January 17, 2018

18/01/2018: Sustainable processing in the era of digital flows

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency

The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence.

“Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise, based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience, customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said Mr McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production.

With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line. Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability.

A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of $300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at $20,000 per year. Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise, viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data, they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.

Visit the Bühler website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: Vortex Global Ltd. obtains ISO 9001:2015 certification

As of December 2017, Vortex Global Limited has been certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Vortex Global’s parent company, Salina Vortex Corporation, made a recent announcement that it too had obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification. Previously, Vortex Global was certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and has been ISO-certified since its establishment in 2007.

ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a management system. By gaining ISO 9001:2015 certification, ISO 9001 acknowledges that Vortex Global has demonstrated the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. In essence, the ISO 9001 standard acknowledges Vortex Global’s credibility as a reliable and consistent supplier of material handling equipment and technical services to the dry bulk solids industry.

Among the major changes of ISO 9001:2015 versus ISO 9001:2008 was a transition of emphasis from “preventative actions” and “required documentation” toward more open communication with customers and suppliers, and greater information transparency within the organisation and its shareholders.

To ensure the continuous improvement of its quality management system, Vortex Global has been utilising turtle diagrams to assess the effectiveness of their Enquiry, Stock Control, and Works Order processes. These diagrams are revised annually to better Vortex Global’s processes and, ultimately, improve customer satisfaction from more efficient operations.

To improve internal transparency, Vortex Global’s top management created a document to assess both short-term and long-term opportunities and risks for the company’s operations, and developed strategies for how those opportunities and risks will be approached to improve the business. Created in unison with Vortex Headquarters in Salina, Kansas, USA, Vortex Global’s top management also assisted in the development of a long-term business plan to provide Vortex employees and stakeholders with a clear understanding of the company’s goals and strategic objectives for the future.

Vortex Global has demonstrated that within their small staff, cross-training efforts have been effective, job roles have been well-defined, and project information and product knowledge is recorded in a way that it is transferrable among the entire staff. As a result, Vortex Global has constructed an efficient and high quality management programme.

“Maintaining ISO compliance is a leading objective for Vortex Global, as it ensures the quality of our management system and allows us to continue our relationships with Blue Chip companies,” said Laurence Millington, managing director at Vortex Global Limited. “By clearly defining, monitoring and measuring our company objectives – and emphasising the importance of meeting those objectives – Vortex Global Limited has seen rapid growth since its conception ten years ago and continues to be well-respected among the industries in which we operate.”

Visit the Vortex Global website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: İmaş Machinery establishes the first R&D centre of its sector

The application of İmaş Machinery to Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology for a R&D centre has been approved, the company has now signed the first R&D centre of its sector.

İmaş Machinery, an affiliate of İttifak Holding, has received 21 designs and patents within the scope of recent R&D works. Accelerating its activities in this field, the company has become the first company to have an R&D centre in machinery installation industry by establishing its R&D centre in order to amplify itself in the sector.

İmaş Machinery General Manager, Mustafa Özdemir
Image credit: İmaş Machinery

İmaş Machinery has signed the sixth R&D centre of Konya with this move. Operating in the machinery installation sector and producing milling plants and milling machinery, band sawbucks used in metal cutting, steel construction for feed plants and feed machinery. İmaş Machinery carries out activities such as research and development, product designing, product development, diagram designing, system designing, software, and automation.

Stating that they export 90 percent of production to almost 90 countries, Mustafa Özdemir, the General Manager of İmaş Machinery, said that they believe performing beneficial works for the country will only be possible through added-value products or services, and this will only be achieved through innovation, and that they have been focusing on R&D activities within this scope.

Mr Özdemir added, “Our company was represented among the top 250 companies according to ‘Companies Making the Most Expenses for R&D Research’ by Turkishtime Magazine. Our company ranked the 173rd in general, it was the only company in the list from Konya. We are aiming to perform our R&D expenses at the level of 1.5 million TRY at the end of this year. These investments affected the development of our product quality in a short time. We were able to develop products with higher energy efficiency while reducing our production cost, and this was positively reflected in our exports. We are working with a team consisting of 21 people in our R&D department. With this centre, we aim to contribute to a creation of a highly efficient and competitive economic environment while producing high added-value products.”

İmaş Machinery
Konya-based İmaş Machinery, which was established in 1989 under the umbrella of İttifak Holding, established milling machinery and turn-key milling systems with its Milleral brand, feed machinery and turnkey feed plants with its Viteral brand. The Company constructs industrial buildings mainly by performing steel construction production with its Steral brand while producing various sawbuck models with its Cuteral brand.

Visit the İmaş Machinery website, HERE.

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NEUERO Industrietechnik company profile

NEUERO follows the ‘made in Germany’ tradition with 100 years of activity in supplying reliable and high quality equipment for crucial projects in industrial plants around the world.

Neuero is a specialist in pneumatic and mechanical bulk material handling and is manufacturing Continuous Ship Unloaders (CSU), the most environmentally accepted solution in ship discharging activity and Ship loaders Global client oriented, flexible and cost effective.

Neuero utilises the state of the art technology and reliability to assure the success of all realised projects. NEUERO has its own 6.550 m2 manufacturing facility plus a new logistical area which was added beginning of 2013 in Melle, Germany.

Equipped with their own machining shop, painting shop and Lab they are in the position to provide continuous engineering solutions to our customers. Worldwide presence is assured with the operation of Neuero Corporation in Chicago/USA and our partnership with Brazilian companies for grain and mineral handling (www.maquinascondor.com.br and www.isomonte.com.br).

Using expert know how for upgrades, retrofits or complete new installations, their goal is always the same – solving the tasks effectively on budget and on time. The result is quality solution engineering that respects and protects the environmental, health and safety (HSE) requirements of your company and your communities.

Neuero is an ISO 9001 certified company and received the OHSAS 18001 certification in 2013. Neuero is working together with well-known German sub-suppliers like SEW, Atlas Copco, Danfoss, Rothe Erde and others.

Visit the company website, HERE.

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17/01/2018: Biorigin to participate at IPPE 2018

For the first time, Biorigin will participate in IPPE (International Production and Processing Expo), the world’s largest annual event in poultry, feed, and meat technology. Biorigin will be at the Brazilian Pavilion, stand #7763, presenting natural solutions for animal health.

According to Global Business Feed Manager, Alessandro Morais Rocha, “Biorigin operates globally, but has never participated in an international livestock fair in the USA. Being part of IPPE is not only an opportunity to increase our interaction with our local poultry, pig, pet and feed industry customers and prospects, but also for visitors from different countries attending the conference to learn more about Biorigin and its solutions in natural ingredients for animal health and production.”

The fair will be held from January 30 to February 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

On Biorigin
Biorigin is a Brazilian company, established in 2003, that uses knowledge and technology to develop innovative solutions in 100 percent natural ingredients, based on biotechnological processes, for animal health and welfare. Their portfolio includes 100 percent safe products, ensured by the total traceability of its production process, and quality guaranteed by the certifications FSSC 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Kosher, and Halal.

For more information on Biorigin and its products, visit the company website, HERE.

Visit the IPPE website, HERE.

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17/01/2018: Syngenta appoints Alexandra Brand as Chief Sustainability Officer

Syngenta has today publicly announced the appointment of Alexandra Brand, previously Regional Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East, to the new position of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). As CSO, Brand will report directly to CEO Erik Fyrwald. 

Alexandra Brand
Image credit: Syngenta
Alexandra Brand will lead the newly created Business Sustainability Group to evolve existing sustainability initiatives including The Good Growth Plan and to drive forward the company’s sustainability agenda. The group aligns the company’s Regulatory Affairs, Sustainability and Stewardship, External Affairs and Communications activities.

In making the announcement, Syngenta CEO Erik Fyrwald said, “We are already playing an important role in helping to feed the world and we want to do more as we go forward. To do this we need to have sensible discussions with governments, NGOs, academics and the food chain on the regulatory, policy and societal challenges and opportunities our industry faces. We have made real progress and we want to build on this with new and different conversations about what more sustainable agriculture will mean in the future.”

“We want to help further shape agriculture and its place in society - the position of CSO will be central in leading this. Alexandra has a real passion for helping farmers to become more productive while managing the impacts of climate change and having to produce more with less”, said Mr. Fyrwald.

Alexandra Brand said, “The technology we bring to farmers can help them safely feed the world and take care of our planet – this includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and soil conservation. We also play a key role in helping to preserve biodiversity and precision technology will be important in all of these areas. I’m really excited by the opportunity to drive further change in our company and in our industry. We are looking to create new partnerships and work together with groups we might not have worked with in the past. We will build on the significant achievements of The Good Growth Plan, with even greater transparency and commitment from Syngenta to further improve the sustainability of global agriculture.”

Visit the Syngenta website, HERE.

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