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The virtual edition of Petfood Forum featured a Techtalk about KSE's variety of concepts for finished product handling lines in petfood. Check it out and learn about developing dosing and weighing solutions to cope with the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the pet food processing industry.
The North American animal feed industry is on the eve of major technological innovation. More reason for KSE Process Technology to present itself more increasingly in this market. ‘’Many American companies in the branch will be modernising their factories in the coming years. This offers great opportunities for us.’’
How do you cope with the countless changes in formulation driven by market demands, FDA regulations and marketing gurus? This ever-changing landscape of powders, meat inclusions and spices to feed our beloved four-footed friends? When talking about pet food formulation, we often focus on nutrition and optimisation. But what about the factories that manufacture these foods? Are they even up to the task?
When designing silo-discharge systems in process installations, one is often confronted with the question of whether to use a dosing slide or a dosing screw. An important advantage of a dosing slide is that a large dynamic flow range can be achieved both quickly and accurately.
Roger Bracewell, owner of GA Pet Food Partners in England, wishes to be able to guarantee that the produced petfood contains the exact prescribed recipe. To achieve that contamination-free production is imperative. Since the company works with almost 400 ingredients and over 800 different formulas, far-reaching changes were required, as well as joining forces by different professionals.
Premix producer Twilmij’s new plant has to double the current production of 50,000 tonnes per year. The first phase of the modern, man-hour saving 1,500m² production facility is ready. The integration of the fully automatic container transport system, which also prevents contamination, is a novelty in the premix branch.
The design of a premix, compound feed or petfood production facility has one main goal: how to get all the raw materials into the end product(s). Of course in an accurate, time- and cost-efficient and flexible fashion with the desired capacity and footprint, while respecting any contamination groups. And last but not least, within budget.
Contamination can appear anywhere in the animal feed and premix production process at every premix plant. From intake to outloading, there are many possibilities for components to mix. Although contamination is receiving more attention at animal feed producers, it can be even more important for premix producers. Where should you look to avoid contamination? I’ve put together a simple overview to help you avoid it every step of the way.