New machines can sort tons of grain per hour
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).