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May 21, 2018

22/05/2018: ONE18: The birthplace of ideas

Opening day of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference celebrates the transformative power of ideas and a man who revolutionised the ag industry, Dr Pearse Lyons
 


www.one.alltech.com

True to its name, ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2018 kicked off by showcasing some of today’s most innovative ideas, all the way from the gene level to disruptive changes to the future of food and how we produce it. Often described as a nexus of global agriculture and the premier business conference in the region, the day’s thought-provoking presentations firmly established ONE18 as the birthplace of life-changing ideas. 


Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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22/05/2018: Reliability maintenance – How it saves money

By Edward LaPreze, Pepper Maintenance, Minier, IL USA

Maintenance programmes, are they a costly expense or as an income opportunity?

Maintenance cost is almost always treated as an expense. Utilising reliability maintenance can turn this thinking around and our maintenance programs can begin to create opportunities to increase profits. Most current maintenance programs are typically reactive to failure and attempt to maintain equipment almost exclusively through lubrication.
 


Few alternatives have been utilised to assist equipment in running reliably or efficiently; therefore, reducing the cost of doing business. With a few additions and alterations of maintenance practices, systems can begin to be seen as income instead of expense. Reliability maintenance is a required component of a world class maintenance program and is changing the way maintenance is viewed.

Current methods of maintenance lose money through a number of system errors. Wasted energy and losses in efficiency increase the cost of production. Reactive maintenance, repairing after a failure, is very expensive and can be up to 10 times more expensive than repairs performed proactively. This is in part due to additional damage done when a part fails.

Shafts and other components can be damaged if a failure is not noticed early. Reactive failures require more personnel and often demand overtime to return the equipment to service as fast as possible. Breakdowns do not occur during slow times when equipment is idle but most often during critical busy times. The added pressure to get equipment back in service adds personnel safety concerns as well.

Unplanned downtime is one of the largest costs a facility can incur. Labour cost alone can produce staggering figures. Running two shifts, 340 days per year at US$19/£13.20 per hour with only five minutes of downtime per shift equals US$26,916/ £19,000 per year. Reducing this downtime by only 10 percent will save over US$9000/£6,300 each year.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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Satake company profile




In 1896, the founder of the Satake Corporation, Riichi Satake, invented and began the production of Japan's first power driven rice milling machine.

In the subsequent one hundred years, a succession of successful developments and a wealth of accumulated research and knowledge have made Satake the world leader in grain processing systems. Satake produces a comprehensive range of individual machines, integrated systems and totally engineered solutions for the processing of rice, wheat and other grains.

The Company is proud of its tradition of innovation which ensures that Satake machines and systems are always at the forefront of technology.

Satake has achieved its position as the oldest, largest and most advanced company in its fields through its commitment to offering customers superb equipment, specially developed to meet their needs. This driving principle has led directly to the prosperity of the Company.

According to their website: "We are most grateful to all our customers for their patronage which has allowed us to become known and respected in Japan and over 140 countries throughout the world."

"Satake is a 'customer company' as well as a 'technically oriented company' putting the principle of customer satisfaction into practice. The support and assistance of our customers are greatly appreciated."

Visit the website HERE.
 

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May 20, 2018

21/05/2018: US Grains Council statement on China ending sorghum investigations

Tom Sleight, President and CEO, US Grains Council  have made a statement regarding China ending Sorghum investigations.



Read Mr Sleight's statement on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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21/05/2018: Feed industry professionals gather for food safety modernisation act training

The IGP Institute at Kansas State University held an offering of the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) Training for the Feed Industry for 31 participants, May 15-17, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas.
 

Matt Frederking, vice president of regulatory affairs and quality at Mid America Pet Food, describes the components of preventive control management for the NGFA-KSU FSMA Training for the Feed Industry.
Image credit: IGP KSU 
FSMA has expanded its animal feed regulations, the animal feed regulations are now held to the same ruling as the human food regulations. The course provided individuals in the animal feed industry knowledge of the new safety requirements and how to implement a plan for animal food safety as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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21/05/2018: Pinpointing possible grain problems in storage

By Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, Milling and Grain

Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial, and the only way to assess that is through accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain.

Accurate sampling can help to reduce waste and minimise charges, claims, and rejections. As commonly practiced, sampling involves the collection of physical grain, so it can be tested for moisture, temperature, and possible contamination by pests and moulds.
 


For many years, sampling grain has been important in measuring key quality parameters in combinable crops (e.g. Hagberg Falling Number, nitrogen content and specific weight). In recent years, however, other challenges (including Mycotoxins) have emerged, requiring the industry to demonstrate due diligence. Providing grain samples is part of that evidence. Grain sampling is, therefore, even more important and must be undertaken using appropriate methods at the most relevant points along the grain chain.

Under the current system typically employed in the United States, when a grain truck pulls up to an elevator, the tarp covering the grain is pulled aside and a six-to-ten-feet long probe is thrust into the grain. A chamber inside the probe takes in a sample, which is then tested. Sometimes this sample is manually extracted. At other facilities an automated probe pneumatically takes a sample. But the sample is limited to the loading/offloading process and does not answer the problem of how to test the great depth and quantity of grain being held in a grain bin or silo.

The Port-A-Probe system
At the recent GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Systems) show held in Denver, Colorado, March 23-27th, 2018, among the many companies exhibiting was Port-A-Probe, of Prairie Village, Kansas, USA. The company’s motto is “Sampling is better than gambling,” and the company has backed up that claim by investing years of development in a portable grain sampling system. We sat down with Janet Rickel, the company’s Marketing Manager, to learn more about the Port-A-Probe and discover what advantages it brings to grain producers and distributors.

“The Port-A-Probe system is basically a positive displacement vacuum pump mounted on a two-wheel cart/frame,” Ms Rickel explained. “The pump intake air is cleaned by a Cartridge dust filter and a Wye Strainer [a device for mechanically removing unwanted solids from liquid, gas or steam lines by means of a perforated or wire mesh straining element, and is typically used in pipelines to protect pumps, meters, control valves, steam traps, regulators and other process equipment].


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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