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January 2020


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Study suggests rapid growth for feed enzymes market in 2020s • Compact milling system for producing Atta flour • Meeting consumer demands through nutrition-based solutions Milling and Grain . Volume 131 . Issue 01 . January 2020

• The art of feed hygiene • SMARTMILL • Optimisation of laboratory workflows

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52 - Meeting consumer demands through nutrition-based solutions ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

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50 Compact milling system for producing Atta flour

52 Meeting consumer demands through nutrition-based solutions


10 12-42 58 grapas - The HSPU Purifier

62 grapas - Hamex Hammermill 66 The art of feed hygiene 70 Smartmill

72 Optimisation of laboratory workflows

146 People news from the global milling industry





76 Ethoxyquin ban in the EU: Are there viable alternatives? 80 Satake Smart Sensitivity

82 Ocrim celebrates 74 years

86 Twin screw extrusion processing


120 Event listings, reviews and previews


94 Combustible dust explosions

96 Combustible dust explosions in grain processing and handling facilities 104 Dust collection systems


46 The IGP Institute hosts back-to-back milling courses


22 Mildred Cookson 36 Rebecca Sherratt

10 GUEST EDITOR Stefano Mazzini

84 MARKETS Antoine Tanguy

112 INTERVIEW Xavier Bourbon

COVER IMAGE: Global Market Insights study suggests rapid growth for feed enzymes market in 2020s. See more on page 92

High training and new opportunities for our customers I thank Milling and Grain for giving me the chance to talk about some of our future projects that are especially intended for our customers, but also designed to enhance the economy of our territory.

Stefano Mazzini

I refer, first of all, to the Milling Hub, a joint-stock company aimed at the construction and management of various milling plants at the Ocrim headquarters of the Cremona canal port area, conceived together with Bonifiche Ferraresi, our partner since 2015. It is a unique grinding centre, one of a kind. It combines the knowhow of Ocrim, which has an international seal of excellence in the production of milling plants, and that of Bonifiche Ferraresi, the largest and most advanced agro-industrial group in Italy. The purpose of the Milling Hub is to strengthen the Italian food supply chain, giving the possibility to the food industries, without their own milling plant, to have a customised milling plant and all the technical and technological skills of the Ocrim team. They will be guaranteed a product (the flour) that is reliably traced and certified, thanks to careful control of the food chain via use of The Italian Agri-Food Chain Choice, of which Ocrim was the founder, along with Bonifiche Ferraresi and other important Italian companies. Along with this, we have conceived another valuable project: the “Milling Hub Masterclass” training centre, aimed at providing a new vision as part of Ocrim training. For us, the formative aspect of this is one of the fundamental elements for professional affirmation. Without adequate training, in any field we would go to work, we would behave like androids, machines that perform the same action mechanically and repeatedly, without understanding their meaning and useful purpose.

Without training, we would not be able to customise and, therefore, make our work contribution unique and special. Every year we host students from all over the world, destined to become expert millers or technicians. Our company is equipped with a school mill and a well-equipped laboratory in the historic site of Cremona and also organizes ad hoc courses at the customer’s facilities, to train their staff on site. However, in light of the increasing number of requests from people with already well-defined skills, we have designed the Milling Hub also as a real plant / school and as a structure able to guarantee an even more complete and qualified training course than the one offered up to now. In fact, only skilled technicians will have access to the masterclass, already with a well-defined experience and it will be available limited numbers, in order to guarantee the high-training profile. This 360° cutting-edge training focuses on comprehensive knowledge of seed production, up to the marketing of the finished products, passing through the cereal and legume processing. I would like to conclude by talking to you about another innovation that we are going to present in a concrete way to our customers and about which Maurizio Galbignani, Ocrim’s General Manager, has already spoken in the last edition of “Wheat, flour and…”. I’m talking about the O-Cloud system, a centralised virtual software that acts through the sharing of customers’ information. It will allow each individual customer to optimise their production process and plan maintenance operations in advance, increasing the level of automation of the plant and ensuring rapid management of technical needs. A unique and complete product, O-Cloud, which embodies the company’s intention to invest in research to obtain products intended to be an operational part of each client’s core business. All the investments I have just told you about, together with others, are aimed at offering services to our customers who nowadays look beyond the border of the “only” milling plant, since they understand that real business is the result of a complete 360° supply chain. Stefano Mazzini, Commercial Director, Ocrim S.p.A.



North of England Flour Millers Association visit Satake Europe


In 2019 myself and Milling and Grain Group President Darren Parris had the pleasure of joining the North of England Flour Miller’s Association for a fabulous visit to Satake’s facility in Stockport, by Managing Director Mr Yoshihiro Kunimitsu and the North of England Flour Millers Association.

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Dust is a constant hazard in nearly all phases of grain and flour production from harvest through storage to processing and even bagging and shipping.







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Meeting consumer demands through nutrition-based solutions

The Hspu Purifier - By Henry Simon Hamex Hammermill - By Dinnissen

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In this issue of Milling and Grain we are pleased to feature yet another dust explosion special featuring several companies who specialise in the safe handling of raw materials, discussing crucial safety tips for those working in the industry.

Tritordeum, the mediterranean cereal that participates in Food Matters Live


xcel London again hosted Food Matters Live, the UK’s largest curated exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors, speakers and thousands of visitors from across the global food industry, coming together to create crosssector connections. Across two days, hundreds of food professionals had the chance to meet the latest trends driving demand for nutritious, healthy and sustainable food. As a winner of “Best Better-foryou Ingredient of The Year” in the last edition of Food Matters Live Awards, Tritordeum was one of the featured new ingredients and held a special spot in Food Matters Live. More specifically, the Managing Director Pilar Barceló also participated on Wednesday at the Innovative Ingredients Live event, talking about a more sustainable lower gluten alternative to wheat called Tritordeum. Pilar Barceló also spoke

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in the afternoon about this golden Mediterranean cereal in the “Mainstreaming sustainable diets” seminar (Room 4), a series of seminars presenting different alternative ingredients – from innovation in plant-based and meat-free product development to the science behind sustainable diets – that are going to play a pivotal prole in this growing category’s development. This session, with leading experts in the field like Dorothy Shaver, Global Sustainability Lead at Unilever, and Andrew Hunt, Co-Founder at Aduna, was moderated by Nic Jones, the Founding Partner of All Things Better - The Planets Agency. The event was an excellent opportunity to keep on disseminating the benefits of this new alternative cereal worldwide and the perfect scenario to meet those companies who are making headway in sustainability and nutrition issues.

Dust explosions might be a risk that people don’t necessarily think pose a significant threat to the food industry, but in reality, as our articles explain, the threat to human lives working every day in flour mills or farms is very real and dust explosions with flour can wreak devastating effects. Flour isn’t even the only material in the food industry that can explode when subjected to a source of ignition; instant coffee, sugar, potato powder, soup powder and custard powder are just a few materials that can also cause massive explosions. Finely spraying oils and micro-dosing feed also creates a risk of explosions, reflecting that this risk can affect everyone in the industry in some manner, no matter what aspects of the food or feed process you work in. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods and solutions to significantly reduce the risk of dust explosions, which our articles discuss in depth. Some of the best preventative methods for dust explosions include dust explosion relief vents, explosion isolation devices and good conveying systems with antiexplosion measures. Cleaning your facility thoroughly and keeping away any sources of potential ignition is also crucial to minimise risks of explosions. As awareness of this danger increases, it is comforting to see that so many more companies are now working on solutions to make this threat a problem of the past. There is plenty of information available online and various companies and organisations are also available to help facility managers discuss the best methods to keep their facilities safe.




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Geelen Counterflow engage in climate neutral shipping


eelen Counterflow and the GoodShipping Program have signed a three year contract that ensures that all of Geelen Counterflow’s container ocean freight to customers around the world will be climate neutral through the use of sustainable biofuels for container ships. Geelen Counterflow is a supplier of dryers and coolers for the feed and food industry. The company ships around 300 containers-per-year to customers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. This requires around 75 metric tonnes of fossil marine fuel and causes approximately 250 tonnes of CO2 emissions. By joining forces with GoodShipping, Geelen Counterflow ensures that their annual ocean freight volume is decarbonised through the usage of sustainable biofuels. On Geelen’s behalf, GoodShipping facilitates a fuel switch and substitutes the corresponding fossil fuel volume with these sustainable biofuels. This way GoodShipping can certify that all equipment that Geelen Counterflow ships by containers to customers worldwide, is done with net zero emissions of CO2. The sustainable biofuels are supplied by GoodFuels Marine and are waste and residue based. GoodFuels’ external and independent sustainability board makes sure these fuels meet the highest sustainability criteria. This means that the products GoodFuels supply do not cause deforestation or biodiversity loss. There are also no other, higher quality applications possible for these waste and residue streams.

Geelen Counterflow does not charge the costs for this fuel switch to its customers. Instead it pays for these costs from its sustainability budget which results from the application of an internal CO2 price of € 100 per ton of CO2 emissions. This internal carbon price is virtually charged to all activities that cause Geelen Counterflow to emit CO2. Sander Geelen, Managing Director of Geelen Counterflow commented, “The biggest challenge we face is to avoid global warming over 1.5̊C above pre-industrial temperatures. For us that means phasing out fossil fuels from our own processes as soon as possible. “However, the biggest impact we can have is to continue developing and installing dryers and coolers that run on renewable energy. Shipping these dryers and coolers around the world without causing carbon emissions is a challenge that GoodShipping will help us solve.”

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Borregaard targets shrimp market with new product

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eading animal nutrition company Biomin has recently unveiled a new China-Austria Joint Laboratory of Animal Nutrition in Beijing in cooperation with the Institute of Animal Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kong Pingtao, the Deputy Secretary-General of Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Jan Vanbrabant, Chairman of Executive Board of Erber Group, the Research and Management Team of Biomin China, and representatives of the Institute of Animal Sciences, including Zhang Junmin, Deputy Director, Zhou Lingyun, Associate Researcher, Zhang Hongfu, Researcher, Chen Liang, Associate Researcher, and Zhong Ruqing, Assistant Researcher. “The new laboratory affords us the opportunity to further advance research in the fields of animal nutrition, mycotoxin detoxification and gut performance. This is a core focus of Biomin

and it contributes to the scientific innovation that Erber Group companies deliver to the food and feed industries throughout the world,” observed Jan Vanbrabant, Chairman of Executive Board of Erber Group. “We are honoured to unveil the China-Austria Joint Laboratory of Animal Nutrition with the Institute of Animal Sciences, and we look forward to the scientific knowledge and progress that it will bring to the sector,” stated Jack An, Managing Director of Biomin China. “There is a large amount of scientific research being conducted in China. With this joint laboratory we are well positioned to connect to Biomin’s Global Research & Development Network and bring science-based solutions to customers,” commented Shu Guan, Technical, Research & Marketing Director of Biomin China.

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İDMA AND VICTAM cooperate for grain and feed sector


arantez International Fairs and Victam International, organising events for the grain and feed milling sectors, decided to combine their success and expertise under the roof of the IDMA Fair. The two companies have set out to organise a major international event, the Ninth International Flour, Feed, Semolina, Rice, Corn, Bulgur Milling Machinery and Pulses, Pasta, Biscuit Technologies Fair, between March 11-13th, 2021. The event will be called IDMA and Vıctam EMEA. Victam International, which organises major events in the animal feed processing sector in different parts of the

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world, aims to strengthen its presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa with this partnership. Sebas Van den Ende, General Manager of Victam International BV, recalls that both parties who signed the agreement are aiming to be the strongest and largest event in the region. Van Den Ende continues, “This cooperation provides an entry into the region for Victam and a strategic way for IDMA to respond to the growing competition. This joint venture, which adopts a win-win strategy, can create a synergy in sales, marketing and operations and can be a catching answer for companies wishing to enter the region. The aim of the partnership is to have a long-term cooperation for the benefit of both parties.” Stating that partnership is important for the strengthening of the sector, Parantez International Fair Organisation President Zübeyde Kavraz, said, “We live in a period where food safety and sustainable production are at the forefront. Therefore, the development and strengthening of our cereal, feed and pulses sectors as Parantez and Victam are extremely important in terms of ensuring food safety and sustainable production in the world. Because cereal and pulses-based foods and animal products continue to constitute the most basic food sources of human beings.”

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Australian flour mills: Messrs W Webb & Co’s New Roller Flour Mill, Sandhurst, Victoria Milling journals of the past at The Mills Archive by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

There were few mills in Australia better known than the one described in The Miller of November 5th, 1888. It was situated in the main street and close to the shaft of the numerous gold mines in Sandhurst, so making it an object of interest to the numerous visitors to this “Golden City of Victoria”. Few could visit Sandhurst without noticing the fine building. The layout of the mill, as seen in the illustrations, gives some idea of the arrangement of the machinery inside the mill; the engraving of the exterior, which was done from a photograph, shows the appearance of the building from the outside, although this apparently did not do full justice to the mill. Mr W Webb built his mill in 1873, when no expense was spared to get “the most model stone mill” that could possibly be obtained. The stones and hursting frames came complete from Messrs Bryan Corcoran of Mark Lane, London, and ample dressing and purifying machinery was also added, fitting up the mill throughout in a style worthy of so fine a building. Mill layout: Cross section and longitudinal section

The mill had always been known for the excellent quality of flour it supplied, the finest wheats obtainable being used. Although the district around Sandhurst was not considered the best for wheat growing, its situation was so central that almost every class of wheat grown in Australia could be procured there. The flour from the mill enjoyed such a high reputation that Mr Webb was one of the last millers of note to feel the competition of the roller flour mills and to see the necessity for adopting the roller system. After inspecting roller mills already erected in Australia by Messrs Thomas Robinson of the Railway Works, Rochdale, Mr Webb decided to place an order for the firm to put their most complete system of machinery into his mill. The mill was started up in May 1887 with the most satisfactory results. The roller mill proper was a building with five floors, on which the machinery was arranged. The layout of the mill, complete with their new rotary scalping and purifying system, was similar to that used in other well-known mills already erected by Robinsons in Australia.

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As the wheat was received at the mill it was either shot into the large bin or into a set of elevators that conveyed it to the bins supplying the wheat cleaning machinery. The wheat cleaning machinery was well arranged. The wheat first passed on to a sieve separator and then was graded on one of Robinson’s rotary graders, preparatory to passing on to the oat and barley cylinders. Robinson catalogue page The rotary grader comprised a showing the Cockle and Oat and Barley Cylinder rotary sieve suitably clothed, to which a fan could be attached when required. It took up little room and had an enormous capacity as its rotary motion prevented the sieve getting clogged up with wheat. After this the ‘drake’ was removed by means of ‘drake’ cylinders. The wheat on leaving the cylinders was scoured and brushed on a Eureka horizontal brush. The motive power required to drive the mill was obtained from a horizontal high-pressure steam engine having a 22-inch cylinder and 42-inch stroke. The steam was supplied by a large multitubular boiler and the power transmitted directly off the flywheel by one continuous rope on the main shaft in the mill proper. Adjoining the mill were extensive warehouses capable of storing a large quantity of wheat and flour, and there was also a mechanics shop in which repairs could be executed. The two classes of flour manufactured at the mills were appropriately

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The Robinson rotary wheat grader

named ‘Golden Eagle and ‘Silver Eagle’ and these names earned a high reputation in Victoria and the surrounding colonies. The head miller was Mr J Wigful from Sheffield, UK, where he had gained a thoroughly practical knowledge of Robinson and Co’s systems in his uncle’s extensive mills. Robinson machinery was rapidly growing in popularity in Australia and examples like Messrs Webb & Co’s mills regarded as “a splendid flour mill, containing machinery which cannot be surpassed for excellence”, would only go on to help Robinson’s popularity increase.


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Hamlet Protein increasing focus on US market


amlet Protein a multinational producer of soy protein specialties for young animals, aims for continuous growth in US. The company has made significant investments in production capacity in its Findlay, Ohio facilities in recent years and is now ready to increase its market share in US and Canada. To help drive that growth, Hamlet Protein announced the hiring of experienced Grady Fain as Vice President Sales & Marketing for the NCA region. Grady Fain (BSc Biological & Agricultural Engineering) has a long track record in the animal feed industry. He started his career in the Wayne Feed Division of Continental Grain Company, then joined Feed Flavors Inc, which eventually became Nutriad Inc, and most recently transitioned to Adisseo. Mr Fain gave the following statement, “Over the course of my career I have always focused on working with companies that bring true value to customers. Hamlet Protein has a high quality product portfolio with a proven track record in markets across the world. I am particularly excited about the value proposition into young animals and the approach into AGP free diets.” The US continues to be the second largest feed producer in the world, behind China. Hamlet Protein opened its

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local production in 2012, in Findlay, Ohio, and recently completed a major investment to increase capacity under patented technology. Hamlet Protein CEO Erik Visser commented, “The US animal feed market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.4 percent from US $75 billion in 2018 to $85 billion in 2024. Not only will the total feed volume grow, but the need to produce more efficiently will take centre stage. “Also, consumers will drive the reduction of antibiotics in feed, which is where Hamlet Protein can play a role. We are optimistic about our potential in the North American market, considering our track record in other markets around the world.” Hamlet Protein produces soy-based protein ingredients for young piglet, poultry and cattle feed at two production plants in Denmark and the US. Hamlet Protein services customers around the world through a network of own sales offices and distributors.

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vonik’s AMINOSys® laboratory in Guarulhos, Brazil, is celebrating 10 years of operation, which has included extensive engagement with customers and partners. Over the past decade, the lab has focused on amino acid handling and feed technology consulting, taking into account the demands of the regional and global markets, innovating, establishing contact networks, acting as a facilitator, and adding value to the performance of the customers’ feed production process. Training has been delivered to help customers address their main concerns: heat treatment, grinding, pelleting, and how to reduce shrinkage in the feed mill. Laboratory employees have also supported the implementation of over 100 AMINOSys systems – for dry amino acid dosage handling – in feed mills across the country. Supporting these systems with services such as AMINOBatch and AMINOBatch WPT, has had a strong impact on decision-making in Brazilian feed mills, significantly improving mixing and finished feed quality. This year Evonik introduced an Internet of Things (IoT) project for AMINOSys equipment in Brazil, and other key markets. Evonik is now able to customise reports and create a dashboard that provides the AMINOSys Technical Service team with access to data in a cloud on the internet. This allows the experts to manage the system more efficiently, and to be proactive, anticipating any possible issues. Another innovation is the introduction of a dosing solution for dry additives in bags that have low monthly inclusion volumes (five-to-seven tonnes per month). AMINOSys for bag allows Evonik customers, using pneumatic conveying, to integrate the unit in their system where bag handling is most convenient, without the need to lift the bags. Evonik, as a strategic partner developing initiatives connected to its customers’ needs, continues to work with the customers to find local customised solutions. Its continuing training programs, guaranteed spare parts supply, and assured technological upgrades enable its customers to better manage their AMINOSys asset and maintain and improve performance in their feed mills.

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Alapala complete the renovation of a one tonne-per-hour capacity cleaning line in Limagrain Seed Factory


imagrain Seeds is the fourth-largest seed company operating in over 140 countries worldwide. Established in 1965, the French company is active at each stage of sunflower, maize, canola, wheat and barley seeding and assist in the stages of initialplant breeding, research and development, seed preparation, production and sales activities. Limagrain’s Turkey plant began production of hybrid

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sunflower and maize seed processing in 2015, and have now begun exporting to Ukraine and Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, France, Spain, Kazakhstan and various South African countries. The hybrid sunflower and maize seed processing plant is located at Karacabey, Bursa region; and the renovation work of their one tonne-perhour capacity cleaning line with conveying equipment was recently carried out by Alapala. Thanks to the impressive new renovation work, the plant stands out with hygienically designed equipment and high operational safety precautions, according to EU standards. In addition, the cleaning process is carried out with technologically advanced optical sorters, by which the product and impurities are separated by colour differences for a very fine cleaning process.







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New sales cooperation: Rommel now sells sieve cleaners from Filip in Argentina


he two long-established companies Rommel and Filip are agreeing a sales cooperation for sieve cleaners for plansifters in Argentina. Rommel, with offices in Buenos Aires and Cordoba, will now market the entire portfolio of Filip sieve cleaners in the South American country. The product range includes sieve cleaners for plansifter sieves with and without backwire. Both family businesses have been closely associated with the milling industry for many decades and are proven specialists in their respective fields. Mirko Filip, General Manager of Filip Sieve Cleaners, says, “We are very proud to have acquired Rommel for the distribution of our high-quality sieve cleaners in Argentina. Rommel has earned an excellent reputation within the milling industry in Latin America with its high-quality products for filtration and ventilation systems and has been well connected within the milling industry for decades. “We are confident that the exploitation of synergies between our two traditional companies will lead to significant success in Argentina, and that we can significantly expand our market share in South America.”


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Siwertell unloader delivered to new agri-bulk terminal in Mexico


ruks Siwertell has delivered a high-capacity Siwertell ship unloader to Gramosa Agroalimentos SA. It was ordered in 2018 to ensure efficient, environment-friendly and careful material handling for Gramosa Agroalimentos’s new agri-bulk terminal in Veracruz, Mexico. “The unloader was chosen after out-performing all competitor systems during a four-month selection process,” highlighted Patrik Henryson, Sales Manager, Bruks Siwertell. The new rail-mounted Siwertell ST 640-M unloader is totally enclosed and offers the terminal a continuous rated capacity of 1,200t/h. Its seamless flexibility enables it to handle a number of different grains such as corn, rice, wheat, soya beans and canola seeds without any loss of efficiency or cargo quality.

At the time of the order, Gramosa Agroalimentos said that it chose a Siwertell unloader because of its performance across multiple grains: “Other systems on the market did not compare. “The conveying speed of the Siwertell screw-type unloader means that the grain is not damaged during handling, which will give us added value and differentiate us from our competition,” said Gramosa Agroalimentos. “The Siwertell system was selected after considering many factors and multiple equipment comparisons. Analysis included operating principles and mechanisms, investment costs, as well as operating costs.” The new unloader was delivered fully assembled from China via heavy-lift ship in October 2019 and will be tested and commissioned on site in Veracruz Port by Bruks Siwertell when required.

Agritask secures US $8.5m in ag-insurance oriented financing


sraeli precision agriculture startup, Agritask, which has been operating in bootstrap mode till recently, has completed an US $8.5m Series A financing round, led by the InsuResilience Investment Fund and co-invested by Barn Investimentos. Tel Aviv based Agritask has developed a flexible and integrative data-driven software platform for agronomic management. With the “One Platform, One Database” approach, it provides a holistic solution to support real time decision-making. The platform can integrate with over 40 hardware and software data sources, including John Deere, Airbus, IBM and SAP.

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2 Sisters Food Group taking the lead on precision livestock farming with Evonik


he European poultry division 2 Sisters Storteboom, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, has signed a contract with Evonik for using its intelligent poultry management software Porphyrio® to optimise their poultry value chain as consumer demands for food quality, health, and animal welfare are on the rise. “In order to keep and improve our competitive position in the European market, we see the need for more organisation and communication in the supply chain. We strongly believe in the holistic approach of big data and biostatistics backed up with the nutritional and health expertise from Evonik”, says Harm Laros, Managing Director at 2 Sisters Storteboom and head of European Poultry. “The Porphyrio® solution allows us to optimise our production to ensure the right products at the right time as well as to strengthen the relation with our broiler suppliers and agri-business partners and position ourselves as innovation leaders in the sector towards our customers.” Porphyrio® is a cloud-based software for collecting, processing, and analysing livestock data in poultry meat and egg production. The Porphyrio® software enables livestock producers to better manage, predict, and optimise operations with the help of big data, biostatistics,

and smart algorithms. Porphyrio is the digital pillar of Evonik’s precision livestock farming business to support the performance of the company’s animal nutrition growth engine. “We are delighted about the collaboration and we believe that our software is a quantum leap for 2 Sisters Storteboom to deliver exactly the product that their customers and hence consumers want. Our software helps poultry producers gain a much better and precise understanding of their own production process – that’s the foundation for optimisation. This way, we strive to become a preferred partner for supporting poultry businesses on the digital transformation”, says Kristof Mertens, Managing Director at Evonik Porphyrio, Belgium. Evonik’s Nutrition & Care segment has long-standing experience in modern livestock nutrition. Connecting nutritional products with data- and knowledge-based services and digital technologies, Evonik assumes a leading role in precision livestock farming. Alongside Porphyrio®, the recently launched pathogen screening system ScreenFloX® are essential pillars of Evonik’s precision livestock farming business, reflecting the company’s ambition to turn into a holistic system provider for healthy and sustainable food solutions.

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RDS A W A S N IO INNOVAT GRAPAS: Dinnissen join our award applicants; Two new keynote speakers for the conference

Rebecca Sherratt This month the GRAPAS Innovations Awards have received another great application from compound feed machinery experts Dinnissen, with their latest Hamex Hammer Mill!

Dinnissen’s innovative new solution

Much progress has been made on many fronts with Dinnissen’s new Hamex® Fully Automatic Hammer Mill. The method used to produce this machine has been automated and modernised even more compared to previous models, which has considerably reduced the machine’s total price. In addition, various ergonomic aspects of the machine have been amended, improving user friendliness and the speed of screen changes and updates. The screen can now be removed from the machine, meaning that worn parts are quickly accessible and can be easily removed and replaced. Dinnissen’s application joins the three other brilliant applications from Henry Simon, Wingmen Group and Yenar, as well as our brilliant keynote speaker from the FlourWorld Museum who will be discussing World Flour Day. Also confirmed as keynote speakers for the conference include Professor Dongsen, Deputy Secretary General of the China Wheat Milling Association and Mr Bobby Ariyanto of Bogasari Flour Mills.

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Applications for the GRAPAS 2020 Innovations Awards close on January 19th, 2020. Simply email me at rebeccas@perendale.co.uk for more information or an application form.

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Registration to secure your attendance at the GRAPAS Innovations Conference is now open- simply visit the VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia official website and register for the exhibition for free. You will receive a confirmation email which you can click a link on, follow the prompts on your web browser and you will find a list of conferences taking place at the event. Click on ‘GRAPAS Asia 2020’ and click to buy your ticket and confirm your attendance. Tickets are $99 each, so book your seats now before they all sell out! For any enquiries regarding either the Innovations Awards or the Innovations Conference, feel welcome to email me at rebeccas@perendale.co.uk.


IFEEDER and FFA working together to promote awareness of the ag and animal food industry


he Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and the National FFA Organisation (FFA) have established a partnership to cooperate on agricultural education programs in the area of animal food production. Signed this week, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) will forge new initiatives to promote awareness of the agricultural industry, as well as the animal food industry. “FFA is truly a leader working with the next generation of employees and preparing them for careers in agriculture,” said Bruce Crutcher, chair of the IFEEDER Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to work with them to provide educational opportunities to their members on careers in the animal food industry.” FFA and IFEEDER will collaborate on programs to extend the reach, access and efficiency of efforts to educate and inform young people about the animal food industry. IFEEDER will coordinate with FFA on existing and new cooperative curriculum as a resource to agricultural education instructors in the area of the animal food industry. “As FFA continues to provide the world’s next generation of leaders, we believe this partnership is an ideal opportunity for our students to learn more about the animal feed industry,” said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organisation. “We are honoured to work with IFEEDER on these future endeavours.”

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North America’s high fibre feed consumption accounts for over a quarter of global market value


ccording to a recently published study, the global high fibre feed market is expected to grow at an attractive CAGR of 4.2 percent and be valued at US $383.4m by the end of forecast period. By livestock, the global high fibre feed market can be segmented as ruminants, equines, poultry, swine, pets, aquatic animals, and others. An increase in the demand for high fibre feed from the ruminants’ segment is expected, as it increases feed intake, improves digestibility, and ultimately enhances production. The global high fibre feed market has been segmented as Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and Europe. In the global high fibre feed market, the North American region is expected to have a high market value share of 24.6 percent by 2018, owing to the rising awareness about the benefits of the use of high fibre feed with proper formulation of feed for animals in order to enhance the productivity and performance of the animals. However, the high fibre feed market in North America is expected to grow at a lower CAGR than the other regions, since it is a mature market. The high fibre feed markets in the Asia Pacific and MEA regions are expected to grow at a rapid pace, with APAC exhibiting a CAGR of five percent, owing to the growing animal and animal feed demand from these regions.

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Officially opening the Milling and Grain room at The Mills Archive

n December 7th, 2019 the Milling and Grain team visited The Mills Archive in Reading, UK. One of the trustees, Mildred Cookson, is a regular contributor to Milling and Grain and her columns on mill history are a popular feature. While members of the Milling and Grain Magazine editorial staff are frequent visitors to the trust, on this occasion we were there to attend the official dedication of The Milling And Grain room, which houses the Rex Wailes’ Collection, a recent addition to the Mills Trust.

The Rex Wailes’ Collection

Reginald "Rex" Wailes OBE, FSA, F I Mech E (March 6th, 1901 – January 7th, 1986) was an English engineer and historian who published widely on aspects of engineering history and industrial archaeology, particularly on windmills and watermills. Starting in 1923, Wailes began to record the history of windmills. At the time large numbers of mills were falling into disuse and dereliction, with many being demolished. Wailes was determined to record this important chapter of British engineering by documenting the nation’s most important mills before they vanished. Not only did he record many of England’s, but Wailes also travelled wildly, and recorded the history of mills in Finland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the United States and Canada. The results of his many years of studying and surveying windmills were published in 'Windmills in England', 1948, and the longer work 'The English Windmill', 1954. He came to be regarded as a leading authority on mills and was appointed lead consultant to the Industrial Monuments Survey then being undertaken by the Ministry of Works in an effort to identify historic industrial sites which were worthy of preservation under the Town and Country Planning Act. In 1971, in recognition of his efforts to preserve this vital part of our industrial history, Rex Wailes was awarded an OBE for his work.

The Milling Trust acquires the Rex Wailes’ Collection

After a long negotiation, on July 23rd, 2019, the Mills Archive took possession of the Rex Wailes’ collection, which had sat in the Science Museum’s off-site store for more than thirty years. The 40+ boxes of materials 40 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

(which included many large drawings) were loaded into a van and driven to the Mills Trust building in Reading. Nathanael Hodge, the Trusts’ archivist, has since begun the long process of cleaning, restoring and preserving the materials, which comes in the nick of time, since many of the items were suffering from mould and the effects of being stored in damp, outdoor sheds, etc. To house this surfeit of material required the creation of a new archive space with the Mills Trust building. At this point Milling and Grain stepped in and have sponsored the construction of the new archive space, and will also donate to the upkeep of the collection. To commemorate this cooperation, a door plaque for the official 'Milling and Grain Room' was fitted with to commemorate the magazines’ continuing support for the collection.

Preserving the past for future generations

The Mills Archive’s Director of Programmes and Development, Liz Bartram, explains that the most efficient and sure way to ensure such materials last through the ages is to scan them digitally and upload them onto The Mills Archives’ online database. “It isn’t a quick job and must be done very slowly and methodically” she explains, “but it is a crucial step to ensure that these documents are both easily accessible and suitably preserved for the future generations”. Now that the Wailes collection has a safe home, the long process of restoration and digitisation of the materials can begin.

Preserving these documents is crucial to preserve the history of milling through the ages. Milling and Grain magazine is especially proud to be a patron of The Mills Archive to help keep the rich history of our industry alive. The charity trustees include: • Dr Ron Cookson MBE (Chairman) • Mrs Mildred Cookson (Owner of a Foundation Collection)

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The Rex Wailes Collection The books he has written by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive Trust, UK

Before Rex came on the scene there were no authoritative books on windmills. He changed all that in the decade after the Second World War. In 1948, The Architectural Press published his text Windmills in England, filled with wonderful, black and white photographs of every type of mill that existed at the time. Coupled with and exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, it must have raised the spirits of post-war Britain. In 1954 he wrote The English Windmill and in 1979 the illustrated Source Book of Wind and Watermills. The former, illustrated by his very good friends, the artist Vincent Lines and the photographer Hallam Ashley, is still many years later the ‘windmill bible’. Rex had a major impact on the post war movement to preserve our milling heritage. He recognised we could save only the very best examples and his advice secured a number to the care of English Heritage. He advocated key examples: the post mill at Saxtead Green, Suffolk; the smock mill at Cranbrook, Kent; the tower mill at Sibsey, Lincolnshire and a drainage mill at Ashtree Farm, Norfolk. His influence extend far beyond England. When The English Windmill was published in the USA his American publishers provided him with a personal extended, leather-bound edition in which he had pasted many notes and comments. In 2008 Rex’s daughter Anthea presented the book to the Mills Archive and it is now a star of our special collections library. More importantly it started us on the long journey to retrieve his vast collection from the Science Museum, where it had been kept since his death in 1986. Only now can we start to make it available to the public. Rex would have approved. A footnote to his book says ‘we must make haste and record what is left’. Thank goodness he was as good as his word, and those records are now at the Mills Archive. Once catalogued and conserved, the collection will be made available for everyone interested to come and see.

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TRAINING Just as a recipe includes many ingredients to make a final product, the different milling perspectives shared through training creates a dynamic learning environment. The merging of those perspectives happened during the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) and Kansas State University’s Basic Milling Principles and Advanced Milling courses held October 7-11 and 14-18, respectively.

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questions to millers.” For participant Hector Muniz, Milling Assistant for General Mills, Los Angeles, California, the course gave him a deeper knowledge in the entire milling system, and how his position works to create the final product. “When I started working at General Mills, I didn’t have a concept of milling. I’ve been in the trucking industry for 25 years and I didn’t know this business was so huge and spread worldwide,” Muniz says. “I now have an understanding of where everything comes from. It really opened my eyes to something I had barely any knowledge of.”

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Kicking off the training was the IAOM-KSU Basic Milling Principals course held for 18 participants from five countries. Participants studied an array of topics within the umbrella of the milling industry. They were able to utilise hands-on training as well as classroom lectures to understand the milling process and controls that are influenced by the raw materials and milling systems, including cleaning, conditioning, milling and the finished product. They also expanded their knowledge by training in the Shellenberger Hall Baking Lab and the Hall Ross Flour Mill. “We opened up a lot of knowledge that wasn’t in the textbook that I was reading before my visit — particularly the hands-on approach on milling,” says Adrian Redondo, Baking Technician for US Wheat Associates in the Philippines and course participant. “It’s really different when you read the textbook and experience it for yourself, it gives you a practical idea of how to go about asking the correct

Participants of the IAOM-KSU Advanced Milling course examine purifier stocks while working on a purifier optimisation exercise

Shawn Thiele, IGP Institute Associate Director, and Flour Milling and Grain Processing Specialist listens in to a participant’s question about the equipment in the Hal Ross Flour Mill

Just as there are standards in food safety for human consumption, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also sets regulations for safe animal feed. In an effort to convey an in-depth understanding of the FDA’s regulations, the IGP Institute hosted 20 participants in the NGFA– KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act Training.

The IGP Institute hosts industry professionals for the Food Safety Modernisation Act training This training was held November 5–7th, 2019 and allowed participants to learn about the fundamentals and manufacturing principles of food safety and how to create an effective food safety plan. “This three-day course is where people from the industry come to learn about new regulations around the Food Safety Modernisation Act. This course focuses on improving overall food safety,” says Carlos Campabadal, Feed Manufacturing and Grain Quality Management Outreach Specialist. 46 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

As an expansion to the basic course, the IAOM-KSU Advanced Milling offering included topics on techniques and tools used for analysing and improving grain processing flows, understanding variables that impact production efficiencies, and enhancing the troubleshooting skills of mill personnel. “The advanced milling course was a great success with a total of 16 participants from around the United States, Canada, Turkey, Philippines and South Africa,” says Shawn Thiele, IGP Institute Associate Director, and Flour Milling and Grain Processing Specialist. Course participants were exposed to a number of advanced milling techniques including how to optimise mill processes through sampling and testing to maximise efficiencies in a given mill. Students were able to utilise classroom lectures to discuss cleaning, conditioning and milling processes and equipment, and apply said knowledge in hands-on exercises. “In both trainings, the diverse milling knowledge that was brought in from the participants promoted excellent class discussion and provided different views of milling,” says Thiele.

Matt Frederking, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality at Mid America Pet Food, engages the participants of the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act course during a lecture on current good manufacturing practices

According to Eric McMillan, director of commodity risk management at Cactus Feeders, it’s important to him to have an understanding of how to meet all food regulations. “It was beneficial to learn what we’re doing at our site to make sure we’re meeting all of the regulations to provide safe food to cattle,” says McMillian. “I now have the knowledge to help with our food safety plan to help train our employees that are on-site at the feed mill.”

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Premi®Test, designed by R-Biopharm, is a microbial screening test for the detection of antibiotic residues in food and feed in less than four hours. Premi®Test allows users to screen meat (beef, pork, poultry), fish, shrimps, eggs, liver, kidney, urine and feed for the residues of β-lactams, Cephalosporines, Macrolides, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides, Aminoglycosides, Quinolones, Amphenicoles and Polypeptides. PremiTest is a ‘Performance Tested Method’ of the AOAC Research Institute for the screening of Penicillin in bovine meat (Certificate No. 060601) and holds the ‘VALIDATION NF’ by AFNOR for the screening of β-lactams, Macrolides, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides in beef, pork and poultry (RBP 31/02 – 04/11). The test is based on the inhibition of the growth of Bacillus stearothermophilus, a thermophilic bacterium which is very sensitive to many antibiotics and sulpha compounds.


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To tackle future challenges, feed producers must ensure sustainable consumption and responsible production in their operations. As a reliable technical partner, Famsun is always forward thinking and considering proactively how to improve production systems through better use of currently available resources, increasing productivity and reducing waste and losses. K70 is such an affordable machine. It boosts pelleting capacity to 70t/hr with up to a 500kW motor and 1,070mm die, while improving energy efficiency up to 19 percent by employing the most efficient and reliable gear-direct-drive system. Famsun also provides unique die change and roller adjustment tools for easier labor and protection details to ensure the safety of human, machine and product. The diminished labor and down time for operation and maintenance also help to improve efficiency in producers’ operations.



HSREZX Colour Sorter

Compact milling solution for producing Atta flour

The HSREZX-series Colour Sorter shines with its technological advantages for an effective sorting operation. Different chute numbers are available (ranging from one, two, four and six chutes) according to the users capacity requirements and also comes with primary, resort and tertiary sorting options. The sorting system consists of a full color camera with 0.14 mm/ pixel resolution and 16 million different colour identifications for very high sensitivity sorting. LED lighting is used in the HSREZXseries for optimum sorting performance. In addition, shape sorting technology enables users to reject the defects by shape identification; broken, adhered or malformed grains etc. The machine also has automatic sensitivity calibration and defect profiling with an advanced software to evaluate the colour profile of target defects and automatically adjust the sensitivity settings.

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Atta flour, produced from a variety of wheats, is used in making flat breads like chapati, roti and puri - staple foods in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. To replace the rather unsanitary mill stones in the traditional chakki mills used for these flours, Bühler developed the PesaMill MDGA for the production of whole grain Atta flour and was able to successfully launch it on the markets of the Indian subcontinent as well as globally. The PesaMill, which has been developed for the industrial production of Atta flour, is available in two models, delivering a daily capacity of 75 tonnes or 150 tonnes. The PesaMill milling process is very flexible, produces an increased yield, is energy efficient, easy to service and offers higher food safety. system with an hourly capacity of 700kg. AlPesa can be operated stand-alone or it can be integrated into an existing mill.




Chief’s Marot Rotary Drum Cleaner

Chief Industries’ Marot Rotary Drum Cleaner can be used with a wide variety of crops, including wheat, maize, barley, rice, soya, coffee and oil seed rape. It can pre-clean up to an impressive 400 tonnes-per-hour and can grade up to 60 tonnes of materials-per-hour. Grain enters the rotating drum and passes through the screen perforations; large rubble being rejected throughout this process to ensure clean and pure final materials. Screen perforation sizes can be adjusted based upon the users own requirements and a special innovative system ensures that the perforations are kept clear. Flow rates in the Marot Rotary Drum Cleaner are between 35-to-400 tones over hour and various forms of aspiration can be implemented. The Marot Rotary Drum Cleaner boasts great precision, thanks to its continuous movement and minimal vibrations. Each particle fluidly and seamlessly enters the screen perforation, which is more accurate than when grain bounces on vibrating screens. Users can also adjust the variable speed and slope of how the drum cleaner works, thanks to its precise measurements and innovative design. This also does not lead to excessive vibrations, but each movement is stable and fluid, showcasing the solutions high-quality manufacturing. One challenge with flat screen cleaners is the inability to easily check the inside of the solution for build-up of materials and other issues. With rotary drum cleaners, this issue is a thing of the past as the device is easy to maintain and inspect. Each screen also has dual use, being able to be used for both screening and scalping, fitting all needs of the user. The Marot Rotary Drum Cleaner comes in eight different models, so there is sure to be a model to suit your needs. The models come in a variety of sizes, the smallest being the PN601, able to process 35tph and the largest being the PN5005, processing up to 400tph. Models also can come with between one and five screens, with a screen area each of between 2.5m2-25m2. Established in 1985, Chief Industries UK offer a variety of professional grain and feed storage, material handling and aeration solutions.

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Compact milling system for producing Atta flour


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ühler now also offers a compact milling system for producing Atta flours. The new AIPesa milling system is based on the smaller version of the PesaMill and is superbly suited to a small-scale production of hygienic and authentically tasty Atta flours. Atta flours are the basis for making the flat breads, such as chapati, roti and puri, which are a basic food staple on the Indian subcontinent. Made from a variety of wheat blends, Atta flour is in high demand in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, above all. Rapid urbanisation and a growing, quality-conscious middle class in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh has created a strong demand for Atta flours of high quality. Atta flour has been produced for centuries on what are called chakki mills. This outdated technology with its limited capacity and, in particular, the chemical substances used on the mill stones no longer meet the requirements of an industrial and hygienic milling process.

New Atta process

Bühler has worked closely with specialists for Atta flour to develop a new process for the industrial manufacture of whole grain Atta flour. The Bühler Atta process is the first industrial process technology for manufacturing hygienic, faultless and authentic tasting Atta flour. The core of this revolutionary Atta process, which offers a modern alternative to the common chakki mills, is the highcompression mill, PesaMill MDGA, with grinding rolls. The high-compression mill was developed for the particular requirements of Atta production. It ensures a high throughput while maintaining top food safety. The machine can be easily cleaned and requires less maintenance than a chakki mill, which needs to have its stones redressed every month. In addition, producers can customise their product thanks to the innovative milling system. The PesaMill can produce flour according to specific values for water absorption, starch damage and granulation in order to adapt to regional market preferences. After milling, a plansifter makes efficient sifting and sorting possible. Furthermore, Bühler’s ZZ sifter offers a compact solution for separating bran particles and semolina. The result is 50 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

an Atta flour with optimal colour. A single PesaMill can replace up to twenty traditional stone mills with its completely integrated process - and there are innumerable other advantages such as higher yields, reduced energy consumption and the possibility to produce multiple flour qualities on the same machine.

AlPesa: Same technology, designed for less capacity

The PesaMill was specially developed for the industrial production of Atta flour and is available in two models with a daily capacity of 75 tonnes or 150 tonnes, respectively. There are already many PesaMill plants being used industrially for continuous operation in India and neighboring countries. The majority of Atta flour in India and Pakistan, however, is still being produced on the chakki stone mills with daily capacities of up to ten tonnes. To offer an alternative to the hundreds of small chakki mills still in use, Bühler has now designed the AIPesa MDGM, a compact and space-saving milling system with an hourly capacity of 700kg. The AIPesa grinding system is based on the technology of the PesaMill and consists of a high-compression mill, a plansifter and a bagging station, a switch cabinet with control system, and it has the same hygienic and operating technical properties as the PesaMill. AlPesa can be operated stand-alone and with manual bagging, or it can be integrated into an existing mill. The AlPesa milling system is a cost-effective, easy-to-operate compact milling system for producing authentic Atta flours.

AIPesa for worldwide use

The possibilities for Bühler’s new AIPesa milling system, however, are not limited to India and its neighboring countries. Over 40 million people of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin live elsewhere in the rest of the world. In order to produce their familiar flat bread, they have had to rely on importing the traditional Atta flour from their former homeland. Bühler now offers a global version of the AIPesa milling system for providing members of the Indian diaspora with Atta flour, and it can also be used for processing other special whole grain foods, such as sorghum and millet. AIPesa is a plug-and-play concept that offers the perfect solution for integrating it into existing mills. Installation and commissioning can take place within two weeks. www.buhlergroup.com


Meeting consumer demands through nutrition-based solutions


by Dr Elliot Block, Global Director of R&D and Tech Services, Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, USA

he continual growth of emerging economies around the globe means exploding demand for high-value protein from meat, eggs, milk and other dairy products. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), by 2030 annual meat production is projected to reach 376 million tonnes globally, up from 218 million tonnes in 1997-1999. The increasing demand creates new livestock feed market opportunities, but also creates new challenges. Aligning consumer preferences and evolving rules and regulations with the need to provide healthy and safe products will require new

solutions for producers and their suppliers throughout the food supply chain. To address the convergence of consumer demands and safety regulations, researchers are developing new feed additives to help keep livestock and poultry healthy and thriving, either without antibiotics or with limited antibiotic use. Nutritionbased solutions give feed suppliers unique advantages in helping producers be successful in meeting and exceeding consumer demands. Focusing on the relationship between a healthy gut and the overall resiliency of the animal, research has found the addition of certain dietary ingredients can help maintain natural microbial populations and immune response in the digestive system. With

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F a bolstered immune system, animals respond more favorably to environmental challenges as well as develop more resiliency throughout their productive lives. For example, multiple research studies demonstrate that feeding the Refined Functional Carbohydrates™ (RFCs™) and yeast culture found in Celmanax™ can help provide a healthy base for animal growth and development, leading to improved animal productivity. Each of the RFCs in Celmanax have biological functions but generally work together to support intestinal immune function and integrity and prevent attachment of pathogens to the intestinal wall. The yeast culture portion of Celmanax supports optimal rumen fermentation and digestion and reduce the effects of toxins, such as mycotoxins, in feed. Celmanax is a specifically formulated products containing several components derived from yeast. RFCs are the components extracted from yeast cells (S. cerevisiae) using specific enzymes during a proprietary manufacturing process. Each component has a specific mode of action and outcome when fed to animals: • MOS (Mannan Oligosaccharides) support consistent growth of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium • Beta 1,3-1,6 glucans help support the immune system in the intestine and strengthen the intestinal cells to prevent mycotoxin damage and reduce the inflammatory responses associated with losses of production • D-Mannose binds pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella

Poultry response to RFCs

Research shows feeding RFCs can make poultry more resilient under stressful conditions, leading to better feed efficiency and

performance. Both layers and broilers benefit from improved gut health. In a commercial layer trial involving four houses with 60,000 to 90,000 hens per house, feeding RFCs improved egg performance while reducing mortality and Salmonella prevalence (See Figures 1 and 2.) An economic analysis demonstrated that these results had potential to add US $0.60 in revenue per hen housed. Research shows that supplementing broiler diets with RFCs effectively enhances bird performance, improving weight gain, feed conversion, and uniformity of bird size and weight at slaughter. A study with 1,600 day-old chicks compared the effect of RFCs on performance of birds raised under standard coccidiosis management programs. Adding RFCs to diets improved performance of birds vaccinated for coccidiosis as well as those fed a coccidiostat. (See Table 1)

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In ruminants, creating and maintaining a healthy gut supports their immune function, particularly in stressful times such as housing transitions. A study on two commercial US farms compared health and performance of milk-fed Holstein calves supplemented with

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Resiliency in beef cattle

Research studies show that feeding Celmanax helps beef cattle maintain resiliency by managing the natural microbial populations and immune response. RFCs in Celmanax support beneficial bacteria found in cattle’s digestive systems while blocking sites for pathogens to attach to the intestinal lining. Maintaining a healthier gut by feeding RFCs helps maintain nutrient uptake, leading to better feed efficiency and animal performance because animals are able to devote energy to all functions, instead of fighting off infections or struggling to maintain feed intake. Studies in feedlot cattle showed similar results with numerical improvements in average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion. Additionally, steers fed RFCs reached finishing weight nearly 14 days sooner than control and held a 50.7 lb. numerical advantage at harvest.

Alleviating shipment stress

In a trial performed by Texas Tech University two truckloads of beef heifers were fed either a control diet or one containing RFCs for the first 35 days after arrival at the feed yard. The newly received heifers experienced heat stress conditions in addition

to experiencing the stress of shipping. At the end of the feeding period, heifers supplemented with Celmanax had a 12 percent higher average daily gain (ADG) in the first 14 days and eight percent higher ADG over the full 35-day receiving period. In addition, those fed RFCs experienced 61 percent fewer cases of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) compared with the control group. Reduced treatment costs translated into a $9.90 per head economic advantage for RFCs over the 35-day receiving period.

Alternative to ZnO in swine

Reducing stress at critical times for pigs has an impact on the overall growth and productivity of the animals. With increasing pressure around the world to reduce or eliminate antibiotics and the use of zinc oxide (ZnO) in feeds, new solutions are needed. Research shows that Celmanax with RFCs may provide a viable alternative to maintain piglet health through better gut health. On a commercial sow farm, RFC supplementation in sow lactation diets resulted in improved piglet weaning weights, compared to control sows without RFCs. (See Figure 3). Piglets from RFC-fed sows sustained their body weight (BW) advantage through the end of the nursery phase—with weights comparable to nursery pigs fed ZnO.

Creative solutions to evolving challenges

Increasing global demand for high-quality protein sources supplied in a safe and healthy manner requires ongoing research and creative solutions. The research team at Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, developer of Celmanax, is dedicated to creating new solutions to meet these evolving challenges. www.ahfoodchain.com



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he new Henry Simon Purifier (HSPU) brings the advantages of a new design and technology together for higher efficiency in semolina purification and classification processes. The purifier stands out with its new look and improved ergonomics and functionality for its users. The design work of the machine has been carried out carefully in partnership with Italdesign, which has been offering development services for the automotive and other various industries since 1968. As well as its exterior design, the new HSPU Purifier also comes with some major improvements in operational efficiency and safety. The purifier is equipped with Advanced Sensor Technology, that the sensors are responsible for real-time tracking of the machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating conditions, detecting any abnormality and giving information to the user. HSPU has the five state-of-the-art sensors as listed below, that each sensor independently focuses at a higher level in energy saving, process optimisation, reliability,

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F error prevention, and operational safety. The Human Detection Sensor works by detecting the operator’s physical presence. The LED lights and touchscreen panel automatically switches on while the operator approaches the machine. The Ambient Sensor is designed to monitor the environmental working conditions (temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, etc) for a high operational standardisation. As the temperature and humidity values are displayed, any possible degradation in classification performance due to high humidity, etc can be easily diagnosed. It is also possible to track the amplitude and frequency data of the purifier continuously by a nine-axis sensor to ensure a stabilised operation. The Vibration Sensor (PMD) is used as a predictive maintenance tool, to prevent any failure of drive mechanism by detecting the changes in vibration levels. A Digital Manometer is used to ensure a proper air flow inside

the air channels, by detecting any fluctuation in air pressure. The Motor Load Sensor is used for monitoring the load of vibro-motors for protection against any possible damage, and ensuring an efficient operation. The purifier is also combined with a touchscreen panel for monitoring the operational data and all sensor-related information; which the amplitude, frequency, static air pressure, motor load ratio, etc. can be displayed as a trend graph. The special software also allows monitoring the status of consumables (rubber springs, LED light, vibro motors, etc.) in advance notification for replacement time. Thanks to the Sieve Administration System, which the built-in sieves can be displayed to prevent any operational mistakes during the sieve replacement. The software also allows visualisation of the maintenance history, error log information, etc. Therefore, the manual inspection is reduced at a big extent, and the maintenance work can be performed systematically. www.henrysimonmilling.com

The GRAPAS Innovations Awards 2020 are currently open for applications that service the flour, rice and pasta processing industry. These awards are a recognised industry award of excellence for the best innovations in food processing technology, with past winners including Petkus, Bühler, 4B, Selis, Henry Simon and more. We already have some brilliant applications for the 2020 awards that we decided need their own series in the magazine to help discuss their many innovative features, and this is the first in a series about our impressive GRAPAS applicants. If your company has a food innovation that was released on the market in 2018 or later, get in touch to find out more and apply for the GRAPAS Innovations Awards! Applications close soon, so get in touch quick (via rebeccas@perendale.co.uk) to secure your place! Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

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SHORTLIST #2: HAMEX HAMMERMILL - BY DINNISSEN Our GRAPAS Innovations Awards 2020 applicants



ince 1948, Dinnissen Process Technology has been developing machines, complete processes and customised solutions for the food, feed, pet food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The focus mainly lies on the efficient handling and processing of powders, granulates and pellets.

One of Dinnissen’s characteristic qualities is the ability to transform daring innovative ideas into working concepts that are successfully adapted by leading producers. A great example of such a successful innovation is the vacuum core coating process, invented by Dinnissen in 1992. Several years later, this was followed by the lean gravity mixing lines and the hammer mill featuring an automatic screen exchange system. These are just a few of the many technical breakthroughs that gained Dinnissen considerable recognition throughout the world. The fully automatic Hamex® Hammer Mill used by many multinationals has recently been extensively improved. The Hamex® Hammer Mill offers producers of meal-like feed many advantages, for instance extremely efficient milling and accurately definable particle size distribution. In this updated hammer mill, the freely suspended

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hammers rotate at a speed of 1,500rpm in the milling chamber. Thanks to the unique design, this mill is characterised by a minimum noise level, which is good for the operator and improves reliability. Dependent on the properties of the product to be milled, different numbers of single or double hammers can be used. The centrifugal force that is generated forces the product that is being milled against the special jaw plates inside the milling chamber. The milled product then leaves the hammer mill via the exchangeable screens. This version has a fully automatic screen exchange system. When changing the screen, the screen on its screen holder is automatically slid out of the machine while the rotor continues to turn. This saves the ten minutes required for the rotor to stop, an ideal solution if the particle size must be regularly adjusted. Screens are also available with four different perforation sizes. Screens are exchanged in the time between the batches, meaning that no production time is lost. The safety of the operator is also guaranteed. Substantial reduction in cost price due to clever redesign Much progress has been made on many fronts with the new Hamex® Hamer Mill. For instance, the method


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The art of feed hygiene


by Christophe Michaut, Business Development Manager, Perstorp Animal Nutrition, Sweden

ealthy and safe feed is essential for healthy and safe food â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so it is important to have an efficient feed hygiene system in place to minimise the risk of pathogenic bacterial contamination of feed. For businesses, a product recall is costly as well as damaging to their reputation. For feed producers, it could also mean stopping production at a site, followed by decontamination, disposal of feed and materials. Where there is concern regarding contamination with pathogenic bacteria, measures should be taken to minimise possible hazards. Using effective methods to prevent contamination and recontamination of feed is important for both animal performance and the feed industry. In the past, formaldehyde offered a very effective solution against salmonella in feed. However, being registered as a carcinogen, it was banned in Europe in 2018. The world is now looking forward to new solutions. Organic acids-based feed hygiene solutions and heat treatment are currently considered the most efficient alternatives. Swedish additives producer Perstorp has been researching the effectiveness of other molecules and combinations of molecules against pathogens in feed for decades. They have come to know that optimal results are achieved by combining moderate heat treatment with optimised additives that prevent recontamination after the heat treatment. A finding supported by research.

Bacterial contamination of feed

REGULATION (EC) No 183/2005 mentions all the rules in the feed chain. What is commonly accepted is that both feed and raw materials must not contain salmonella within a 25g sample. Each year in the EU, 1.8-1.9 percent of samples tested are salmonella positive. Although salmonella is in focus, millers need to think about enterobacterial contamination as a whole. If only one specific bacterium is focused on, others, that are also having a negative effect on health and performance, may be missed.

Heat treatment and feed hygiene

Feed can be heat treated specifically to reduce enterobacterial

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load. Feed hygiene solutions based on organic acids, such as formic-, propionic- and lactic acid are commonly used in feed. Some of them are approved as feed hygiene enhancers in the EU. Both heat treatment and feed hygiene solutions are effective at reducing enterobacterial load. However, when feed is heat treated some beneficial species of bacteria are also eliminated. This barrier flora destruction allows more room for pathogenic bacteria to recontaminate the feed.

Combination treatments

When only using heat treatment, finished feed easily gets recontaminated during cooling and/or drying. Condensation inside machinery and air loaded with impurities will allow bacteria like E. coli to grow. Feed hygiene solutions will help feed producers to remain safe. When these products are added into the feed, trials have shown a significant reduction in enterobacteria.

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In the post-formaldehyde era, feed millers and poultry producers need to re-think their feed hygiene strategy. Organic acids that are being used to treat feed are now officially approved in terms of their ability to reduce enterobacterial load in feed and prevent recontamination. Over the last few years, biosecurity in agriculture has gained importance thanks to the increased focus on animal performance and food safety. Since microbial hazards may be introduced at various points of feed production, technologies need to both be effective at reducing bacterial levels and provide protection from recontamination.

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SMARTM I by Baris Cem Ozpolat, Ozpolat Makine, Turkey

There is a simple, but a very

frequently used term in business nowadays: Industry 4.0.

ndustry 4.0 is very valid and very necessary term but, in fact, it is a brand. Let’s explain: There is a specific era we think of when people say “Industrial Revolution” or “The first Industrial Revolution”. In this period, people began utilising steam energy in production processes during the 18th century, which caused production speed to increase and production costs to decrease. These results have raised awareness of the benefits of using machinery and not only hands and tools in the production process. This is called the Industrial Revolution. According to many, the second Industrial Revolution was the “mass production system” Henry Ford invented in the early 1900s. Mass production means producing hundreds of the same products at once. In this system, the main purpose was to decrease the production time per unit. However, when applied successfully, mass production also led to decreasing the production costs and decreasing product defaults. When producers realised these results, all producers converted their production systems to ones featuring mass production, no matter whether they produced cars, pencils, furniture or chocolate. And that is how Mr Ford ended up being called the ‘father’ of the second Industrial Revolution. Until the 1980s, only machines, the labour power and our brains were used in all production types, including mass production. All calculations and crosschecks were being done by experts by hand. In the 1980s, society then started benefiting from the first examples of digital technology; computers started to be used in production processes. Although computers were only being used to make people’s jobs easier in calculating and recording production, the ones who use computers started to use their time more efficiently and produce with fewer default ratios compared to the users who did not use computers in production. So, day by day, more computers started

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being used in production. People who invented “Industry 4.0” called those years the third Industrial Revolution. Industry 4.0 is the name of the fourth Industrial Revolution of which globally known engineering and technology company Siemens are accredited to having started. Therefore, Industry 4.0 is a brand of Siemens. The main purpose of this revolution is to use computers and components in production, but not as a helper. In the 20th century, as people were growing more conscious about human rights, producers realised something: All their production processes were depending fully on their human workers. They found out that to develop their production, they needed to develop their workers. They used various methods to achieve this goal, such as training their personnel, giving them the feeling of belonging or paying them high salaries to increase worker fulfillment. Some of these methods did work, actually. But after a while, no-one was able to develop with the same speed they used to have. Because no matter how trained or how dedicated their workers were, humans were just humans. Humans made mistakes. Plus, the time of a human was getting more and more expensive. Since products grow more and more complicated and specialist in terms of manufacturing and understanding, finding the right expert was getting more difficult. This is where Smartmill, the technology that Ozpolat has developed and has solely the rights of comes on the scene. Ozpolat has designed a smart and “lightless” factory for the milling sector. The reason why people call Smartmill “lightless” is that you do not need to turn on the lights when the mill is running because there are no workers inside. Smartmill is the name of the new technological system Ozpolat has designed for mills. The results of Ozpolat’s study is well worth paying attention to. According to Ozpolat, when we replace the people in the production process with PLC machinery and robots, and when the decision-making software is working according to the results of the data it receives from sensors and cameras, two things dramatically change: Production costs can decrease by up to 15–20 percent. The number of errors taking place in the factory also goes down to almost zero. They almost disappear.But these are only the first two advantages of the Smartmill. The new mills set up with Smartmill technology can run nonstop for 24 hours, therefore the electricity consumption stays


the same and at the minimum level all the time. Another difference from a regular mill is that the first quality control at the intake section is also done by sensors and software. Your mill is checking its own raw material’s cleanliness, colour and moisture and contacts you electronically if any discrepancies or changes should be brought to your attention. From cleaning to dampening, from milling to packaging sections, you can track your inlet and outlet extraction rates for all sections simultaneously all the time and you can always track the efficiency of each of your machines. One of the last things you want is your mill to stop. That is why your mill notifies both you and Ozpolat a week before it needs a spare part. Ozpolat already promises to keep all the spare parts for any brand new machine for 10 years, so you can receive your new part within a week from the date of notification, which means you do not need to stop your mill no matter in which part of the world your mill is in. You can directly communicate with your Smartmill and can programme it to suit your own unique needs. You can give your mill commands such as “Start working at 8am and work for 12 hours” or “Start working at 7am and work until 9pm” or “Start working at 9am and mill 100 tonnes of wheat” or “Start working now and produce 200 tonnes of flour”. And the best part of this is that you can do all of this from the convenience of your smartphone. You can see a list of all machines which are actively working and another list of all machines which are on standby in your mill on your smartphone. If any machine is working, you can see the current capacity and the electricity consumption of that machine. Plus, you can stop the section of the machine you want or restart them from your smartphone. On top of that, if anything out of the ordinary happens in your mill, such as a capacity or extraction rate drop at a section or an electricity consumption increase for any machine, your mill calls you and lets you know. So, you know where to look even before a potential problem starts and you can shape your mill the way you want. The Ozpolat Milling Machinery Technology team believes that the number of Smartmills in the world will increase in the next five to 10 years and a Smartmill is the only way for millers to be able to compete in the future. According to the Ozpolat family, mills that operate with human labour that are more prone to mistakes, have low efficiency and high fixed costs will not have much chance to compete with others in the future. The motto of Ozpolat, “Mill of the Future is Available Today” is coming from that point of view. www.ozpolatmakina.com.tr







Optimisation of laboratory workflows Fit for the digital laboratory with a ‘Smart Workflow’: Optimisation of laboratory workflows with the latest network concept from Brabender


by Stefan Jansen and Viktor Schäfer, Brabender, Germany

he precise measurement of ingredients and rheological parameters is a key prerequisite for quality management in day-to-day laboratory work for the milling, baked goods, and starch industries as well as the grain sector and other sectors in the food industry. With its digital “Smart Workflow” concept for the laboratory of the future, Brabender is focusing on more transparency and higher efficiency via the automated transmission of measured values, clear data management, web-based data transfer, time savings, and the associated cost savings. We spoke with application technician Stefan Jansen (SJ) and software developer Viktor Schäfer (VS) at Brabender in Duisburg about the latest options for keeping laboratories up to date.

What do you at Brabender mean by “Smart Workflow”?

SJ: Networking is the solution for making operational workflows more efficient. This applies to communication between the laboratory and other departments of a company, and even more so, when working with clients or suppliers. In these cases, it is important to establish reliable networks which link humans and machines as well as their tasks and functions in a future-oriented manner. In our concept of the “Smart Workflow“, various Brabender devices are digitally networked with each other. This enables rapid and simultaneous access to multiple devices, providing results without any delay and collecting 72 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

the information in a central database. VS: This requires a software solution which accomplishes all this. The key element of our “Smart Workflow” is the Brabender MetaBridge, which is a network concept that we have developed for our laboratory devices which makes the workflow quick and secure both for multitasking in the laboratory and linking to all levels where product-related decisions are to be made.

What makes the MetaBridge software from Brabender “smart?”

VS: Not only does our MetaBridge link the Brabender devices with their measurement results, but it also links their users: within a company, across different geographical locations, or optionally even with suppliers and clients. What is really intelligent about the MetaBridge software is its web-based and therefore platform- and location-independent user architecture. This means you have access to your data via PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone — no matter where you are. SJ: This makes the workflow twice as smart in real-world Image 2: The core component of the “Smart Workflow“ concept: the Brabender MetaBridge software. It can be accessed simultaneously on multiple end devices. Whether on a PC, smartphone, or tablet — the measurement results can be accessed from any location and measurements observed live


Image 1: With the “Smart Workflow”, the user-friendly Brabender MetaBridge software makes it possible to access multiple Brabender devices from a single workstation (see central dialog field)

laboratories: On the one hand, a laboratory employee can control multiple devices from his computer workstation simultaneously, control their workflows, and keep an eye on their measurement results. On the other hand, multiple users can also log in simultaneously, for example in order to track a running farinogram across various end devices, such as tablets or smartphones. One more important aspect for research and development is that the model simulation of parameters makes it possible to test alternative processing procedures, for example the effect of recipe specifications on dough development during kneading, which you can observe in

real time on the screen.

What are the advantages of such a feature?

VS: This “multi-access” creates direct added value for the client, because he saves time thanks to the continuous sharing of information between the involved laboratory employees or when making quality management decisions. Human resources are not only cost-intensive, but also currently limited at a time when specialists are hard to find. That is why it makes sense to free up existing, trusted laboratory personnel to do other tasks: The time-intensive evaluation, recording, and

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Images 6a,b,c and d: Example of the Brabender “Smart Workflow“ concept in the baked goods industry

Predict water absorption (<5 min.)

Measure moisture content

Determine kneading properties

Consolidation of measurement results

GlutoPeak: Evaluation results are automatically transmitted to the Farinograph-TS

MT-CA: The calculated sample quantity to be weighed out is automatically transmitted to the Farinograph-TS

Farinograph-TS: Optimized test parameters via data received

MetaBridge: Comprehensive data analysis via consolidation of data

saving of test workflows, results, and comparisons can all be handled by the software! SJ: Our devices automatically recognise each other in the network. Not only does this simplify laboratory operations, but the direct observation of measurement workflows is a significant step towards the online monitoring of processes; this is a dream come true for quality assurance personnel. In order to make measurements not only quick but also error-free, MetaBridge offers an intrasystem quality assurance feature for preventing errors. And data transfer between the devices, which is also automatic, creates short workflows and greater security. Here is a practical example: The MT-CA reports the moisture content of a sample to your Farinograph, which then automatically calculates and outputs a sample with the right weight — with no risk of any conversion, transfer, or operational errors.

Documenting results is becoming increasingly important — how does this get done in the “Smart Workflow”?

SJ: This is where we need to talk about the “sacred cow,” in other words, the laboratory journal: Naturally, it too will become digital. Within the laboratory, you now benefit from the fact that all results from rheological test workflows from all devices can be accessed and documented simultaneously. Pre-selected measurement ranges for standard configurations improve reproducibility. To stay with the example of the Farinogram, step sizes, time limits and limit values are already integrated — but of course, you can also adjust them in a product-specific manner. For Brabender applications, it more or less goes without saying that a wide range of international comparison standards and a correspondingly designed visualisation can be displayed. I find MetaBridge to be impressively simple and user-friendly. It is controlled via a touch display in a tile design, has freely customizable user interfaces, and individually configurable notification and/or alarm functions. VS: The classic laboratory journal will then become a thing of the past. For the digital laboratory, we offer the “Labfolder,” a low-cost tool in the form of a subscription. The Office-based functions allow for the direct, that is to say simultaneous, communication of results from the digital laboratory journal. Authorised persons with the password can, for example, send product logs which will be useful internally within the company or externally for clients when comparing specifications. And if it should be necessary, the history from the Labfolder also helps with complaints and claims.

What IT prerequisites need to be met for the “Smart Workflow“?

VS: No specific operating system is required. Because MetaBridge is web-based, it can easily be used with all popular browsers. For many of our current models, it is already integrated as standard software. This currently includes the Farinograph-TS, the Moisture Tester MT-CA, ViscoQuick and Twin Lab-F 20/40. The GlutoPeak and other Brabender devices with a USB connection can be upgraded, because we are aware of the longevity of Brabender devices. The MetaBridge Controller, which we simply call MBC in-house, is a simple, cost-effective 74 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

F Image 3: Older Brabender devices are also ready for the “Smart Workflow“ concept: The Brabender MetaBridge Controller allows an upgrade to the MetaBridge software. Prerequisite: a USB port

option for integrating existing equipment. Of course, it is not compatible with the really old “analog darlings.” But with this upgrade tool, up to four MetaBridge-enabled devices can be connected simultaneously via their USB ports. The following are compatible and ready for operation without any prior installation: Farinograph-AT and Micro Visco-Amylo-Graph, as well as practically all E-versions of the Brabender device family, i.e. Farino-, Amylo-, Visco- and Extensograph. SJ: Therefore, it is not always necessary to purchase the latest laboratory devices in order to capitalise on the many advantages of the Smart Workflow. The transformation into a digital laboratory can also take place step by step. The compactly designed MBC is approximately as large as a DIN A4 sheet of paper and fits on top of most Brabender devices when laid flat. With a standing width of 7.5cm when upright, it can be installed even in the tightest of laboratory workstations.

To get started, a MetaBridge network is not absolutely necessary, although I would definitely recommend it. However, every device controlled via MetaBridge also functions autonomously or, alternatively, in an independently installed laboratory network. Speaking of networks, are laboratory information and management systems compatible?

VS: Certainly, the sharing of information with existing programs is possible. Transfer in standard formats with Excel or .csv is not a problem. The LIMS administrator can configure an


Image 4: Stefan Jansen

Image 5: Viktor Schäfer

Watch the video of the most important facts about Smart Workflow


open interface with a Web API for this purpose. Naturally, we also offer this as a service for our clients where necessary. SJ: Two additional major service-related arguments occur to me in favor of MetaBridge: the program runs reliably. But, if it should run into any snags, our software engineers can provide rapid support without an on-site appointment via remote assistance. And in the case of incomprehensible measurement results, you have the option of receiving direct plausibility feedback from us.

How can we imagine the application of the “Smart Workflow“ in the real world?

SJ: Let me explain this with an example involving baking. The optimised addition of water leads to cost reductions in the production process and has a positive effect on the quality of the baked goods, so the question is: What is the best quantity of water for making the dough and a highquality end product? This is how it works with Brabender’s “Smart Workflow”: for determining the water absorption of a flour, the most important parameter to determine is the moisture content of the flour which is usually 14 percent in laboratory tests. In reality, however, every batch of flour has a different moisture content. In the “Smart Workflow“, the Brabender Moisture Tester MT-CA determines the actual moisture content and supplies it automatically to the Brabender Farinograph-TS, which uses it to weigh out the necessary quantity of flour. When an expected water absorption value is unknown, the GlutoPeak additionally provides an initial, precise estimate. The Aqua-Inject dosing system connected to the Farinograph then automatically titrates the required quantity of water into the mixer. The “Smart Workflow“, consisting of the MT-CA, GlutoPeak, and Farinograph-TS, optimises the test workflows and saves the data centrally in the “Labfolder,” from which it can e.g. be exported into LIMS systems. VS: The many functions of the software and the combination of devices in networked interactions increase your experience and expertise in terms of rheology. This facilitates the specialist dialog regarding quality requirements between the partners in the value creation chain, including the use of documented data for certifications or audits. We cordially invite you to visit the application laboratory in our customer and technology center in Duisburg to find out more: Here, you can experience the “Smart Workflow“ live. www.brabender.com Milling and Grain - January 2020 | 75


Ethoxyquin ban in the EU:


Are there viable alternatives?

by Kristin Hals and Sofia Helena Lindahl, Research and Development Department, Borregaard AS thoxyquin has, for decades, been widely used as an antioxidant in the feed sector, primarily in the marine industry. This antioxidant inhibits the oxidation of highly unsaturated fatty acids in fishmeal and fish silage. Ethoxyquin has the unique property of being able to dissolve in both aqueous- and oil phases, depending on pH. However, there are concerns related to the use of this antioxidant (See Figure 1). In June 2017, the EU commission suspended the authorisation of ethoxyquin for all animal species and categories. Hence, there is a need to find an alternative solution. A new alternative product containing the antioxidant propyl gallate has been developed by Borregaard. This product is optimised to ensure high quality, as well as stable product performance. The new combination of propyl gallate, lignosulphonic acid and formic acid provides a viable alternative for the market.


In June 2017, the EU commission suspended the authorisation of ethoxyquin (See Figure 1) for all animal species and categories [1]. Ethoxyquin has been the antioxidant of choice for decades, especially in the fish industry, in order to prevent rancidification of fats and oils during processing and storage. Borregaard has many years of experience evaluating the efficiency of antioxidants. There are several different methods available on the market for testing antioxidant capacity [2-5] and the DPPH-assay [6] is one commonly used method. At 76 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

Borregaard, an inhouse developed DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1picrylhydrazyl) based method â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the BAU* method - is used, which will be described later in this text. *Borregaard Antioxidant Unit

Fish silage

Fish silage contains fish, or parts of fish, combined with an additive for stabilising the silage during storage. Organic acids of different types are typically used as silage additives. Under the right conditions, temperature between 5 and 40 °C and at pH between 3.5 and 4.5, the fish mass will begin to decompose. In this process, called autolysis, enzymes break down the muscles, and a liquid mass is formed, which is desirable given its ease of handling through pumps, piping, etc. (See Figure 2). Marine lipids contain high levels of long chained polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). The PUFAs are readily oxidised by oxygen, which results in rancidification of fats and oils and consequently a decrease in product quality. Fishmeal and fish oil contain relatively high concentrations of PUFAs and are therefore especially prone to oxidation. To prevent the oxidation of PUFAs in fishmeal and fish oil, the industry currently uses synthetic antioxidants like: ethoxyquin (E324), BHA (butylated hydroxy-anisole, E-320) and BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene, E321). In addition, natural antioxidants like tocopherols are also used.

Screening of antioxidants

The list of approved antioxidants in feed are limited. In this study, several antioxidants, both synthetic and natural, have been evaluated. The antioxidant capacity was tested using the BAU


Figure 2: Production of fish silage

method. The BAU method is a spectrophotometric based method, using the stable free radical DPPH, to compare the antioxidant capacity of lignosulphonates and antioxidants. The change in absorbance of a solution containing DPPH and compound(s) of interest is measured. Unreacted DPPH is violet, but after reaction, i.e. transfer of free radical to, for example, an antioxidant, the solution changes colour to yellow. The less antioxidant that is needed to quench the DPPH radical, the stronger is the antioxidant. From the screening, BHA, propyl gallate and ascorbic acid showed the highest antioxidant capacities. Based on additional stability and solubility studies, propyl gallate (See Figure 3) was chosen for further testing.

Figure 1: Chemical structure of ethoxyquin

Figure 3: Chemical structure of propyl gallate

Figure 4: Monomeric units of lignin, a) p-coumaryl-, b) coniferyl and c) sinapyl alcohol.

Figure 5: Example of part of the lignosulphonic acid structure

Lignosulphonates and antioxidant capacities

Lignin is a natural polymer. The word ‘lignin’ is derived from the Latin word ‘lignum’, meaning wood. Lignin is the binding element in wood and plays an important role in the transportation of water, metabolites and nutrients. It acts as an encrusting material and performs multiple functions that are essential for the life of the plant. Lignin imparts rigidity to the wood cell walls and acts as a binder between the cell walls, creating a composite material that is outstandingly resistant to compression and bending. Lignin is one of the most abundant organic polymers on earth, exceeded only by cellulose. Lignosulphonates are branched, water-soluble biopolymers produced from lignin. Natural polymers are understood as polymers which are the result of a polymerisation process that has taken place in nature, independently of the process with which they have been extracted. The monomeric units constituting the natural polymer of lignin can be seen in (See Figure 4). Lignin-based products serve as additives in several industrial and commercial applications, and often replace petroleum-based products as a natural renewable solution. Building on inherent qualities, and further enhanced by chemical Milling and Grain - January 2020 | 77

F modification, our lignin-based products offer a unique and desirable set of functions for the chemical industry in areas such as: concrete admixtures, pesticide dispersants, battery expanders, oil well drilling chemicals, emulsions, ceramics, road binders, bypass protein and animal feed additives. Lignin is known to have antioxidant properties. Especially, water-soluble lignosulphonates have shown synergistic effect in combination with antioxidants. Polyphenols are often used as antioxidants. Because of the phenolic molecular structure of lignosulphonates, associations to antioxidant effect can be attributed. In the literature, the antioxidant effect of lignosulphonates in various applications has been reported. Lignosulphonates are available as lignosulphonic acid salts. Figure 5 gives an illustration of the lignosulphonic acid. The phenolic groups, and other easily oxidised structures in the lignosulphonic acid, can act as scavengers and stabilise reactive and potentially harmful free radicals. In 2008, Borregaard filed a patent regarding use of lignosulphonic acid as a sacrificial agent for antioxidants. The patent describes that the antioxidants tested were less degraded in an organic acid solution if lignosulphonic acid was present, i.e., the lignosulphonic acid works as a sacrificial antioxidant.

Figure 6: Percentage remaining antioxidant in formic acid with and without lignosulphonic acid compared to initial values. (a) antioxidant=propyl gallate and (b) antioxidant=ethoxyquin

Stability of propyl gallate in organic acids

A stability study of propyl gallate in formic acid (85%), and formic acid (85%) containing 20 percent (w/w) lignosulphonic acid was performed. Ethoxyquin was included as a reference. The inclusion level of antioxidants in the acids was 0.35 percent (w/w). 25-litre containers were stored outside during summer and early fall. The stability of the antioxidants was tested regularly by measuring the level of the antioxidants in the samples. The measurements were done using high pressure liquid chromatography in combination with UV detection (HPLC-UV). The stability data of propyl gallate is presented in Figure 6a. The first measurements showed a remaining value of 58 percent of the added propyl gallate in formic acid. In the solution containing lignosulphonic acid, the corresponding value was 90 percent (See Figure 6a). After 75 days, the corresponding values were 48 percent in formic acid and 63 percent in the solution containing lignosulphonic acid. The results clearly show that addition of lignosulphonic acid to the solution stabilises and protects propyl gallate better than the solution containing only formic acid. In Figure 6b the same stabilising effect of lignosulphonic acid is demonstrated for ethoxyquin.

Figure 7: TOTOX values in fish oil from silage stabilised with formic acid/lignosulphonic acid and antioxidants (0.35% ethoxyquin, 0.35% propyl gallate and 0.7% propyl gallate). Calculation of TOTOX values done from the analysed peroxide- and anisidine values during 11 weeks in salmon silage-trial

As a control of the performance of the new antioxidant in fish silage, rancidity tests were performed. Measuring oxidation/ degree of rancidity involves testing for primary and secondary degradation products. The most common way is to measure the peroxide value (PV), i.e. measuring the primary oxidation products (mainly hydroperoxides), and to measure the anisidine value (AV), i.e. measuring the secondary oxidation products. The secondary stage of oxidation occurs when hydroperoxides decompose to form carbonyls and other compounds like aldehydes. The latter will give the oil a rancid smell and is measured by AV. It is, therefore, important to measure both PV and AV and evaluate the two parameters together. This is commonly done by calculation of total oxidation value, TOTOX, which gives an overall picture of the quality of the oil; TOTOX = PV*2 + AV.

prepare fish silage. Salmon was chopped and minced in a food processor in the laboratory. Different acid solutions were prepared containing: • 0.35 percent propyl gallate in formic acid 85 percent + lignosulphonic acid • 0.70 percent propyl gallate in formic acid 85 percent + lignosulphonic acid • 0.35 percent ethoxyquin in formic acid 85 percent + lignosulphonic acid Note: The solutions above all contained 80 percent w/w formic acid 85 percent and ~ 20 percent w/w lignosulphonic acid. The minced fish was mixed with the different acid solutions and stored in two-litre containers in a water bath at 23°C. The acid solutions were added to the minced fish to reach the desired pH of 3.5-3.6. Parallel samples were made. Extracted oil samples from the minced fish were collected at different time intervals over 11 weeks. The oil samples were analysed for rancidity products, expressed as peroxide- and anisidine values. Acidity in the fish silage was controlled to ensure pH<4.

Fish silage trial in lab scale

Stability of the fish silage

Measuring degree of rancidity

Propyl gallate and lignosulphonic acid blends were used to

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The TOTOX values can be seen in Figure 7. Each TOTOX

F value is calculated from the measured PV and AV in the samples. After six weeks, the silage stabilised with propyl gallate and lignosulphonic acid having the same TOTOX level as the silage stabilised with ethoxyquin. However, after 11 weeks, the silage stabilised with propyl gallate and lignosulphonic acid has lower TOTOX values than the silage containing ethoxyquin. There were no significant differences between the two dosages of propyl gallate tested.


By combining the data from the storage and fish stability trials it is clear that propyl gallate can replace ethoxyquin as antioxidant in silage additives. Borregaard has developed a new silage additive containing formic acid/ lignosulphonic acid and propyl gallate for the fish by-product industry. This product offers the following benefits: • • • •

Ethoxyquin-free solution Reduced degradation of the antioxidant Longer shelf life of the silage additive Stable and high-quality fish silage


The work described was funded by the BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking under the Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research and Innovation programs within the BioForEver project (BIObased products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes, grant agreement No. 720710).


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Satake Smart Sensitivity offers new possibilities for optical sorting


by Nobuyoshi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nickâ&#x20AC;? Ikeda, Assistant Manager, Technical Division, Satake Corporation, Japan

lectric Sorting Machine Company (ESM), a Michigan based company later acquired by Satake, developed the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first optical sorter approximately 90 years ago. Since then, optical sorters have been used in various industries such as rice milling, flour milling, tree nuts processing, etc. Optical sorter performance has improved year on year by adopting various new technologies available. Among the technological innovations contributing to the improvement, image processing technology is a feature that has tended to be overlooked. However, the effective utilisation of information from modern optics such as higher than 2K pixel

Figure 1: Accepts and rejects signals in 1D, 2D and 3D space

Figure 2: Overlapping accepts and defects signals and sensitivity

Figure 3: Finding the optimum angle for sensitivity in the 3D space

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high-resolution cameras, IR cameras, and full-color cameras, is one of the key features directly affecting sorting performance by helping determine both good product and defects - often referred to as accepts and rejects respectively. The more information the optical sorter receives from the optics, the more the sorting parameters and criteria can be set, and as a result, the better the sorting performance it can achieve. On the other hand, it may create more confusion to the human operators to adjust or set the equipment due to multiple complex parameters. Satake Smart Sensitivity (3S) developed by Satake in 2011, is an innovative solution to the above problems and offers not only hassle-free equipment adjustment and setting but also provides better sorting performance than optical sorters with traditional image-processing technology. Normally, the adjustment of the optical sorter is done by setting a sensitivity to tell the equipment what it needs to separate. The adjustment process is like drawing a border between the information signal of the good products and the defective product, the accepts and rejects respectively. If the information signals from the camera are one or two, the signal is mapped in 2D, therefore, the operator is able to determine the best position of the sensitivity needed to remove the defects easily. However, in the current mainstream optical sorter, equipped with a full-color camera, the image obtained from the camera is represented by a combination of three types of information signals, red, green, and blue (See Figure 1). The operator has to find the most effective angle of the border in the 3D space in order to determine the best position for the sensitivity parameters. In other words, the operator needs to rotate the 3D space in which the signal group of accepts and rejects are mapped in all directions. This is an extremely difficult task compared to the traditional image processing of optical sorters in 2D space. Satake Smart Sensitivity (3S) has a function to automatically

Figure 4: The sorting level display on the Satake Smart Sensitivity solution

locate the most effective “angles” for analysis. Users just simply select a few pieces of both good and defect grains and let the optical sorter “learn” those images, and then the 3S can quickly find the most effective angles to determine sensitivities automatically. With this function, the difficulty of setting the sensitivity is dramatically reduced and it becomes possible to optimise the performance of the optical sorter easily. In addition, by adopting the concept of rotation of the angle of this space, it becomes possible to distinguish the colour difference which cannot be distinguished by the 2D space, and the sorting performance is improved as a result. For example, when two types of signals are expressed in 2D space, (as shown in Figure 2), the clusters of accepts and rejects are partially overlapped. The operator will experience difficulties determining the position of the sensitivities. If the sensitivity is set at position A, the rejects will not be missed, but the probability of false detection of the accept as a reject will increase, resulting in an increase in the amount discharged as a defective product of the optical sorter, or a decrease in the product yield. Conversely, if the sensitivity is set at position B, the accepts will not be incorrectly detected as rejects, but some rejects will get into the accepts. Satake Smart Sensitivity can maximise the product yield without missing defects because it automatically finds the most suitable angles for determining the sensitivity for distinguishing between accepts and rejects in the 3D space (See Figure 3). One of the features of the latest optical sorters is that operators can set multiple sensitivities for multiple defects such as discoloured products or foreign materials. However, prior to these new technologies, there were no means to

know the level to which each sensitivity was detected as a defect. In other words, operators would not know how much the particular sensitivity is removing the corresponding defects. Therefore, the operator had to make a trial-and-error adjustment while looking at the output samples in order to find the degree to which sensitivity adjustment began affecting the sorting performance. With Satake Smart Sensitivity, the operator is able to set up six different types of sensitivity based on the defect, such as discoloured products, Fusarium-contaminated grains, stones, etc. All sensitivities have the function of displaying the level of detection of the defect per material sample. Defect level is expressed as a numerical value, indicating the frequency of the set sensitivity detecting the defects and it is visually displayed as a meter (A) and a trend graph (B) for each sensitivity. This feature allows the user to know in real time how sensitivity is affecting the sorting, so that the operator can intuitively and quickly optimise sorting performance. Satake Smart Sensitivity, installed in optical sorters such as Satake’s RGBR series and REZX series, provides an essential image processing technology for users to easily operate equipment, utilising multiple wavelength signals without requiring advanced skills and experience. The technology allows users to set sensitivity by simply preparing samples of accepts and rejects as a “training dataset”. Also, the indicator function displays the “sorting level” information which is required for the operator to make sensitivity adjustments. These key functions will maximise the performance of the optical sorter and productivity of the users. https://satake-group.com Milling and Grain - January 2020 | 81


Ocrim celebrates 74 years at its ‘2019 Wheat, Flour and …’ Open Days


by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain

Cremona city centre

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o be invited to spend a weekend in September in Northern Italy is a pleasure that will remain with me throughout many a cold winter month. And it’s apt to recall this highlight of 2019 as we start the New Year knowing that we have to overcome some critical challenges - political, environmental, and industrial - if our industry is to continue producing the food that’s needed for our human population which now stands on the threshold of 2020 at 7.8 billion (with 81 million more mouths to feed since this time last year). Attending the Ocrim ‘2019 Wheat, Flour and …’ Open Days we were welcomed by Sergio and Alberto Antolini, respectively President and CEO of Ocrim and “in our house” to celebrate the company’s 74 years of evolution of the Ocrim brand, within its central offices and factory facilities in the heart of Cremona. Sergio Antolini said, “It is pleonastic to tell you that it is an immense honour to be the deuteragonist today and to transform our factory into a theatre and stage where you, dear guests are the first actors. “Here is a place where technology is created, where tradition is lived and where the influence of many and their hands are noticed and given breath. This is a wonderful place where efficiency is the cause and the final outcome the attraction,” he told attendees. He told an attentive audience that his life has been a journey that held many interesting milestones that were important for the company to remember. “Here is the beginning of our ambitious and far-sighted Milling Hub project which will be a great centre for cereals grinding.” He also referenced the new production site at via Riglio, just on the outskirts of Cremona where one manufacturing facility is now fully functional and a second, neighbouring site is being prepared for construction. “Our production activities have been expanding with departments dedicated to the manufacture of machinery for storage of finished products. Another goal is the use of robotics and automation in the design, engineering and build of entire mills at our home.” He highlighted the company’s titanium application project that has extended the life of rolls by three times, reflecting the uniqueness of Ocrim. Other developments include the BioStone Mill, a machine developed on ancient grinding techniques that can today produce forgotten flours and guarantee the conservation of their original organoleptic properties. Not overlooked was a reference to the Ocrim Milling School, training students from many different countries in the art of flour and cereals milling and the company’s support of the Nairobi children’s charity to build shelters based on ‘Augeo Legge Pinocchio’. Mr Antolini says any winning strategy is similar to an athlete running. “The body must be thrown forward and the length of stride is a consequence of imbalance. The legs react to avoid falling to trigger the step. A business’s progress into the market similarly with research, development, safety and everything that is relevant to preserving our planet.”






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F First technical session

The ‘2019 Wheat, Flour and …’ Open Days was an opportunity to show off to invited guests the advances the company is making. The two-day programme, which attracted some 250 people from around the world, started off with the first of four technical sessions moderated by Marino Scarlino, a former Professor at the White Art University in Turin, Italy. The first session focused on ‘Maize Cultivation - Ownership and Use.’ Maize is an important staple food surpassing both wheat and rice in output. It’s the world’s most dominant crop with over a billion tonnes of production annually. It is a grain that is widely used throughout Africa and Latin America and the diversity in genetic make-up is greater than any other crop species. Speakers in this session included Massimo Blandino, from the University of Turin addressing the innovations and changes in maize over the past 20 years. He was followed by an insight into maize processing by Dr Marco Galli, chief technologist at Ocrim. Finally, Massimo Arduini and Rodrigo Ariceaga, respectively CEO and USA sales manager for Molitecnica Srl on Nixamalised flour and its uses.

Second and third technical session

Above: A single gala dinner dining table for over 200 guests Below: From left - Sergio and Alberto Antolini, respectively President and CEO of Ocrim

Cereals and legumes, their genetics, variety and production attracted two specialist speakers; Matteo Piombino from Pioneer Hi-Bred Italia on Maize and its Supply Chain Opportunities and Stefano Ravaglia the R&D manager at Societa Italiana Sementi on The Food Supply Chain and the contribution made through innovation. Wheat and the types of flour from dynamic trends in the world market to their nutritional properties occupied the afternoon for attendees. Three presentations cover heat treatments, special flours and world trends and flour and their nutritional properties. Speakers respectively include Fabio Talamo from Vomm Impianti e Process SpA, Fabrizio Baccinelli from Ocrim and Simona Digiuni from Ocrim. Guests visit the Ocrim factory at its Canal Port

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The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 1: Twin screw extrusion processing in aqua feed- Benefits of twin-screw extrusion by Clextral, France

The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference, coorganised by International Aquafeed, Dr Mian Riaz of Texas A&M University and VIV is taking place again in March 2020! Two renditions of the conference will be taking place: The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference on March 10th at VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference on March 23rd at VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia, Bangkok These two conferences will feature a variety of industry expert speakers delivering innovative presentations on how users can make the best use of their extrusion machinery and aqua feed systems. Currently confirmed speakers include Andritz, Clextral, Jefo Nutrition, BĂźhler, Amandus Kahl and Wenger, to name a few. In this series, our conference speakers will be providing articles about the latest innovations in extrusion and nutrition processing technologies.

To find out more about these two conferences please email Rebecca Sherratt (rebeccas@perendale.co.uk)


ish is known as a high value food for humans, with health benefits that include long chain unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and a well-balanced protein supply. Therefore, fish feed processing technology plays a particularly important role to this industry. It requires: Easy adaptation to any change in raw-material composition: moisture content, lipid content, particle size distribution, de-mixing of powdered materials. These are due to various sources of raw materials (for example, soy flour can be purchased in many parts of the world), transport and storage conditions, grinding process Flexibility to adjust the sinking/floating properties of the granulates to follow as closely as possible the food habits of each animal family Processing a wide range of recipes to respond to industry demand for foods with low or high amounts of lipids, vegetable proteins, or various sources of protein to meet the specific nutritional fish requests and adapt to rapid environmental fluctuations. Flexibility to adjust the shear, cooking and shaping conditions in the extruder and apply precise drying and coating parameters during the entire production process Insuring a high hygienic standard, to avoid any contamination during the feed manufacturing process. Taking these considerations into account, combined with good manufacturing/ breeding practices, scientific education and adapted legislation, we can nurture high quality aquatic animals that offer health benefits to people around the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;using local production to ensure low carbon footprints and maintain reasonable sales prices.

Co-rotating twin-screw extruder technology

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F 60 years ago, some pioneers developed an alternative process: co-rotating twin-screw technology applied to the food industry, which offered much greater flexibility than single screw machines due to its intensive mixing ability with precise shear and temperature control. With the evolution of electronic PLC’s, mechanical features, gauges, drives, metallurgy, together with heavy R&D investment, these pioneers offered the fish feed industry more sophisticated systems, allowing the industry to move quickly into new areas–such as recipes with high amounts of fat and vegetable protein. Clextral, a major player in twin screw technology for food and feed applications has launched innovations which offer even greater possibilities to the fish farming industry to process original recipes and use raw materials such as new pulses, proteins, insects, krill meals and possibly processed animal proteins, seaweeds, etc.

Density control system

Clextral has developed a system for instantly varying the density of the material within the extruder. It is possible for example (depending on the recipe) to quickly pass from an extruded pellet of 350g/l to 750g/l without modifying the process parameters. This fully automated system ensures the control of the pellets density and the ability to produce floating, slow sinking and sinking aquatic feed. With the density control system, the cooking degree and resulting density of the product can be adjusted according to customer specification. By adding steam or through the generation of vacuum, the density control system ensures the precise density and proper degree of expansion in the end

product. The main advantages of the process are: • Precise density adjustment and control • Reduced product moisture levels • Generate high density product • Fines recovery back to the preconditioner. • Ideal for aquatic feed production, this system can be retrofitted on existing machine.

Advanced Thermal Control (ATC)

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process stability up to 70 percent, with energy savings averaging 20 percent by eliminating repeated heating/cooling cycles to maintain process temperature set-points in all circumstances. Combined with automatic start up and shut down procedures, this system represents a powerful tool to enhance the productivity of the extrusion line.

Preconditioning: Higher efficiency and improved product texture

Another innovation refers to the preconditioning process, a key operation in fish is feed manufacturing. Preconditioning allows moistening of the powdered mix and pre-gelatinisation of the starch molecules through the addition of water and steam; thereby increasing the pelletsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; water stability, enhancing production capacity and reducing wear on the extruder. This patented, innovative Preconditioner+ improves heat and mass transfer to the product due to the Advanced Filling Control device (AFC); it interacts directly with the material inside the mixing chamber and enables the filling ratio to be adjusted. The AFC system uses an exclusive conveying screw inside the tank and adjusts the flow by a partial and controlled

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recycling of the material being processed from the outlet to the entry point, thus intensifying the specific preconditioning functions. Laboratory tests have proven that the final hardness of fish feed pellets increased between seven percent and 29 percent using the same recipe and modifying the preconditioning and extrusion parameters versus adjusting the bottom-screw speed. During the cleaning procedure, the bottom-screw rotation is reversed to facilitate the cleaning procedure of the preconditioning chamber.


Finally, today much attention is focused on hygienic extruder design as food security is a key parameter for the fish feed and food industries. Fish feed manufacturers want to be able to clean their extruder from the outside using hot water and sometimes with cleaning agents. The stainless steel, hygienic Evolum+ frame structure is designed to avoid water stagnation and all the extruder areas are easily accessible. The internal processing assembly of the twinscrew extruder must be cleaned easily as well: the complete quick barrel extraction device is today a paradigm to the industry. It offers access to the screws and barrels in only few minutes and is a state-of-the-art solution that simplifies preventive maintenance, wear monitoring and cleaning processes. www.clextral.com


Global Market Insights study suggests rapid growth for feed enzymes market in 2020s


by Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

he feed enzymes industry is expected to experience yet more growth in the early 2020s according to a study published by Global Market Insights Inc. The study suggests that, by 2024, the industry could well exceed US $860m, which would be a six percent growth rate since 2017. In 2018, the animal feed enzymes market brought in $1.3bn and is said to capably reach heights of $2.3bn by 2026. What exactly is causing such major growth? The study suggests that livestock production has seen big increases, especially so in Spain, Russia and Germany. This, coupled with an increasing need for protein in our diets, contributes towards the increased demand for enzymes in feed. As the human population continues to grow, enzyme to ensure quality feed for our animals becomes only more vital to sustain the health of the planet. The upsurge of middle-class populations has also led to an increase in meat consumption, sale of meat having doubled

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in the past 50 years. China currently sit in first place as the country that consumes the most meat, eating 28 percent of meat produced in the world, more than half of that of the US. As the aquaculture industry also continues to grow at a rapid pace, the enzymes market for fish feed is estimated to grow by 7.5 percent. Ruminants are also estimated to produce a growth of $450m by 2024, whilst poultry is expected to increase significantly due to the demand for protein from eggs and chicken meat. Perhaps not so surprising is the area which will experience the most growth, which is said to be Asia. The Asia Pacific has been predicted by Global Market Insights to increase by 7.5 percent. As the Asia Pacific region grows much more conscious and employs a more responsible approach towards livestock diseases, the increase in use of feed enzymes in this area has been steadily increasing year-on-year. The dairy sector in the east is also growing increasingly more popular, increasing demand in good-quality feed. Dry formulations are expected to continue to prove more popular than liquid formulations, thanks to its better thermal stability and ease of handling. As dry feed can also be purchased as pellets and powders, the market for this feed is higher as it can be more easily attained in several forms. The most popular animal feed enzyme products currently include phytase, protease, non-starch polysaccharides and carbohydrase. Use of these products is also said to increase by 6.5 percent through the coming years. Protease, especially, is predicted to see a huge growth in the market as farmers experience an increasing need for protein-digesting molecules in their feed. Phytase may also see an impressive surge, as in recent years it has held 40 percent of market shares in the feed enzymes market.





Dust is a constant hazard in nearly all phases of grain and flour production from harvest through storage to processing and even bagging and shipping. While explosions continue to be one of the greatest dangers posed by dust, equally concerning are the health issues that arise from even low-level exposure to airborne particles in the workplace. In flour mills and bakeries, occupational asthma, commonly referred to as “baker’s asthma,” is a serious problem. For these key reasons, dust exposure and controls need to be evaluated before tragedy ensues.

Dust Exposure: Worker exposure to dust Health effects from inhaling dust: Short term: - Runny nose; eye irritation - Wheezing, coughing and sneezing - Shortness of breath Long term: - Occupational asthma (often known as “baker’s asthma”)

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Because flour is so finely ground, it can be inhaled by workers without even being aware of it. Reducing dust inhalation can be tackled in a number of ways: • Posting warning signs in work areas `• Establish procedures to reduce the spread of dust • Ensure work areas are properly cleaned and maintained • Use the correct kind of respirators where necessary • Employ a correctly designed dust extraction system in spaces where flour is used • Cleaning areas using a vacuum equipped with a hepa-filter

Administrative controls should also be employed: • Develop a written exposure control plan for flour dust • Post warning signs in work areas • Train staff on safety procedures to minimise the spread of dust, how to load mixing bowls and the correct procedure for disposing of used flour bags • Use the correct kind of respirators where necessary • Schedule regular cleaning of dusty areas



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by Rose Keefe and Chris Cloney, DustEx Research Ltd (DustSafetyScience.com) ay 28, 2019 started like any other workday at the Tiwana Oil Mills feed factory in Kharauri village, India. By 1:30am, however, one supervisor was dead and nine workers were injured when a boiler exploded. The police reported that the explosion occurred when mechanical belts were used to transfer raw material to the boiler. The factory owner swore that this incident was the first of its kind since the factory opened in 1999. While this may be true, this is not the first explosion involving grain dust to cause death and injury. On January 5th, 2019, a fireman died and another was injured in a silo explosion at a grain processing facility in Clinton, Iowa. The year before, on May 14th, 2018, a grain silo in Port Aqaba, Jordan, exploded and killed six people (See Figure 1). Two weeks later, a grain elevator exploded in South Sioux City, Nebraska, killing one person, injuring another, and forcing over 50 people to evacuate from their homes. The causes of these incidents remain largely unknown, but details from similar explosions suggest that combustible grain dust was ignited through hot work, overheated bearings, smouldering combustion or an array of other potential ignition sources located in the facilities. Grain dust explosions are catastrophic events that can result in fatalities, injuries, property damage, and significant revenue loss due to downtime. 96 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

Above; Figure 1: Destruction from a grain elevator explosion in the Port of Aqaba, Jordan on May 14, 2018 which killed seven and injured two. The explosion started on the third story of the tower shown in the top image and propagated through the underground conveyors to the silos shown in the bottom image (Photo courtesy of personal communication with the authors)

Grain dust explosions — An overview

Grain dust explosions have been recorded as far back as December 1785, when one of the first documented cases occurred at a bakery warehouse in Turin, Italy. Count Morozzo investigated the explosion and found that a portion of bakery flour, which was exceptionally dry, created a dust cloud when it dropped from an upper portion of the warehouse. Heat from a mounted lamp ignited the flour, causing an explosion that propagated in multiple directions and injured two people. Over the ensuing three centuries, similar incidents followed. They include: • 1878: The Washburn ‘A’ Mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota exploded due to flour dust build-up. The blast, which killed 18 people, also broke windows in nearby homes and hurled limestone blocks everywhere • 1893: A poorly secured dust collector spilled flour dust into the rolling room at a mill in Litchfield, Illinois. When fire from another room came into contact with the airborne dust, the resulting explosion killed one worker and destroyed homes and businesses within two blocks • 1916: 23 workers were killed in a dust explosion at an oats factory in Peterborough, Ontario. The resulting fire destroyed the factory and burned for four days

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Breakdown of incidents involved in combustible dust fires and explosions in 2019







• 1924: A corn dust explosion at the Corn Products refining plant in Pekin, Illinois, killed 42 people • 1975: A grain dust explosion at a flour mill in Davenport, Iowa, killed two workers and shattered windows 20 blocks away • 1977: 20 workers died when an explosion occurred at a grain elevator in Galveston, Texas. The grain dust was drier than usual due to low winter humidity, creating a situation similar to the Turin bakery explosion • 1977: A grain dust explosion in Westwego, Louisiana blew off the top of the silo, ignited fires in another 48 silos, and killed 36 people. This incident inspired several building code reforms for grain silos • 1979: A flour dust explosion in Bremen, Germany, killed 14 people and injured 17 others. When OSHA implemented the Grain Handling Facilities Standard in 1987, it reduced the frequency of grain dust explosions in the United States by 42 percent during the first year due to better understanding of the hazards associated with grain handling. However, grain dust explosions continue to happen every year. In their Combustible Dust Incident Reports for 2017, 2018, and 2019 the team at the Combustible Dust Incident Database noted the following: • Grain dust was the most common material in North American incidents in 2017 • Storage silos were the site of 14 percent of dust incidents in 2017, followed by 15 percent in 2018 and 13 percent in 2019. Elevator/conveyor systems, which frequently handle grain, hosted 10 percent of incidents in 2017 and 2018 and 13 percent in 2019 • 20 percent of the overall incidents occurred in agricultural and grain storage industries in 2017 • In 32 percent of all incidents recorded in 2017, some type of food product (including grains) was involved. The rate was 31 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019 (See Table 1). What’s equally alarming is the comparatively minor amount of dust needed to trigger an explosion. Any accumulation that is sufficient to coat the floor and conceal the colour of the surface can support an incident that kills workers and closes down a business forever.






What causes grain dust to explode?

Grain dust explosions occur when these five elements are present (otherwise known as the dust explosion pentagon): Oxygen, which is in the air at grain processing facilities A confined space, such as a silo, baghouse, bucket elevator or building enclosure An ignition source, such as sparks from hot work, static electricity, and friction A fuel source which, in this instance, is grain dust Milling and Grain - January 2020 | 99


F Dispersion of the fuel source, which can happen when grain dust spills during processing and handling or from a primary explosion event Primary explosion or fire: When grain dust, oxygen, and an ignition source are combined, a primary explosion or fire occurs that can disperse combustible dust and trigger a secondary explosion. This can carry throughout the facility and cause significant damage.

How can we make grain facilities safer?

While improvements in facility and equipment design and maintenance and employee training have reduced the number of grain dust explosions that occur, certain critical challenges remain. They include: • Lack of a preventive maintenance approach • Multiple sources of dust within the facility • Poorly maintained processing and handling equipment • Lack of worker awareness about combustible dust hazards in grain facilities • Lack of knowledge about the potential danger from dust explosions • Lax inspection programs which do not clearly identify or assess the risk of dust explosion hazards. Many of these issues can be addressed and overcome by: • Careful and effective dust collection at loading and unloading points. Preventive measures could include reducing grain speed as it moves from a bucket elevator to a conveyor; spout liners to minimise dust separation in the spout, and temperature monitors on bearings • Regular housekeeping to manage dust accumulation within the facility. This includes safely clearing grain dust away from hidden areas like light fixtures, ledges, and ceiling beams • Installation and routine maintenance of dust collection and explosion suppression systems. All equipment must be adequately designed for their operating environment, and any process changes should only be made after an adequate Management of Change review • Regular scheduled inspections by experts familiar with combustible dust hazards in grain processing industries. While the grain processing industry has made significant progress in preventing dust explosions in their facilities, multiple severe incidents occur each year. More awareness and knowledge of grain dust explosion hazards is needed until we reach a point where zero grain dust explosions occur, and even then, best practices will need to remain in place to keep the momentum going.

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Table 1: Breakdown of incidents involved in combustible dust fires, explosions, injuries and fatalities reported in the 2019 mid-year combustible dust incident report. Source: 2019 Mid-Year Report Summary Fires




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About the authors

Rose Keefe is the lead technical writer and research specialist at DustEx Research Ltd. (DustSafetyScience.com), an online platform for awareness, education and training to prevent dust fires and explosions in industry applications. Dr. Chris Cloney (PEng.) is Managing Director at DustEx Research and lead researcher for the Combustible Dust Incident Database. Chris is a recognised expert in the field of combustible dust research publishing over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and presenting at conferences on the topic in the US, Canada, China, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland. www.dustsafetyscience.com

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by Diane Cave, P Eng​, Element6, Canada

n agricultural industries, dust collection systems are a necessary evil. They are required to remove unwanted dust from the process but do not contribute to the bottom line. Often the need to upgrade and maintain dust collection systems are forgotten during annual requests for capital, which can eventually lead to an inefficient, outdated, and over-utilised system. Whether purchasing a new dust collection system or retrofitting an existing system, this article will discuss the key parameters to consider to keep your dust collection system capturing 95 percent of dust and keeping personnel in a safe, clean work environment. There are four main parts to a dust collection system (the big four): the fan, the dust collector, the ducting and the hoods. Each of these parts will be reviewed in turn, along with an explanation of common mistakes made which result in an inefficient design. There are other smaller parts to consider as well, but if the big four are functioning, the dust collection system will remain in the range of 95 percent dust capture.

The fan

The fan is the driver of the system. It supplies the momentum required to collect and move dust to the dust collector. There are two main factors when sizing a fan—air volume and static pressure. These two factors are dependent on each other and can be seen on any fan curve. Air volume is typically a fixed amount and can be determined through an analysis of each collection point. Airflow requirements can be gathered from industry standards, from manufacturer’s supplied information or from some good oldfashioned design work. One recommended resource would be any edition of the ACGIH Industrial Ventilation A Manual of Recommended Practice. Over the life of a dust collection system, air flow requirements will remain fixed as long as collection points are not added or removed. The static pressure will increase over the life of the system mainly due to dirty filter media. In many cases, fans 104 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

are sized for the lowest possible static pressure drop and only consider the duct work. To design a fan for a dust collection system properly, the following items also need to be taken into account: • Dirty filters • Hoods • Inlet isolation • The stacks or return air system Not sizing the fan for the full system often results in an undersized fan that will not meet the required performance specifications.

The dust collector

The dust collector, also known as a filter, or a baghouse is the main part of a dust collection system. This is where the dust is collected. When installing a new dust collector or changing the capacity of an existing system there are three major design parameters to consider: • Interstitial velocity • Can velocity • Air-to-cloth ratio (filter velocity) Often air-to-cloth ratio is the only parameter that is considered when sizing a dust collector, but all three parameters are equally important. The interstitial velocity is the upward velocity of air between the filters. If the interstitial velocity is too high, then the dust pulsing off the filters during a cleaning cycle will not fall off the filters. Instead, the dust will be re-entrained back onto the bag surface. This results in a high pressure drop and reduced efficiency of the filters. The can velocity is the air velocity in the space below the filters. If the can velocity is too high, material will remain suspended in the air and not drop out. Eventually, the air in the hopper of the dust collector will become saturated with material and dust will start to collect in the hopper. At the same time, the static pressure drop in the dust collector will be very high, potentially exceeding

F the capacity of the fan. The air-to-cloth ratio is the amount of air going through the area of filter media each minute. It is calculated by dividing the volume of airflow by the area of filter media in the dust collector. If this value is too high, the dust will be driven into the filter media and create a high pressure drop in the dust collector. Each of these parameters is determined by the dust being collected. If any or all of these parameters are too high, they will increase the static pressure within the dust collector, likely to a point beyond the fan capabilities which will result in reduced efficiency of the entire system, and specifically the lifespan of the filter media.

The duct work

The duct work or ducting is a highway used to transport material from the collection point to the dust collector. All the material in the ducting must be transported at a certain speed (transport velocity) or the material will settle out in the ducting (saltation point). The saltation point is based on the material. Is the system being designed for flour or for sugar? A rule of thumb is that a new system should be designed with a higher than calculated transportation velocity. This is because as the dust collection system ages (belts stretch, filters get dirty) the static pressure of the dust collection system will increase, and the dust collection system transport velocity will decrease. One must ensure that material will be transported efficiently throughout the life of the dust collection system. When modifying an existing dust collection system care must be taken to ensure that the addition of new ducting branches does not affect the air flow in the remainder of the system. It is

common to see retrofitted systems that look like an octopus. Ducting branches have been placed on the system with little thought to design, resulting in an inefficient system and a very dusty environment. Prior to adding new ducting branches, or closing existing ducting branches, the fan and the transportation velocity must be assessed to determine the impact on the existing system. It all comes back to the fan. If the new ducting branches exceed the air volume and static pressure capacity of the fan, then the modifications will not capture the desired 95 percent of material.


If dust clouds are visible in your process, that dust can be collected with a hood, with containment, or a combination of both. Hoods must be placed in the direction of material flow, as close as possible to the equipment and have sufficient air flow to remove the dust and not to plug. Too often hoods are placed in locations that are too far from the dust source with insufficient air volume. The quantity of air required for a hood is dependent on how much material is being collected, the distance from the collection point and the speed of the dust.


Whether the dust collection system being installed is new or a retrofit to an existing dust collection system, if you keep in mind the â&#x20AC;&#x153;big fourâ&#x20AC;? the dust collection system will remain efficient over its life, and last longer. The key goal is to maintain the system to capture a minimum of 95 percent of all dust, and keep personnel in a safe, clean environment. www.elmt6.com



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Poeth introduces explosion-proof Mini Z Conveyor for gently transporting powders, grains and granulates: Compact chain conveyor for 0-to-20m3 per hour


by Poeth Solids Processing, Netherlands he expense involved in explosionproofing bucket elevators can sometimes exceed the purchase price of the conveying system itself by up to a factor of three. So Poeth Solids Processing, based in Tegelen in the Netherlands, developed the cost-saving Z-Conveyor to eliminate the need for extra investment in ATEX explosion-

proofing. The new, explosion-proof Mini Z-Conveyor for gently transporting 0-to-20 m³ of powders, grains or granules per hour is Poeth’s latest development of this concept. The Mini Z-Conveyor features compact design and is especially suitable for indoor use.

Explosion-proof conveying prevents high costs for safety equipment

Dry, organic materials can generate dust that is explosive by nature. This risk is particularly acute when these products are transported at speeds of more than 1m/s. Bucket elevators are an excellent solution when products have to be transported vertically. However, these systems only operate effectively at speeds above 2m/s. As a result, bucket elevators must be protected in accordance with increasingly stringent and costly ATEX safety standards. The costs for compartmentalisation, explosion suppression, explosion venting, skew prevention, automation and maintenance to achieve full ATEX-compliant protection in relation to bucket conveyors currently exceed the price of the conveying system itself by anything up to a factor of three. The new Mini 108 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

Z-Conveyor avoids high costs for additional ATEX explosionproofing.

Energy-efficient conveying without friction and static electricity

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ver the past few years, Lambton has successfully completed numerous Continuous Improvement projects and is now on the path to becoming a world class manufacturing facility. Darren Parris, from Milling and Grain, visited Lambton’s manufacturing facility in July 2019 and witnessed the plant running at its peak capacity during one of the busiest times of the year. Under the leadership of Dan Biggs, Manufacturing Manager, Lambton’s manufacturing plant has transformed exceedingly by almost doubling the production capacity, thereby ensuring predominant lead times in the industry. Lambton is committed

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to providing products that meet and surpass customer expectations in the grain handling and storage industry. The prerequisite to this extensive development of Lambton’s manufacturing plant is the new and improved business plan, our crusade to obtain higher production efficiencies without compromising on quality and better customer service. The analysis began through the launch of data collection systems around the plant, leading to inspections of the key indicators and building action plans accordingly. This helped to outline the root cause of production setbacks and devise a structured plan with clear expectations for all the departments. This phase also tracked the equipment utilisation and labour force requirements for each process line on the floor. The facts gathered acted as basis for identifying lines in the need of trigger points for faster manufacturing. The information and

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implementation plans were then shared with the teams in daily shift meetings and monthly communication meetings. As a result, we now have successful trigger points/offline build capacities for Grain Cannon, Distributor, Drag Conveyor and Bucket Elevator lines. During busy times of the year, we are easily able to fulfill big consignment orders and last-minute orders in as low as 50 percent of the lead times. The trigger point at the Distributor line has already fulfilled numerous five days’ worth quotas in just two days, which is less than 50 percent of the lead time. Similarly, the Drag Conveyor trigger points can now fulfill orders that are three week builds in just a week, only 25 percent of the lead time. The next phase saw the launch of Value Stream Mapping in the Shipping and Warehouse. The success of this project was not only limited to higher efficiencies, but it also provided better flow simulation and time savings. Within a few months the project turned out to be a huge success and showed steps and time savings of over 50 percent. This led to the launch of Value Stream Mapping in various other sections like Head and Boot component line, Cannon assembly line, standard drag sides and trunks builds, and many others are just a few to name. All the components required for a final equipment build are now stacked within a few steps from the respective process lines. This has not only improved the lead times and increased time savings but paved the way towards developing automated inventory control systems. This simplifies inventory management for the company. In support to becoming the world class manufacturing facility, Lambton has time and again invested in acquiring new technologies. In early 2019, we installed a brand new ENSIS 3k fibre laser to ensure high production speeds and better quality. “Adding this cutting-edge new technology has already improved our productivity by 30-40 percent. It has also reduced maintenance and downtimes, reassuring smooth operations on the production floor.” says Dan Biggs. Furthermore, we have dedicated time and energy towards refurbishing old machinery and use those as backup when need exists. This has tremendously reduced our downtimes and kept production running effortlessly even during the busiest time of the year. Along with the Continuous Improvement Program, Lambton also launched an Employee Appreciation Program for team members who have, time and again, gone above and beyond in excelling the company expectations. The impact has been extremely positive among the team members and is measured by the feedback we receive from our customers for the quality and customer service.

Lambton’s Manufacturing Manager, Dan Biggs taking Darren Parris, Milling and Grain’s Group President, on a plant tour showing Continuous Improvement projects undertaken

The team has brought forth many new ideas and showed greater finesse in achieving targets ever since this program was launched back in early 2018. At Lambton, we believe that our employees lead the way to success and truly make a difference in the company. Lambton constantly works towards developing innovative solutions to match industry advancements. The Engineering and Production teams at Lambton play a vital role in this. They have collaborated and achieved astounding success in finishing custom orders for our customers’ unique needs. They regularly work together on test builds for the equipment designs before rolling the product out onto the market. This has helped improve our product line and increased positive feedback from our customers. At Lambton, we have always aimed to provide the best for our customers. Lambton has a strong and constantly expanding dealer network in place that can provide you with solutions no matter the location. We are always committed to providing the most productive and cost-effective solutions to our customers. And we are confident that with the world class manufacturing facility we can provide you with products that are easy to assemble in the field requiring low maintenance, have longer service life and the best total value in the industry. To summarise, a manufacturing facility is the backbone for success in any company. Lambton is devoted to make its manufacturing facility stronger and advanced everyday by putting people and processes in place to provide Solutions… Beyond Expectation. We are committed to provide our customers with ‘Built to Last’ solutions adding value to your grain systems. Contact Lambton and our dedicated professional representatives around the globe to meet all your agricultural infrastructure needs. www.lambtonconveyor.com Milling and Grain - January 2020 | 113



Stylish flour packing in the land of style In October 2019, Molino Quaglia installed a modern and high-capacity flour bagging machine supplied by Fawema from Germany.


s you approach the tiny hamlet of Vighizzolo d´Este in the Veneto region of North East Italy, two things suddenly appear on the distant horizon towering high above the agricultural flatlands of this tranquil and beautifully picturesque area. One is the finely crafted, ornate, baroque bell tower of the village church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and the other is a flour mill, dedicated to producing top-quality flour. Molino Quaglia is a 400 metric tonnes-per-day wheat mill and while the mill hasn´t been around quite as long as the village church, it´s still an historical and important part of the local

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community. Today, the company is managed and operated by the latest generation of the Quaglia family; brothers Andrea and Lucio Quaglia, together with their sister Chiara. Since the mill was founded in 1914, the keyword has always been quality and the success of the company has been built on the strict mantra of producing supreme-quality products by using only the finest grains and utilising only the best technology and equipment available. In October 2019, Molino Quaglia installed a modern and highcapacity flour bagging machine supplied by Fawema from Germany. The machine was purchased in order to meet the increased export demand for 10 kg and 12.5 kg speciality pizza and bakery flour, packed into ready-made paper sacks having a block bottom and sealed with a fold and glued-down flat “brick type” closure.


This type of flour pack is becoming more and more popular with wholesalers and distributors who supply national and international restaurant chains, fast-food franchises, bakeries, pizzerias, patisseries and speciality food retailers. Less expensive compared to valve sacks and more convenient and hygienic compared to open mouth sacks with a stitched closure, the paper glue-closed “brick pack” is cost-effective, easy to use, extremely compact and lends itself perfectly to automatic palletising. A large percentage of Molino Quaglia´s products are for export and therefore it´s essential that all the bagged flour is palletised and wrapped for safe storage and secure transportation in both sea containers and road trucks. The 10kg and 12.5kg size packs are rapidly increasing in popularity and therefore the mill needed a new packing line which was high speed, completely automatic, efficient, reliable and able to produce attractive, compact bags

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which were extremely precise in terms of weight accuracy. The new Fawema FA235 flour packing line ticked all of the boxes. The machine is the latest in a long line of Fawema equipment to adopt servo-drive technology instead of old-fashioned mechanical cam-drive transmission. This ensures that the machine is accurate, hygienic, simple to use and requires minimal maintenance due to the absence of wearing parts and components. Furthermore, in the great tradition of Fawema machine-building, the packing line is able to deliver high-output targets of 30 bags per minute on a daily round-the-clock basis.

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Andrea Quaglia, who is in charge of the packaging section of the mill, explains; “our business has increased a great deal during the last few years, especially on the 10kg and 12.5kg bag sizes which are steadily replacing the bigger 25kg size and we could see that in order to guarantee prompt deliveries in the future, we needed to invest in a new packing line which would be able to run constantly at high speeds. Not only that, but we needed it to be exceptionally accurate. With

high tonnages, tight margins and high-value pizza flours, we could not afford to over-fill and give away product unnecessarily. Accurate weights, high volume throughput and compact bags were our objectives. With the new machine we have achieved these goals and the total line, complete with palletiser and pallet wrapper, runs like a thoroughbred racing Ferrari”.

Know-how + experience = success

“We were delighted to serve Molino Quaglia on this important project”, explains Mark Wild, Fawema Sales Manager. “From our very first meeting, there was an immediate feeling of trust and mutual respect and we were very conscious of the fact that the client selected Fawema because of our excellent reputation within the international milling industry. “Thanks to our huge resources of know-how and experience, coupled with smartly-designed modern equipment, I´m delighted to say that we have added yet another successful project to our lengthy reference list. From start to finish, it´s been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with Molino Quaglia”. Fawema wishes to thank the Quaglia family for their generous permission to publish this article.


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COUNTRY PROFILE: FRANCE The French wheat harvest in 2019: Both quantity and quality at the rendezvous

by Antoine Tanguy, French-editions Coordinator, Milling and Grain, France

The 2018/2019 French wheat season started as it ended, with extreme heat and drought. Despite these conditions, the quantity cropped is very satisfying, with a record harvest for common wheat. The qualitative aspects are also good, however, there are differences between each region.

During autumn, the lack of precipitation caused a delay as well as an absence of false seedlings. However, the rain and mild temperatures in November helped stabilise the situation in the early winter. The soils remained dry in January and February, with just minimal precipitation. The end of tillering and the beginning of the joint stage took place with alternating rain and dry weather, and cool temperatures with heat peaks, thus, the surface soils were not very favourable for crops, with water stress and a nitrogen deficiency. Deep soils were favorable for the density of the ear, resulting in a high biomass. Cool temperatures also favoured sustained growth. Finally, in June, France experienced an important and intense heat wave. The consequences of these high temperatures were thankfully not damaging to harvests. In the southern part of the country, the filling being completed, the strong heat waves did not cause a loss of yield. In the northern half, the filling was still in progress, temperatures exceeding 35°C resulted in a loss of yield, but less significant than expected. On the one hand, this was because the initial potential of 2019â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crop was imported, on the other hand because there were few diseases and the heat led to more sunshine and therefore additional photosynthesis (insofar as water was available). Crop Durum wheat and part of the common wheat crop was harvested between the end of June and the end of July. The absence of rain allowed a low humidity rate while maintaining a suitable specific weight. FranceAgriMer and Arvalis conducted analyses and tests on 561 samples of common wheat and 134 of durum wheat (before entering the silo, without any handling being done by the storage organisations). Wheat results: Low moisture rate, due to drought and temperatures at harvest time. This guarantees better conservation and storage and also meets the criteria of wheat buyers A particularly high specific weight, with a national average of 79.5kg/hl (best SW of the last twenty years). 83% of the harvest has a specific weight of 78kg/hl or more A satisfactory protein rate with an average nationwide of 11.5%. Two-thirds of the crop has a protein level between 11 and 12% and more than half of the crop exceeds the rate of 11.5% Relatively good Hagberg fall time given the weather conditions during filling and ripening. 92% of the harvest exceeds 300 seconds A baking strength (W) of 186 on average. Two-thirds of the crop is above 170, which meets the needs of French and foreign millers The quantity of common wheat harvested in France in 2019 reached 39.4mt, an

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increase of 15.8% compared to the previous year. Durum wheat results Like common wheat, the moisture rates seen in durum samples are low due to the heat wave in summer 2019 A very high specific weight, the highest in the last three years, with an average of 80.2kg/hl. In total, 65% of durum wheat has a specific weight that exceeds 80kg/hl A very high protein rate. The average for durum wheat this year

is 13.9%. Almost three quarters of the durum wheat harvested exceeds a protein content of 13.5% Hagberg’s fall times are also very good, with three-quarters of the crop exceeding 350 seconds, due to the lack of precipitation during the filling and ripening stages Total durum wheat harvested this year is 1.5mt, down 14.8% from the 2014-2018 five-year average. Indeed, the total surface cropped has been reduced of 25% (still compared to the five-year average).




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January 28-30 IPPE 2020 Atlanta, Georgia, USA http://ippexpo.com

17-19 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference 2020 Seattle, Washington, USA www.afia.org

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) continues to evolve and grow to meet the needs of its attendees and exhibitors. In 2019, IPPE expanded the show floor to all three halls (A, B and C) of the Georgia World Congress Centre, resulting in the largest trade show floor ever in the event’s history. For 2020, IPPE will again be in all three halls and will bring together more than 1,300 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors in Atlanta, Georgia. IPPE focuses on innovation: bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful; education: learning from the experts in freeand fee-based world-class programs on topics that cross industry interests; global reach: attracting more than 8,000 international visitors from 130 countries; and networking: meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries. 30-31 Paris Grain Day 2020 Paris, France www.parisgrainday.com 2020

7-9 Livestock Malaysia 2020 Malacca, Malaysia www.livestockmalaysia.com 7-9 124th IAOM Annual Conference and Expo Portland, Oregon, USA www.iaom.info 15-17 16th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress Christchurch, New Zealand www.icbc2020.icc.or.at

February 18-20 Grain Tech Expo 2020 Kiev, Ukraine www.grainexpo.com.ua


7-9 ☑ 124th IAOM Annual Conference and Expo Portland, Oregon, USA www.iaom.info

18-20 ILDEX Vietnam Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam www.ildex-vietnam.com

21-24 GEAPS Exchange 2020 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA www.geaps.com/exchange-expo

March 3-5 AgraME 2020 Dubai, UAE www.agramiddleeast.com 9-11 VIV MEA 2020 Abu Dhabi, UAE www.viv.net

24-26 ☑ VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia 2020 Bangkok, Thailand http://vivhealthandnutrition.nl

11–13 AgriTek/FarmTek Astana 2020 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan www.agriastana.kz


24 GRAPAS Innovations Conference Bangkok, Thailand mymag.info/e/291

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27-1 Agrishow 2020 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil www.agrishow.com.br Agrishow is the biggest and most important agricultural technology trade show in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. It is the only trade show that brings together agricultural solutions for all types of crops and property sizes and it is recognised as the leading showcase for the main technological trends and innovations in agribusiness. Agrishow receives more than 150,000 professionals from all regions of Brazil and abroad, who visit the exhibition to see up close 800 brands on display in an area of 520,000sqm. In addition to presenting innovation, new technologies and best practices in field handling techniques, Agrishow also plays an important role in developing the agricultural industry by providing a prosperous environment for doing business, making connections and driving the evolution of agribusiness in Brazil. 7-9 Agritechnica Asia 2020 Bangkok, Thailand www.agritechnica-asia.com 2020

May 7-13 Interpack 2020 Düsseldorf, Germany www.interpack.com

April 1-2 Solids Dortmund 2020 Dortmund, Germany www.easyfairs.com

National and international exhibitors will present their technologies and solutions for the processing, handling, storage, transport and analysis of powders, granules and bulk solids sectors at Solids Dortmund 2020.  Trade visitors are top decision-makers and buyers searching for specific solutions and come from processing industries such as mechanical and plant engineering, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mining, stone and earth extraction, food and feed, metal, glass and recycling. Solids Dortmund brings together 500 exhibitors with over 6,200 trade visitors. The focus is on the exchange of products and technical innovations in the processing industry. The entire value-added chain of process engineering for powders, granules and bulk solids will be presented on site. ☑ = Meet the Milling and Grain team at this event 120 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

7-13 PIX AMC 2020 Gold Coast, Australia www.pixamc.com.au 28-30 Livestock Philippines 2020 Manila, Philippines www.livestockphilippines.com

EVENT ROUND UP Paris Grain Day After the last three years of success, the fourth edition of Paris Grain Day will be held on 30-31st January 2020. This major event of the international grain agenda continues its development and will welcome more than 300 qualified participants at Le Méridien Etoile. The conference will highlight the key challenges of the global grain industry. World-class speakers will share their expertise during plenary sessions, round tables, and debates. The ambition of the event organisers is to strengthen further French contributions to the global grain industry through this major event. A special focus will be made on main “drivers” influencing grain prices structure. The presentations will take several forms, ranging from expert presentations to round tables and debates. All the participants will enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception in the centre of Paris on Thursday, January 30th, the evening the day before the conference. This two-day format is ideal for building or consolidating a relationship network and also sharing opinions. World-class experts will share their expertise and provide useful information about their respective countries. All speeches will be simultaneously translated from English to French and vice versa. A mobile application is already available, and the participants will be able to ask questions to speakers.

Build my FeedMill Conference The Build My Feed Mill Conference will once again take place during VIV MEA on March 11th. The conference will be held in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Build My Feed Mill is a concept introduced by Milling and Grain and VIV Worldwide in 2017 under the CropTech-FeedTech brand. The concept aims to raise awareness that there are too few feed mills in low-economic and developing countries that are fit for purpose. The technological debt means that there is little chance of some countries reaching the international average for feed production of 133.6kg/ per capita. During the Build my Feed Mill Conference, 10-12 companies are given the chance to present 10-minute presentations about how their solutions assist feed mills in their everyday processes and practices. Taking attendees through every process within a feed mill, Build my Feed Mill enables attendees to discover the latest innovations that help make your feed mill truly innovative, efficient and profitable. Topics companies will present on include storage solutions, drying and cooling, expanders, extruders, pelleting, feed formulation, intake and conveying and automation. Currently confirmed companies taking part in the Build my Feed Mill Conference at VIV MEA include Van Aarsen, FrigorTec and SCE Silo Construction and Engineering. A second rendition of the Build my Feed Mill Conference is also taking place on March 25th at VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia. For more information about Build my Feed Mill, please contact Rebecca Sherratt (rebeccas@perendale.co.uk).

Dr Eckel celebrates 25th anniversary with customers and partners On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition, industry pioneer and expert in innovative feed additives, hosted customers, partners, specialists, experts and scientists at this year’s International Ecknowlogy® Conference from November 4-5th, 2019. More than 70 international participants from the science, agriculture, feed and food production sectors attended the ‘Your future with Dr Eckel: Profitable, sustainable, animal welfare’ trade conference at the Dorint Parkhotel Bad Neuenahr. They concluded that modern animal nutrition must find a balance between animal welfare and profitability in order to be applicable to the future. The significance of the occasion did not take second place to the technical lectures, discussions and networking: a convivial dinner was followed by a tantalising evening programme. “It was a great mix of high-calibre expert talks, inspiring debates and plenty of opportunity for discussions with international industry peers,” said Bernhard große Austing from Austing Mischfutterwerk GmbH & Co KG, adding, “Animal welfare is no trivial matter. Rather, as amply demonstrated at this conference, it is a necessity. Only healthy animals can provide healthy food. Because ultimately, this is what the consumer wants and what our world needs in order to ensure sufficient food supplies in the future.” Founder and CEO Dr Antje Eckel has expressed her gratitude for all that has been achieved and promised many more innovations, “Twenty-five years of Dr Eckel that’s 25 years of innovation, growth and success for and with our customers. We are proud to be able to celebrate this today, a privilege for which we are very grateful. “The world has changed fundamentally in recent years. The momentum of the climate debate, the debate on the production of animal protein and the matter of animal welfare have transformed the issue of animal nutrition into an economic and political hot potato. Our vision is to integrate animal welfare, economic viability and food quality in a novel manner. We subscribe to a holistic approach that goes way beyond today, for the sake of our future.” 122 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain



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The DESMÜD World Mill Technologies Conference and Exhibition


by Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak, Regional Director, Turkey, Eurasia and Middle East, Milling and Grain ESMÜD, a civil society organisation based in Turkey, organised a conference and exhibition on October 31stNovember 3rd, 2019 in Antalya, Turkey at Xanadu Hotel. The event was entitled “The World Milling Technology Conference and Exhibition” and brought together many important names of the sector from both local areas and abroad. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions to experts about subjects they wanted to learn during the conference, which included the contributions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to industry producers, the digitalisation of production and the emergence of smart factories, innovation and new technologies, supply chain and management. In his opening speech, DESMÜD Chairman Zeki Demirtaşoğlu stated that the export amounts of Turkish sector representatives in 2017 saw a 34 percent growth up to US $1.35 billion and added that the targets for the year 2023 were $7bn. Demirtaşoğlu continued, “Our efforts are continuing in line with this target. DESMÜD aims to develop the infrastructure and policies required by our machinery manufacturing industry, to increase its competitiveness and continuity and to provide the environment of cooperation and cooperation between all institutions and organisations, including the public.”

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EVENT ROUND UP with its successful fairs and exhibitions is launching Mill Tech, which is one of the major commercial platforms for the Turkish mill industry, at CNR Expo, together with DESMÜD. The Flourmilling Machinery Technologies and Side Industry Fair, which will be held between September 9-12th, 2020, will bring all product groups and new technologies in the sector together with international buyers during the fair. Mill Tech’s overseas promotion activities will be carried out through CNR Holding’s Dubai and London offices as well as 78 international agencies authorised by special agreements.

We need to establish flour and feed factories in the safe zone

Zeki Demirtaşoğlu, Chairman of DESMÜD, said at a press conference that the machinery manufacturers within the association have established smart factories all over the world and that they aspire to establish flour and feed mills in Syria. Demirtasoglu, who participated in the meeting of the United Nations (UN) in Gaziantep, said that one of the main tasks of the United Nations is to meet the food needs of the people in Syria. Describing a feasibility study, DESMUD President Zeki Demirtasoglu added, “What will people do in the safe zone? They will farm. And we will establish a flourmill factory so that they can grind the wheat which they produce. The people will produce their own wheat and we will build their flour and feed mills so that they can produce their own flour and feed. In this way, we will ensure that they are able to stand without the need of anyone, without being subject to the restrictions of the regime or other countries.” “The import input of this sector is almost non-existent. Our locality rate is between 85 and 93 percent. The export price is US $1.5 per kilogram in Turkey, the sector’s export value is around $16. We are the industry that brings iron and steel to life. We have been using industry 4.0 for the last 15 years.” Demirtasoglu also made a statement about the activities of the association and informed attendees that they export now to over 140 countries in the world with the collective value of $2 bn.

First training program for the milling department completed in Ankara

Within the scope of the protocol signed between the Turkish Ministry of National Education and the Association of DESMÜD for the opening of the milling department in vocational high schools,the “Mill Machinery Working Principles Course” was held in Sincan Erkunt Vocational Training Center in Ankara, Turkey. Distinguished academics and competent names of the milling industry attended the course as educators. During the course, held in Ankara in July, the teachers of the new high school milling departments were educated via several presentations about the industry. The important names from the academy and the experts in the fields of the industry explained the theoretical and practical information to the teachers in a 40-hour training course. In


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addition to the lectures, technical visits were made to various flour mills and the participants had the opportunity to examine the stages of flour production. DESMÜD Chairman Zeki Demirtaşoğlu visited the teachers and trainers at Erkunt Training Centre and received plenty of information about the training process. Demirtasoğlu pointed out that they attach great importance to the milling department as an association and sector, adding that they aim to develop this program in the future and that they want to open the milling department in at least in 10 schools. Demirtaşoğlu said, “We are trying to do our best for our teachers. We have endeavored to establish a very large and well equipped staff for the training of our teachers here. Their education will be the first step in educating bright young people for the future. To date, the Turkish Ministry of National Education has brought the program to this stage in a very harmonious manner. I think that our teachers will take part in the process with the same dedication.” DESMÜD Education Committee, headed by ICC Chairman Hamit Köksel, has determined the training program related to milling in coordination with the Vocational and Technical Education Unit of the Ministry of National Education. The coordination of the program is carried out by DESMÜD General Secretariat and Professor, Dr. Mehmet Sertaç Özer.




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Visiting Satake Europe


with the North of England Flour Millers Association by Rebecca Sherratt, Features Editor, Milling and Grain n 2019 myself and Milling and Grain Group President Darren Parris had the pleasure of joining the North of England Flour Miller’s Association for a fabulous visit to Satake’s facility in Stockport, by Managing Director Mr Yoshihiro Kunimitsu and the North of England Flour Millers Association.

Following a pleasant drive up north and meeting all 26 participants, we sat down and began the morning meeting. Mr Kunimitsu began proceedings with a discussion of the impressive history of Satake, from humble beginnings 120 years ago with the founder first developing his initial rice milling machine in Japan. Since then, Satake has grown to reach unprecedented heights, with manufacturing facilities in over 10 countries including the UK, China, Thailand, Japan and the USA to name a few.

The North of England Flour Millers Association As the leading organisation to represent millers in the North of England, the North of England Flour Millers Association are an integral part of the UK milling industry and also part of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim). During the visit to the Satake facility the millers association also held their 63rd annual meeting to discuss various updates such as electing their new chairman, the recent nabim awards, their financial report and future programme of events. The North of England Flour Millers Association meet four times annually, as well as for the occasional social event. In the meeting, hot topics of discussion also included the fact that UK exports of flour hit an all-time high in 2018. The upcoming looming news of Brexit also entered discussion, as the association debated whether possible imposed tariffs, should a no-deal Brexit occur, 130 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

could possibly have negative consequences for millers throughout the UK. One topic that especially intrigued me was the association’s dedication to engaging younger audiences into this rewarding, but often ill-advertised industry. The North of England Flour Millers Association’s Nick Hinton also presented on the associations upcoming plans to offer younger people the opportunity to join the industry with a five-year PR opportunity. Described as a communications project, the scheme enables younger generations to enhance their milling profile, truly understand and get ands-on experience with the industry, as well as gain essential experience for future jobs within the sector. Innovation through the years Following the completion of the annual meeting by the association, various intriguing presentations were delivered to us by Satake, who were very eager (and rightly so) to inform us further about their various innovations for the milling industry. First to speak was Peter Marriott, General Manager for Vision Systems for Satake Europe Ltd. In his presentation, Mr Marriott delved into the history of Henry Simon, the intriguing and recently-renewed joint venture between Satake and Alapala. From humble beginnings in Manchester, 1878, Mr Henry Simon created the first roller mill with gradual reduction, to soon be known as the ‘Simon system’. Other innovations that can be originally traced back to henry Simon include the very first oil-free differential drive, the first bulk flour loadout, commercial wheat debranning systems, food-grade plastic sieves and much more. In 1988, after plenty of success, the Henry Simon brand was joined with Thomas Robinson to form Robinson


Milling Systems in 1988, which was then consequently bought by Satake in 1991. It wasn’t until 2015 that Satake and Alapala then formed their strategic partnership, to combine their expertise, form mutual licencing and joint product development, which in 2017 became the renewed Henry Simon brand.

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HSRM Roller Mill The specific innovative solution that Satake showcased to the audience was the HSRM Roller Mill- the very machine that took home the winning trophy for the 2018 GRAPAS Innovations Awards. The glistening trophy sat atop the boardroom table proudly for all to see, and it was very clear why the company are so happy with the achievements their product has given them. With state-of-the-art new features such as touchscreen control, temperature sensors and automatic lighting that detects human presence nearby, the HSRM is incredible intuitive and easy to use. Mr Marriott played several videos to showcase the enhanced abilities and features of the HSRM and discussed its ability to change rolls in under 20 minutes, precise manual roll adjustment, central lubrication system, stainless steel bars and optimised sanitation. Energy efficiency with Henry Simon Following this delve into the specific solutions that Henry Simon have to offer, Satake’s Neil Walker presented his discussion on Henry Simon and the importance they place on energy efficiency. In the milling industry of the twenty-first century, electric consumption is increasing faster than supply, a dangerous situation to be in, especially as the world demand for wheat is everincreasing. In an attempt to counter this issue, Henry Simon’s range of solutions have all been built with sustainability at the forefront of their minds. Each solution features variable speed drives, high-efficiency motors and compressors linked to intelligent plant sensors for easy maintenance of the solution. On average, roller mills and pneumatic fans are the biggest power consumers in mills, taking up 10.4 percent of all total electricity costs. With the HSRM, this number is significantly reduced, the same of which can also be said of all Henry Simon machinery. Touring the Satake facility Following the presentations, our team was split into groups and the given a tour around Satake’s facilities. Guided round by Mr Marriott, as well as Warehouse Manager Paul Airey. Our first port of call was the process workshop, a bustling place where sieve covers of all shapes and sizes were being cleaned and refurbished. With the vast amount of machinery created by Satake, it is no surprise that their spare parts section is so large it requires a whole other remote facility to store all their necessary parts. As we approached the shipping warehouse, the stacked boxes and crates of machinery was immense, all to be sent off and been received from all over the world. Satake’s Stockport facility is also unique in that it also features a testing room, exclusively available for students of nabim. The facility enables nabim students to get up close and personal with machinery that everyday millers need to utilise expertly, providing them a practical experience that no amount of studies can provide. Inside the testing facility were a variety of solutions for familiarising students, such as debranners, polishing machines for rice, peas and maize, hydrators, mini roller mill models for trial runs, purifiers and sifting machines, to name but a few. 132 | January 2020 - Milling and Grain

To complete our tour of the facility, we returned to the main showroom, wherein we were given practical demonstrations of Satake’s REZ-range and Pikasen Alpha ranges of optical sorters. Senior Service Engineer Martin Dawson presented to us the different abilities and enhanced features of both models of optical sorter, which were both undoubtedly very impressive models. Satake’s sorters come in three, six and chute models with a processing capacity of up to three tonnes-per-hour. Mr Dawson ran the machines, showcasing the innovative features in the touchscreen interface, including the devices ability to individually photograph every sample placed through the chute, as well as showcasing the results of the analysis and displaying to us the removed samples, all carried out in record time. An informative day of milling technology Getting to meet the North of England Flour Millers Association was a valuable experience that really helped showcase to me the importance of millers meeting and discussing the latest issues in their industry. As the industry continues to develop and met changing demands the association seek to help millers achieve their best. Also, a big thank you to Satake Europe for so kindly hosting us, their facility was polished, professional and their machinery always proves to revolutionise the industry. We are also very pleased to have Henry Simon’s HSPU-Purifier in the GRAPAS Innovations Awards 2020, which is an incredibly strong start to the awards for the best milling innovation for 2020! www.satake-group.com www.henrysimonmilling.com www.nabim.org.uk

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Air products Kaeser Kompressoren +49 9561 6400 www.kaeser.com

Analysis R-Biopharm +44 141 945 2924 www.r-biopharm.com Romer Labs +43 2272 6153310 www.romerlabs.com

Amino acids Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH +49 618 1596785 www.evonik.com/animal-nutrition

Bag closing Fischbein SA +32 2 555 11 70 www.fischbein.com Cetec Industrie +33 5 53 02 85 00 www.cetec.net Imeco +39 0372 496826 www.imeco.org TMI +34 973 25 70 98 www.tmipal.com

Bakery improvers Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co KG +49 4102 202 001 www.muehlenchemie.de

Bin dischargers Denis +33 2 37 97 66 11 www.denis.fr

Tornum AB +46 512 29100 www.tornum.com

Sukup +1 641 892 4222 www.sukup.com

Wenger Manufacturing +1 785-284-2133 www.wenger.com

TSC Silos +31 543 473979 www.tsc-silos.com

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Cereal and pulse conditioning Vibrafloor +33 3 85 44 06 78 www.vibrafloor.com


Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Elevator buckets STIF +33 2 41 72 16 80 www.stifnet.com

GMP+ International +31703074120 www.gmpplus.org

Sweet Manufacturing Company +1 937 325 1511 www.sweetmfg.com

Colour sorters A-MECS Corp. +822 20512651 www.a-mecs.kr

Tapco Inc +1 314 739 9191 www.tapcoinc.com

Bühler AG +41 71 955 11 11 www.buhlergroup.com Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Elevator & conveyor components 4B Braime +44 113 246 1800 www.go4b.com

Satake +81 82 420 8560 www.satake-group.com

Henry Simon +44 0161 804 2800 www.henrysimonmilling.com

Computer software Adifo NV +32 50 303 211 www.adifo.com

J-System info@jsystemllc.com www.jsystemllc.com

Inteqnion +31 543 49 44 66 www.inteqnion.com

Lambton Conveyor +1 519 627 8228 www.lambtonconveyor.com

Coolers & driers A-MECS Corp. +822 20512651 www.a-mecs.kr

Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com

Chief +1 308 237 3186 agri.chiefind.com

Sweet Manufacturing Company +1 937 325 1511 www.sweetmfg.com

Bentall Rowlands +44 1724 282828 www.bentallrowlands.com

Consergra s.l +34 938 772207 www.consergra.com

Tapco Inc +1 314 739 9191 www.tapcoinc.com

Chief +1 308 237 3186 agri.chiefind.com

FrigorTec GmbH +49 7520 91482-0 www.frigortec.com

Croston Engineering +44 1829 741119 www.croston-engineering.co.uk

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Geelen Counterflow +31 475 592315 www.geelencounterflow.com

Morillon +33 2 41 56 50 14 www.morillonsystems.com

Bulk storage

Lambton Conveyor +1 519 627 8228 www.lambtonconveyor.com Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Silo Construction Engineers +32 51723128 www.sce.be Silos Cordoba +34 957 325 165 www.siloscordoba.com

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Enzymes AB Vista +44 1672 517 650 www.abvista.com

FAMSUN +86 514 87848880 www.famsungroup.com Manzoni +55 19 3765 9331 www.manzoni.com.br Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Soon Strong Machinery +886 3 9901815 www.soonstrong.com.tw

JEFO +1 450 799 2000 www.jefo.com

Extruders Almex +31 575 572666 www.almex.nl Andritz +45 72 160300 www.andritz.com

Extru-Tech Inc. +1 785 284 2153 www.extru-techinc.com

Viteral +90 332 2390 141 www.viteral.com.tr

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Insta-Pro International +1 515 254 1260 www.insta-pro.com

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Zheng Chang +86 2164184200 www.zhengchang.com/eng

Manzoni +55 19 3765 9331 www.manzoni.com.br Wenger Manufacturing +1 785-284-2133 www.wenger.com Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Feed nutrition AB Vista +44 1672 517 650 www.abvista.com Adisseo + 33 1 46 74 70 00 www.adisseo.com Biomin +43 2782 8030 www.biomin.net Delacon +43 732 6405310 www.delacon.com DSM +41 61 815 7777 www.dsm.com Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH +49 618 1596785 www.evonik.com/animal-nutrition JEFO +1 450 799 2000 www.jefo.com Novus +1 314 576 8886 www.novusint.com Nutriad +32 52 40 98 24 www.nutriad.com PHIBRO +1 201 329 7300 www.pahc.com Phileo +33 320 14 80 97 www. phileo-lesaffre.com

Feed milling

Grain handling systems

Laboratory equipment

Cargotec Sweden Bulk Handling +46 42 85802 www.cargotec.com

Bastak +90 312 395 67 87 www.bastak.com.tr

Chief +1 308 237 3186 agri.chiefind.com

Brabender +49 203 7788 0 www.brabender.com

Cimbria A/S +45 96 17 90 00 www.cimbria.com Lambton Conveyor +1 519 627 8228 www.lambtonconveyor.com Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Sukup Europe +45 75685311 www.sukup-eu.com Sweet Manufacturing Company +1 937 325 1511 www.sweetmfg.com Tapco Inc +1 314 739 9191 www.tapcoinc.com Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Hammermills Alapala +90 212 465 60 40 www.alapala.com

CHOPIN Technologies +33 14 1475045 www.chopin.fr ERKAYA +90 312 395 2986 www.erkayagida.com.tr Next Instruments +612 9771 5444 www.nextinstruments.net Perten Instruments +46 8 505 80 900 www.perten.com Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Tekpro +44 1692 403403 www.tekpro.com

Level measurement BinMaster Level Controls +1 402 434 9102 www.binmaster.com FineTek Co., Ltd +886 2226 96789 www.fine-tek.com

Loading/un-loading equipment

Bühler AG +41 71 955 11 11 www.buhlergroup.com

Golfetto Sangati +39 0422 476 700 www.golfettosangati.com

Christy Turner Ltd +44 1473 742325 www.christy-turner.com

Neuero Industrietechnik +49 5422 95030 www.neuero.de

Dinnissen BV +31 77 467 3555 www.dinnissen.nl Ottevanger Milling Engineers +31 79 593 22 21 www.ottevanger.com Selis +90 222 236 12 33 www.selis.com.tr

Vigan Engineering +32 67 89 50 41 www.vigan.com

Mill design & installation Alapala +90 212 465 60 40 www.alapala.com Bühler AG +41 71 955 11 11 www.buhlergroup.com

Christy Turner Ltd +44 1473 742325 www.christy-turner.com

Soon Strong Machinery +886 3 9901815 www.soonstrong.com.tw

Kay Jay Rolls +91 9878 000 859 www.kjrolls.com

Viteral +90 332 2390 141 www.viteral.com.tr

Genç Degirmen +90 444 0894 www.gencdegirmen.com.tr

Ottevanger Milling Engineers +31 79 593 22 21 www.ottevanger.com

Van Aarsen International +31 475 579 444 www.aarsen.com

Golfetto Sangati +39 0422 476 700 www.golfettosangati.com

Wynveen +31 26 47 90 699 www.wynveen.com

Wynveen +31 26 47 90 699 www.wynveen.com

Henry Simon +44 0161 804 2800 www.henrysimonmilling.com

Van Aarsen International +31 475 579 444 www.aarsen.com

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Christy Turner Ltd +44 1473 742325 www.christy-turner.com

IMAS - Milleral +90 332 2390141 www.milleral.com

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Ocrim +39 0372 4011 www.ocrim.com

Imeco +39 0372 496826 www.imeco.org

Omas +39 049 9330297 www.omasindustries.com

Mondi Group +43 1 79013 4917 www.mondigroup.com

Ottevanger Milling Engineers +31 79 593 22 21 www.ottevanger.com

Peter Marsh Group +44 151 9221971 www.petermarsh.co.uk

Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com

TMI +34 973 25 70 98 www.tmipal.com

Sangati Berga +85 4008 5000 www.sangatiberga.com.br

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Satake +81 82 420 8560 www.satake-group.com

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Selis +90 222 236 12 33 www.selis.com.tr

Palletisers A-MECS Corp. +822 20512651 www.a-mecs.kr

Silo Construction Engineers +32 51723128 www.sce.be

Next Instruments +612 9771 5444 www.nextinstruments.net

Packaging Cetec Industrie +33 5 53 02 85 00 www.cetec.net FAWEMA +49 22 63 716 0 www.fawema.com

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Roller mills Alapala +90 212 465 60 40 www.alapala.com Christy Turner Ltd +44 1473 742325 www.christy-turner.com Genç Degirmen +90 444 0894 www.gencdegirmen.com.tr IMAS - Milleral +90 332 2390141 www.milleral.com Henry Simon +44 0161 804 2800 www.henrysimonmilling.com Kay Jay Rolls +91 9878 000 859 www.kjrolls.com

Viteral +90 332 239 01 41 http://viteral.com.tr

Ocrim +39 0372 4011 www.ocrim.com

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Hydronix +44 1483 468900 www.hydronix.com

NIR systems

Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr

Soon Strong Machinery +886 3 9901815 www.soonstrong.com.tw

CHOPIN Technologies +33 14 1475045 www.chopin.fr

Nutriad +32 52 40 98 24 www.nutriad.com

Leonhard Breitenbach +49 271 3758 0 www.breitenbach.de

Pelleting Technology Netherlands (PTN) +3 73 54 984 72 www.ptn.nl

Brabender +49 203 7788 0 www.brabender.com

Biomin +43 2782 8030 www.biomin.net

Kay Jay Rolls +91 9878 000 859 www.kjrolls.com

Pellet Press

Moisture measurement

Adisseo + 33 1 46 74 70 00 www.adisseo.com

Fundiciones Balaguer, S.A. +34 965564075 www.balaguer-rolls.com

TMI +34 973 25 70 98 www.tmipal.com

Zaccaria +55 19 3404 5700 www.zaccaria.com.br

Mycotoxin management

Entil +90 222 237 57 46 www.entil.com.tr

Imeco +39 0372 496826 www.imeco.org

Wynveen +31 26 47 90 699 www.wynveen.com

Vibrafloor +33 3 85 44 06 78 www.vibrafloor.com


Cetec Industrie +33 5 53 02 85 00 www.cetec.net

Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Pelleting Technology Netherlands (PTN) +3 73 54 984 72 www.ptn.nl

Yemmak +90 266 7338363 www.yemmak.com

Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com

Pest control Rentokil Pest Control +44 0800 917 1987 www.rentokil.co.uk

Pingle +86 311 88268111 www.plflourmill.com


Selis +90 222 236 12 33 www.selis.com.tr

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Soon Strong Machinery +886 3 9901815 www.soonstrong.com.tw

Zheng Chang +86 2164184200 www.zhengchang.com/eng

Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr

Process control DSL Systems Ltd +44 115 9813700 www.dsl-systems.com

Unormak +90 332 2391016 www.unormak.com.tr

Inteqnion +31 543 49 44 66 www.inteqnion.com Ottevanger Milling Engineers +31 79 593 22 21 www.ottevanger.com Safe Milling +44 844 583 2134 www.safemilling.co.uk

Yemtar Feed Mill Machines +90 266 733 8550 www.yemtar.com

Roll fluting Christy Turner Ltd +44 1473 742325 www.christy-turner.com

Top Silo Constructions (TSC) +31 543 473 979 www.tsc-silos.com

Fundiciones Balaguer, S.A. +34 965564075 www.balaguer-rolls.com Kay Jay Rolls +91 9878 000 859 www.kjrolls.com

Temperature monitoring Agromatic +41 55 2562100 www.agromatic.com

Reclaim System

CHOPIN Technologies +33 14 1475045 www.chopin.fr

Vibrafloor +33 3 85 44 06 78 www.vibrafloor.com

Dol Sensors +45 721 755 55 www.dol-sensors.com

Sifters Filip GmbH +49 5241 29330 www.filip-gmbh.com

Inteqnion +31 543 49 44 66 www.inteqnion.com

Gazel +90 364 2549630 www.gazelmakina.com

Supertech Agroline +45 6481 2000 www.supertechagroline.com

Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Selis +90 222 236 12 33 www.selis.com.tr

Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr

Training Bühler AG +41 71 955 11 11 www.buhlergroup.com

Silos Behlen Grain Systems +1 900 553 5520 www.behlengrainsystems.com Bentall Rowlands +44 1724 282828 www.bentallrowlands.com

The latest companies to join the IMD include:

nabim +44 2074 932521 www.nabim.org.uk

Petkus +49 36921 980 www.petkus.com Silo Construction Engineers +32 51723128 www.sce.be Silos Cordoba +34 957 325 165 www.siloscordoba.com Soon Strong Machinery +886 3 9901815 www.soonstrong.com.tw Sukup +1 641 892 4222 www.sukup.com Symaga +34 91 726 43 04 www.symaga.com Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr


IFF +495307 92220 www.iff-braunschweig.de

CSI +90 322 428 3350 www.cukurovasilo.com

Obial +90 382 2662120 www.obial.com.tr


Kansas State University +1 785 532 6161 www.grains.k-state.edu

MYSILO +90 382 266 2245 www.mysilo.com

Latest updates

IAOM +1 913 338 3377 www.iaom.info

Chief +1 308 237 3186 agri.chiefind.com

Lambton Conveyor +1 519 627 8228 www.lambtonconveyor.com

Our directory, now in its 28th incarnation, has continued to provide those in the food and feed industries with the best source for contacts from around the globe. Every year, our directory only continues to expand, and new companies are joining all the time. The International Milling Directory reaches a massive group of industry experts and customers, as we regularly distribute copies worldwide at trade shows and various events.

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Vibrators Tanis +90342337222 www.tanis.com.tr Vibrafloor +33 3 85 44 06 78 www.vibrafloor.com

Weighing equipment Imeco +39 0372 496826 www.imeco.org Mondi Group +43 1 79013 4917 www.mondigroup.com

• Labomiz Scientific Ltd – USA • Phoenix Specialist Services – UK Novus discuss the challenges of innovation during Feed Additives Americas 2019 Van Aarsen confirm that they will participate in the Build my Feed Mill Conference at VIV MEA on March 10th, a two-hour event discussing all aspects of feed machinery and processing Wenger Manufacturing and Andritz join the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference and will be presenting their latest solutions for the extrusion sector one day before VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia on March 23rd

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the interview

Xavier Bourbon, President of JTIC

Mr Xavier Bourbon is the President of Les Journées Techniques des Industries Céréalières (commonly known as JTIC), a key event for the milling sector held annually in France. Growing up with a father who specialised in the milling and crops sector, Mr Bourbon has always held an interest and appreciation for cereals and milling, which he now uses in his work as president, helping to coordinate the annual exhibition.

How long have you been involved in the milling industry? Have you grown up learning about this sector?

I have been in the milling and cereals industry since I was a kid. My father was a professor in cereals biochemistry at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Meunerie et des Industries Céréalières, France.

How long have you been involved in the industry personally, after graduating from university?

After my studies, I worked three years in the industry. I was directly responsible for a mill which produced three tonnes of flour per day. This mill was producing a significant amount of flour for export, primarily to Africa, and also flour for industries such as boulangerie and other baking products. I eventually left this position to take over a consulting agency in the cereals industry. I am currently the President of this cabinet for JTIC, the Cabinet Bourbon. Ever since I was a young student, I was regularly attending JTIC every year. I wanted to learn more about the grain industry and JTIC helped further this passion.

How important do you believe education is in the milling industry?

It is more important than ever. The competition between companies in the milling industry is a challenge for mills. Primary knowledge and know-how of the milling and flour techniques and science are, therefore, a necessity. Millers need to know how to plan and implement mill settings and adjustments with different wheat varieties, in order to produce a certain quality of flour. It is a knowhow that needs to be learnt, for people to prosper in the industry.

Is there consolidation in French milling industry?

Yes, there is, like in many countries, a consolidation quite important in the milling industry. 30 years ago, there were 900 mills in France, back when I started working. Nowadays, this figure is closer to 400 mills. This trend is continuing with five or six milling groups that own a certain number of plants but there are still independent mills with different and varied plant sizes.

Is there a significant difference between the French milling sector and others? If so, what is that difference? France has a food history and tradition and has a lot of different flour applications. A specific trait of French mills is their unique multi-application ability. There is not only the French baguette, we produce breads in vast varieties. The market is very diversified and French mills need to be able to utilise different flours for various applications.

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How important are the international connections with training or knowledge?

JTIC is not just for millers but also for cereals dealers. One crucial goal for JTIC is to play host to more international exhibitors and to, therefore, be able to benefit from them, their products or services. Conducting sales is not necessarily the aim of JTIC, as the French flour industry is still discovering more about the intricacies of exporting. Indeed, African countries, for instance, now have their own plants, so their needs have decreased.

How important is the international market’s influence or how important is France’s influence on the international market when it comes to milling? There is an internationalisation in food. Even if France has an important food culture independent of other countries and their own ideas, France is being influenced by food from other countries. We are now able to use our flour to produce foreign food, like Swedish bread or hamburgers, which are always exciting to learn more about.

What will be the role of JTIC in the future? What key things should JTIC do in the future to ensure a profitable future for the industry?

JTIC has always been a meeting point with two days of networking and great opportunities for members of the milling sector. We also want JTIC to bring information and news about innovations, equipment and processing technologies. Our target is that, when visitors come to JTIC to attend the conferences or the exhibition, they find what they came for and leave satisfied. It is also a great way to build a bridge between generations (from students and current millers through to equipment manufacturers). It is an opportunity for students to find a job or dip their toes into the professional world and learn more about life after their studies.

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PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES Sukup Manufacturing Co announces leadership succession


harles E Sukup, President of Sukup Manufacturing Co, is pleased to announce that on February 1st, 2020, after 25 years, he will transition from Chair, President and CEO to Chairman of the Board.

His brother, Steve Sukup, who has been CFO and Vice President will become President and CEO. Although Charles, will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations, he looks forward to being an ambassador for Sukup Manufacturing Co and supporting its growth and success in sales and product innovation. Commenting on growing up in the 56 year old business, Charles said, “Being a part of the growth and expansion of Sukup Manufacturing Co has been a dream come true for me. It was humbling to come back as our first degree engineer and be surrounded by so many talented and creative people.”

Jeffrey Thomas named new Miller Milling Co CEO


iller Milling Co has announced Jeffrey D Thomas has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Thomas, who currently is Miller Milling’s Vice-President of Operations, will take the top post at the Bloomington-based milling company effective June 1st, 2020.

As President and CEO, Thomas succeeds Kazuyoshi Watanabe, who has headed Miller Milling for five years, since the business was acquired by Nisshin Seifun Group. Announcing the succession, Nisshin expressed appreciation for Watanabe’s leadership in the United States and continued service at Nisshin and called Thomas a “very strong leader.” Nisshin said the transition occurs with Miller Milling “in a strong position.”

“Jeff has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the company,” Miller Milling said. “This, combined with his industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes Jeff uniquely qualified to lead Miller Milling into the future.”

Sue Whittington joins AIC Services as technical manager


ue Whittington has joined the AIC Services team as a Technical Manager working largely on animal feed assurance and sustainability. Ms Whittington brings over 20 years’ experience in managing and developing assurance schemes and standards both in the UK and overseas.

Most recently, Ms Whittington was with Linking the Environment and Farming (LEAF) where she was involved in developing, monitoring and evaluating the LEAF Marque Certification and Chain of Custody globally. In addition, Ms Whittington also led the LEAF Marque training programme for certification bodies and delivered overseas training.

“We are delighted to have Sue and her expertise join the team,” said John Kelley, Managing Director of AIC Services which operates the AIC Assurance Schemes including FEMAS, UFAS and TASCC which focus on food and feed safety.

New appointments to Ardent Mills leadership team


rdent Mills, a premier flour-milling and ingredient Company, recently named industry veteran Troy Anderson as Vice President of Operations. Mr Anderson had served as Senior Director of Operations since 2014. Previously, he was with Cargill in a variety of roles since 1992. Mr Anderson has taken over for Brad Allen, who retired as VP of Operations in May 2019. “The honour of delivering a nutritious food ingredient that feeds millions of people every day makes for an extremely rewarding career,” said Mr Anderson. “I am filled with excitement about this new chapter at Ardent Mills and look forward to actively leading our Operations Team in living out our vision and mission in serving our customers, communities, supplier partners and Ardent Mills team members.”

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