August 23, 2017

24/08/2017: DEPART is assigned as the distributor of FILIP in nine countries

DEPART within the structure under the umbrella of Alapala Group has been assigned as the distributor of German FILIP sieve cleaners in Turkey, Serbia, UAE, South Africa, Zambia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Sudan and Algeria

DEPART as an exporter to 55 countries for all kind of milling spare parts, now will sell FILIP products in 9 countries including Turkey. DEPART will handle sales and marketing operations in Turkey, Serbia, UAE, Algeria, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Zambia and South Africa.

DEPART continues to cooperate with world famous brands well known with their quality. DEPART lastly executed distribution agreement with German FILIP, stands for high-quality sieve cleaning products and strong innovation potential all over the world after almost 100 years working experience in the mill brush business.

FILIP offers a wide variety of cleaning products for the milling industry: sieve cleaning brushes, sieve cleaners with studs and bottom cleaners.

Visit the DEPART website, HERE.

Visit the FILIP website, HERE.

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24/08/2017: GEAP training course - Grain entrapment: causes, prevention and rescue

There are a number of factors that can lead to grain entrapment
In GEAPS 545: Grain Entrapment: Causes, Prevention and Rescue you will learn the basics of grain entrapment; including how to identify problem areas, preventive maintenance and different equipment and systems to prevent entrapment.

This online course from the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program will help you put emergency plans in place and identify regulations, initiatives and standards.

The course should take about 10 hours to complete.

“I took this course to further my knowledge of the grain industry and specific hazards,” said Ryan Towne, Green Plains - Bluffton. “It made me much more aware of the accidents that can occur and the risks involved when entering a grain bin. It was very good at covering dangers, followed by rescues. It gave me a much deeper understanding on how to identify these risks and how to respond properly to a situation.”

GEAPS 545 is one of four courses required for the Specialist Credential in Property and Casualty Risk Management.

For more information on courses or credentials, visit the program website, HERE.

Registration details
Course dates: Sept. 11-Oct. 13
Registration Closes: Sept. 7
Cost: $685 members; $895 non-members

Visit the GEAPS website, HERE, or contact Katya Morrell on (763) 999-4300 for more information.


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24/08/2017: Rice: The latest inspection technology that secures quality, safety and security

by Satake, Japan

For the safety of rice, there are inspection technologies to measure cadmium, radioactive substances, and pesticide residue etc., which are stipulated in the Food Sanitation Act of Japan

For the security of rice, there are inspection technologies for DNA identification, visual and introspective inspection, and traceability analysis etc., which are required by agricultural product inspections and the Food Labeling Act.

These inspections and analysis have been consigned to professional inspection agencies in most cases, as it requires high levels of expertise and know-how.

The situation has been changing as measuring technology has advanced and rapid and easy measuring methods have been developed, and some inspections and measurement can be done at production, processing and logistic sites.

As a result of changing demands for rice within Japan - small batch production for diversified products in quick distribution is now required. For such demands, we now present the three major measurement and analysis methods to ensure both safety and security of rice.

Inspection technology for safety

1) Cadmium Test
As a result of the Food Sanitation Act having been revised in February 2011, the cadmium concentration standard in rice was changed from less than 1.0 mg/kg to 0.4 mg/kg. In the field, absorption control measures such as flooding control are performed before and after heading season to reduce cadmium. Only 0.3 percent is higher than the standard. (Fig.1)
Figure 1: General investigation in Japan from 1997 - 1998
Image credit: Satake

In this case, the screening test is effective. The screening test easily and rapidly identifies samples within the standard from those outside the standard. If the sample may be over the standard, the concentration is measured by a higher precision analysis method subsequent to the screening test.

The fluorescent X-ray spectrometer has advantages including pre-treatment is unnecessary, it is non-destructive and can be directly measured, it conducts rapid analysis, and all the while no chemicals affecting humans or the environment are used. 

Figure 2: Fluorescent X-Ray Spectrometer
Image credit: Satake
It is popular as the rice cadmium screening method. (Fig.2) The test flow is shown in Fig.3. As the screening test, the rice kernel is measured to rapidly analyse if levels of cadmium are at 0.1mg/kg or higher. Most samples are lower than 0.1mg/kg and rice safety is confirmed by this test. If the sample measures at 0.1mg/kg or higher, a more detailed quantitative analysis is performed.

In the quantitative analysis, the sample is milled to maintain its consistency and before more detailed measurement using more detailed methods for accuracy. Measuring conditions and validation test are performed according to the “Rice Cadmium Quantitative Method Guideline using the Fluorescent X-Ray Analysis” prepared by the x-ray working group of The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry in 2014. Satake received the ISO17025 laboratory accreditation in 2015 for the first time in Japan. 

Figure 3: Fluorescent X-Ray Analysis flow
Image credit: Satake
2) Radioactive Substances Test
After the accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Ltd. in March 2011, the radioactive cesium standard was set to 100Bq/kg as the standard of Food Sanitation Act (Act No.233 in 1947) in April 2012.

For the measuring method of radioactive cesium, the “nuclide analysis method by gamma-ray spectrometry” using the high-resolution germanium semiconductor is prescribed, but it is expensive and takes time to analyse. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s newly prepared “Food Radioactive Cesium Screening Method” is defined. 

Figure 4: Radioactive Material Measuring Device
using the Csl Scintillation Spectrometer
Image credit: Satake
Its resolution is eight to 12 percent but using the scintillator such as NaI and CsI, it has a short measuring time, due to the high counting rate. (Fig.4) This method has become accepted because it is also non-destructive with a measuring time of five to 10 minutes.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Satake Group website, HERE.

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Zhengchang company profile

Zhengchang, established in 1918, has made constant innovations in feed machinery industry and accumulated a wealth of experience in tackling the various challenges facing feed companies and, more importantly, is able to offer a range of comprehensive solutions.
Zhengchang has now evolved into China’s largest manufacture of feed machinery and has 16 branches in China with over 1300 staff and more than thirty offices all over the world. 

Zhengchang to date has successfully constructed more than 2000 turnkey projects world around the world, covering fields of poultry and livestock feed, aquatic feed, pet feed, premix feed, sawdust pellet, fertiliser, silo storage, pasture, electrical control and garbage treatment, etc.

Zhengchang projects are designed to deliver to the client higher feed quality, higher overall capacity and more profits. 
Zhengchang have conquered challenges one after another for the customers and accumulated rich experience over the past 90 years.

They are now making great endeavors to apply their latest achievements to feed, pasture, environment protection, fertilizer, sawdust shaping industries.

Zhengchang is more than a professional partner who can provide advanced machinery, technology and management ideas.

It is also a true problem solver who knows you well during your development. Zhengchang is with you every step of the way.

Visit the website HERE.

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23/08/2017: MillSMART™ online technology reduces process variation in animal feed

Key European feed mill operators see technology first hand during a study visit in Ireland

Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company that uses science to touch 3.6 billion people every day with its products and services, is improving feed mill efficiencies through MillSMART™ online process control.

The company recently invited key European feed mill operators to Ireland to see the benefits of online process control first hand. “Feed mill operators have worked hard to increase feed profitability by reducing costs at the raw material level,” said Luis Conchello, MillSMART Business Manager for Animal Nutrition and Health, Europe.

“Through our MillSMART program, we’ve taken this industry challenge and developed an innovative online technology to help operators increase feed production profitability and feed processing productivity.”

The online technology reduces the variability of the mash feed in the mixer. During the subsequent pre-conditioning step, the feed is standardised to a uniform target by adding a surfactant pre-conditioning solution.

This step helps producers achieve low variability both within and between production batches. It also optimises the conditions for the pelleting process which positively improves final pellet quality. “With this technology, feed is produced more efficiently while ensuring feed safety and quality,” said Raf Snoekx, Senior Product Application Department Manager at Animal Nutrition and Health, Europe.

“It allows feed mills to be a tool to optimise feed processing and quality, not just a cost centre.”

After a short seminar, attendees witnessed the MillSMART technology in action. This study visit allowed visitors to clarify technical questions and discuss the program with operators using the technology.

Because of the success of this study visit, Kemin will continue organising study visits and seminars for feed mill operators.

Visit the Kemin Industries website, HERE.

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August 22, 2017

23/08/2017: Which mycotoxin testing solution is right for me?

by Philipp Gruber (DI), Product Manager Mycotoxins, Romer Labs, Austria

The food and feed industry now has more choice than ever when it comes to testing for the presence of mycotoxins in commodity raw materials and finished feed

But which test should you use in your situation? Here we explore some key factors to help your decision-making. For decades, taking samples and sending them away to an analytical service provider has been the most common method for determining the presence of mycotoxins.

Figure 1: Analytical Service
Image credit: Romer Labs

In recent years, on-site rapid test methods have become widely available, offering simplicity and ease-of-use to quickly detect mycotoxins on site. With more options to choose from, finding the right tool is not always simple.

On-site testing vs. analytical service
The first step is to decide whether to conduct the test yourself on-site such as in the field or at the production facility, or send the samples to an analytical service laboratory. That decision depends on three main considerations:

1) Required testing throughput For high volume or frequent testing (high throughput), it might be worth conducting on-site tests, as the costs per sample are generally lower. If you only perform occasional testing or have low throughput, sending your samples to an analytical service lab might be more convenient.

2) Acceptable time to results On-site rapid tests will deliver results within an hour. This makes rapid tests useful tools when decision time is short, including when deciding whether or not to accept a delivery when it arrives on site. From start to finish, third party analytical service result delivery takes on average one week.

3) Quality of results On-site testing can be categorised as a screening tool because it provides a quick indication as to the presence of one analyte per test. Reference methods available at an analytical service laboratory are much more robust, offering greater reliability on a larger number of analytes.

Rapid tests

The two most popular on-site methods are strip tests and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) tests. The key differences are illustrated in Figure 1. Strip tests are designed to give results as soon as possible, though they can only process two samples at a time. They are widely used for testing agricultural raw commodities at reception points.

In combination with novel water extraction technologies that omit the use of hazardous organic solvents, such on site tests are an easy and safe solution for non-laboratory users. ELISA test kits can test up to 44 samples simultaneously. In general, ELISA is the option of choice when you have six or more samples: the price difference is quickly recuperated due to the need to buy fewer kits and it also saves time.

Figure 2: On-site testing
Image credit: Romer Labs

Analytical service testing
When sending samples to an analytical service lab you must decide which technology should be used. In addition to classic ELISA, reference methods like HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) and LC-MS/MS (liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) can be chosen. The key differences are illustrated in Figure 2.

Reference methods analyse your sample for multiple toxins in one go. For example, the LC-MS/MS multi-mycotoxin method offered by Romer Labs is capable of analysing up to 18 toxins at a time. The growing popularity of rapid tests for mycotoxins creates more choice for millers and farmers. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right mycotoxin detection tool for your situation.

On-site testing methods offer a number of advantages, namely speed, cost and ease of use. The reference methods available from an analytical service laboratory will provide greater precision for a larger number of analytes, delivering a more complete picture of any contamination.

Rapid tests are a good option for the screening of raw commodities. For finished feed, an analytical service or validated rapid test may be used. For an effective mycotoxin detection program, it may be worth considering a combination of tactics that best fit your requirements.

Visit the Romer Labs website, HERE.
Read the full article, HERE.

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Amandus Kahl company profile

Amandus Kahl GmbH & Co. KG plan, design, and build machines, plants, and turnkey production factories for conditioning and pelleting.

Their processes are used successfully in many different industries, such as the food and feed industry, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as the disposal and recycling industry.

More than 130 years of experience in plant and machine manufacture have made Amandus Kahl a respected manufacturer and supplier of extruders, compound feed presses, wood pelleting plants or granulate coolers, for example.

The company’s motivation has always been to develop an even better product for their customers. For this reason they cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customised wood pelleting plant, grain cooking plant, waste-tyre recycling plant etc.

Their scope of services also comprises maintenance and repair of the compacting machines, compound feed presses, extruders and wood pelleting plants as well as all other products they offer in their company.

Visit the company website, HERE.

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22/08/2017: Energy savings in the milling process

by Ottevanger Milling Engineers

The choice for a specific grinding technique is key to the quality of the end product and the output of the production process

The milling process requires a significant amount of energy, which makes it worthwhile to monitor. In general, the grinding of raw materials is accounted for 20 percent of the energy consumption in the feed industry. This means that there is often room for cost saving.
A GHM hammer mill with feed device and double, automatic screen exchanger.Image credit: Ottevanger

No concessions

Making concessions will jeopardise the quality of the end product, from both a technical and a nutritional point of view. A technical reason for having a sound milling process is to create a solid basis for downstream processes such as mixing, expanding, pelleting and extrusion. The essential parameters of a milling process are the obtained structure and the particle size. Also, the milling process should have a sufficient capacity (t/h) and a low energy consumption (kWh/t). In addition, there are many other important aspects, such as maintenance (wear), explosion protection, noise level, and dust emissions.

Quality screens
For a reliable, efficient milling process it is important to use quality screens and it’s recommended to take mill manufacturer specifications into account. This ensures that the screens meet the requirements as regards:
• open area
• material thickness
• type of material
• type of perforation (Conidur or standard).

Two variants

In the feed industry, hammer mills are commonplace. Ottevanger Milling Engineers supplies two variants: mills with small diameters for 3.000 rpm and mills with large diameters for 1.500 rpm. Both variants have the same degree of reduction and the same hammer tip speed. The first category of hammer mills are compact but have a lower capacity. The larger mills (for 1.500 rpm) not only have a higher capacity, but they also produce less noise and heat in the milling chamber.

Squash effect
Hammer mills with adjustable breaker plates allow you to achieve a ‘squash effect’ by making the milling chamber asymmetrical. The particles then ‘bounce’ between the hammers and the breaker plates, which means they undergo a double impact and the desired structure is achieved faster. This means that less power is required to achieve a certain capacity, which results in significant energy savings. Of course, it is also possible to use the squash effect to increase capacity using the same power. Moreover, energy consumption can also be reduced by using hammer mills that are fitted with high-efficiency motors (EF3).

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Ottevanger Milling Engineers website, HERE.

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Cimbria company profile

Cimbria is one of the world's leading suppliers of grain handling and seed processing technology

Global Perspective - Local focus
Cimbria is one of the world’s leading companies within industrial processing, handling and storage of grain and seed, as well as animal feed and foodstuffs and other bulk products

They offer project design and engineering and process control – as well as the development, manufacturing and service of individual machines, customised systems and turnkey installations.

Their innovation and expertise is based on many years of hands-on experience and in-depth material knowledge which enable us to provide solutions that take the requirements and problems of the individual client into account.

The core competency of the company is precise project design and engineering in proportion to the required capacity. In this way, they manage to achieve maximum machine utilisation with minimum environmental impact.

Cimbria Turnkey brings together expertise from six business areas
Cimbria’s project and turnkey installations extract and leverage all the experience and expertise acquired from the business areas of conveying, drying, seed processing, electronic sorting, storage and service. By choosing Cimbria as your business partner for major projects, you will benefit from a comprehensive range of skills and 70 years of experience

Cimbria focuses systematically on achieving intelligent and advanced conveying solutions aimed at improved energy efficiency. They develop conveying solutions based upon their detailed knowledge of the special conditions applicable to each individual project. Focus lies in diligent and precise capacity calculations combined with extensive knowledge of the products being conveyed.

Artificial drying of agricultural products is the most reliable and advanced method of ensuring quality and long-term storage. Intensive development work within this specific area has resulted in the most flexible modular solution on the market, strengthening their position as a global provider of energy-efficient high-capacity solutions.

Seed processing

Cimbria develops and manufactures an entire range of seed processing machines and equipment for cleaning, sorting, grading and treatment of seed and grain products. Their seed processing equipment and solutions are based on comprehensive technical experience and comprehensive product knowledge. Cimbria holds a world-leading market position within seed processing equipment, where they maintain a strong focus on quality and cost-benefit.

Electronic sorting

With their range of optical sorting systems, Cimbria offers innovative sorting solutions that are customised for the task at hand. The sorting systems are fully automatic and harbour the latest technology, ensuring both high quality and efficiency, whilst keeping the quantities of rejected seeds and grain to a minimum.

Storage of grain and seed products requires the utmost care and control at the same time. In their design, they think of treatment and technology in every part and detail. They possess valuable knowhow and experience gained through nearly 70 years of global activities. Together with their comprehensive knowledge of crop handling and processes, this contributes to a successful storage solution.

Serving customers is a fundamental aspect of Cimbria’s efficacy and business sense. This goes for project engineering and installation of the plant, as well as the subsequent guarantee of a smoothly running plant. Efficient electrical-mechanical after-sales service and the use of genuine Cimbria spare parts minimise downtime and production losses. Cimbria and their local authorised partners offer exclusive after-sales service, providing the customer with qualified assistance at all times. After-sales service not only includes spare parts service, but also regular maintenance services, plant check-ups and consulting services. A team of experienced engineers and technicians remains at the disposal of the respective plant operators and customers – also after handover of the plant.

Visit the Cimbria website, HERE. 

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August 21, 2017

21/08/2017: NRGene achieves comprehensive Italian ryegrass genome assembly

Information will significantly advance breeding efforts and lead to improved animal food supply

NRGene, the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, has provided scientists with the complete genome of Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), one of the most important forage crops in temperate regions worldwide

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“With the complete genome, we’ll be able to more fully analyse the traits to increase the yield and nutritional quality when used for animal feed,” says Dr Bruno Studer of ETH Zurich’s department of Environmental Systems Science.

“We have decided to focus our research on biologically relevant traits rather than resource establishment that may take decades. With NRGene, we received comprehensive results within weeks, accelerating our entire research pipeline.”

The genome itself is exceptionally complex and highly repetitive. It is diploid and heterozygote, meaning each gene has two nearly identical copies. To provide a complete and accurate genome view it was essential to phase the two copies of the genome. This is not a trivial task and was previously impossible. It could only be accomplished only with DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0.

NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0 used Illumina reads and big data analytics to deliver the complete, phased genome in less than eight weeks. The complete phased assembly is 4.5 Gbp and an N50 of over 3 million bp.

“Constructing phased genomes for heterozygote crops is exceptionally challenging, and we are pleased to provide the ryegrass community with a top quality one,” says Dr Gil Ronen, NRGene CEO.

“The genome data will immediately be used to support the diverse genetic studies and breeding applications of this important crop.”

Visit the NRGene website, HERE.

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August 20, 2017

21/08/2017: Monsanto and ToolGen announce global licensing agreement on CRISPR platform

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and ToolGen, Inc. (KONEX, 199800), a biotechnology company specialising in genome editing, have announced that the companies have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products

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ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. This agreement further expands Monsanto’s broad portfolio of gene-editing tools that can be used to develop improved and sustainable crops.

“We are excited to bring ToolGen’s CRISPR platform on board at Monsanto, and are continuing to bolster and diversify our capabilities in this field of research,” said Tom Adams, Ph.D., vice president of biotechnology for Monsanto. “As a company we remain committed to the development of safe, sustainable and high-quality crops, and look forward to leveraging the CRISPR platform as we endeavor to meet the needs of farmers while answering consumer demand for food options.”

In order to grow more using less, farmers need a variety of seed choices to solve their local needs – like managing changing weather, fighting plant disease and pests, and using crop inputs and natural resources wisely.

The companies noted that gene-editing technologies, like CRISPR, offer agriculture researchers significant advantages over existing plant breeding and biotechnology methods due to their versatility and efficiency, and will allow Monsanto to provide farmers with solutions to problems that have been previously unaddressed.

“We are pleased to announce our agreement with Monsanto, a global agriculture leader, and look forward to working together to build new and exciting opportunities in agriculture,” said Jongmoon Kim, chief executive officer of ToolGen.

“This agreement further validates our platform and demonstrates the value that gene editing will hold for the future of both agriculture and biotechnology.”

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Visit the Monsanto website, HERE.

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21/08/2017: Getting through the main suppliers of bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping

TMI recently opened a subsidiary in the USA, and has introduced a success case, which is the best option for bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping of powdery products

From Catalonia (Spain) to the rest of the world: who is TMI?
Técnicas Mecánicas Ilerdenses, S.L. (TMI) was founded in Lleida, in the heart of the region of Catalonia (Spain), back in the year 2000 out from the hand of two experts in the field of the industrial machinery design, whom provided the company with all the knowledge and experience accumulated over more than 30 years working in the sector.
Image credit: TécnicasMecánicas Ilerdenses, S.L.

Starting up as manufacturers of palletising systems and mainly focused on the industrial bagging sector, it did not last long before the company expanded its business towards the dosing and bagging of any kind of solids.

Nowadays, TMI designs, produces and installs complete turnkey lines, offering a wide range of solutions from semiautomatic or automatic systems for the dosing, weighing and filling of bags, as well as its closing, check weighing and palletising to the final stretch wrapping of the pallets with multiple load protection options.

Additionally, the lines can be equipped with centralised software for the monitoring and remote supervision of the equipment. Fruit of the company’s fast and sustained growth, TMI machines can be found operating in more than 35 countries all over the five continents, with established distributors in more than 25 countries that ensure something essential for TMI and the key to its success. We call it our “proximity concept”, meaning no less than a quality of service to the level of the equipment.

Passion for the innovation

But if something characterises TMI, it is its’ constant strive and commitment with innovation in every aspect of the chain, investing an average of 5 percent of its turnover in the R+D+I department. Thanks to this innovation capacity, a spread range of solutions adapted to the specific needs and criteria of the 5 different sectors that TMI caters (food, agro-feed, chemical & petrochemical, mining and recycling) has been developed:

• Automatic and semiautomatic bagging systems for open mouth and valve bags.
• Automatic bagging systems from flat or tubular film (FFS).
• Big bag filling systems.
• Dynamic check weighers.
• High level palletising systems by means of side pushing.
• High level palletising systems by means of motorised gripper.
• Cartesian gantry type palletisers.
• Robotic palletising cells.
• Automatic turntable stretch wrappers.
• Special solutions for pallet protection.

Case of success: Complete and complex packaging line for flours and powdery products
Harinera de Tardienta (Haritasa) is located in the middle of an important wheat-producing area of Aragon, and has produced an excellent range of high-quality flours and semolina flours since 1954, becoming one of the most important flour milling groups in Spain. In 2011, Haritasa faced the challenge of modernising its factory.

On one hand, they needed to change the packaging format from the classical valve bag, where the valve remained open, to a more hygienic and fully closeable open mouth bag. At the same time, the other goals were to increase the total output capacity and to get more flexibility in packaging formats, all of this, with the constraint of the reduced available space in the packaging and warehousing areas.

Haritasa put their confidence on TMI, whose proposal met all of these needs. With the time, the relationship between both companies became so close that TMI turned into a technological partner rather than just a supplier.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Wenger Manufacturing company profile

With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, brothers Joe and Louis Wenger founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. 

They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948. Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for all commercial extruders used today.

The Wenger brothers' novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, seventy-five years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

Today, Wenger offers a range of premium single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, dryers/coolers, flavor coating and enrobing systems, and control systems.

A new generation of proud employees works toward customer satisfaction daily in their multiple plants, in their world-class research and development centre, and in sales and service offices around the globe. 
Wenger equipment is unmatched in quality. 

Perhaps even more importantly, they've built a reputation for having lasting partnerships with customers. Lasting because of their dedication, ingenuity, and responsiveness – and  promise to carry out that commitment for generations to come.

Visit the website HERE.

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August 17, 2017

18/08/2017: 2018 IPPE registration and housing now open

Attendee and exhibitor registration and housing for the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) are now open

IPPE has secured more than 1,140 exhibitors with more than 518,000 net square feet of exhibit space already booked.

The Expo anticipates more than 30,000 attendees through the collaboration of the three trade shows - International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo - representing the entire chain of protein and feed production and processing.

The event is sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Register online and receive a discounted price of $50 (USD) through Dec. 31. The discounted rate applies only to registrations received online.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the registration fee will increase to $100.

The IPPE website, offers easy navigation with access to important information, including attendee and exhibitor registration and hotel availability and reservations.

The annual global feed, meat and poultry industry trade show is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Back by popular demand is the “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, for qualified attendees from member companies of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed, and for pet food manufacturers.

The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors, which include Arm and Hammer, Aviagen, Biomin, Ceva Animal Health, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Elanco Animal Health, Heat and Control, Huvepharma, Incubation Systems, Inc., Jamesway Incubator Co., Kemin, Soybean Meal Information Center, Zoetis and Watt Global Media.

“We sincerely thank and appreciate these elite exhibiting companies for participating in the M2A program. The program continues to deliver results in increasing attendance and contributing to the success of IPPE,” said IPPE show management.

The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of meat, poultry and animal feed. The week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2018, will feature dynamic education programs focused on current industry issues. The International Poultry Scientific Forum, Poultry Seminar in Spanish, Pet Food Conference and the Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry will kick off the week’s education programs.

The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry, Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium education programs will also return for 2018.

In addition, several TECHTalks programs will be offered during the Expo. The 2018 IPPE will also highlight several new educational programs including essential sessions on food safety, consumer trends and international trade.

The following programs are new for 2018:

- Preventing and Responding to Foreign Material Contamination Incidents
- Understanding and Achieving Operational Excellence
- Meat Quality Workshop: The Taste of Beef
- Permit Required Confined Space - Train the Trainer
- FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training for Animal Food
- Pork 101
- Family Business Focus: Utilising Outside Advisors and Board Members for Greater Success
- Beef 101
- Defend the Flock – Biosecurity Basics for Poultry & Egg Producers and Live Operations Personnel
- Feed Production Education Program; Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session
- Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work
- Wastewater Treatment Challenges for the Poultry and Egg Industry
- Get the Facts with Meat Mythcrushers
- Livestock Handling and Stunning to Optimise Animal Welfare and Regulatory Compliance

For more information about the 2018 IPPE, visit the website, HERE.

Register online, HERE.

2018 IPPE show dates/hours:
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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18/08/2017: “Magnum Systems Dual Auger Packer” - A tailored solution for bakery mixes

When processors of flour, or flour-based mixtures, want to package their product into bags for sale/shipment to potential customers, the go-to machine is usually an auger type filler

Flour by its nature is not a constantly fluidisable material and thus not a good candidate for air packers and not free flowing enough to work on gravity type fillers.
Image credit: Magnum Systems

Add in the ingredients in a typical bakery mix (sugar, shortening baking soda, and flavorings) and these poor flow characteristics become amplified along with the increased sensitivity to cross contamination.

Most auger fillers have a single auger and were designed to handle industrial minerals. They are simple machines that are designed to be robust and work on the same material day in and day out but they are the slowest of all fillers and food grade was usually not part of the original design basis. In the early 90’s there was a surge in demand of bakery mix production and packaging with the invention of the home bread machine that every housewife got for Christmas.

While the standard auger fillers worked with the mixes, they had three major drawbacks:

1. They were slow
2. They were not accurate enough
3. They were not cleanable

So to answer this demand, Magnum System’s Taylor Products brand set out to design auger filler that not only solves these drawbacks, has previsions for filling various container types, prevent dust, and pairs with automated bag placing based on automation/manpower required.

The bagging machine created was the APO Dual (Auger Packer Open mouth Dual).

1. The two augers (one 8” and one 4”) increase speed of fill.
2. The two augers increase the accuracy and repeatability of target fill.
3. Designed with a drop bottom chamber, removable augers and agitators, and even designed to be able to be 3A dairy certified, ensures ease of cleaning.
4. Multiple Discharge adapters allow for container versatility.
5. Inflatable spout ensures superior dust control.
6. Paired with bag placing equipment allows automation if required.

The APO Dual is a “Gross Weigh” filler, meaning that the container being filled is weighed as it is filled. It uses two horizontally mounted augers, one eight inch and one four inch to meter and control material flow.

These augers each have a positive shut-off cap to ensure halted flow when they stop for increased accuracy assurance. Located above the auger inlet, a ribbon type agitator ensures consistent flow and even feed to the augers.

The augers discharge through an enclosed chamber to an inflatable spout where the container (or its liner) is normally attached for filling. The unit is load cell based with a digital scale. To begin a fill cycle, an operator places a container onto the inflatable spout and signals the process to start by either a hand bump or foot switch. The spout is inflated to form a dust tight seal and both augers begin to fill.

At the first pre-act condition, typically around 65 percent of the target fill, the larger auger stops its fill, while the smaller auger continues to fill. At a second pre-act condition, the smaller auger, which is equipped with a variable speed drive, slows to a dibble speed for the final top off.

By using this sequence maximum efficiency in balancing speed and accuracy is achieved. When finished, the scale verifies that the bag is within the processors over/under acceptable limits from the target fill weight.

If acceptable, the inflatable head is deflated and the container released. If out of tolerance range, an alarm is signalled and the operator must clear it to proceed, alerting the operator to an upset condition.

Visit the Magnum Systems website, HERE.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Ottevanger Milling Engineers company profile

Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading European company in the design and manufacture of equipment and complete installations for the grain-processing and mixed-feed industries.

Food producers throughout the world use these installations to produce food for people and animals. In modern, well-equipped plants in Aalten and Moerkapelle (The Netherlands) Ottevanger's specialists use the latest technologies to design and manufacture a comprehensive range of products.

Computer-controlled plants – anywhere in the world – are provided with on-line technical support from these plants. In its design of any installation Ottevanger takes into account the strictest environmental regulations and safety requirements.

There are, for example, always adequate facilities for air purification as well as sound and heat insulation. A lot of attention is also devoted to hygiene through the use of stainless steel and special coatings.

Thanks to its expert knowledge and expertise, amassed throughout its over one hundred years' experience, Ottevanger is the ideal partner for the implementation of your project.

Visit the Ottevanger website, HERE.

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17/08/2017: Industry leaders gather to shape future protein strategies: Bridge2Food

Global food industry leaders will gather in France at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 to shape and create new protein strategies for the future, the event runs from 26th – 28th September, 2017

This is the largest global protein platform which brings together industry and public policy leaders from the whole value chain to discuss, co-operate, build and shape future protein strategies.

Image credit: Bridge2Food

400+ experts from Food, Feed and Pet food; Protein ingredients, Technology & Research industries will join a unique 5-in-1 Summit featuring:

i) Protein 2030 Summit – Shaping a Protein Agenda for Europe
ii) Plant Based Foods Summit – Building a European Based Foods Network
iii) High Protein Food Summit – Future Growth of High Protein
iv) Protein Ingredients Summit – New Innovations for Future Protein Supply
v) Protein Processing Summit – Scaling up New Protein Technologies

Concern over future food and nutritional security related to protein supply & demand is rapidly rising on the global and European agenda of governments, industries, and agricultural value chains in view of stabilizing crop yields and a rapidly increasing population.

How can we meet the future protein needs of nine billion people in a sustainable, healthy & environmentally friendly way?

How can the food industry tap into growing consumer appetites new foods, tastes & plant-based foods?

What is the actual potential for alternative proteins to move into the mainstream & gain scale to make a larger commercial impact?

All this and more will be explored during the five Summits:

The Protein Challenge 2040 
Simon Billing, Principal Sustainability Advisor for Forum of The Future will present the benefits of cross value chain co-operation as part of the Protein 2030 Summit. Protein is an essential part of human and animal diets, but the ways we produce and consume it are unsustainable.

The Protein Challenge 2040
Image credit: Bridge2Food

The Protein Challenge 2040 is the first global coalition with key players from the animal, plant and novel protein industries, exploring how we can feed nine billion people enough protein in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the planet.

By 2020, the Protein Challenge aims to have:
• Raised the profile of protein as an integral and important part of a sustainable food system;
• Changed the conversation around protein: from ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sources towards a better balance of sustainable protein;
• Catalysed action, influenced relevant policy and increased investment in sustainable solutions.

The Protein Challenge is currently focussed on three innovation areas for immediate action: scaling up sustainable animal feed innovation to meet demand for animal protein; increasing the proportion of plant-based protein consumption with consumers; closing the protein nutrient loop.

I) The Protein 2030 Summit 
Will be shaping a Future Protein Agenda for Europe. Is there is a need for a Protein Agenda in Europe? If so, what are the key elements and how can industry and government across the national borders work together?

Some key themes will be:
• Consumer Global Supply & Demand of Proteins & Protein Foods – Agritel, France
• European Soy: Bridging Sustainable Protein Demand with Supply - Donau Soja, Austria
• French Protein Ingredient Strategy – Protein France
• The Plant-Protein Growing & Greening Strategy in Germany, Federal Office for Agriculture & Food

II) Plant-Based Foods Summit 

Growing more plant protein in Europe is very important from a sustainability, climate and self-sufficiency point of view. The demand for plant protein ingredients is increasing and there are many economic opportunities. Governments and industry are working together to increase the shift from animal-based to plant-protein diets.

Some key themes will be:
• The European Market for Meat-Free and Dairy-Free Foods – Tivall Europe at Nestle
• The Global Context: Building the Meat-Free Category – Quorn Foods (UK)
• The US plant-based investment opportunity
• Plant-Based Foods as a category: Is there a future?

III) High Protein Foods Summit 
The ambition is to create new consumer insights, understanding the benefits and communicating them to the consumers and establish some key points where industry can work together to grow the overall market.

IV) Protein Ingredients Summit 

On New ingredients, raw materials and combinations targeting the food and petfood industry, as well as the ingredient and processing industries and create a platform for discussion on the role of new protein ingredients for a better and more sustainable food, pet food and feed world. New sources offer new opportunities, what are challenges and where can the value chain work more closely together? Led by Dr Stacy Pyett, Business Development Manager at Nizo and Dr. Anne Wagner, R&D Director, Tereos (France) will feature:

• Genesis of plant-protein specialities, from soy to new sources – EUVEPRO (Belgium)
• Strategies to tackle the protein challenge – ADM (France)
• The Future of Single Cell Proteins – Calysta, USA
• Mycoproteins: A new future? 3fbio
• Krill bio-mass innovations & challenges
• Round Table on Alfalfa – ARD (France)
• EU Horizon 2020 and research projects

Speakers from: ADM Chamtor, Euvepro, A-R-D, 3fBio, Valio, Calysta, Rembrandt Foods, Aker Biomarine, NIZO, VTT, Wageningen University

V) Protein Processing Summit 
On New technologies and processing methods. The ambition is to open up new opportunities for novel technologies, which can bridge a major gap in science and create a better understanding on the future challenges from a sustainability, zero-waste and water perspective as well as creating a better taste and texture. Speakers from: ProAsh, Wageningen University, Improve, Keygene, and many others

For more information visit the Bridge2Food website, HERE.

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August 16, 2017

17/08/2017: The benefits of use of Phytobiotic HygenPro® in poultry and swine diets

by Ing. Ewa Sujka, DVM Ignacio Lopez, DVM Sonia Tellez. Lípidos Toledo S.A.

In this article, we would like to review the efficacy of phytobiotics used in the different stages of poultry and swine production

We would like to present the mode of action and performance under conditions of intensive production. In the scope of this study will be considered the unique combination of essential oils and organic acids available on the market under the brand HygenPro®.

The usage of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in poultry and livestock production was very common along years, however nowadays presents many problems of legal, technical and sanitary nature. 

Image credit: United Soybean Board on Flickr
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From a technical point of view, the main disadvantage is that AGP are not selective over the intestine microbiota, so they affect both pathogen and saprophyte bacteria. Eventually, once the AGP has been excluded from the diet, a delay can be observed in a growing rate and increased incidence of enteric diseases.

It is due to the lack of adaptation of intestine immune system toward bacteria’s that are potential harmful and due to the elimination of beneficial microflora which may counteract this negative impact.

AGP is commonly used zinc oxide, especially in swine production for control of enteric bacteria, however the legal frame for its used become very strict recently, because of environmental contamination.

In the long run zinc oxide presents also technical inconvenience based on the detriment of lactic acid bacteria’s and consequently reduction of feed intake, negative impact on intestine structure and overall on farm performance of the animal.

A described scenario of legal and technical arguments makes the eubiotic feed additives, to gain in popularity and suppose an efficient alternative for antibiotics and zinc oxide used as growth promoters. In this group of ingredients prebiotics, organic acids, enzymes, probiotics and essential oils should be mentioned.

All ingredients are an important progress in pathogen control, however recent studies confirm that the combinations of essential oils with protected organic acids, are the most efficient remedy, to control the growth of intestine bacterial pathogen and significantly improves zootechnical performance.

Organic acids and essential oils are the group of feed additives most common and deeply studied as for use in monogastric species. In vitro trials confirm that essential oils have antibacterial, antioxidant and immunomodulation properties.

The combined action of organic acids together with essential oils shows synergy, in the control pathogen bacteria and the stimulation of growth of saprophyte microflora. Active components have a sparing effect, allowing organic acids to penetrate bacteria cell membranes more efficiently, increasing its permeability and allowing penetration in a non-dissociated form. 

Figure 1: Phytobiotic HygenPro® is protected by special matrix,
releasing its active components in controlled way along whole
digestive tract. 
Image credit: Liptosa
The bactericide and fungicide effects of certain combinations of essential oils is strengthened when acting in acid environment. In vitro studies confirm that essential oils inhibit formation of flagella in E. coli and stick together flagella of Salmonella spp. Essential oils apart from their bactericide effect, shows prebiotic properties, improving intestine integrity and modulating saprophyte microbiota.

That is why the use of combinations of organic acids together with essential oils confirms its efficacy especially in the control of intestinal dysbiosis, acting against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial pathogens.

The use of phytobiotics is specially justified in the diets for young animals, where immature stomachs and intestines do not reach the level of secretions high enough to digest in efficient way. Organic acids used in this phase allows to reduce the buffer capacity of the feed, its retention in stomach and intestine and increase feed intake together with reduction of the risk of diarrhoea.

The question mark about the use of phytobiotics is the correct choice of its active ingredients, dose and cost. Development of profitable solutions with a broad margin of safety can be achieved taking advantages of synergies exiting among different botanicals together with organic acids.

In the case of organic acids, the main doubt is about their efficacy in the distal parts of the intestine. Therefore, it is crucial to provide a product based on the technology of gradual and controlled release of active components, quickly for the stomach and small intestine and slowly for the components to be released in the distal parts of large intestine.

This goal may be achieved using special protection matrix, which acts independent of the presence of digestive juices, enzymes and pH levels (Figure 1.)

Read the full article, HERE.

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