Feed Mill Equipment Optimization
Feed Mill Equipment Optimization
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PostedWednesday, April 6, 2022 at 9:42 AM

Updated04/06/2022

Equipment is vital to your feed mill and is essential to optimize your production. If you're looking to increase efficiency at your facility, see how our solution, I-Control, can fine-tune the control of your equipment. Check out this tool for your plant.

Tuning a feed mill’s equipment is all about driving increased efficiency in the feed production process so that each system can run as smoothly as possible.

Some of the specific use cases for equipment tuning include:

  1. Tuning bins in batching to reduce equipment jogs, which lowers the charge time and eliminates charge overages to minimize waste and ensure accurate formulation.

  2. Tuning the motors on a mixer so that the batch is only mixed the minimum amount of time needed to mix the product to 100%, ensuring that you don’t mix too long or too short and end up with improperly mixed feed. This allows operators to optimize the timing of downstream processes by the time the mixer is done mixing, which should be done when the scales are done weighing. Having these processes in harmony maximizes output.

  3. Tuning steam control and motor draw on the feeders for pelleting to get the pellet mill up to speed as fast as possible without plugging, achieving optimal pellet consistency.

  4. Tuning the start-up and purge times for equipment to ensure they don’t run too long before being ready, but also not too little to reduce cross-contamination risk.

Equipment is vital to your feed mill and is essential to optimize your production. If you're looking to increase efficiency at your facility, see how our solution, I-Control, can fine-tune the control of your equipment. Check out this tool for your plant.

Tuning a feed mill’s equipment is all about driving increased efficiency in the feed production process so that each system can run as smoothly as possible.

Some of the specific use cases for equipment tuning include:

  1. Tuning bins in batching to reduce equipment jogs, which lowers the charge time and eliminates charge overages to minimize waste and ensure accurate formulation.

  2. Tuning the motors on a mixer so that the batch is only mixed the minimum amount of time needed to mix the product to 100%, ensuring that you don’t mix too long or too short and end up with improperly mixed feed. This allows operators to optimize the timing of downstream processes by the time the mixer is done mixing, which should be done when the scales are done weighing. Having these processes in harmony maximizes output.

  3. Tuning steam control and motor draw on the feeders for pelleting to get the pellet mill up to speed as fast as possible without plugging, achieving optimal pellet consistency.

  4. Tuning the start-up and purge times for equipment to ensure they don’t run too long before being ready, but also not too little to reduce cross-contamination risk.

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