The production of animal feed plays a leading role in the agricultural food industry, with experts predicting that global production levels are nearing a landmark 1 billion metric tons per year. Made from raw agricultural products, it’s formulated to meet specific animal nutritional requirements for different species of livestock during different stages of life.
Due to the nature of the industry, animal feed plants often face difficulties in the storage and transportation of powder, granular and pelleted materials. This is often a result of the large amounts of differing materials that the same plant has to deal with.
Primasonics® Acoustic Cleaners and the Prima Whip™ are ideal for hygienically cleaning silos and hoppers without the need for expensive and dangerous man entry into the vessels. They have proved their worth within filters, ensuring total cleaning and extending filter bag life while also preventing damage.
Solving Problems Within the Animal Feed Industry
Poor feed storage conditions, such as high moisture or a lack of protection from the elements, can greatly increase the prevalence of mould and vermin. Although the presence of mould doesn’t necessarily mean mycotoxin production has occurred, even a small amount of mould can contain mycotoxins if temperature and humidity conditions are met.
Other common problems that arise within an animal feed plant include:
One of the best ways to avoid problems like ratholing, hot spots and bridging in silos and hoppers is to schedule regular maintenance checks with Primasonics. Regular check-ups can help address issues before they become overly complex and can also help reduce downtime.
Contamination between product batches has long been seen as a serious problem within animal feed mills. To ensure silos and hoppers are completely empty acoustic cleaners can be placed on the top of silos in existing manholes.