|Animal feed ingredients can be processed with Sturtevant’s impact mills and pin mills and are a great resource when trying to reduce those ingredients in particle size.
Air classification is often used to process animal feed due to its ability to separate the animal feed meal into smaller
and less dense particles, providing higher protein content. This process makes a cost effective and nutritious pet food.
Feed ingredients range from grain mixes to orange rinds to beet pulps.
The Food and Beverage industries strive to supply food to new markets quickly and inexpensively, convert to more efficient packaging techniques (e.g., single serve packets), demonstrate to consumers that their products are superior to those of their competitors, find new ways to transform ordinary foods into value-added (e.g., organic), or convenience products.
Taste, smell, appearance, and other sensory triggers are all critical aspects affecting the success of a food product. Additional key factors a producer considers include shelf-life, stability, marketability, and obviously, costs.
During handling of raw ingredients (flour, sugar, salt), additives (baking soda, citric acid, phosphates), or finished products (cereal, dry powder beverage), food manufacturers frequently encounter poor flow . These problems can lead to process upsets, down time, and require frequent operator intervention. Product quality problems can be triggered by spoilage (i.e., microbial growth) or powder caking, both of which are often the result of material stagnation in food storage bins. Other problems may include attrition (breakage) of cereals, candies, or pastas, uneven distribution of seasonings, and drink mix segregation. Poor material flow has been a root cause for some of the recent recalls of food products.
Common Materials Handled
Below, please find a shortened list of the bulk materials we have successfully handled in the Food & Beverage industry to date. Please note the below list is just a small sampling of the materials we've handled for clients in the Food & Beverage industry.
Flours (white, wheat, coarse)
Grains (whole, shelled)
Cereals and granola
Sugars (raw, cane, beet, 10X)
Salts (coarse, fine, blended)
Snacks and seasonings
Coffee (beans, flake, ground)
Candies and mints