June 18, 2019

VIV Asia - The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference

by Rebecca Sherratt, Production editor, Milling & Grain

On March 13th at VIV Asia, Milling & Grain magazine hosted the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference, with Dr Mian Riaz, Head of the Extrusion Technology Programme at Texas A&M University.

The one-day conference encompassed all-things extrusion and featured seven expert speakers from Corporate Project Services, Amandus Kahl, DSM, Andritz, Clextral, Wenger Manufacturing and Texas A&M University.

Talk one- Introduction and principles of extrusion technology
by Mian Riaz, Texas A&M University

Once Mr Roger Gilbert, Publisher of Milling & Grain completed introductions, Dr Riaz kicked off the conference with the first talk, which gave a very comprehensive and thorough overview of the intricacies of extrusion and how such technology works to process your raw materials.

Extrusion technology, he stated, first began being used in 1948, but since that time it has evolved drastically to become a somewhat more common and refined process.  He stated the many benefits to extrusion, such as the low-cost of the process as well as its remarkable energy efficiency and high product quality.

The difference between single-screw and twin-screw extruders was also discussed (twin-screw extrusion, although more expensive, provides a higher-quality level of quality control and flexibility).

Talk two- Project planning and design considerations for aquatic feed facilities
by Jonathan Iman, Corporate Project Services

Jonathan Iman provided an intriguing talk on the wider aspects of the utilisation of machinery such as extruders- the necessity of proper project planning when building a new factory or expanding your operation.

Mr Iman stated that there are five areas to consider when planning a project: feasibility, inputs, design, food safety/sanitation and equipment. A project should be feasible with a good return on investments, as well as a manageable total cost of ownership. Location, permits, air quality and water quality are also important considerations.

Design is a complex feature to consider, as this depends on the building layout and easy integration of machinery that all flows smoothly from process to process, whilst ensuring everything remains hygienic. Ingredients must also remain sanitary by remaining separated and proper analyses must be carried out to ensure food is all kept hygienic.

Read more HERE.

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