CREMONA, ITALY — The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) will once again have its Fundamentals of Milling courses in Cremona, Italy, in 2014 at Ocrim’s International School of Milling Technology.  

The Ocrim school and training center, located in the center of Ocrim’s manufacturing workshops, allows participants to take advantage of a classroom setting with a nearby lab, as well as a full machine production center.  In addition, a small pilot mill is available.

Fundamentals of Milling I will be offered March 17-21. This technical training course intended for employees, supervisors and managers closely associated with flour milling plant operations. 

Topics include: general flour milling plant operations including the grain elevator, cleaning, conditioning, milling, packaging and warehouse departments. Grain cleaning, conditioning and milling equipment role in the milling process and system flow sheets will be covered. Other topics include wheat quality characteristics, flour quality specifications and quality measurements.

Fundamentals of Milling II will be offered March 24-28. This technical training course is intended for employees, supervisors and managers directly associated with flour milling plant operations. Topics include technical and economic analytical tools for milling process evaluation including product granulation, cumulative ash, step chart development, and flow sheet equipment allocation analysis. Economic tools include yield management, divide milling and the impact of moisture on profitability. Other topics include wheat quality characteristics, cleaning, and conditioning on mill operations; selected roller mill grinding, sifting, and purification variables; and mill balance and troubleshooting.

Dr. Jeff Gwirtz of JAG Services will instruct both courses. 

The registration fee, which includes tuition, laboratory fees, books, special instruction, materials, transportation and lunch on class days, is €1,950 for one course for IAOM members and €2,050 for non-members.

For both courses, cost is €3,700 for members and €3,900 for non-members.

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