Author Archives: Haluk Orhan


WENGER: From small-town entrepreneur to worldwide leader

With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, brothers Joe and Louis Wenger founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948. Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for all commercial extruders used today.

The Wenger brothers’ novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, seventy-five years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

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Best ship unloading / loading system awarded to Siwertell

Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has won its fifth prestigious International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Award. A joint submission with its customer Peel Ports took the prize in the Best Ship Loading/Unloading System category at the awards ceremony held in London on 21st November 2016.

“This latest win sends a clear message to anyone in the market for a dry bulk handling system that Siwertell is the first-choice for anyone whose priorities are capacity, safety, environmental issues and overall performance,” says Emily Brækhus Cueva, Marketing Manager, Siwertell.

The IBJ judges offered their congratulations to Siwertell and Peel Ports, noting that Peel Ports’ new £100 million biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool – constructed using two fully-enclosed Siwertell 790-D screw-type ship unloaders – greatly increases berth capacity, enabling quick vessel turnaround and vastly reducing dust emissions.

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Storage project

G3 to build next-generation grain export terminal at the Port of Vancouver, BC

G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), is pleased to announce that it will build a state-of-the-art grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia, the first new grain terminal constructed at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s.

“Our Vancouver terminal is central to G3’s vision of a coast-to-coast grain handling network that sets a new standard in efficiency,” says Karl Gerrand, CEO of G3. He continues, “We plan to transform the movement of grain through the west coast, providing Canadian farmers with competitive pricing and reliable delivery opportunities.”

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SILO: Price, Capacity, Shape and Design

Grain storage is an aspect every miller, farmer, grain trader and organisation responsible for strategic food reserves, has to consider at some stage. It can be both short term whilst waiting for drying and/or delivery or long term in order to sell at the best market price, or it could be storage for own use such as in milling operations, or to ensure a constant availability at national level.

Whatever the reason, choices are limited. Short-term storage can take place in bags, sheds and buildings, but the most economical long-term storage method will always be steel silos. The capital cost is significantly lower than that of on-floor systems requiring buildings, and offers greater security of the grain, and control of the storage environment.

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Minimising the risk of explosions

The causes of explosions and the recommended ‘safe’ cleaning method equipment that does not do the job.’

By Steve Whiting, Spinaclean

ATEX is an acronym for “Atmospheres Explosive”.  Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists, vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion.

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‘Let people eat good rice’

A revolution in colour sorter technology underway at Yongxiang

by Dr Wenbin Wu, Editor – China Edition, Milling and Grain

Since ancient times, all over the world people have used their intellect and knowledge in developing rice cultivation and processing. Great progress has been made, with ever increasing grain yields and the continuous optimisation of varieties and improvements in processing technology; all becoming more and more advanced.

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How to control moisture in parboiled rice production?

Around 50 percent of the world’s paddy rice production is parboiled. This is a process during rice production in which the paddy (raw) rice is steamed in the husk and then dried. This hardens the individual grains making them easier to handle and reduces the amount of broken kernels during milling. Other benefits include an increased product storage life, an increased nutritional value and sterilization of the grain.

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RYE: Why isn’t rye growth much more prevalent?

By Andrew Wilkinson, Milling & Grain Magazine

A highly versatile crop, rye (Secale cereale) is grown primarily as a forage for cattle and other ruminant livestock, whilst also being grown for use as a feed ingredient, for alcohol distillation, and for use in human consumption.

Initially, rye likely began growing in the area of what is now present-day Turkey, but it is possible that it could have come across from much farther east still. Reaching its apex fairly quickly, rye was already widely cultivated by the Romans, although there is evidence that it was grown far earlier too.

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