BinMaster SmartBob AO Level Sensor receives Hazardous Location Certification

International Milling Directory member BinMaster has new certification ensuring safe practice in use where dust explosions may occur. This is great news for flour and feed millers looking to invest in extra monitoring products whilst upholding health and safety.

(Lincoln, Nebraska—November 18, 2014)  The BinMaster SmartBob AO level sensor with integrated 4-20 mA analog output has received hazardous location certification. It is listed for Class II, Groups E, F, & G and enclosure types NEMA 4X, 5 and 12, ensuring the sensor is safe to use in locations where combustible dust may be present. This continuous level sensor works like an automated tape measure, but eliminates the needs to climb bins for manual measurements to reduce risk in the workplace.

The SmartBob AO with built-in 4-20 mA output is designed for facilities that prefer an analog output for monitoring bin level measurement data. The programming interface and controls are built in to the SmartBob AO circuit board for easy programming. Since the SmartBob AO measurement data is sent directly to a PLC, it provides an alternative to using a console or software for accessing measurement levels.

 

BinMaster

BinMaster

A simple push-button user interface built into the SmartBob AO circuitry is used to configure the settings for each SmartBob AO sensor. To set up the SmartBob AO, the user opens the device to access the keypad and steps through a series of push-button settings to set the interval timer, units of measure, 4 mA and 20 mA drop distances, maximum drop distance, and the Relay 1 and 2 functions. Once setup is complete, measurement data is sent directly to a PLC, with all settings for the bin saved in the non-volatile memory of the SmartBob AO.

An interval timer setting initiates a measurement in pre-determined time intervals such as every two, four or eight hours. When a measurement is needed immediately, an external start input can be used to initiate a measurement on demand. Additionally, an override input feature can be used to turn the measurement feature off, disabling the measurement function. The override feature is useful when filling tanks to avoid covering the SmartBob probe with material or to stop measurements when a bin is undergoing maintenance or cleaning.

The SmartBob AO features two relays that are configurable by the user, unlike competitive products that only have one relay, making the SmartBob AO more flexible and providing more data to the end user. The user simply selects any two of four different relay options in any combination including measurement status (measurement in process), high level alarm, low level alarm or error alarm (sensor did not take a measurement). Other benefits of the SmartBob AO include the output of a 22 mA error signal if the SmartBob AO should encounter a “stuck top” or “stuck bottom” condition and a soft start feature that reduces wear on the motor.

Big new investment from İmaş Makine

International Milling Directory member, İmaş Makine and their Milleral products are pleased to announce that a groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the new factory, which will increase the capacity of İmaş two and a half times. İmaş Makine, offering its products with Milleral trademark, will put its new factory into use over an area of 56 thousand square metres with 20m TL (Turkish Lira) of investment. The company aims to increase turnover by three times in the medium term.

İmaş Makine, which is one of the İttifak Holding subsidiaries and a leading representative of the mill technologies sector, has broken the ground for their new factory on October 14, Tuesday at the 2nd Organized Industry Extension Area in Konya. Tuncay Lamcı, İmaş Makine General Manager, spoke on the groundbreaking ceremony and said: “Our current factory which has an area of 10,300 square metres will be extended approximately two and a half times and will be active over an area of 25,623 square metres. Seha Yapı, one of the group’s companies, will carry out the construction which we aim to finish in one year.”

Lamcı mentioned that the factory will be built with an infrastructure, which could provide the electric energy required by the company and in steel construction. He added, “Our company, who constructs turnkey grain milling factories and carries out important works in metal cutting sector, is on its way to become an intelligence company which could respond to all the needs of the sectors in which it provides service.”

 

LAMCI: “WE AIM TO INCREASE OUR TURNOVER THREEFOLD”

 

Lamcı mentioned that together with the new factory investment they aimed to achieve highest quality with lower costs and added: “We will establish a structure in our new factory, which has improvable integrated business processes, which supports the innovation; with working principles carrying more efficient, more advanced and more competitive qualities and which is ready for the needs the future would bring. In our new factory in which we can find the opportunity to try out our innovative and technologically value added products we produce, we will continue to design machinery and systems that are sustainable and that provide competitive power to our customers.

Lamcı stated that the new structure will remove the labor, place and time losses in the new factory and will meet the needs of social and educational needs of the employees. He also said that they aim to increase the turnover threefold by increasing export as parallel to growing production.

 

“WE BELIEVE THAT WE WILL SEE THE OUTCOME OF THE NEW INVESTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE”

Lamcı stated that İmaş Makine was established as the second subsidiary of the İttifak Holding in order to be active in the milling sector in 1989 and in 1991, they added band saw machines to their activities and became active in these two sectors and added: “İmaş has become a global company today. Our has exported our goods up to more than 60 countries by carrying the technology from Central Asia to Middle East, from African Countries to Turkish Republics. Within this scope, we export nearly 96% of our milling machines and 17% of our band saw machines. The performance we have shown so far has encouraged us to grow. We believe that we will see the outcome of this as soon as possible.”

 

“WE ADD VALUE TO THE SECTOR”

 

Tuncay Lamcı has stated that as they have focused on three important issues in R&D and system design. Lamcı said: “We determine all the opportunities which will maximize the energy efficiency, system operation and long service life and then we present this philosophy which we call “Smart Milling” to use parallel to the interests of our customers.” He added that they see their products they have presented to global markets not just as machinery but systems which symbolize technology, quality and trust and that they would form an added value for the customers with this approach in the future.

 

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Hayden Flour Mills wins Martha Stewart Contest and $10,000

Hayden Flour Mills, an Arizona upstart flour producer of heritage grains, will receive a major publicity push from living mogul Martha Stewart after her company announced Friday that the mill won a national contest focusing on artisanal goods.

The business was named one of 10 winners in the Martha Stewart American Made awards. It will win $10,000 along with exposure in Stewart’s magazine, Martha Stewart Living, as well as on her satellite radio channel and website. There is also an event in New York in early November.

Jeff Zimmerman started his company in 2010 with an idea, the rights to the historic name of the flour, but little else. Piece by piece, he assembled what he needed to create the kind of soft flour he grew up with in the farm country of North Dakota.

Zimmerman found seed specialists who had the kind of heritage wheat varieties that used to flourish in Arizona. He found farmers willing to plant them. He bought a massive stone mill and found a restaurateur, James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco, who had the space for him to house it.

His flour has been sold to several chefs and bakers. It is available on the shelves in a dozen Whole Foods Markets in the Phoenix area, Zimmerman said.

Wheat harvested in Queen Creek, Arizona on Friday, June 29, 2012. Jeff Zimmerman is growing heritage grains and selling them under the old Hayden Flour Mills brand.(Photo: Michael McNamara/The Republic)

Wheat harvested in Queen Creek, Arizona on Friday, June 29, 2012. Jeff Zimmerman is growing heritage grains and selling them under the old Hayden Flour Mills brand.(Photo: Michael McNamara/The Republic)

“The growth is faster than we can handle,” he said.

Zimmerman has moved his mill out of Bianco’s Phoenix bakery and sandwich shop, Pane Bianco, and into temporary quarters in Gilbert.

He is working with farmer Steve Sossaman to create a home for his mill close to some of the land where the wheat is grown. Zimmerman said it will cut trucking and production costs, and serve as a showcase for the milling process. He expects the operation to open in November.

Zimmerman said more farmers are interested in planting the ancient grain varietals. He started with Sossaman and two other farmers planting three varieties of wheat. He now has six farmers planting 14 types.

Zimmerman hopes the organic and heritage flour market can grow like the organic and heritage vegetable market. He is telling bakers they should buy their own mills, even though it would cut into his business, since he believes it will raise interest in the locally sourced wheat.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” Zimmerman said. “We are close to leading the country with our grain movement.”

by Richard Ruelas, The Republic | azcentral.com 9:44 p.m. MST October 17, 2014

JTIC 2014: Half way through!

Tom and Darren from the International Milling Directory today completed another first day at a cereals, milling, nutrition and equipment industry exhibition and conference – JTIC.

Stand number H8 is where Darren and Tom operated from with new 2015 media files, latest magazines and International Milling Directories. Tomorrow will continue until mid afternoon at Reims Congress Centre, France.

Successful meetings with International Milling Directory members: Alapala, Buhler, Ocrim, Bastak, Silos Cordoboa, Privé, Mühlenchemie, Ugūr Makina, Sefar and many more were held.

See you there tomorrow!

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Albion flour mill silos demolished

October 8, 2014

 - Brisbane Times and Sun-Herald journalist

“For years they towered over Brisbane’s inner-north. But on Wednesday, with no fanfare, they were consigned to history. The Albion flour mill’s silos, which stood tall even after an arson attack destroyed the mill itself last year, were demolished on Wednesday to make way for new unit blocks.”

The former Defiance flour mill at Albion

The former Defiance flour mill at Albion

The Albion flour mill has been demolished to make way for new unit blocks. Photo: Glenn Hunt

 

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/albion-flour-mill-silos-demolished-20141008-1139cl.html#ixzz3FdaNrjo4

Anatolia Flour Industrialists’ Association annual meeting 2014

Conference hall

Conference hall

The 2014-2015 harvest year evaluation meeting” was held in the Perissia Hotel in Ürgüp, Cappadocia from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September. The Anatolia Flour Industrialists’ Association (AFIA) hosted the meeting. In the meeting, the aim was to bring together the flour and cereals sectors, the future of wheat, the strategic importance of wheat in the world and the Turkish harvest results were evaluated together with the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) and the sector’s leading representatives. Foreign language interpreting was provided for bilateral meetings with international suppliers for imported wheat. Exhibitions, debates, trips and social programs went ahead with the participation of the companies as well as a panel entitled “The Future of Wheat in Turkey and in the World”. Furthermore, it was organised for the first time during the meeting for the participation of the AFIA representatives working under the larger Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Association (TFIA).

 

Exhibition hall

Exhibition hall

 

Program

Program

Adifo’s Feed Industry Solution Seminar- Copenhagen 2014

International Milling Directory member and advertiser, Adifo, recently undertook a feed milling conference – “Feed Industry Solution Seminar” – in Copenhagen to great success. On Wednesday 17th September, presentation talks were given and carried interest for attendees from across Europe and around the world. Adifo describe it as, “A short impression of Adifo‘s free Seminar on feed sector-related software tools – with 3 business cases (EWOS, NWF, Nutreco) for Nutritionists, R&D managers, Purchase managers,IT managers, Q&C managers.”

You can see more in this video :-