What's new from A.O.M?

by Emily Wilson
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Every year, the Association of Operative Millers kicks off its technical conference with a presentation of new and innovative products for the milling industry. The "What’s New?" session is always heavily attended, despite its 8 o’clock Sunday morning time slot.

This year’s session featured products for every aspect of the milling process, ranging from roller mills to sieves, scales to fumigants. The products on these pages were all highlighted at the "What’s New" session, and are listed in the order presented.



The GBS Group, Padova, Italy, introduced its new Synthesis rollermill, designed with innovative manufacturing techniques and materials for higher yields, better quality, easy maintenance and improved sanitation. The Synthesis rollermill has been insulated for low noise emission, and the new hood access allows for easy roll changes.



AmiOnline, an in-line quality control device from Imeco Automazioni, Cremona, Italy, features a high-resolution, camera-based particle size analyzer, a high-grade spectrophotometer, a microwave-based moisture measure and an ash measurement system. AmiOnline is available in two versions: the AmiDurum analyses semolina in durum mills and the AmiSoft analyses soft or hard wheat flour.



Eco2Fume fumigant gas from Cytec Industries, West Paterson, New Jersey, U.S., is a non-flammable mixture of 2% phosphine and 98% carbon dioxide. Stored in ready-to-use cylinders, Eco2Fume is an effective alternative to methyl bromide fumigations in grain bins, food processing structures and flour mills.



The RMX rollermill from Ocrim, Cremona, Italy, features modular, stainless steel construction, sanitary design, anti-wear and anti-cake roll scrapers, and roll removal in 15 minutes without the use of tools. Ocrim designed the RMX with independent feed assembly, a touch-screen control panel and automated roll gap.


Industrial Fumigant Co., Olathe, Kansas, U.S., introduced U-Trac-It, a system to monitor in-plant preventative maintenance inspections. After bar-codes are attached to various plant safety locations, an inspector using a hand-held device scans the code, answers basic questions, and uploads results to U-Trac-It software, which analyzes the data and identifies potentially hazardous situations.



After several requests from customers to design a gravity diverter with a better seal, Salina Vortex Corp., Salina, Kansas, U.S., created the Seal Tite Gravity Diverter. The new diverter includes an access door for easy parts replacement and a polymer shaft seal that eliminates trapped material and product leakage past the vane shaft.





The Megatex high-capacity screener from Rotex, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., cleans up to 30,000 bushels of wheat per hour to 0.3% dockage and near zero grain loss. Rotex expanded the screen width to increase capacity, and the screener utilizes a long-stroke, gyratory motion to evenly spread material over the screens.



Maztech MicroVision, Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, unveiled its SPX Bran Index, a new application of the SPX Speck Expert introduced in 1997. The Bran Index, a measure that has been correlated to baking performance, assists mill control by identifying new wheat crops, pushing extraction rates, monitoring site issues and guaranteeing flour consistency.



The electronically controlled Grain Flow Balancer, Model SSZ-e, stabilizes grain input into the mill stream to maximize mill yields. Designed by Spomasz, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland, the balancer features a compact design, touch-screen display, remote operation and the ability to connect and control three other flow balancers.


The Kleen-Drag conveyor was designed by InterSystems, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., to accommodate the increasing demand for positive clean-out, especially when handling a variety of commodities. Available in capacities up to 12,500 cubic feet per hour, the Kleen-Drag prevents pockets of material from accumulating and is available with abrasive-resistant lining.



To combat microorganisms, bacteria, mycotoxins, filth and heavy metals — the primary contaminants affecting grain processing operations — Buhler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland, designed the Scourer MHXS and Aspiration Channel MVSG/H. The unit filters out contaminants in raw material, allowing mills to provide high-quality end products.





Kice Industries, Inc., Wichita, Kansas, U.S., introduced its new CS Scaling System process scales designed to monitor any product stream. Manufactured in stainless steel, the scales have large "dump" valves to prevent chokes and automation control software with integrated yield management systems.


Hudson Creative, Leawood, Kansas, U.S., has developed a new dual-action roll brush that combines two different fibers to maximize roll cleaning effectiveness and product output. Hudson also created a test brush to quickly determine the optimal brush fibers for each mill.



The new flour analyzer, Model TR-3780, from Foss North America, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S., is capable of evaluating whole wheat kernels, flours, blends and milling by-products as well as providing precise results on a range of constituents, including moisture, protein and ash.



The Smart Sifter from Norvell Co., Inc., Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S., can be made to meet each customer’s requirements and can either be floor- or ceiling-mounted. The sifter also is equipped with the new Wildcat sieve, designed for a tighter fit to prevent leakage.