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Bran Grinding Application Story

Posted on 11/24/20 2:40 PM

Background: Bran is the hard outer layer of whole wheat and other cereal grains. It is present in and may be milled from any cereal grain, including rice, corn, wheat, oats, barley, and millet. Bran naturally contains significant quantities of starch, protein, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Because of these nutrient-rich qualities, bran is often used to enrich bread, muffins, and breakfast cereals to benefit those who wish to increase their dietary fiber.

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We Speak The Language: Baking

Posted on 11/23/20 5:34 PM

Prater’s fine grinders have taken an active role in manufacturing and supplying the baking industry with customized solutions to their sugar grinding applications. Our state-of-the-art centrifugal (rotary) sifters and air classifiers are readily available to help separate and refine dry mixes before using them in the baking process.

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Types of Rotary valves

Posted on 11/16/20 12:14 PM

Rotary airlock valves, or rotary valves, are integral components utilized for bulk material processing in industrial and agricultural handling systems. Prater offers several types of rotary valves for manufacturers to choose from and each varies depending on the application or process. All rotary valves are precision engineered and built to minimize air loss while continuously transferring dry bulk solids. Some rotary valves feed material from a bin or hopper; others feed material through a pressurized pneumatic conveying system, ...

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Which Mill System Should I Buy?

Posted on 11/12/20 8:45 AM

Industrial lump breakers, hammer mills, fine grinders and air classifying mills are just a few types of impact milling equipment utilized in particle size reduction applications. Each one offers manufacturers a unique method to achieve the desired size reduction characteristics of their dry bulk solid materials. However, when it comes to determining which milling system is best-suited for their products, manufacturers are often challenged by the variety of milling equipment available on the market. 

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Industrial Machinery for Sugar Processing

Posted on 10/7/20 12:45 PM

Mechanical food processing utilizes impact, shear or compression without heat or chemicals to change a food product's physical form. In bulk material handling systems that involve sugar, mechanical processing equipment adds efficiency and value by improving the flow properties of sugar or by reducing its size to powder form. For many food manufacturers and bakeries, there is a substantial savings to milling the sugar in-house versus purchasing bulk powdered sugar.

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Particle Size Reduction Equipment

Posted on 9/30/20 2:30 PM

A variety of industries utilize particle size reduction equipment for particle management. Size reduction of bulk solid materials is necessary for processing products, enhancing and improving the material's performance properties, or meeting particular processing requirements. Depending on the material that needs processing, particle size reduction equipment varies. In large part, a material's properties will determine which particle size reduction equipment to use.  

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Hammermill Parts & Replacements for Optimal Performance

Posted on 9/25/20 12:15 PM

Hammermills are the workhorses of the process industry and central to the success of any operation. Integral to that success is a preventive maintenance program. A properly designed preventative maintenance program will consist of regularly scheduled inspections and routine maintenance of equipment combined with a stocking program of essential hammermill parts and components, all which are specific to the equipment’s design, duty cycle, operating environment and severity of the product being processed.

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What is a Rotary Airlock Feeder?

Posted on 9/18/20 2:51 PM

A rotary airlock feeder is a type of industrial valve used in material handling systems to process and transfer dry bulk materials for production. Though referred to by more than one name—rotary valves, rotary feeders, rotary airlocks, or simply airlocks—it is typically used to transfer solid bulk material from hoppers, bins or cyclones, into vacuum and pressurized pneumatic conveying systems. Its main components are the outer housing, rotor and shaft, end plates, a drive, shaft packing seals and bearings.

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What’s the Difference Between a Lump Crusher and Hammer Mill?

Posted on 9/11/20 9:00 AM

Hammer mills and lump breakers, also known as lump crushers, are machines used in material handling systems across a wide range of applications. Many industrial sectors require particle size reduction for the processing of material—minerals and mining, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and food manufacturing, pet foods and plastics, and so on. In processing material, particle size reduction may be necessary to increase the surface area of material, increase  dissolution or absorption rates, improve pneumatic conveyance, ...

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Tolling Services Explained

Posted on 8/26/20 8:35 AM

Tolling services are often defined as a simple arrangement, where one company processes raw material or near-finished goods for another in return for a “toll” or fee. Industry wide, toll processing services are known by many names—toll manufacturing, contract processing, tolling, toll conversions, and even toll milling when it involves size reduction—but the service is essentially the same. For example, contract processing may involve a long-term service contract or agreement between two companies to further process material, where ...

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