Conditioning & pelleting. A focus on finding the right process & choosing the correct ingredients

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2022 February

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Animal feed milling


    Scope & contentBy Arthur vom Hofe, Segment Manager Feed & Oilseed, CPM Europe BV, the Netherlands

    As a pellet mill supplier, CPM are often asked to give its opinion about the most ideal way to condition the meal before pelleting. Every pellet mill operator has the same wish; the machine just needs to run, make good quality pellets at high capacity and for every type of feed or formulation.

    Generally, it is understood that conditioning increases pellet mill capacity and pellet quality, whilst reducing energy consumption and wear costs. The selection of the conditioning method is dependent on a wide range of process parameters.

    Focus on the thermal treatment (adding energy by steam) and the mechanical treatment (adding electrical energy by kneading shearing and compressing).

    Read more about:
    Selecting thermal or mechanical energy
    Conditioning for a relatively short time
    A new conditioning technology
    Hygiene is a key subject in conditioning
    Pellet mill requirements
    Reducing mechanical energy
    Expander pelleting
    There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution


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