International Aquafeed magazine will announce the winners of the Animal Feed and Nutrition Awards at VICTAM International at the Network Reception on June 12th, awarding the best feed machinery innovation their trophy from a selection of products from EFS Holland, Bühler, Van Aarsen, Geelen Counterflow and Famsun.


The short-listed contestants are as follows:


1. Bühler's OLCC Cracking Mill

The new cracking mill OLCC is designed for optimal oilseeds crushing, extraction meal grinding and multistage grinding applications for animal feed production. A unique roller exchange technology allows a roller pair to be replaced in just two hours by disconnecting the roller shell from its shafts.











2. Famsun's SWFL170 Vertical Pulveriser

The SWFL170 vertical pulveriser is designed for particle size reduction in the industry of aquatic feed production, including but not limited to the feed production for fishes, shrimps, crabs and turtles. The SWFL170 vertical pulveriser adopts Famsun's latest developed multi-strike toothed beater and wave-shape interlaced liner with an alloy-enhanced blade. The combination increases the utilisation of shear stress in the grinding process, which only takes 1/3 to 1/5 the amount of normal stress to break a grain. With Famsun's cutting-edge design, the efficiency of SWFL170 vertical pulveriser is boosted to a new level.













3. Van Aarsen's Hot Start Steam Mixer

Hot Start Steam mixing is a Van Aarsen innovation that helps to improve the conditioning process. During the conditioning process the temperature and moisture level rise by adding steam to the mixture. Steam addition is necessary for optimal pelleting while heat treatment prevents contamination of further processes by untreated product. The hot start steam mixer helps to optimise the feed safety while minimising spoilage and downtime. Safe feed forms the basis for safe food. The hot start steam mixer helps to optimise the production of safe feed by preventing contamination of further processes by untreated product.











4. Bühler's PSM DYTA

Conventionally, particle size measurements are done via a manual sieve analysis in the lab. This takes time and requires manpower and delays counteractions in case of deviations. With the Bühler Online Particle Size Measurement Solution every single batch is measured at the mixer. The automatically removed sample is analysed by an optical sensor and a granulation curve for particle sizes between 10-to-5000 μm is automatically issued. Another evaluated parameter is the specific characteristic (d10, d50, d90) with a standard deviation for d50 of ≤ 2.5%. The results are available after a measurement time of only 165 – 195 seconds.



















5. Geelen Counterflow's Electric Dryer

The Geelen Counterflow Electric Dryer uses heat-exchangers to recover up to 65 percent of all energy and water from the exhaust of the dryer and re-uses that heat after boosting the temperature of the recovered heat by industrial, high temperature heat pumps. This way, the dryer can run 100 percent on electricity instead of natural gas, while 'scope 1 CO2emissions' can be eliminated.

The dryer is by far the single biggest energy consumer of any extrusion line, typically consuming 50-60 percent of the line's energy, and typically the equivalent of the energy consumption of 500-1000 families.















6. EFS Holland's Mobile Decontamination Plant

This concept enables users to treat material on the spot. There is no need to transport feed or feed materials towards and from decontamination facilities, saving time, energy, labour fuel and costs. There is no risk of transporting contaminated (Salmonella positive) material from one place to another. Every occurrence of transport will increase the risk of contaminating warehouses, transport equipment. With the EFS01, EFS Holland have managed to break the chain of re-contamination and prevent contamination of fresh material.











7. Van Aarsen's Split-Grinding Process

Split-grinding is a new Van Aarsen solution that helps optimise the nutritional value of the feed by splitting up one batch of raw materials into two sub-batches which are separately dosed and grinded. Afterwards, these sub-batches are collected and mixed together and from there processed together. Split-grinding is an alternative solution compared to pre-grinding or post-grinding. The nutrients are ground to the size your animals need, and not just to one size which is common for a post-grinding batch process.













To witness the winners of the Animal Feed and Nutrition Awards being crowned, make sure to be present at VICTAM International on June 12th!


For further information:

Rebecca Sherratt

Features Editor

Milling and Grain


Tel: +44 1242 267700.

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