COVER STORY

Cover Story

PROCESS CONTROL AND AUTOMATION IN GRAIN MILLING

For efficient production in the age of Industry 4.0, automation is a must for a facility. It is important not only in terms of increasing production efficiency and quality but also in terms of tracking the history of a product. Automation and digitalization are inspiring new solutions to optimize yield, save energy, prevent wastage or remove defective produce. With the …

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The milling industry will have to embrace IoT, or they will be left behind

“The convergence of IT and OT opens a great opportunity for everyone involved. In our industry, I see the adaptation of Industry 4.0 to be slow due to its cost, but it will happen. The milling industry will have to embrace IoT, or they will be left behind. Regulatory compliance, recall procedures, food security, and innovations will force them to …

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Automating the smart tasks

“A good automation project should detail all the machines, the sensors, the actuators, and the flows involved. Whoever you choose as your supplier, make sure the documentation before the delivery of the items is as exhaustive as possible. The documents should detail what is to be done and how. Nobody will give you engineering information for free, but in the …

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The effects of electrical and automation systems on the efficient use of roller mills

“As the number of rolls and KW values of motors increase, the importance of control systems for electrical circuit and automation also increases. Earthing is vital in order to protect electronic components of the machine. Feeding and grinding roll motors and roller bodies must be earthed. Inexperienced and untrained individuals should not be let to get close to the machine. …

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FLOUR FORTIFICATION AND ADDITIVES

Populations with widespread multiple micronutrient deficiencies, fortification of staple food is one of the best investments which can make for securing its future because good nutrition is essential for a child’s healthy growth and development, their capacity to learn, and capacity to earn, and be productive without being left behind. As the idea behind fortification isn’t to “cure” micronutrient deficiencies, …

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Fortifying grains: Where do we stand and what is next?

“Life-saving vitamins and minerals should be made available through fortified grains to the billions around the globe who suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. This should be a rallying call to industries, to governments, donors, and other stakeholders. We must continue to enact and enforce fortification legislation and work together to boost quality and coverage of existing programmes and industry can self-regulate. …

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Flour fortification: A simple, cost-effective way to address micronutrient deficiencies worldwide

“While hidden hunger continues to be a public health concern worldwide, staple food fortification offers a long-term approach to addressing these widespread micronutrient deficiencies. It has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, societies and nations; effectively combating hidden hunger. With the general health of a population rising, economic benefits – including decreasing healthcare costs and unemployment …

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Increasing focus on vitamin D in flour fortification

“About a billion people around the globe suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Since the two most important sources of vitamin D – sunlight and nutrition – are often unable to ensure an adequate supply, vitaminization of staple foods has come into the focus of discussion. The milling industry can play a key role in this respect. Premixes with vitamin …

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Increasing demand for bread and bakery products will bolster additive market

“Bread improvers are traditionally used to reduce the time required for flour dough to rise and to enhance its workability. However, with heavy investment in R&D, new applications are emerging rapidly. For instance, when certain enzymes, are added to the dough, it reduces the protein solubility. Thus, they enhance both taste and nutritional profile of the product. Some of the …

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ALTERNATIVE GRAINS AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES

There has been growing global interest in alternative grains such as teff, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, kamut and millet due to the rising awareness about the health concerns and sustainable production. With the increasing popularity and benefits of these grains, the demand for ancient grains and whole grains in the global market is forecasted to increase in the coming years. The …

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