Flow & bulk scales in rice milling. Taking measurements to optimise yield and efficiency
|Authors & editors|
|Publisher||Milling & Grain|
|Year of publication||2022|
Cereal processes > Rice milling
|Scope & content||By 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.
Read more about:
Improving milling conditions
Overview of the milling system
Calculating product yield
Performance & profitability derived from flow rate data
Head rice recovery
Yield management by weighing