Buhler completes 600-tonne flour mill for Saudi government

by Teresa Acklin
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   TABUK, SAUDI ARABIA — Buhler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland, recently completed a 600-tonne flour mill in Tabuk. The mill was commissioned by Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization, the Saudi government agency responsible for grain storage and flour production.

   The G.S.F.M.O. in the past 20 years has commissioned 17 flour mills with total daily grinding capacity of 7,000 tonnes.

   The newest mill in the northwest city of Tabuk was constructed near an existing 100,000-tonne grain silo. A 200-tph wheat transfer unit was installed from the grain silo to the cleaning section, which is equipped with a sophisticated moisture control system.

   Milling equipment includes Buhler Airtronic roller mills with automatic gap adjustment, plansifters and triple-deck purifiers. A total of 40 flour and bran silos with total holding capacity of 2,300 tonnes were equipped with flexible and adjustable blending capabilities. Three automatic bag palletizers were installed in the high-speed packing area.

   All sections of the mill are integrated into and controlled by Buhler's latest computer-controlled system. This system provides automatic control of individual jobs based on stored information, time recording of wheat tempering, blending of basic flour streams with controlled flap setting, automatic roll gap setting, bin stock and product control, detailed production reports, warehouse statistics, and production monitoring and alarm management.