MOERKAPELLE, NETHERLANDS — Triott, a Netherlands-based feed and food specialist, will be demonstrating two breakthrough production technologies at the upcoming Victam International show, June 12-14, in Cologne, Germany.

Triott said both technologies enable feed mills to take quality, efficiency and sustainability to the next level.

The PTN Progress MonoRoll HE (High Efficiency) is the world’s first and only single-roll pellet mill. The company describes it as strong, sturdy and virtually silent with minimal vibration and much lower RPM than traditional pellet mills. The Progress MonoRoll delivers a 20% to 25% increase in energy efficiency versus conventional pellet mills, the company said.

Furthermore, the MonoRoll can achieve a higher output within the same operation period, which drastically improves cost of ownership by around €33,000 per pellet mill per year, delivering ROI in around three years, based on an in-depth evaluation by industry analysts IFF from Germany and Zedatec from the Netherlands.

Now set for full commercial launch after several years of intense re-development, the Progress MonoRoll has been extensively trialed. Triott said it was live tested in two feed mills on various recipes animal feed, varying from chicken- to ruminant feed. Thanks to its unique roller angle, this technology is not only super-durable but also produces extremely consistent feed with a superior structure, the company said.

“The Progress MonoRoll delivers a unique win-win of increased performance while drastically reducing emissions — thus addressing two of the feed industry’s greatest needs,” said Erik Ottevanger, director, Triott. “We will be demonstrating a whole range of production technologies at Victam, but we’re especially excited about the MonoRoll — and our innovative GrainCam.” 

The GrainCam is described by Triott as a unique digital imaging solution that monitors everything in the grain mixing process from kernel size distribution and shape, to cross-contamination, to grain discoloration — a completely new but hugely significant quality parameter for the feed industry.

The result is increased product quality and consistency plus improved productivity. With a resolution of 18 microns, the GrainCam has been piloted this year at the all-important grinding and mixing stage of a customer specializing in chicken feed (average size, 100 microns). As well as ensuring better milling consistency, the technology has reduced production downtime through both hammermill maintenance and early alerting of sieve break-down, Triott said.

Furthermore, by automating quality inspections 24-7, the GrainCam has eliminated the need for manual sampling for sieve analysis — and reduced the risk of contamination through physical contact with the batch.

“The GrainCam gives feed mills the ability to apply a data-driven approach to product quality based on the simple premise that prevention is better than cure,” said René Ottevanger, director, Triott.

Data from the GrainCam already has been used to assess the quality and uniformity of approximately 100 different recipes, benchmarked against the industry standard.

René Ottevanger added: “We have seen instances where customer complaints and spoiled batches have been avoided by our pilot customer thanks to their ability to identify problems before they happen — including grain discoloration. The fruit and flower industries have used color as a quality parameter for years now. Now we’re bringing this to the feed industry.”