August 26, 2016

26/08/2016: Chris Smith promoted to Vice President of Engineering, Sweet Manufacturing Company

Sweet Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce that Chris Smith, Professional Engineer (P.E.), has been promoted to Vice President - Engineering.  

Chris joined Sweet in October 2014 as the Engineering Manager. Chris is an accomplished and results driven Mechanical Engineer with multiple years of experience in global operations. Chris will become a member of the company’s leadership team and a company officer.

  
Chris Smith
In his new capacity, Chris will lead and coach the company’s engineering team members, new product development and equipment design, and ensure best practices are in place for safety, quality and productivity of engineering activities that will meet or exceed customer expectations and company performance goals.

He will also work closely with both internal and external customers to provide appropriate equipment and project design and layout recommendations that will satisfy customer material handling requirements.

Chris obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University.  Chris also has a Professional Engineer (P.E.) Certification from the State of Ohio. His P.E. certification reinforces his professional achievement and experience within the engineering field and is a mark of high quality standards and workmanship. Additionally, Chris brings proficiency in SolidWorks, RISA3D, MATLAB and FEA. 

Chris has a broad background in engineering having previously served as a Senior Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer and Engineering Manager. In addition to his Material Handling Equipment experience at Sweet, he has previous experience with an industry leader in the design and manufacture of suspended access systems for the industrial/commercial construction market.

Alicia Sweet Hupp, company President & CEO remarked about Chris’s promotion, “I look forward to Chris joining our corporate management team and am confident that he will continue to add value to our company and customers through his talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.”

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26/08/2016: Van Aarsen introduces new feeding device for its GD hammer mill to minimise explosion risk

Innovative ATEX-certified grinding installation Employees, production equipment, and buildings are valuable assets.

By minimising the required maintenance and maximising the service life of expensive grinding installations, it’s also possible to ensure that they are much more cost-effective. In order to further minimise explosion risk, VanAarsen has introduced an innovative feeding device with an integrated heavy parts separator (also known as a “stone catcher”) for its GD hammer mill. The GD hammer mill with feeding device from Van Aarsen is also ATEX-certified.

Innovative feeding device with integrated heavy parts separator

When dust comes into contact with an ignition source, such as sparks, in an oxygen rich environment, there is a risk of explosion, and that is exactly what happens when the grinding process for grains and organic materials is started or stopped in a hammer mill. Van Aarsen develops and manufactures machines for the production of compound feeds and premixes for the animal feed industry.

It is also a leader in developing new techniques for minimising explosion risk without compromising the efficiency and quality of the grinding process. As such, Van Aarsen has now introduced an innovative feeding device with an integrated heavy parts separator for metal objects, stones, and other heavy objects.
  
GD hammer mill

The heavy parts separator detects such objects and removes them to prevent them from being fed into the hammer mill and causing sparks. Van Aarsen has optimised its heavy parts separator by automating the removal of metal objects and stones and by the combination of this removal with the screen exchange process. By ensuring that the automated removal of heavy objects and the exchange of the screens take place at the same time, the downtime of the hammer mill is reduced and its capacity is increased.

In order to provide a controlled release of pressure in case of an explosion, van Aarsen has also fitted the bin beneath the hammer mill with a pressure relief valve. This feature ensures that the hammer mill also complies with the specific ATEX standards that apply in Germany for hammer mills.

Maximising the service life of screens and reducing maintenance and downtime

The new feeding device has a compact design and can easily be integrated into the GD hammer mill and the automated screen exchanger. Besides minimising the risk of explosion, Van Aarsen’s new feeding device with integrated heavy parts separator also prevents damage to the screens.

This greatly increases the service life of the screens and significantly reduces machine downtime and maintenance. The GD hammer mill from Van Aarsen is ATEX-certified and therefore complies with the strict European guidelines for the prevention of explosions.

Van Aarsen also offers a range of other options for further minimising the explosion risk associated with the grinding process, including temperature monitoring and spark detection.



More information
At the EuroTier in Hannover, Van Aarsen will be showcasing its new feeding device with integrated heavy parts separator for the GD hammer mill aimed at further minimising the risk of explosion.

Read more HERE.
 

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Milltec Machinery company profile



Milltec Machinery Pvt Ltd is the leading technology provider offering end to end solution for rice milling, pulses processing, Maize (corn) milling and Roller flour milling plants. Milltec also provides grain storage and handling technology to the customers apart from colour sorting and packaging solutions.


Milltec offers customised project solutions from concept stage to production stage, keeping the costs at optimal levels and assured delivery on time. The state of the art manufacturing facility, innovative R&D team, quick deliveries and excellent after sales service have helps us become the market leader.

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26/08/2016: Animal food industry requests FDA amend part 11 compliance for VFDs

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the NationalGrain and Feed Association today urged the US Food and Drug Administration to remove the unnecessary regulatory burden that records required as part of the agency's revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) program be maintained in accordance with the agency's onerous Part 11, Electronic Records; Electronic Signatures requirements. 

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FDA's VFD program serves as a major component of the agency's overall strategy to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in feed for food-producing animals. The VFD program requires the use of these drugs be under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. 

The program also requires numerous records to be established and maintained by veterinarians, feed distributors and animal producers. In a citizen petition, AFIA and NGFA requested that FDA revise Part 11 in a manner consistent with other recent agency decisions, in which the agency has determined that records do not need to be Part 11-compliant.

"With FDA's recent decision to exempt from Part 11 compliance on all documents related to the Food Safety Modernisation Act for current good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and preventive controls for animal and human food, it only makes common sense FDA do the same for VFDs," explained Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of public policy and education.

The majority of feed mills that receive VFDs do not have the resources needed to implement and maintain computer systems in compliance with Part 11. "In 1997, the cost of developing a computerised electronic records and signature system in full compliance with Part 11 was about $150,000 per facility.

With inflation, that cost is roughly $225,000 today," said Dave Fairfield, NGFA senior vice president of feed services. AFIA and NGFA said an exemption from the Part 11 requirements also would also benefit FDA by enabling industry to provide documents to FDA for review in a more efficient and timely electronic format for facility inspections.

FDA has 180 days to respond to AFIA and NGFA's request, but given the Jan. 1 implementation of the VFD requirements, the two organisations urged the agency to make the change prior to that date.

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August 25, 2016

25/08/2016: Experts in IoT and food processing join forces - Research cooperation between Bosch and Bühler

Bühler and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions agreed to expand their existing successful collaboration for increased innovation and market launches, further leveraging the opportunities of the Internet of Things. New products are expected for 2017.
 

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and Bühler, two experts in the areas of the Internet of Things and food process technology, are joining forces. The companies have decided to expand their research and development partnership. Contractual proceedings to form a commercial partnership were completed on August 22, 2016 at the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days.

The cooperation provides great opportunities to leverage Bosch know-how in electronics, sensor technology, and software around the Internet of Things for the food processing industry. The two companies successfully cooperated in a two-year research project to integrate cutting-edge Bosch MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) sensors into food production technology.

The results are very promising: Individual rolls in rotating machines can now be equipped with wireless sensors to measure in real time temperature and vibration during the production process. This allows monitoring and optimization of the end product through better alignment of the rolls. Operators also benefit from predictive maintenance services, reducing down-time and operating costs. First applications from this intensified cooperation will be launched in 2017.

“Following our successful R&D partnership, we are pleased to take the next step to form a commercial partnership. We are excited to utilise this partnership to create process solutions and services that improve yield and performance at reduced operating costs for our customers,” stated Johannes Wick, CEO Grains & Food at Bühler.

“During the last two years Bühler and Bosch have established a good relationship and met the demanding requirements with first selected applications in grain milling.”

“We are excited to continue and extend our partnership with Bühler, a major industry specialist and leading company in the field of food processing technologies,” said Thorsten Müller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions.

”At Bosch, we combine experience gained from our own manufacturing activities in more than 250 plants with our expertise as a leading provider of electronics, sensors and software for industrial IoT solutions. We are not only optimizing our own worldwide manufacturing base, we are also actively seeking to work with partners like Bühler to build a value creation network beyond company boundaries and turn Industry 4.0 into reality.”

About Bühler
Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for food and mobility. With our industrial process technologies and solutions, we contribute significantly to feeding the world’s population, setting the focus on food security and safety. Global producers and processors of wheat, maize (corn), rice, pasta, chocolate, and breakfast cereals rely heavily on us.

Furthermore, Bülher is a leading solution provider of die casting and surface coating technologies, with a focus on automotive and optics. As a leading technology group, Bühler invests up to five percent of its turnover every year in Research & Development. In 2015, its roughly 10,800 employees in over 140 countries generated a turnover of CHF 2.4 billion. The global Swiss family-owned company Bühler feels particularly committed to sustainability.

About Bosch
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH was founded in 2013 and is a fully owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. The company was set up to design, develop and market innovative connected devices and tailor-made solutions for the Internet of Things. Our competency in electronics, sensor technology and software enable new business models for global markets. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany. In 2015 Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions opened offices in Chicago, USA and Shanghai, China, in 2016 a sales office in Singapore was opened.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Contact Bühler:
Burkhard Böndel, Head of Corporate Communications, Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 955 33 99
Mobile: +41 79 515 91 57
E-mail: media@buhlergroup.com

or

Samuel Eckstein, Head of Internal & External Communications, Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 71 955 29 36
Mobile: +41 79 517 52 46
E-mail: media@buhlergroup.com

Contact Bosch:
Doris Frisch, Head of Corporate Communications, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, 72760 Reutlingen
Phone: +49 711 811-3650069
Mobile: +49 152 01885910

Read more HERE.
 

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25/08/2016: Solid start to new season exports at Great Yarmouth

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After loading the landmark one millionth tonne of grain last campaign, the Gleadell Terminal in the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth has made a solid start to the new harvest with 35,000t of farmers’ grain already loaded and shipped across Europe. 

This has helped local growers reach overseas market and the momentum is continuing, with Gleadell this week loading 27,500t of feed wheat on the “MV Miedwie”, destined for Spain. France in particular, but also other EU countries, has suffered from poor yields this season as cool, wet weather has impacted on yields and undermined quality.


Whilst the UK has seen wheat yields fall back to the five-year average, the quality so far is good and this should provide export opportunities this campaign. UK farmers planted 34 percent of the wheat area with Group 1 and Group 2 varieties this season, producing a surplus of quality wheat, which could go to market outlets opened up by the disastrous harvest in France.

France traditionally sells a significant volume of different milling grades to North Africa, but this year buyers will be forced to look at alternative origins, one of which will be the UK. Paul Dowson, Gleadell’s East Anglian wheat trader said: “We are seeing overseas interest and are hopeful that the port will enjoy another busy season loading all grades of grains and oilseeds, providing marketing opportunities for local farmers.”


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25/08/2016: Grain buyers from Middle East, North Africa to join Export Exchange 2016 trade teams

The US Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce companies from the Middle East and North Africa with representatives planning to join trade teams traveling to Export Exchange 2016.

Export Exchange is a forum for education and trade of US feed grains that will host nearly 200 international buyers and end-users from more than 33 countries organised into 19 USGC trade teams. The biennial conference, scheduled for Oct 24 - 26 in Detroit, Michigan, is sponsored by USGC and the Renewable FuelsAssociation (RFA).


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The Middle East and North Africa are two regions with rapidly expanding markets and interests in corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of ethanol production. 

Countries with representation at Export Exchange 2016 will include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey. 

“This premier event brings together key feed grain importers from around the world in one forum to meet with members of the US grains industry right as the 2016 grain harvest is coming to a close,” said Lyndsey Erb, USGC director of industry relations.

“We are excited to host our global customers at the Export Exchange conference, including those on the five trade teams with buyers from the Middle East and North Africa.”

The Council’s ongoing work in the Middle East and North Africa reflects a burgeoning interest in corn and its co-products. Programs in the regions are focused on market development and demand building for feed grains, specifically for dairy and poultry, and targeted marketing for corn, DDGS and sorghum.

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Export Exchange allows attendees to do business and form relationships with buyers in person and in one location. These two factors make the event a highly successful contributor to feed grain sales, with 2014 Export Exchange participants reporting sales of more than $900 million during the conference.

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