Flow & bulk scales in rice milling. Taking measurements to optimise yield and efficiency

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2022 October

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Rice milling
    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport


    Scope & contentBy Precious Adedayo Adesina, International Management Office, Satake, Japan

    ‘Measure twice, cut once’ is an old adage that encourages a manufacturer to take great care in order to avoid wastage of material or time.

    This approach can be applied to food manufacturing because taking measurements, such as weight, volume, flow rate etc, is crucial to monitoring the production process, ensuring quality management and preventing losses due to defectives, over processing or under processing.

    In grain milling, an important parameter measured is the material flow rate (weight basis). ‘Material’ or ‘raw material’ as used in this article could refer to paddy, brown or white rice.

    With the increase in size of rice mills, Satake had developed new line-up of weighing instruments to support plants with large processing capacity. As the world’s food production increase, there might be need to develop even larger and smarter flow scales in the future.

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    Improving milling conditions
    Overview of the milling system
    Calculating product yield
    Performance & profitability derived from flow rate data
    Milling degree
    Milling recovery
    Head rice recovery
    Quantifying by-products?
    Yield management by weighing


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