Resistograph 500 / Bastak Instruments

September 14th, 2020 – Resistograph 500 is measuring the dough elasticity, energy, stability, proving time, the degree of softening and detects the rheological properties of flour to get ideal bakery products and helps to determine the influence and rates of flour additives.

Profitability with Bühler’s proven technology in corn processing

September 14th, 2020 –

by Thomas Ziolko, Product Management Milling Solutions, Bühler, Switzerland

Near Infrared Spectroscopy has been used in grain milling for many decades, increasing food quality and profitability. Bühler’s NIR Multi Online Analyser (MYRG) provides continuous monitoring and analysis of the key attributes that determine the quality of a wide range of intermediate and final products. The key advantage: the proven technology delivers accurate information without delay and allows for immediate adjustment where necessary thus contributing significantly to a mill’s bottom line. Recently the technology has been adopted by a growing number of corn mills, bringing these benefits to one of the most important crops in the global food industry.

In grain processing, timely and accurate quality control can make a significant difference to the bottom line. The characteristics of the raw material determine the price of the end product. As fluctuations can occur at any time in the process flow, spot checking is not a sufficient method to assure quality. For optimal results it is necessary to monitor the flow continuously.

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) that utilises the near-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum has been reliably in use in the grain processing industry to do this for decades, resulting in significant additional revenues for mill owners.

The latest generation of Online Analyser for NIR stands out for providing precise information on product quality in real time through continuous online testing via compact sensors that are easily retrofitted into existing plants. With its ability to measure several product parameters in parallel, the system has been adopted widely by wheat processors. But other grain processors too can benefit greatly from this technology – particularly those in the booming corn processing market.

Corn – not a run-of-the-mill product

Corn has long been an important food crop in many parts of the world. Today, its significance in the food value chain is growing. Since 1960 the global corn harvest has increased by 628 percent from 124 million metric tonnes to 903 million metric tonnes 1). With 175 million tonnes currently consumed annually, corn is one of the three most important food crops in the world. It is processed into a wide range of food products the most typical being breakfast cereals, tortillas, extruded snacks and tortilla chips. Corn also plays an increasingly important role in animal feed and energy generation.

Corn consumption in Asian countries, such as Indonesia and India, is also on the increase. More than 20 million tonnes are consumed each year in Indonesia, where growth rates have been 70 percent. In India, consumption of corn-based cereals expected to grow at a CAGR of 18 percent by 2020. Global population growth and growing demand for gluten-free diets are likely to support these upward trends in many regions.

Hundreds of varieties of corn are grown in different regions of the world. It thrives wherever there are warm and humid conditions. The most important corn varieties are Plata Maize, grown especially in Argentina with round, hard and smaller grains, Yellow Corn, grown mainly in USA and Europe with yellow, semi/hard large grains and White Maize, grown mainly in southern Africa with white, hard and large grains.

As the market for this diverse grain grows, there is an increased need for a quality monitoring system that can accurately and quickly detect changes in its various characteristic.

Corn products have different measurable attributes depending on the variety and final use. For example, the fat content of corn is approximately three-to-four percent, Corn Flaking Grits is <1 percent compared to >20 percent in Germ Flour. The particle size of Brewers Grits ranges between 1,200 and 300µm; whereas in Maize Meal it is with less than 355µm. As a result, entirely different production flows are designed with the finished product in mind. In contrast to wheat processing, the corn milling process diagrams vary much more depending on the country or region.

Multiple measuring points

The NIR Multi Online Analyser (MYRG) meets all these challenges. In response to varying requirements for different end products different measuring points for Online NIR can be set. For corn flour, NIR measurement sensors are placed after cooling, monitoring moisture, contents of crude fat, crude fibre, polar starch and protein.

The sensors can be placed at various points in the corn mill. For raw material, sensors are positioned after pre-cleaning, to measure moisture, contents of crude fat and fibre, polar starch and protein, and thus ensure optimal storage control and overall quality control. At the other end of the process, the sensors measure the parameters of the finished product like flaking grits or maize flour as it arrives in the hopper scale. The direct online control in the mill allows for immediate correction of settings in the process should parameters differ from specifications.

Bühler’s newest generation of NIR spectrometers have been proven to achieve a remarkable level of accuracy. Comparison of the Standard Error of Prediction values (SEPs) achieved by the NIR spectrometers with those from lab methods demonstrate that the system performs well in continuous production.

Summary

With its application in corn processing this industry too is set to benefit from the many advantages of a proven Online NIR system designed to respond to its specific requirements – reliably, accurately and cost-effectively.

Starch Damage Analysing Equipment

September 13th, 2020 – Erkaya Instruments continues to provide cutting-edge technology for the milling sector. The company has recently launched their SD-Analyser, one of the few companies in the sector to offer this innovative service.

Erkaya’s SD-Analyser is ideal for analysing startch damage in flour. The device provides simple, fast and reliable results with samples as small as 1g and provides results in less than 10 minutes. The solution works through iodine absorbtion in a diluted flour suspension. The more starch damage that is present, the faster the iodine is absorbed.

Starch damage is a useful tool for checking the conditions of the rolls, adjusting water absorption and dough stickiness as well as optimising the volume, colour and shelf life of the final product. Erkaya has been proudly manufacturing high-quality products such as gluten washers, falling numbers, laboratory mills , grain samplers and more.

Ocrim’s Cylinder Separator Unit

September 13th, 202 – Ocrim’s CSA is a compact, sturdy solution that results in improved throughput and accurate separation of round and long grain. CSA is available in multiple formats featuring two, three or four indent cylinders constructed out of special steel. Each cylinder is fitted with cast-iron supports encasing both cylinder ends, an internal screw trough and a cover split in two lengthwise sections for quick replacement and easy maintenance.

Accurate separating operations can be carried out for round grain, long grain and the recovery of small and broken wheat grains. The indent cylinders come in diameters of 400, 600 and 700mm each and lengths of 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000mm for output ranging from 2-15 tonnes-per-hour.

Goudsmit Magnetics’ Easy cleanflow magnet

September 13th, 2020 – Solea Belgium N.V., a Dupont company, recently introduced a new type of magnetic separator in their powder line; the Easy cleanflow magnet from Goudsmit Magnetics of Waalre (NL). This magnet checks soya powder for metal contaminants, such as stainless-steel wear particles. The metal particles get into the product as a result of friction at the dryer drum and are absolutely undesirable. Solea’s design requirements for the magnetic separator were that no operator would be required, and that cleaning of the unit could be performed safely and efficiently. The unit also had to be dust-tight, food-proof and fitted with food-safe EC1935 seals. The magnetic separator placed under the vibrating sieve meets all the requirements and removes minuscule metal particles and weakly magnetic stainless-steel particles as small as 30μm from powders.

Solae is a food producer and, among other things, they process a residue of soya powder into an ingredient for the animal feed industry. The residue contains minuscule metal particles approximately 30μm in size and stainless steel wear particles, which the Easy cleanflow magnet removes. Grade 316 stainless steel, in particular, is difficult to extract. This magnet is suitable for large production flows, and its distinguishing characteristic is the very high magnetic flux density of over 12,000 gauss at the contact surface of the bars. The presence of a deflector ensures that the product comes into direct contact with the bars, and the magnet captures no less than 60 percent of the difficult-to-filter grade 316 stainless steel particles. The magnet has a deep magnetic field and is dust-tight to an overpressure of 0.5 bar. It has a simple electric/pneumatic control for user-friendly cleaning.

Found in most food processing companies, magnetic separators are important filters for very fine metal separation. They even capture metal particles that a metal detector would miss. Magnetic separators, such as the Easy cleanflow magnet, ensure optimum quality of the end product. They also prevent product recalls and costly damage claims, as well as – in some cases – machine crashes.

Register now for the 10th session of the Online Milling School

September 11th, 2020 – The Online Milling School has attracted great attention since its inception, as it enables participation from the industry worldwide. The course provides the opportunity for attendees to directly communicate with the people who have spent years in the sector.

The Online Milling School (OMS) is held in cooperation between Milling and Grain and Progressus Agrischools, taking place every Wednesday at 14:00 (GMT+7). Founded in 1891, as it is its mission since it started, Milling and Grain has been working to help industry stakeholders improve themselves in the light of scientific data and to solve their current problems, the OMS aims to achieve this.

On Wednesday September 9 the 9th session of the Online Milling School took place, it was focused on, ‘Quality Assurance and Quality Control’. In this session, standards of quality assurance and quality control procedures that ensure standard product quality and safety were reviewed. The importance and usability of test equipment, recent developments in laboratory equipment and laboratory procedures that support the standard delivery of quality feed were emphasised; and traceability, product recall procedures, and blockchain requirements were outlined.

Session 10, which will take place Wednesday September 16 is focused on ‘Feed Mill Management’. The session highlights the necessary management skills required, together with some of the tools available to deliver cost savings such as challenging key performance indicators, energy utilisation, overall equipment effectiveness and effective preventative maintenance.

The Online Milling School is nearing the end of its first Course which ends on September 30, 2020. The 12-week course will roll-over and repeat for the following 12 weeks in the run-up to Christmas at the end of the year. To accommodate the 12 Session in that last week, we are moving the end course from our standard Wednesday to Monday December 21, 2020 at the same time.

We will also be running a re-broadcast of the 12 Sessions (in the same week) on a Friday at 10:00 to reach North, Central and South America during their working day. Again the last Session of the Course will be held on Tuesday December 22, 2020 at 10:00 to accommodate the Christmas holiday period. 

Attend all 12 Sessions and gain a Certificate of Attainment!

For more information and to register visit the Online Milling School website, HERE.

Adisseo announces acquisition of FRAmelco Group

September 9th, 2020 – Adisseo has recently announced the signature of an agreement to acquire FRAmelco Group, a Dutch feed additive company (meaning FRAnklin Group BV and its wholly owned subsidiaries – hereafter ‘FRAmelco’). This transaction is part of Adisseo’s strategy to boost Specialties growth to become one of the worldwide leaders of specialty feed ingredients in animal nutrition.

FRAmelco Group, a family owned multinational group headquartered in The Netherlands, operates 3 plants located in The Netherlands, Spain and Thailand. The business generates gross sales of about €30 million per year.

Most of FRAmelco sales are made of Glycerides (short and medium chain fatty acids) to maintain animal in good health and to improve animal performance and Lysolecithins to improve feed digestibility.

FRAmelco’s industrial footprint, its product range, its technologies, the species addressed, and its target markets are highly complementary to Adisseo’s. It will allow the combined business to implement integrated solutions and offer even more value to customers who want to reduce antibiotic usage and enhance animal resilience.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jean-Marc Dublanc, CEO of Adisseo, said, ‘Today we take another step forward in implementing our growth strategy on Specialties. We look forward to welcoming the FRAmelco management and employees with their great knowledge and expertise. The acquisition of FRAmelco is bringing products, solutions and know-hows to better address our customers’ current and future needs. Together, we will set up an efficient organisation which will allow us to strengthen our global product portfolio’s competitiveness. We will become the leader in short and medium chain fatty acids, a promising technology which fits perfectly with our vision of contributing to healthier animals through nutrition. We will also mutually benefit from respective strengths and global commercial coverage to better serve customers and capture market growth.’

Lars Snijders, CEO of FRAmelco added, ‘We are excited to become part of Adisseo because both companies are driven by the same ambition – to deliver the most innovative and sustainable feed solutions to customers. We are proud of what we have achieved in recent years, bringing solutions and value to our clients through our Glycerides and Lysolecithins technologies. By combining our strengths with those of Adisseo, we can jointly accelerate success.’

Visit the Adisseo website, HERE.
Visit the FRAmelco website, HERE.

AB Vista appoints new Managing Director

September 7th, 2020 – AB Vista has recently appointed Juan Ignacio Fernandez as Managing Director, replacing Richard Cooper who has retired after 16 years in the role.

Mr Cooper has been synonymous with the AB Vista brand since its launch in 2005 and has taken the company from a start-up, to becoming a highly respected global player with top three market share positions in its core segments.

During his tenure, the AB Vista’s product and services portfolio has grown to span poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. In addition, Mr Cooper oversaw the introduction of the Quantum Blue superdosing concept, which is widely credited for bringing about a step change in Phytase use, where improved Feed Conversion efficiency became as important as Phytate release.

Mr Fernandez, the former Sales Director for the EMEA region, will take over the Managing Director role from 1st September.  He is an Agriculture Engineer by training with animal production specialisation and holds an MBA along with various qualifications in animal nutrition. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having worked for different feed additives companies before joining AB Vista in 2015.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Fernandez said, ‘I’m delighted to have taken up the position and while Richard will be a tough act to follow, it has been immensely beneficial to have had the opportunity to work so closely with him over the past three years. The industry is not without its challenges, particularly in current times. However, AB Vista has consistently demonstrated its ability to bring scientific advancements to the animal nutrition industry with products such as Quantum Blue and more recently Signis. I will be looking to continue to build upon the company’s success in feed enzymes, applying the strengths of AB Vista to the wider feed additive market. We have a very strong team here at AB Vista with diverse knowledge, skills, experiences and backgrounds. I’m confident the passion and tenacity of our team will lead us to continued success in the coming years.’

José Nobre, Chief Executive Officer, for the parent company AB Agri, said, ‘We offer our thanks and congratulations to Richard for all he has achieved during his time with AB Vista and wish him a long and happy retirement. Richard can leave our family knowing it will be in very safe hands. Juan Ignacio has been a valued member of our Leadership Team for some time and his appointment is a very positive move for our business. I am very excited about the future as we continue to provide exceptional service for our customers.’

Visit the AB Vista website, HERE.

The milling industry has lost another value

September 5th, 2020 – Mr. Mehmet Karakuş, who worked as the General Manager and Board Member of İttifak Holding – Selva Gıda Turkey for more than 20 years, passed away after the coronavirus struggle he continued.

We wish God’s mercy on Mr. Mehmet Karakuş, who passed away at a young age, and patience, especially to his family, his colleagues and all his loved ones.

Henry Simon’s HSRM roller mill receives German Design Award for design

GEAPS Exchange postponed

Mühlenchemie appointed new Global Head of Business Unit

Hamlet Protein presents at USSEC virtual event

Changings at Leiber GmbH Animal Nutrition’s Management

Myande Scholarship Foundation provides opportunities for over 500 children

Myande Scholarship Foundation provides opportunities for over 500 children

IAOM MEA Virtual Milling Forum 2020 just one month away

IAOM MEA Virtual Milling Forum 2020 just one month away

IDMA and VICTAM EMEA postponed to May 27-29, 2021

IDMA and VICTAM EMEA postponed to May 27-29, 2021

Evonik launches its own GAA product GuanAMINO®

Evonik launches its own GAA product GuanAMINO®

Alapala’s Control Mono Sifter (RKEM)

Alapala’s Control Mono Sifter (RKEM)

Resistograph 500 / Bastak Instruments

Resistograph 500 / Bastak Instruments

Profitability with Bühler’s proven technology in corn processing

Profitability with Bühler’s proven technology in corn processing

Starch Damage Analysing Equipment

Starch Damage Analysing Equipment

Ocrim’s Cylinder Separator Unit

Ocrim’s Cylinder Separator Unit

Goudsmit Magnetics’ Easy cleanflow magnet

Goudsmit Magnetics’ Easy cleanflow magnet

Register now for the 10th session of the Online Milling School

Register now for the 10th session of the Online Milling School

Adisseo announces acquisition of FRAmelco Group

Adisseo announces acquisition of FRAmelco Group

AB Vista appoints new Managing Director

AB Vista appoints new Managing Director

The milling industry has lost another value

The milling industry has lost another value

Insect-based animal feed could help UK reach net zero

Insect-based animal feed could help UK reach net zero

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Insect-based animal feed could help UK reach net zero

September, 5th 2020 – According to a recent article from the University of Exeter, Insect-based feeds for farmed animals could help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target.

Emissions from agriculture are among the issues that must be tackled if the UK is to reach its 2050 target, and insect-based feeds offer a promising method to feed animals in a sustainable, low-carbon way.

A project led by Entec Nutrition, set up by two University of Exeter scientists, has won a £250,000 ($334,000 USD) grant from the Innovate UK’s “transforming food production” scheme to explore the science behind insect-based feeds.

The team, which includes food research organisation Campden BRI, will work on efficient insect production for the poultry and aquaculture (fish farming) industries.

‘We are thrilled to have won this Innovate UK grant with our research partners,’ said Dr Olivia Champion, who co-founded Entec Nutrition with University of Exeter colleague Professor Richard Titball. ‘It’s really exciting for Entec Nutrition to form part of the UK’s clean innovation solutions to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The funding will allow us to explore methods for low-energy production of insects to lower the cost of production and the environmental impact of the feed industry.’

As population levels rise, it is expected that fish and poultry consumption will increase, generating a greater demand for animal feedstocks, and therefore animal-feed ingredients.

The global feed industry is energy-intensive, reliant on international imports, at risk of commodity price hikes, and associated with deforestation.

The UK therefore needs to increase feed production resilience to move fish and poultry production towards a sustainable and productive future.

For more information visit the Entec Nutrition website, HERE.