New ma­chines can sort tons of grain per hour

Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF/TECHNOLOGY - Stephen Cado­gan

New high-speed grain sort­ing equip­ment can sep­a­rate ship­ments at a rate of three tons per hour. This in­no­va­tive equip­ment helps millers, malt houses, plant breed­ers, and oth­ers to ex­ploit the full po­ten­tial of their grain. Bomill AB, of Malmö, Swe­den, has de­vel­oped the high pre­ci­sion grain qual­ity sort­ing, lead­ing to a €1.5m in­vest­ment in Bomill by Ca­pa­gro, a ven­ture cap­i­tal fund that spe­cialises in tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in the agri­cul­ture, food, green chem­istry and biomass sec­tors. Bomill AB’S ma­chines can be used to sort du­rum wheat, soft wheat, malt­ing bar­ley, spelt and oats, for fusar­ium in­fec­tion, for pro­tein, for vit­re­ous­ness, for seed qual­ity, and for fall­ing num­ber, which are all im­por­tant grain qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters in the food and feed in­dus­tries. Each ker­nel in a batch of grain can be sorted into qual­ity cer­ti­fied frac­tions in in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ments run­ning 24/7.

These lab­o­ra­tory size or in­dus­trial size ma­chines an­a­lyse each ker­nel us­ing near in­frared trans­mit­tance (NIT) spec­tra to es­ti­mate pro­tein con­tent, and sort grain into as many as six qual­ity frac­tions.

The sorters can also be used for im­prov­ing seed grain, by sep­a­rat­ing out dis­eased or in­fested ker­nels, and leav­ing ker­nels with the high­est ger­mi­na­tion, high­est pro­tein and best vigour.

The customer can sep­a­rate high-qual­ity ker­nels for the con­sumer mar­ket from an­i­mal feed qual­ity grain, a job tra­di­tion­ally done through spot checks Bomill sells grain sort­ing equip­ment and know-how in Europe and North Amer­ica.

The Bomill Triq ma­chine for large scale grain sort­ing (three tons per hour of bar­ley and wheat at thou­sand ker­nel weight of 45g).

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