July 26, 2017

26/07/2017: BIOMIN submits EU dossier for Digestarom® DC as zootechnical feed additive in piglets

Following the launch of the innovative phytogenic feed additive at VIV Asia in March, BIOMIN continues the global rollout by applying for zootechnical status in the EU

Following a successful start to a global launch, BIOMIN submitted a dossier for the EU authorisation of Digestarom® DC, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), for zootechnical status based on its ability to improve the performance parameters of weaned piglets. 

Michael Noonan
Image credit: BIOMIN
Focus on piglets

For piglets, achieving high feed intake early on is crucial. “Phytogenics can be particularly relevant for young animals to reduce gut disorders, counter weaning stress, encourage milk and feed intake and boost immunity—all of which can help set them on the path to the most productive future possible,” explained Michael Noonan, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.

Multiple trials
The EU dossier, submitted for evaluation in May, includes three efficacy trials and one tolerance trial with weaned piglets that were conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and the safety of Digestarom® DC. “The trials conducted with Digestarom® DC have shown better growth performance, greater weight gain and improved feed efficiency in piglets,” stated Mr Noonan. “Particularly in the context of profitability, competitiveness and as a tool in antibiotic reduction, PFAs have a clear role to play in supporting swine producers by promoting gut health and performance,” he added.

Innovative Biomin® Duplex Capsule
Digestarom® DC incorporates a unique encapsulation technology that ensures continuous delivery of active phytogenic compounds throughout the digestive process, demonstrates stability under common pelleting conditions and offers easier handling. The Biomin® Duplex Capsule also supports the triple action formulation of Digestarom® DC, which consists of three modules: 1) appetising and endogenous secretions, 2) gut microbiota modulation, and 3) gut protection. 

Image credit: BIOMIN
Market leadership
The submission of Digestarom® DC for zootechnical authorisation marks the latest milestone in ongoing activities around phytogenics at BIOMIN. “This fits neatly with our efforts to focus on phytogenics, deepen the industry and scientific understanding, commit further resources and deliver novel developments in a longstanding product line with a proven track record,” said Mr Noonan. In 2016, BIOMIN announced its ambition to become PFA market leader by 2020.

Next steps

The dossier for zootechnical registration has been submitted for scientific review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). “We have worked diligently to fully comply with the necessary requirements, and look forward to the outcome,” commented Mr Noonan.

Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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July 25, 2017

26/07/2017: Poeth announces the energy efficient and low maintenance, AirConveyor, for transporting powders and granulates

Poeth has designed its new AirConveyor specifically for companies that want to transport powders, pellets and granulates cost-effectively and efficiently
This innovative system offers companies 75 percent less maintenance costs after approx. three years operating time and consumes 40 percent less energy.
The air-supported conveying system from Poeth is suitable for damage-free transportation of bulk goods over short or extremely long distances. The AirConveyor generates low noise emissions and is dust-tight. As a result, the new conveying system from Poeth also has a minimum impact on the environment.
Image credit: Poeth Solids Processing

Powerful air cushion supports the conveyor belt without the need for rollers
Poeth has developed a new and efficient generation conveying systems where the conveyor belt floats on a cushion of air. Poeth's AirConveyor features a perforated channel and compact, specially designed fans.

By providing a constant supply of exactly the right quantity of air, Poeth has succeeded in creating a powerful air cushion directly under the conveyor belt in its new conveying system. This powerful air cushion makes it possible to raise the conveyor belt, along with the bulk goods it carries, and keep it airborne based on the same principle as that used by a hovercraft.

Only one conveyor roller, located in the drive, tensioning and belt return station, is needed to set the conveyor belt in motion. Poeth's new AirConveyor eliminates 95 percent of all moving parts in comparison to traditional belt conveyor systems. As a result, Poeth's AirConveyor generates far less friction.

This makes the air-supported conveying system 40 percent more energy-efficient and significantly reduces noise emissions (<80dbA). Fewer moving parts result in much less maintenance and negligible conveyor belt wear.

Fewer rotating parts also provide less heat and less risk of exposures. The AirConveyor is suitable for extreme circumstances and difficult to reach places. This also makes the new AirConveyor extremely reliable and cost-efficient.

Homogeneous, damage-free conveying over long distances
zThe new belt conveyor from Poeth is suitable for transporting raw materials in the feed, food, chemical and bulk industries. The AirConveyor is used to transport a wide variety of products such as salt, sugar, cereals, seeds, animal feed, biomass, coal, ore, sand and gravel. The advantage of belt conveyors is that they transport products without agitating them.

Consequently, the new AirConveyor from Poeth is ideally suitable for conveying fragile, explosive and sticky raw materials without risking separation. The new AirConveyor is capable of high-capacity transportation (3 m3/hour – 2000 m3/hour), both horizontally and vertically.

Poeth offers its AirConveyor as an enclosed, dust-tight system for both indoor and outdoor application. The AirConveyor is also available according ATEX and Food Grade guidelines (FDA, EC 1935/2004 and 3.1B material certificates). 

Visit the Poeth Solids Processing website, HERE.

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26/07/2017: Measuring up the options for grain, flour and starch: Solids flow meter or mass flow feeder?

by Christopher D. Lewis, Eastern Instruments, USA

In every industry, including the milling and grain industry, there are locations where a process can benefit from some sort of control, an optimisation or fine-tuning that will adjust the function of the process just enough to make it more efficient, more cost effective and more reliable

The CentriFlow® Meter from Eastern Instruments is a gravimetric style meter which gives a true measurement of the mass flow of product when forced around the curved measurement pan.  
Image credit: Eastern Instruments USA

Often, this control can come in the form of a flow measurement or control system. Ideally, this flow measurement/control system would include a measurement of the input and output of each micro process in order to understand, for instance, the optimal input for a mill, the best ratio for mixing ingredients and ultimately, the best way of maximising output while minimising cost over the entire macro process.

When determining the correct flow measurement/control system for your process, it is prudent to keep in mind exactly what you are looking to accomplish because that will help determine whether you are really looking for a flow meter to measure the flow of your grains, flours or starches, or whether you are actually looking for a flow control device that will control the flow of your product. When, then, should you measure flow and when should you control it?

Solids flow measurement

Flow Measurement offers you a window into your process. A proper flow measurement, for example, will allow you to see how much ‘dirty’ grain you are receiving and how much flour or milled grain you are able to produce from it. You will be able to see how well optimised your dryer is working or how efficiently your mill is performing.

Often, flow measurement devices are used to measure incoming ‘dirty’ grains during ‘load-in’ as a way to verify the weight of product coming in from railcars or trucks. Product is typically just being unloaded at this point so control of the flow is not necessary.

In fact, a mass flow feeder may actually slow the process by limiting the flow at which the truck/railcar is being unloaded, thus making the process even more inefficient. In other locations, flow measurement devices can be used in order to verify the proper function of particular pieces of equipment.

In many instances, stoners, rolling mills or separators work most efficiently at a particular flow rate. Flow meters can be used at the intake of these devices to ensure the consistent flow rate of material into them. At the same time, flow meters are used at the discharge of these devices to verify the output of them.

This is particularly useful when talking about equipment such as dryers that will change the physical properties of the product that is run through them. As grains move through the drying process, moisture is removed and the result is a loss of mass.

A good way of ensuring that the dryer is working as efficiently and consistently as possible is to measure the product both entering and exiting the dryer to ensure that the moisture loss (and thus, the drying process) is consistent over time.

If the comparison of the intake flow versus the exit flow from the dryer is inconsistent, that may be a signal that the dryer is working incorrectly or that there is a problem with the process. Whether milling grains into flour, cleaning seeds, or making feed pellets from raw grains, measuring your finished product is just as important as measuring your incoming product at the beginning of the process.

Measuring your finished product allows you to know exactly how much product your system is producing which is important in its own right. By measuring the incoming product and the finished product in conjunction, however, you get the added benefit of being able to compare the two measurements so that you can gauge how efficiently your entire process is running. You can also watch for changes that may signal process concerns such as breakages in equipment or wear issues.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Eastern Instruments website, HERE.

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Extru-Tech Inc company profile

Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products. 

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.

Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems.

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes

Visit the website HERE.

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25/07/2017: FEFAC publishes annual report 2016/2017

FEFAC Logo - Image courtesy of FEFAC
 FEFAC, representing the EU compound feed and premix industry, has published its Annual Report 2016-2017. 

 The 2016-2017 period marks the last year of the presidency Ruud Tijssens, who in the foreword describes his term as the point where the European feed industry manifested itself as part of the solution to take societal challenges with the publication of the 2030 Feed Industry Vision. 

 In a second foreword, newly elected FEFAC President Nick Major places a focus on ensuring viable farm incomes through the common Agricultural Policy as a precondition to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

 The Annual Report 2016-2017 provides an overview of FEFAC action and positioning on the most pertinent topics relevant to the European feed industry in the last year. This includes the role of animal nutrition in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the launch of a feed safety benchmarking project, the circular economy function of the feed industry to reduce food waste and the progress of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines to eliminate illegal deforestation from the soy supply chain. The middle section contains a comprehensive selection of 2016 statistics related to compound feed manufacturing. 

Visit the FEFAC website here. 

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July 24, 2017

25/07/2017: ILDEX Indonesia kick-off and gathering 2017

As an organiser of ILDEX Indonesia 2017, PT. Permata Kreasi Media along with VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, Co., Ltd. held an ILDEX Indonesia Kick-Off and Gathering 2017, as well as discussions with “Enhancing the Competitiveness of Animal Protein In the Hyper-Competition Era” as a main theme, at the Ibis Hotel, Jakarta on the 18th July

 The Kick-Off is carried out in order of ILDEX Indonesia 2017, which will be held in October 18th-20th, 2017 at Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta. Participants of the Kick-Off are stakeholders in livestock, consisting of government, associations, business actors, and farmers.
Group photo of all delegates
Image credit: VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific

Dr Ir. Arief Daryanto and Dr Erwidodo came as the speakers and moderated by Prof. Dr Ir. Muladno, MSA. Director of PT. Permata Kreasi Media, Fitri Nursanti Poernomo, said that ILDEX Indonesia 2017 is held by  various parties. The third exhibition of ILDEX Indonesia is expected to improve the quality of livestock industry in Indonesia. Meanwhile Nino Gruettke, Managing Director of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, Co., Ltd. said that Asian countries that have rapid economic growth and monitored by global investors are Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and upon thosse countries there is Indonesia. “That’s why we put our focus specifically in this country,” he explained.

Nino said that in addition to more international (this exhibition is followed by 250 leading companies from 27 countries plus pavilion from China and South Korea.), it will also feature three industrial zones, covering feeding and animal health; feed milling and agricultural equipment; and genetic, breeding, and processing.

“The number of exhibitors has increased by 22 percent from the previous edition and now 80 percent of booths are sold out. At this moment of ILDEX, several companies increased their exhibition area by 50 percent, as well as many new companies. Our target is to have 8,000 visitors present at this exhibition,” Nino said.

 He explained that there are many benefits to be gained for the participants as well as visitors in this edition of ILDEX. This exhibition is not only offering the latest livestock innovations for the upstream to the downstream sector, but ILDEX Indonesia 2017 also is a very potential in terms of business. “Many international companies are joining, both new and those who have participated in the last edition,” he said.

Director General of Livestock and Animal Heatlh, I Ketut Diarmita, represented by Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rasa, said in his welcome speech that he is glad to see ILDEX Indonesia 2017. Livestock sub-sectors still plays an important role for the development process in Indonesia, especially in rural areas. “Livestock contributes 1.62 percent to the national gross domestic product in 2016. In addition, the livestock sub-sector role in providing animal food consumption tends to increase,” he said.

Juan Permata Adoe, the Deputy Chairman of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Strategic Food Industry Sector, mentioned that increasing the productivity of farmers by 60 percent, will meet the domestic demand. Thus, it is very important to find solutions that can benefit all stakeholders.

“If domestic demand is met, Indonesia has a great potential to become a net exporter of agricultural products, supplying more than 130 million tons to global market. Therefore, the government needs to implement synergistic policies in order to generate sustainable growth and profitable income for all sectors, covering farmers, private sector, and government,” he explained.

Arief Daryanto, Economic Expert of the Livestock Industry from Business School of Bogor Agricultural University, there are six things that became the key to success in competing in the livestock sector. First, the existence of an appropriate climate that makes the cost of cage management becomes cheaper. Second, low labour cost. Third, the strong support of corn and local soybean production is abundant. Fourth, the existence of contract farming between core companies and plasma farmers (can use cooperative schemes). Fifth, the existence of large companies with good management, modern equipment, innovative and market driven (market driven), and sixth, the existence of a conducive investment climate.

Visit the VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific website, HERE.

Visit the ILDEX Indonesia event website, HERE.

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25/07/2017: GEAPS/K-State HOT program registration now open

Program offers maintenance training on grain conveying equipment

Registration is now open for the all-new Hands-On Training (HOT) Program from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State).

The innovative two-and-a-half day training program has participants working in small groups to repair common grain conveying equipment.

Registration is now available on HOT program website, HERE.

The program takes place at Kansas State University in the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

Participants will be required to complete three hour-long online sessions on safety, lubrication and preventative maintenance before starting the training on site.

After a safety orientation, participants are divided into six groups, working on modules involving the following equipment:

• Bucket elevator
• Distributors
• Screw conveyors
• Bin sweep
• Chain conveyors
• Belt conveyors

GEAPS International President Barb Kraft, Landus Cooperative, said the program will provide tremendous value to companies. “It is very expensive for any grain handling or processing facility to have downtime,” Ms Kraft said.

“The HOT program allows your employees to gain valuable experience working on common grain conveying equipment without sacrificing operations at your facility. The small group format will give everyone plenty of opportunities to work on the equipment and ask instructors questions.”

Participants will spend approximately two and a half hours on each module before moving on to the next piece of equipment. The first day will include safety orientation and two modules, the second day will include two additional modules, before completing the final module on the last day.

Participants are required to bring work attire and steel toe boots. Common safety equipment including hardhats will be provided by the university. The program costs $1,375 for GEAPS members and $1,725 for non-members. It can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants.

Once the limit has been reached, prospective participants can join a waitlist. Upon completion, participants will earn at least two continuing education units (CEUs) from GEAPS and Kansas State University and a certificate of completion. Marcus Neal, Lansing Trade Group, GEAPS International board chair, said the program will benefit a wide range of grain operations workers.

“There is a lot to learn for frontline maintenance workers, grain facility managers, and supervisors with equipment repair or maintenance roles,” Mr Neal said.

“Looking back at my own career, this program would have been a tremendous asset for me when I was beginning to learn these skill sets.”

The HOT Program has been in development since August, 2013.

For more information on the program, visit the following pages on the GEAPS website:

Online Registration
About the Training
Course Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Donors

Program Donors
The HOT Program was made possible through several companies generously donating over $350,000 worth of equipment. GSI Group LLC and Sukup each pledged over $100,000 in machinery, making them the programs first 5 Star Donors.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations.

GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers.

GEAPS global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies.

About IGP Institute at Kansas State University
The IGP Institute offers continued education for industry professionals to help enhance the market preference, consumption and utilisation of US cereal grains, oilseeds and their value-added products for global grain industry.

That education and technical training happens through both on-site and distance offerings. From January of 2016 to date, the team at IGP has trained 439 professionals through 20 courses for both international and domestic audiences focusing on the sorghum commodity.

Visit the GEAPS website, HERE.

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