MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Bühler, Inc., in conjunction with Kansas State University’s International Grains Program (IGP) Institute, recently offered the Expert Milling course in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
The course was meant to give participants a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced milling principles. Eleven participants attended the course, which was instructed by Ralph Linnemann, flour-milling expert from the Buhler Training Center in Uzwil, Switzerland.
“This course was particularly beneficial for the more experienced millers who were interested in learning more about the advanced milling techniques,” said Shawn Thiele, course coordinator. “We were also able to work with the participants on equipment that they may not have been as familiar with.”
The training covered topics including wheat tempering, cleaning systems, the perfect break release, purifier techniques, roller mills, sifters, mill pneumatics and more. The content was taught in class presentations and also through hands-on milling exercises in the Hal Ross Flour Mill.
A participant from Bunge Milling said she enjoyed learning about the technical aspects of milling.
“Sometimes we get too focused on production, and we forget the little details of how we can improve processes through equipment,” said Viviana Bermudez. “The instructor touched on a lot of the technical points on how we can improve the process.”
Past course participant, Richard Gillespie, appreciated the knowledge of the instructors.
“The knowledge you learn here is second to none,” Gillespie said. “You aren’t going to get that working at a mill with a hundred different things going on. Here, you have a week of solid one-on-one training that will only benefit you and your company.”