Reducing energy costs in feed mills

by Arvin Donley
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Diligent maintenance of equipment is a sure way to save money, Stark notes, although some mill managers are hesitant because properly maintaining equipment does cost money up front.

“If you double your cost of maintenance, which means increasing the frequency in which you maintain hammers and screens, you will actually decrease your total energy cost,” he said.

Making sure filters are clean, belts are tight and bearings are not worn can all lead to energy savings, he noted. For instance, it takes more mechanical energy for a piece of equipment to operate with a worn bearing.