As these markets demand efficient seed processing with quick clean out
Western USA facilities have been pushing for more efficient processing to run multiple species of vegetable seeds with quick clean out and efficient plant staffing.
In late 2018 we were engaged to design and build a new state-of-the-art vegetable seed facility to process over 10 different species of seed with capacities ranging from 270 – 750 kg/h. A major focus of this design was high quality process equipment, machine automation and “kernel-clean” quick access features.
After an in-depth review of global equipment suppliers, Cimbria process equipment was chosen for this facility, consisting of:
● Cimbria JCC flat screen scalper
● Cimbria de-awner
● Cimbria Delta Super Cleaner
● Cimbria Heid gravity table with remote automation system
● Cimbria SEA Chromex colour sorter
The facility has been in full operation and the plant has exceeded the goals of the system thanks to Cimbria and Bratney design.
Yaggies, a family-owned company located in Yankton, South Dakota, recently built its new facility with Bratney to meet their needs for the growing feed market.
The push for high quality oats and de-hulled oat groats extends into the feed market and is just as demanding as human food grade facilities. After discussions and review, Bratney was chosen to meet this need with a new 3.5 million USD facility.
With this new facility design, Bratney was able to provide best-in-class storage and conveying systems utilizing GSI bins and Intersystems Conveyors. These storage and conveying systems feed the plant where product is precision-cleaned on a Cimbria Delta 118.1 with recirculating air, as well as the Cimbria JCC metal screener for oat groats. With the process equipment, Cimbria Contec speciality stainless screw augers were integrated into the process stream. All of this quality product cleaning allowed the downstream oat de-hulling systems to process at top performance.
The “start-up of the plant and quality of the equipment has exceeded our expectations”, says Dan Delforge, General Manager.
A large Midwest black pepper seed processor wanted to increase its production and quality by moving to a new facility. Bratney was engaged to design this process line and make a pure product free from all foreign material prior to grinding, process sifting and packaging.
Black pepper has its own unique challenges, and with Cimbria experience the system was designed with much input from the client. The new Cimbria Model metal cleaner was chosen as the primary unit for removing the bulk of the waste. The new metal design provided a very hygienic and easy to clean system. After this design, the Cimbria Heid de-stoner was chosen for any heavy waste material similar in size, but of different density, such as rocks, stones and glass.
During the design process with the end user, they realized the easy clean design features of the slow speed Cimbria EC5 elevator legs, and these were chosen to convey the entire product up to primary grinding and packaging.
One of our large customers grows grains and seeds in one of the most fertile areas of central Argentina, known in particular for high quality wheat, grass seeds, alfalfa, clover and sunflower.
The Bratney Argentina office of Jorge Garcia, Gustavo Mino and Walter Gomez was contacted to provide a system for upgrading the newest crop venture for the pet canary seed export line, which is a growth market based on global demand. Capacity needed to exceed 50 t/h, while making 99.8% purity for global specifications.
After reviewing and testing the levels and types of impurities in the product with help from Cimbria Denmark, a complete system was developed. The system consists of a Cimbria Model 157 with precision screening and recirculating air system and a Cimbria Heid Model 16010 indent for long foreign material as needed for certain high lots.
A distinct advantage and cost saving for the client was the recirculating air system developed on the Cimbria cleaner, as well as the quick adjustment of the air setting via actuators. The Cimbria indent provided unique advantages, as we were able to accomplish with one large drum and fit it in the facility as an option for extremely bad lots.
The system has been operational for several months and has achieved all global export specifications to help the growing pet bird population.
Growth in the American and Argentinian markets