw removal and fast cleaning. Furthermore, in addition to various alarm and safety features for operation, the TwinLab also fulfills the highest hygiene requirements according to EU Regulation 1935/2004 — not entirely unimportant in this day and age.

So is lab scale extrusion worth it as a building block for a corporate future strategy for baked goods and snacks?
ML: Product development at lab scale is an essential path to innovative food assortments. We offer our clients suitable technical equipment for lab scale extrusion, the advantages of which are clear: Economical use of resources, speed and flexibility on the path to the pilot product, and quality-assured production. This allows a return on investment to easily be realised with the corresponding innovation philosophy in the company.

JF: New and ongoing development of products is indispensable, both grain-based and using alter-native raw materials. The food industry and consumers wish to have interesting products — preferably with added value in terms of taste and health. We at Brabender believe that extrusion as a technical application will play a key role for new consumer goods. That is why we are glad to invite clients to have a look at the TwinLab on site in our customer and technology centre in Duisburg — and not just look, but also experience it in operation live and with their own materials!

For more information visit the Brabender website, HERE.

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Feed to food at VIV Qingdao 2019, China

VIV Qingdao 2019 will be held on September 19-21 at the Qingdao Cosmopolitan Exposition, Qingdao, Shandong, China filling halls S1 to S5, for an exhibition area of 50,000 square metres. The 2019 show will present 500 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors, including over 200 industry leaders.

Milling and Grain will be in attendance bringing you live updates via twitter and you can expect a show report in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

The feed to food exhibition concept will be further enhanced by around 20 international seminars that analyse the Chinese industry as well as best solutions for current issues in global animal husbandry. VIV Qingdao 2019, the independent and international show brand for animal husbandry, is part of the umbrella event Asia Agro Food Expo 2019 (AAFEX).

Next to VIV Qingdao, AAFEX will feature two more shows (Horti China and China Food Tech) and will gather under one roof around 1,000 suppliers in Agricultural and Food production technology and equipment covering "Seeds to plants to Feed to meat to Food" at the Qingdao World Expo City (Qingdao Cosmopolitan Exposition) in Qingdao West coast.

You can expect the national VIV China-team in Shanghai to present you with a strong trade show to connect you with your desired professionals in pork, poultry, egg, dairy and fish production.

Visit the VIV Qingdao 2019 website, HERE.

VIV  International Summit
VIV is entering a new phase with the upgrading of the quality of the event content as well as its services to better meet the business needs of exhibitors and industry professionals. Therefore, the organisers have decided to organise this 'VIV International Summit' which is made of several parallel sessions addressing key topics such as biosecurity, animal health & nutrition, feed tech, smart farming, , etc.

Excellent programs have been organised which will analyse the Chinese industry as well as present the best solutions for current issues in global animal production. Global industry leaders, professional experts, government agencies and industry organisations, top enterprises, global media partners, etc. will be gathered together to share and to learn from one another.

During the forum, you will have plenty of opportunities not only to satisfy your business interests but also to learn from the recognised experts and share with each other. You are strongly encouraged to attend the summit along with your partners and colleagues.

Learn more and register for the VIV International Summit, HERE.
2nd Farm and Food Integration Seminar
As China enters a new era, the structure and ecology of Chinese Animal Production are undergoing profound changes. The same goes for the Breeding and Aquaculture industries: as public pays more and more attention to what they consume, the industry must become the foundation that guarantees food safety to the general public, as well as promotes the coordinated development of the national economy. But this road to transformation will come with its own challenges.

After the successful launch of the first Farm and Food Integration Seminar (FFIS) at VIV China 2018, the much anticipated second FFIS will be held this year at the VIV Qingdao 2019. As a key converging point for the latest developments and innovations within the agriculture and animal production sectors, the seminar aims to explore market trends within food animal production, block chain and new retail initiatives, and ways to develop the food sector and food animal production value chain.

With the presence of leading enterprises in the industry engaging with the audience, FFIS will be a comprehensive platform where the exchanges of new information, innovations and connections will result in the accelerated and healthy development of the Chinese food animal production industry.

Learn more about the 2nd Farm and Food Integration Seminar, HERE.

Register for VIV Qingdao 2019, HERE.

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September 11, 2019

Ocrim’s 9th annual ‘Wheat, Flour, and…’ event taking place this weekend

"Wheat, flour and..." will take place this weekend, 14-15th September at the Ocrim headquarters in Cremona, Italy.  A lot of path has been made since that day when it was decided to organize the first edition, held in 2011. A company event born on the sly, which, gradually and without foreseeing it, has become a real trademark.
This year Ocrim have promised to share together moments related to their work and yours, but also convivial situations, seen as fundamental elements through which they show you the traditions and culture of their territory.
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Topics have been selected of great current interest and these will be communicated through an alternative and innovative language, as well as a technical and academic one. The entire program has been carefully studied with the aim of enriching your intellectual, cultural and professional background.

The team at Milling and Grain are delighted to have been invited to intend what is sure to be a fantastic event.

Visit the Ocrim website, HERE.

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The Flour Mills of East Scotland – Part 4

by Mildred Cookson, Mills Archive, UK

In 1902, East Scotland provided the location for the annual Miller’s Convention and the mills visited were described in detail in the May 31st edition of Milling, the ancestor of Milling and Grain, soon to reach its 130th anniversary. This is the fourth in a series of five articles based on that information.


The Junction Meal and Flour Mills, Leith
Last month when discussing the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society Chancelot Mills, I mentioned that in 1901, together with their Junction Mills, they delivered 325,819 sacks of flour together with a weekly output of 550 sacks of oatmeal.

The oatmeal was produced by their Junction Mills in Leith. The Society bought the mill in 1897 from John Inglis & Sons in August 1897, when it was originally known as the Midlothian Oatmeal Mill. This mill, having been purchased rather than erected by the SCWS, lacked the ornate appearance of their other buildings.

Although the mill could produce 12 flour sacks-per-hour, it was initially intended just to produce oatmeal and it was soon producing 700 bags of oatmeal weekly. By 1907, the milling plant had been expanded and it was expanded again before the First World War. By 1914 the mill was capable of producing 28,427 sacks of oatmeal; this figure had increased to 46,444 sacks in 1918.

The mill was reconstructed in 1939, designed by the SCWS Architectural Department and Walter Underwood. It ceased milling and was demolished in the 1970s when the new Chancelot Mill was built.

The Junction Mills were situated on the banks of the Water of Leith, adjacent to the docks. The flour plant was by Henry Simon, with 14 double 32x40-inch rolls, five dustless purifiers and 24 centrifugals. It was set up as a four-break system, and the scalping performed on reels for the first two breaks and horizontal double centrifugals for the third and fourth.

The cleaning plant was also erected by Henry Simon. The power plant consisted of two Galloway-tubed boilers fed with a peculiar style of stoker in the form of a screw which fed the coal upon the fire all down the centre of the furnace.

The new engine was made by Douglas and Grant, a popular Northern firm of the time. The flouring plant made 12 sacks-per-hour and was kept working night and day on Spring wheat alone.

The Society’s oat meal plant was in a separate set of buildings, and was completely equipped with modern machines. The Mill was in the hands of Mr WF Stewart, assisted by Mr S Wear, the head miller and Mr J Paisley, the foreman miller.

Read more HERE.

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Alapros company profile

Alapros is a professional company offering integrated solutions in grain milling and processing technologies through the machines it manufactures and the factories it builds. Alapros was founded by Mehmet Alapala and Semih Alapala and includes an experienced team of design, automation, flour milling machine and equipment production and technical experienced people who share a passion for helping people in milling industry.

Alapros designs all its products, services and processes with the aim of global leadership, and its brand is the signature of an experienced team believing that “innovation is more than just a word” and living by the passion to innovate and produce.

Alapros offers products and services from the custom development and manufacturing of flour milling machines and equipment with integrated solutions; such as design, diagram, automation and commissioning. Today, we manufacture competitive products in our industry 4.0 suitable factory, with our expert work force striving for perfection and our “R&D first” manufacturing / management approach.

Alapros Corporate Philosophy
Alapros focuses on technology, science and art to create products that support its mission. They are inspired and guided by their mission; achieve improved nutrition and food security, promote sustainable food production and end hunger. The strategic focus is supporting milling business through technological innovation. To have high competitive power, sustained by an approach of continuous improvement of all our products and systems in a changing world with diminishing natural resources, and to provide the advantage of high profitability and efficiency to customers using Alapros products.

Alapros Production Plant
The Alapros factory is located at The Çorum Organised Industry Zone, which is the global production base in the area of cereal processing technologies. In the factory, where the perfect process design is achieved, production takes place by using ultra high manufacturing technologies, and through an expert work force, who embrace quality as a lifestyle.

Read more HERE.

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