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What is Particle Engineering?

Posted on 1/12/21 9:05 AM

Humanity has long sought to alter the properties of substances. From the ancient art of alchemy to modern variants of chemistry, science has combined with mechanics to engineer particles in such a way as to make them more useful. Particle engineering has become important in the cosmetic, food, animal feed, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other industries, seeking to alter particles' characteristics to allow businesses to deliver better products and services. 

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Using Dry Grinding and Classifying for Plant-Based Protein Enrichment

Posted on 12/22/20 10:11 AM

As the world's population continues to grow, food demand increases, particularly for foods containing protein essential for human health. While animal protein has traditionally been an essential element in many people's diets worldwide – particularly Western-style diets – the land and water needed to raise livestock make raising it increasingly unsustainable to produce enough protein for the world's population. 

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The Differences Between Mesh and Micron Targets in Particle Size Reduction Processes

Posted on 12/14/20 12:00 PM

There are few traits more important than consistency in production runs that deliver quality products across the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. And in many cases, a high level of consistency is dependent on processes that reduce the size of particles involved in the product's creation. While impacting particles to make them smaller may seem like a simple process, it's not. Successful particle size reduction is a complex process. Crushers, lump breakers, hammer millers, and fine grinders are selected depending on the ...

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Dry Blending on an Industrial Scale

Posted on 12/7/20 10:06 AM

Industrial bakeries and mix plants rely on precision weighing and blending to achieve consistency and product quality. Many raw ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, spices, additives, or flavorings are inconsistently sized or contain lumps. Therefore, industrial food manufacturers will often utilize industrial size reduction equipment to condition them prior to use. After conditioning the ingredients, bakeries and mix plants will use various types of kneading equipment or horizontal blenders to mix them into   ready-to-eat foodstuffs ...

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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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