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F     24 | May - June 2014                                                                                      GRAIN   &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY

                                                            Milling Industry’s Largest Gathering
                                                                            in the
                                                                     Middle East & Africa

                        The 25th Annual IAOM MEA District Conference & Expo will be held
          at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Halls 4A & 4B on 3-6 December 2014.
     Conference and Expo Highlights                                             Top Notch Keynote Speakers

    • Largest gathering of flour & feed   • World renowned keynote
      milling industry machine             speakers include Dr. Beau Lotto,
      suppliers, grain millers and         Neuroscientist & Founder Lottolab
      commodity traders from the           (UK) and Daniel Basse, President
      Middle East, Africa and all over     & founder, AgResource Co. (USA)
      the world                          • Evening Functions in Cape
    • Captivating and vibrant keynote      Town’s most elite venues
      speakers for Management,           • English and Arabic simultaneous
      Technical and Trading sessions                                              Management                Trading Moderator         Mike Krueger
                                           translation available                 Keynote Speaker            & Keynote Speaker        Founder & President,
    • Extensive networking               • Full access to conference              Dr. Beau Lotto               Daniel Basse         The Money Farm (USA)
      opportunities                        presentations and expo               Neuroscientist & Founder,    President & Founder,
                                                                                      Lottolab (UK)         AgResource Co. (USA)

     Organized by:
                                                                                        REGISTER NOW
                             Mideast & Africa District                         Email: info@iaom-mea.com or call 0096824711755
         &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                      F

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                                 118th Annual Conference & Expo

        rain milling professionals consistently find that the                 Or course with such a well-structured organisation with committed
        IAOM conference experience affords them an opportu-                   committees, there are of course many foci, however what stood out
        nity to enhance and advance their careers through                     for me was the need to entice new blood into the milling industry.
comprehensive education programs, to connect with
their industry peers at exciting networking events, and to                    Course at all levels
develop relationships with vendors who offer the products                         The courses offered by IAOM are available at all levels, Melinda
and services they need to efficiently do their job.                           talked about the need for more qualified milling and science gradu-
                                                                              ates, the need for more qualified head and shift managers, the need
    The IAOM Annual Conference & Expo is the premier educational              to recognise professional millers who want to pursue a long term
event for grain milling and seed processing professionals. The annual         career path and of course the biggest of them all, and the need to
event gathers milling and allied trade professionals from around the          attract a new generation of millers.
world for three days of education, networking and fellowship.                     With these challenges in place, the milling industry has already
    Educational and technical programs presented at the conference            indicated the need for a robust career kit, which can be used to help
assist millers in improving yields, productivity, customer satisfaction       attract high school and college graduates into the world of milling.
and safety. The programs are presented by seasoned professionals in               During the conference there was a booth available for anyone in
the field who have experienced the issues affecting millers first-hand.       the milling industry that was attending the conference to go into and
    In addition, the annual conference also includes the world’s largest      record a segment about how they got into milling, what they like
Expo for milling professionals, typically featuring over 100 companies        and enjoy about a career in milling, etc. These testimonials will then
displaying milling and processing equipment and related services.             appear on the IAOM website and will form 'art of the career' kits.
    Having spent five thrilling and educational days last October in
Souse, Tunisia, for the regional conference for IAOM Africa & Middle          Highlights
East, it was an honour to have been invited to the 118th Annual                    Once again the IAOM Annual conference and expo
IAOM Conference and Expo in Omaha, Nebraska, US. Whilst in                    has been a resounding success, with so much in the
Tunisia I had interviewed Melinda Farris for GFMT magazine, talking           program it was impossible to capture every excit-
about her ninth year at IAOM and seventh year as Executive Vice               ing and informative moment, however, I have put
President. Melinda pointed out the challenges ahead.                          together a selection of the IAOM’s highlights in the
                                                                              following pages which covers the event, from the
Challenges for IAOM                                                           Buhler welcome reception, through to the IMEF
   With 16 different regions, there was talk of restructure. Having visited   Breakfast, the exciting Product Showcases and
some of the regional events, which were becoming very successful in their     informative Educational sessions, through to the
own right, it would appear that some millers and suppliers focus more on      AGM and much more. If you could not make it,
the regional meetings than the larger annual conference and expo.             it is fair to say you missed out.
   So six months on, I find myself in Omaha at the Hilton, at the                  If the following pages entice you to come
top of the escalators registering for the 118th annual International          along to the next conference and expo don’t
Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) conference and expo.                  leave it too late. It is being held on May 4-8,
Check in and registration is smooth and efficient, I have my badge            2015 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
and deck of perforated tickets allowing me entrance to and participa-         and Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm
tion in, the many well thought out and planed receptions, dinners,            Springs, California, US.
meetings and conferences.                                                          Join hundreds of milling professionals from
   As the exhibition was erected, it was clear from Melinda what              across North America and around the world
the focus was for this year’s IAOM Annual Conference and Expo.                when they convene in Palm Springs in 2015 for
                                                                              the next IAOM Annual Conference & Expo.

                                                                                 See you there in 2015

                                                                                 Darren Parris

                                                                               Darren Parris is the head the GFMT
                                                                               International Marketing Team

    IAOM opening
                       Left: Harrold, Keven &                                 Right: Dave,
                       Mike from Essmueller                                  Dan, Chris &
                       Company and Doug                                       Robert from
                       from Safe Grain/Maxi                                      Industrial
                       Tronic Inc                                                Fumigant
                                                                            Company (IFC)

                                Right: Mike
                                & Rich from
                                  C-Tec AG

           Left: Melinda
           Farris                                                    icking off a superb start to the IAOM Annual Conference
                                                                     and Expo being held at the Holiday Inn Omaha was the
                                                                     Buhler reception. As many hundred milling professional
                                                                     s from all over the world came together at Buhler’s
                                                                     opening reception.
            Lindsay and                                    With fabulous food and gratis liquid refreshments Buhler succeeded
              Mike from                                    in bringing together all the right people to truly set the scene for
                 Electro                                   what was a successful IOAM expo and conference.

             Left: Steve                                             Left: Andreas
             & Barry                                                 from Buhler
             from Design                                             with Jose, Eliseo
             Corrugating                                             from Fundiciones
             with Howard                                             Balaguer, Enrique
             from Conagra                                            from Molinos
             Mills                                                   Modernos S.A.
                                                                     and Mark from

                       Left: Tim,                                    Right: Ken Hofstra,
                       Randy, Matt                                     Head Miller with
                       & Franz from                                     Howard, DAllas,
                       Buhler                                             Brad and Scott
                                                                        from Richardson
                                                                          MIlling Limited
                              Right: Paul
                              Walti from
                           entertaining a

                                 Left: Joe from Buhler                                       Right: David,
                                 with Deming from                                                Bill, Mike
                                 Satake, Steve from                                               and Tom
                                 Sefar and Al from                                          from Corbion
                                 Hogg Packaging                                             Caravan with
                                 Corporation                                                 Damon from
                                                                                             Miller Milling
                                   Right: Ruifeng Li the                                                Co.
                                   team from Baixiang
                                           Food Group
                                      (Henan) in China
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                                  International Milling
                                Educational Foundation
                                    (IMEF) Breakfast

            fter two days of successful                Double Donor Districts honored                     culminating in building 17 flour mills in various
            committee meeting and a fantastic          on district donor plaque.                          countries.
            welcome reception given by                 Mr Sidles announced that two districts had            Keith announces the first recipient of the
    Buhler the focus moves to the formali-             reached “donor level of giving” these two          Christian F Kongsore Scholarship Award was
    ties of the International Milling Educational      districts will be added to the district donor      Miss Jodi Roberts.
    Foundation      (IMEF)     Breakfast.              plaque, which will be on display at the IMEF          In her application Miss Roberts noted that
                                                       headquarters.                                      she was hooked on milling from the very first
                                                                                                          time she toured the Al Ross Flourmill. She has
    Breakfast with donors, scholarship                 Mr Sidles announced the IMEF                       been selected to attend K-state study-abroad
    and award winners                                  Benefactors Award                                  program at Swiss Milling School in the fall
    Bright and early Wednesday morning we all              The IMEF Benefactors Award was won             2014 semester.
    convened in the Hilton Ballroom for bacon          by Grain Millers Inc., Keith from Grain Millers,
    and eggs. After a scrumptious morning snack,       Inc came on stage to accept the award. The         Filling the bin
    we sat back coffee in hand to enjoy the morn-      company had made a generous pledge at last         Rounding up what was a well planned and
    ings presentations.                                year’s conference. Keith had announced his         excellent breakfast meeting, Damon Sidles
         Hosted by Damon Sidles, who wastes no         intention to give generously to the foundation     announced the ‘Filling the bin for the future’
    time in highlighting the IMEF priorities for the   and in doing so would create a scholarship         IMEF Scholarship program. A scholarship pro-
    year ahead. He says:                               in the name of Grain Millers Inc. co-founder       gram for people already in the milling industry.
      1) “We would like to offer more                  Christian F. Kongsore. The scholarship would          Recipients include:
         scholarships to those who would like to       be given to one of the top grain science stu-       • Ryan Legge: Used his scholarship to work
         enhance their skills and to add to their      dents at Kansas State University.                      on correspondence course
         knowledge of grain processing.                    So the Christian F Kongsore Scholarship         • Steve Carpenter: Will be using his
      2) “We will be providing grants for              Award was born. On addressing the audi-                scholarship to participate in a resident
         professional management speakers who          ence, Keith said Christian could not attend the        milling program course later this year
         address conferences worldwide.                conference but is very excited and honored          • Md Abu Zahid: Engineer, will be using his
      3) “We want to develop senior milling            to be able to lend his name to such an award.          scholarship to improve his knowledge of
         executive workshops.                              Keith went on to explain a little about            milling operations
         “These are all viable goals that can be       Christian F Kongsore. He was Born in Oslo,            Mr Sidles, closes off the awards section
    reached as long as IMEF continue to have the       Norway in 1927 and worked in the family mill       of the mornings event and hands the reins
    support of the industry. IMEF would like to        as a second generation miller. He graduated        over to Jim McCarthy, President of the North
    thank all who have given to the endowment          from K - State in 1954 and then worked for         American Millers Association (NAMA) to talk
    fund,” he explained.                               Fisher Mills, Pillsbury and Continental Grain,     about the “Power of Flour.”
         On that note, Mr Sidles on behalf of the
    IMEF invited anyone who would like to make
    a contribution to come to the front of the
         After collecting in the very generous dona-
    tions, Mr Sidles introduced the Friends of
    IMEF award. Unfortunately, none were in
    attendance. However, the three people high-
    lighted were: Masayuki Kawahasi, Thomas
    Sliffe nad Ernest Van Vleet.
         Mr Sidles, continued to host a number
    of awards and highlighted key supporters of           GFMT's sister publication, The International Milling Directory was on
                                                          hand at IAOM to offer a complimentary copy of the industries premier
    IMEF and Friends, Contributors and Donors.            buyers guide and directory to as many millers as possible!
F    30 | May - June 2014                                                                                         GRAIN  &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY

    The Power of Flour
    NAMA sees more change ahead
    The floor was given over to Jim McCarthy, president of the North American
    Millers’ Association and guest speaker at IMEF’s breakfast meeting

           rowing up in Washington DC                   time there has been a sea change with           GMO, joining forces with Wheat Innovation
           Jim McCarthy started out                     consolidations and mergers. For example,        Alliance who are active in educating public
           working for a US Senator                     back in 1990 the top 10 millers were a little   and media on the importance of GMO
    on Capitol Hill before moving on to                 different to those today, he told delegates.    wheat.
    work for five years at Hershey Food                     Having explained his own background             NAMA has also joined the coalition
    Corporation. During this time he earned             and a brief history of NAMA, Jim McCarthy       for a safe and affordable food supply to
    an MBA and a Law Degree.                            gave a talk on the power of flour, in which     support legislation for ‘voluntary’ GMO
                                                        he touched upon the politics surrounding        labeling, as ‘mandatory’ GMO labeling
        He then went on to work at the Snack            flour today.                                    will only cause confusion and suspicion
    Food Association for 22 years, including 14             Food safety, nutrition and the supply       of food products approved by the FDA.
    years as its President.                             chain are ‘the three pillars’ that support          Mr McCarthy pointed out that with
        Now President of North American                 NAMA’s success as an organization. These        coeliac disease only effecting one per-
    Millers Association, (NAMA) which was               were his points of reference.                   cent of the American population and 93
                                                                                                        percent having no dietary problems at all
                                        1990                                            2014            with wheat, NAMA feels the popularity
    Miller                        Capacity     % of             Miller            Capacity     % of     of a gluten-free diet has really got out
                                             Industry                                        Industry   of hand, and he looks to set the record
                                                                                                        straight by working with Wheat Foods
                                                                                                        Council and Grain Foods Foundations.
                Con Agra Inc. 226,900        19.8%             Ardent Milling     513,600      34.4%
                                                                                                        US Dietary Guidelines are being revised
             Adm Milling Co. 169,700         14.8%            Adm Millingco.      281,100      18.9%    and NAMA wants to preserve the current
                        Cargill 148,700      13.0%             Milner Milling     164,000      11.0%    recommended guidelines of six servings
             The Pillsbury Co. 119,700       10.4%              General Mills     77,500       5.2%     of grain a day. NAMA also urges lunch
       Cereal Food Processors     68,300       5.9%     Miller Milling-Nisshin    76,100       5.1%     programs not to set any maximum on
             General Mills Inc.   66,700       5.8%          Bay State Milling    75,100       5.0%     grain products.
     Dixie Portland Flour Mills   55,000       4.8%                      Mennel   40,900       2.7%         The American milling industry had some
         Bay State Milling Co.    53,250       4.6%            Bartlett Milling   40,500       2.7%
                                                                                                        issues with rail supply last winter so NAMA
                                                                                                        is trying to make sure this does not happen
                      Nabisco     28,000       2.4%               Kraft Foods     31,000       2.1%
                       Mennel     22,700       2.0%     North Dakota Milling      30,000        2%
                                                                                                            NAMA is taking action by becoming a
                          Total 958,950      83.5%                         Total 1,329,800     89.1%    member of the Agriculture Transportation
                                                                                                        coalition, working with Canadian allies
    created in 1998, McCarthy explained how                Mr McCarthy grew up in Washington            on legislation and commenting on US
    NAMA was a combination of the National              DC and understands just how important           Surface Transportation Board. It is also
    Miller Federation, American Corn Millers            constituent power is and why the food           pursuing a trucking strategy for the milling
    Federation, American Oat Association                industry needs a presence in Washington.        industry.
    and Protein Grain Products International.              His goal has always been ‘to bring               Mr McCarthy finished his session by
    Representing the wheat, corn and oat mill-          business and government together’ and           highlighting the key roles of NAMA:
    ing industries and the international trade for      as the president of NAMA he does just             • Ensure the interests of our members
    milled flour.                                       that - working with many organisations               are well represented before
        Mr McCarthy spoke about there being             to make sure that NAMA’s members are                 government
    45 members across 38 states and Canada,             well represented before government, so            • Promote the adequate supply of
    representing 170 mills which is around 90           that the needs of the milling industry are           quality grains
    percent of the total industry production in         understood by the decision makers who             • Provide timely information to our
    North America producing around 80,000               really can make a difference to the future           members and allies
    tonnes per day.                                     of milling.                                       • Increase public awareness of our
        There has been change and there needs              When discussing food safety Mr                    products
    to be more change as the growth in vol-             McCarthy explained how NAMA endeav-               • Support the increase consumption of
    ume produced is increasing, at the same             ors to promote the use of and safety of              our products
        IAOM EXPO

                 Robert, Chris, Dan, Dave & James                        Rusty and Guenter from                                     Sou Yuzhong from the Kaifeng
                 from IFC Service                                        Static Binder                                              Maosheg Machinery Co

       Melike Arikan from Alapala with                               Bernd Kruse and Carl-Ludwig
     Hidayet, Tuncay and Sibel from the                                 Bollweg from Schule, also                                     Bernie Jansen and Quin
                    Turkish Grain Board                                         representing Kahl                                          Vincent from VAA

  Deming Sun
 from Satake,
rice and grain
colour sorting                                      Bibiana and Dayn                                         Bob Warren and Tim                                      Richard and Nick from
    machines.                                             from Omas                                          Larsen from Rentokil                                               Vortomech

       Regan Heaton and Daniel Wambeke               Bryson Ramsey from LIftco LLC, specialising in                           Carl Swisher & Rick Fifer from 4B
               from Scafco Grain Systems                                 Belt And CAge Manlifts                                              Components Ltd.

                                                                                           Clint Steele and Paul Sondgeroth from                                   Craig and Steven from
                                                           Cimbria                                                Todd & Sargent                                            IntraSystems

                 Robert Cook, Vice President                     Harold Mauck and Mike Resner from                                   Henning and Thomas from        Hidayet, Tuncay & Sibel from th
                                  of Biomist            Essmueller - Bulk Material Handling Equipment                                                Fawema                      to Seyit & Diwakar
                                Stephen Nenonen, Sales                      Steve and Wylie from BS&B - Explosion                                    Tom and Nick from Blower
                                Director for Romer Labs                                    Protection Technologies                                                 Engineering

        Doug McCan from                                        Ertan Kaya from Erkaya                                         Joe and MIke from                            Michael Cowl and Terry
              Maxi-Tronic                                      Laboratory Instruments                                                    SEFAR                            Geraghty from Tapco Inc

                               Fabrizio, Marco, Gerald and                                        John Hunter from                             Steven and Mike from BinMaster
                                   Christopher from Ocrim                                                   Buhler                                 stood next to the Smart Bob

   Craig and Steven from                           Garip Cantemir from Urgur showing a                          Josh and John from Green Future                                    Thorsten Muenker
            IntraSystems                        customer the inside of an Urgur machine                                     structual Innovations                                        from Siwaco

                              Gary and David from AMVT                                        Keith Robinson from                                          Tod and Israel from
                                           colour sorting                                                Copesan                                                        Sentry

he Turkish Grain Board next                                         Jamie & Matt from                          Kristen McCarty, Laboratory Manager                Todd Morey, Nathan Huning and Scott
 r from imas North AMerica                                                  Chantland                                               from Brabender                               Hanson from Airlanco
F     34 | May - June 2014                                                                                        GRAIN  &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY

    IAOM                                                                                   Technology
                                                                                           on display
    MPAU S Sifter Azurit                                                          closer to a wall to make use of space available at your mill,” he adds.
                                                                                      The sifter area is 9.6m2. The approximate capacity of machine five
    ‘S’ for food safety                                                           mesh 250 micron 14 tons per hour. Larger mesh sizes means you can
    Bühler                                                                        increase capacity, he says.
                                                                                      “At 58-inch, five foot deep, 90-inch wide and 94-inch high to the
    John Hunter from Buhler presented one of the best Showcases of the            top of the frame will fit onto most mill floors. And its easy to get in for
    day. He starts his presentation by explaining why there is an ‘S’ after the   maintenance.
    prodcut name. "The MPAU S-Sifter is to show that it has been designed             To keep the space envelope the motor has been put at the back.
    with a clear focus on food safety" says Mr Hunter.                            Mounted directly behind the machine for easy accesses and mainte-
        “We need to address the needs of the modern food industry                 nance. Counter weight is strung underneath machine instead of in the
    and we are being directed by regional, national and global regula-            middle of the sifter.
    tions as they are implemented. Safety is always a priority for our                Nova Technology uses a single cleaner that cleans both sieve screen
    customers.                                                                    and box. This has been simplified. Novafit is also retrofitted into some
        “As with our other sifters this MPAU S features excellent sift perfor-    older models.
    mance and the number one thing we all need on a sifter is stainless steel         Features and options available include: safety ropes, probe that will
    lining with insulation for food safety. Insulation reduces condensation in    detect motion of sifter to make sure that it is correct and not out of level.
    machine, which is a risk at some times of the year.”                              “The key benefits are that we are delivering excellent setting per-
        In addition to this great design we have Novapure sieve boxes and         formance while delivering the food safety requirements we need in the
    frames, we have eliminated all wood from machine and replaced it with         modern food industry.
    a hi-tech synthetic material.                                                     “We are in the food industry and we have to make sure we meet
        “A key requirement of this material is that it needs to deliver           its requirements,” he concludes.
    the ware performance
    including stainless steel
    sieve inserts where
    sieve clothing is glued
    onto the frame. It has
    one side access and is
    therefore very easy to
        “You can move it

    Millguard-Pro                                                                 ple in your plant with no electricians, no screwdrivers or the need for
                                                                                  waterproofs,” he adds.
    Protecting property, lives and businesses
                                                                                      “You may not realise it but many of you reading this article have
    CMC Industrial Electronics                                                    CMC’S hazard monitoring systems in your milling plants today: they
    Douglas Forrest, president and founder of the small, boutique electron-       have 150,000 points monitored in North America alone.”
    ics company based in British Columbia called CMC Industrial Electronics,          When creating a hazard perception device for use on roll stands the
    explained the company’s main business in hazard monitoring. Protecting        challenge for CMC was two fold: baring failure and roll fire. The first was
    peoples property, human lives and grain elevators in the grain business.      easy to fix. The roll stand part was much more difficult. CMC adapted
        CMC Industrial Electronics were commissioned to solve a roll stand        one of its infrared sensors so that it could be used on the stand. The
    problem at large a company, and quite by chance when Douglas Forrest          challenge for infrared on a roll is coping with dust. CMC figured out
    met the company’s maintenance manager there was a typical roll stand          how to do it.
    in an older mill from the 1920s-1930s to work on.                                 “The system is designed and certified for use in a class two-div-one
        “If you look at this machine you will see there are just a couple of      environment. It has been tested by a certified testing agency and is suit-
    very small sensors added which are used to measure characteristics of         able and fully approved for use in,” he adds.
    the machine,” he says pointing to a presentation slide.                           Key benefits include protects milling operations prevents catastroph-
        “We do it with red baring sensors, vibration and speed, connected         ic failures and enables scheduling of proactive maintenance.
    to a special network called
    an ‘intrinsically safe net-
    work’ which means you
    can use low cost cable to
    wire the system with us to
    32 sensors on one devices.
        “It’s a very low cost
    systems and neat thing is
    that it’s serviceable by peo-
      GRAIN  &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                      May - June 2014 | 35         F

Pro-Tector                                                                           ues through a gravity-feed metal detector.
                                                                                         The Pro-Tector’s integrated drawer magnet employs twin layers of
Your best defense against metal                                                      rare-earth magnetic tubes to provide maximum magnetic separation of
Magnetic Process Equipment (MPE)                                                     metal contaminants, and its quick-clean feature allows the operator to
                                                                                     clean the unit in less than 10 seconds.
As customers face increasingly stringent product safety standards,                       Extremely reliable and easy-to-use, the Pro-Tector’s integrated metal
Material Process Equipment (MPE) has sought to provide a new and                     detector features a straightforward operating system the quickly guides
better way to prevent both ferrous and nonferrous metals from con-                   the user through set-up and operation. Designed for intuitive use, the
taminating final product.                                                            effectiveness and ease of use makes this metal detector the premier
    The result, the MPE Pro-Tector which efficiently combines the                    choice for manufacturers unwilling to compromise on product safety
simplicity of a magnetic separator with the reliability of a metal detector          or quality.
in one compact unit.                                                                     Recognised as the world standard for design, easy use and reliability,
    This innovative new system assures the quick, easy removal of metals             MPI drawer magnets deliver maximum capture of metal contaminants
from the product stream, while its size accommodates the tight spaces                and assist food processors and others to keep product contaminant free
commonly found in production facilities.                                             and to protect processing equipment from damage.
    Designed for use in gravity-feed pipes to monitor for metal con-
taminants in continuous-flowing granules or
powders such as sugar, flour, corn meal or
spices, the Pro-Tector’s integrated drawer
magnet provides maximum magnetic sepa-
ration of contaminants.
    Product first flows through the drawer
magnet, which is located at the top of the
unit, and then ferrous-free product contin-

Valve Bag Packaging                                                                  est densification possible using mechanical methods.
                                                                                         “We can go anywhere from a one spout solution to a 10 spout solu-
Highest capacity four-packer in the world                                            tions. What that means is per spout we are looking at approximately
Haver Filling Systems                                                                200 bags per hour at 50lb weights so, we can go anywhere from 200lbs
                                                                                     to 2000lbs and above when your talking smaller bags.
     Rim Boltong, from Haver Filling Systems, started his Showcase                       “We have recently installed a 10-spout installation in the northeast
presentation on Valve Bag Packaging by telling the audience that he                  for flour. It can do 2000 bags per hour at 50lb weights and whilst it
definitely had some exciting things to show in filling flour into valve bags.        leaves a very small footprint we are confident that this is the highest
     “At Haver, we first look at your product to get an understanding of             capacity flour-packer in the world.
their properties. We look at bulk densities and how the product flows                    Some of the advantages of the roto seal is that one operator can run
and how to best dose it into the bags.                                               a whole packing plant - 2000 bags per hour.
     “We have a wide arsenal of techniques available to bring the prod-                  “In a 20 by 20 footprint we can produce 2000 bags per hour, which is
uct into the bag.                                                                    pretty much unheard of. In addition to all this speed and efficiency we must
     “When it comes to bag valve technology we employ empowers                       also pay attention to the cleanliness, that’s an issue we are always addressing,
that are either vertical or horizontal, depending on the bulk density of             not least in terms of food safety but because of explosions and protection.
product. We can use air for coarse products or mixed products or oily
or liquid containing products.”                                                      The magic happens here
     Mr Boltong mentioned other more traditional methods, which are                      “We have installed a roto-packer in The Netherlands for potato
much slower, explaining that they also use gravity when possible, which              starch, which is a more difficult product than flour.
allows faster packaging of products.                                                     “As bags are singled out and picked up with suction cups, they are
     He then demonstrates what it looks like to bring product into a                 put into a sero-driven grip band and shot into the air and onto the
bag using the impeller method; this is the preferred method for flour                spout. We find this to be an accurate and reliable way of bringing the
because flour has such small particle sizes and it flows relatively easily.          bags onto the spout.
      “The bag is applied to the spout; the impeller is turning the paddle               “Then this is where the magic happens, which is when the bags land
wheels; the impeller is forcing product into the filling pipe where we are           on the spout it automatically raises or lowers depending on bag size
applying some air into the filling pipe to help aerate the product and               and product. The spout has the sleeve. The bag is firmly nested in a bag
get it into the bag.                                                                 chair supported on all sides. The bag is filled rather slowly. The power
     “You can imagine we have to remove around 50 liters of air and then             of the system allows each bag to have time to be filled, release air then
when you remove air you also remove some of product - with this system               sealed and discharged.
it is bringing that back into your hopper and recycling it. It’s a closed system.”       “High rates are achieved by having multiple spouts working at same
     There is an inflatable sleeve that prevents the dust from exiting the bag.      time.
     “It’s important as we are filling that we are inflating the sleeve of the           “Each head has its own weighing electronics which constantly feeds
spout meaning we are not releasing any dust into the atmosphere. All                 back the weight of the bag to the weighing electronics so it can adjust
the product and dust is going into the bag.”                                         itself. This allows bag weights not to drift much,” he adds.
     “We have an aeration
pad, to bring fluidization to
the product to help it flow.
The impeller is turning and
compacting the product.
What is excellent about
using the impeller process
is we get up to 80 percent
density, which is the high-
F      36 | May - June 2014                                                                                        GRAIN &FEED MILLING TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                          reasonable expectations for this process as
                                                                                                          the collection and disposition of dust filter
                                                                                                          stock has changed over time.
        Problem solving in the                                                                               It has moved from bucket elevator
                                                                                                          systems, where we had good suction and
        milling industry                                                                                  poor suction, to rolls with perspective
                                                                                                          quantities of bran in their systems. Flour
        by Dr Jeff Gwirtz, JAG 2003 and K-State JAG only from 2011, US                                    and sock choke was evident around a roll

                                                                                                          Overlooking obvious problems

             problem solver is someone who              an assumption? There is also often a dispute          So often that happens to us. Sifting effi-
             examines problem, someone who              about definition - how do you define things?      ciency is what needs to be addressed.
             considers relative perspectives            Again I suggest that if you follow the thought        Often we forget basics and fundamentals.
      and solution models. Listen, observe and          processes of a lawyer you might get a little      The choke is not always the source of the
      use all your senses. Sharpen your skills          bit lost in that area!                            problem. Sifting, suction and grinding, these
      and understanding. Everyday should be                 But the definitions and the differences       things are all interconnected.
      a learning opportunity in the flourmill.          between the definitions can be very subtle.           Screen splitting: what did I observe?
      Become a lifelong learner.                            I’ve had long discussions over several            Two identical sifter boxes making the
                                                        beers about the difference between a flow         same separation on identical stock produc-
          In preparation for this presentation I        diagram a flow chart and flow sheet and I still   ing different qualities and quantities of scalp
      looked over at least 14 different textbooks       don’t understand.                                 material.
      on the section about problem solving.                 The dispute about the nature of the act           Roller bin mill adjustments could make or
          It was clearly the most limited volume of     and what was done, who did it, was it inten-      correct the problem.
      information you could ever imagine because        tional, was it not intentional and disputes           We observed that the scalp from one of
      it all has to do with four steps and the fact     about jurisdiction and procedure: These are       several sifter boxes appeared to be rich as a
      that in order for you to solve a problem you      very classic argument methods.                    result of that incomplete sifting. We studied
      really have to have a base of knowledge of            Another opportunity to enhance your           the product guess what?
      these four steps.                                 understanding of a problem is to use                  We looked at the flow sheet! We screen
          This assumption is identified in almost       Ishikawa’s fish bone diagram. This includes       tested the product under the rolls, we
      every mathematics course presented at             six Ms and these Ms suggest any varia-            screen tested the product in the sifter, we
      university, even in England! These four steps     tion in the outcome or change in process          attempted to rebalance the load but the
      are: understanding the problem, devising a        may be as a result of: manpower, mother           problem was we couldn’t correct it. We still
      plan, carrying out the plan and looking back.     nature, measurements, methods, material           had scalp and we had just changed the loca-
                                                        and manufacturing,                                tion of the problem.
                                                                                                              The layout of the system would not
                                                        Bloom’s taxonomy                                  permit equal distribution of that load for the
    “A problem is a disparity                               Bloom’s taxonomy: as flour millers we         different locations of the mill.
                                                        need to be ‘higher order’ thinkers, the               How many times do we see things like
    between where you are                               people on the floor running your mill need        this set up in order to split the stock-there
                                                        to be ‘higher order’ thinkers, you need to        is certainly nothing wrong with it but I
    and where you want to                               be a ‘higher order’ thinker. You can’t live on    would ensure that the product is homog-
                                                        things you have remembered but how you            enous and most of our products in flour
    be.” – Dr Jeff Gwirtz                               synthesise, analyse, apply, evaluate, create      mills are not.
                                                        solutions or solve problems.                          The balance of those sifter boxes could
                                                            What you need to understand about             not be controlled and as I thought about it I
                                                        solving problems in a flourmill is that many      thought “what are my sifter loading expecta-
      The Deming Cycle                                  of the answers have already been identified       tions?”
          The Deming Cycle: ‘plan, do, check, act,      for you: the flow sheet is the dictionary of          Increasing or decreasing the loads of sifter
      cycle’ considered statistical process control.    what’s happening.                                 boxes assuming that this is the same material
          The Deming Cycle has been revised                 I trust the system but this trust is always   in each sifter box we expect changes in the
      about four or five different times to fit         verified.                                         scalp as the load increases.
      various disciplines. These techniques are             A system may tell you a bin is full but a         We’d see an increase in potential through
      essential to take you from where you are          good rap on the side of a bin will tell you if    in that scalp.
      to where you want to be and of course you         its full or empty too.                                If we put that in terms of efficiency in sift-
      have to ask questions.                                I’ve learned some things about solving        ing separation it would go down instead of
          In typical understanding of questioning       problems from different parts of the mill and     making an increase in the perpetual through.
      and fact finding there are several entry ques-    that’s what I’d like to share with you today.     Flour production would go up. Flour in the
      tions: who, what, when, where, why. I sup-            In sizing stock I had a problem with open     carryover would go up affecting downstream
      pose to some of you engaged in magazine           dry good ash and low yield, and when we           milling operations.
      production you include these questions in         closed ground we had a high ash and very              You want low ash flour n one sifter box.
      your particular articles in order to bring that   good yield. These two things are a complex        You get a low ash flower but you get a lot
      article to fruition.                              matrix of two points.                             of carry-over in the next grain system. You
          There are a few rhetorical constitutions          How we addressed the problem: Read            want to shift the particle size of the flour?
      or dispositions that you should think about       the flow sheet, pull samples of every stock.      You increase the load the particle size of the
      as you’re in the process of solving a problem     Stock appearance alone can be misleading.         flour will go down.
      and developing an understanding about the         Read flow sheet, address the problem and
      problem.                                          not the symptoms.                                 Quick release
          Some things sound very simple, but                I questioned what was reasonable when            I did run into a problem where we
      there is dispute about fact: What do you          it came to dust.                                  couldn’t open a roll enough to achieve the
      really know and what had really been just             You should have an idea of what are           target quick release. We couldn’t open up a
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                                              roll enough: that’s a strange problem.                                                                                                       at a new machine or set of machines or
                                                  The stock that was coming down to the                                                                                                    processors and I offer you these things to
  GM’s naughty words list                     roller mill - it was already too fine to begin                                                                                               think about:
  General Motors’ lawyers put                 with. What happened? I read the flow sheet                                                                                                     • Ask yourself about the material and
  together a list of words that could         I checked the stock (the stock doesn’t lie).                                                                                                     processing objectives of the machine
  no longer use at GM. Instead of                 Flow sheets sometimes lie – Let’s blame                                                                                                    • What are the physical dimensions of the
  ‘having a problem’ there is an              the engineers who don’t take time to redraft                                                                                                     machine?
  ‘issue,’ ‘condition’ or ‘matter’.           the flow sheet! We have to have an up-to-                                                                                                      • What are the materials of construction?
  “In addition, there were several            date flow sheet.                                                                                                                               • What are the drives, what do the drive
  hundred other words that came                                                                                                                                                                systems look like?
  into play, that I will not take the         Grinding too close                                                                                                                             • What are the general equipment
  time to share them with you today,              Grinding too close: all the bran whether                                                                                                     adjustments available to the operator?
  but I do have a list of synonyms            its coarse. The product was sieved over a                                                                                                      • What kind of material or stock is to be
  that I want to share,” says Dr Jeff         21er that was 1041 microns approximately,                                                                                                        processed by the machine?
  Gwirtz of JAF 2003 and K-State JAG          it may have been broader but it was still                                                                                                      • What are the sanitation issues
  from 2011.                                  slithering. I think that if you slither the bran                                                                                                 associated with the machine?
  “Through my career there have               the propensity to increase the ash in the                                                                                                      • What maintenance skills are needed?
  been many words I’ve heard to               flour goes up. The challenge of getting the                                                                                                    • External inputs?
  describe a problem. While I was             endosperm off the bran hinges on getting                                                                                                       • Do you need a fan somewhere?
  with Ralston Purina Co you could            the proper quick release.                                                                                                                      • Do you need compressed air?
  not say you had a ‘problem’ you had             One of the last milling story problems                                                                                                     • What is the dependency or relationship
  an ‘opportunity’ so everything was          where I learned a little bit about problem                                                                                                       between the equipment and the system?
  an ‘opportunity’.                           solving was in the process of adjusting a                                                                                                      • You can look at the incoming material,
  “I’m sure in the world of supply            purifier 7.                                                                                                                                      the expected uniformity quality quantity
  chain management you too have                   I observe large pieces of bran coming off                                                                                                    and rate
  a word that’s used in place of the          the purifier at a significant rate.                                                                                                            • Look at the inputs - quality, quantity,
  world ‘problem’.                                We observed this and it wasn’t consistent                                                                                                    and rate
  “A problem is a disparity between           with what I had really expected. What we                                                                                                       • Process objectives, whether it’s to
  where you are and where you want            did was we got out the flow sheet!                                                                                                               reduce size or make some kind of
  to be.                                          We identified what we expected to be                                                                                                         separation
  “I’m not talking about physically I’m       there. We ran sieving tests. We took the                                                                                                         Having knowledge is the key to critical
  talking about the process, particu-         sifter apart and we found a large hole. How                                                                                                  thinking having flow sheets being able to
  larly within respect of operations in       did I know it was going to be there? I read                                                                                                  determine what’s not there.
  a flourmill,” says Dr Gwirtz.               the flow sheet.                                                                                                                                  Leverage every tool that you have to
                                                  Sometime in life you will end up looking                                                                                                 solve problems.

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      Educational Session                                saved approximately US$100,000 annually by
                                                         targeting 13.1 protein from 13.4. Average saving             Safety
    NIR                                                  are about US$0.04 per hundredweight (45Kgs).
                                                         “One of the things we have focused on a lot with our         in the flour mill
    Shifting protein target closer                       in-line technology is the detection limit of the analyser.
    to your specification                                That’s the ability to detect a change in the process
                                                         and what you will be able to see is those statistics. So
                                                                                                                      by design
                                                                                                                      food safety aspects
                                                         with whole grain moisture our process detection had

              n a bright warm Thursday morning at        been down to 0.011 and protein 0.022.
              IAOM in Omaha we sit down to listen        “These are very important statistics, it gives               Randy Shmidt from Buhler speaking on food
              to Jeff Boedigheimer enlighten us on       the analyser the ability to detect a change and              safety aspects of machine design and operation
    utilising NIR technology for inline process          gives him the confidence that the analyser is                started his talk by showing steps which Buhler
    control. Jeff starts by talking about goals:         repeatable.”                                                 uses to ensure sanitary design of its equipment
                                                         Another example of how an inline can be                      as well as the hygienic facility designs.
      • How you can save time and money                  utilised effectively in a daily operation, where                  There are two organisations that can help
         by improving your grain blending or             whole grain in this example the target spec was              when it comes to designing food processing
         flour production by utilizing in-line NIR       between 11% and 13% protein and here you                     facilities that are specific to flour mills.
         technology. Reducing protein losses or          can understand the product is above 13% so                       The European Hygienic Engineering and
         moisture variation                              this type of technology can really be beneficial.            Design Group, a consortium of equipment
      • The ability to eliminate sample ware from        React and make changes whether you have the                  manufacturers, food industry companies,
         your process as well as reduce rework           ability to make a manual change or operators                 research institutes and public health authorities
      • Ensure you’re producing your product close       can make changes or implement the technology                 is an organisation that is much used throughout
         to your specification                           into a plc or a pid loop that automatically makes            Europe.
    “I’m certain that many of you use near infrared      corrections for you.                                             In the US there is the 3-A Sanitary Standards
    technology in your mills. It’s widely accepted       In-line allows you to take in the trending or the            Inc (3ASSI), commonly consulted in for food
    technology that’s been used in the agricultural      ability to see trends in real time.                          industry North America non-profit organisa-
    industry for many years primarily in the bench       One of the things you’ve got to keep in mind                 tion representing the interests of regulatory,
    top mode where you take a sample from the            when you’re doing lab analysis or bench top                  sanitarians, equipment fabricators and food
    process and you then present it to the instru-       analysis is you have that time difference between            processors.
    ment.”                                               results when you pull samples every half hour                    Both are non-profit organsations focused on
    “What we’re trying to achieve with the next          or two hours? That’s where the power of in-                  the promotion of safe food and hygienic design.
    approach in the industry is move it in-line.”        line comes in because you can take away that                 Both have common goals and exchange draft
    *When you take into consideration errors asso-       potential variation that could occur.                        guidelines to stay in sync with each other. Even
    ciated with the bench top analyser plus sampling     The flour plant is a harsh environment. You’re               contents with all EHEDG guidelines have been
    error, you actually have to make a determination     dealing with dust, vibration and various tem-                cross-referenced with 3ASSI.
    as your process variation is going to be wider       perature swings. It’s important to take into
    than it should be.                                   consideration, with an inline analyser, the things           Materials in construction
    *So when you go continuous and analyse a             that have been done to the equipment so that                 The two organisations cite stainless steel as a
    sample and get results every 20 or 30 seconds        it can withstand the test of time in that kind of            logical option for material constructions give
    you actually remove sampling errors. You’re able     environment.                                                 guidelines and specifications as to the quality that
    to reduce your standard deviation, change your       “Things we’ve implemented include: high rating,              must be met as well as the finish of the steel.
    process variation from an out-line approach to       dust tight and watertight enclosure. We use                      Two different types of stainless steel surface
    an in-line approach.                                 USDA approved hygiene components and all                     treatment: the product touching parts are pol-
    *Really the concept with in-line standardisation     our components are USDA certified. We also                   ished with a surface finish of 0.4 micrometers
    is to see how much variation you have in your        have the ability to put them in classified areas             and the non-touching parts are electro-polished
    process. When you’re running with a bench-top        Class 1 or Class 2 where we can propose a                    with a finish of 0.8 micrometers; both exceed the
    analyser you typically have a wider variation than   solution.                                                    recommendations of both orginisations.
    you’re running with to compensate for a safety       Also with an inline analyser as with any NIR                     Rubbers or soft materials guidelines, chemical
    margin.”                                             there’s a light source, that’s what you need                 temperature and steam stress crack resistant are
    He went on to say, that when you look at doing       within the instrument. What we implement is a                MBR-type material closed cell that do not absorb
    the genus analysis you have greater improve-         dual lamp in the actual analyser so if one burns             cleaners.
    ment and confidence in your analytical results       out the other takes over automatically. This is
    and therefore can shift your target and reduce       critical when you’re running operation 24 hours              Lubricants
    your standard deviation. You’re basically shifting   a day seven days a week.                                        Equipment needs to be designed to avoid
    your protein target closer to your specification.    In-line analysis:                                            product contact with lubricants.
    In-line can be used in grain receiving to segre-       • It’s all about reducing standard deviation to               Secondly, lubricant needs to conform to FDA
    gate grains or grain blending for protein analysis         ensure production of a consistent product.             or NSF guidelines which are geared toward filter
    further down stream.                                       Do that and you will be closer to your                 lubricants of treated drinking water.
    “So what we’re looking at is reducing that                 target. If you’re closer to your target you’ll            We put an additional seal in gear box to help
    protein variation and that’s really where the              gain extra profit                                      protect the crucial interface between the gearbox
    economics come into play in flourmills.”               • Reduce the sampling and analysis time                    and the product area.
    From a moisture perspective, whether that is               is also to consider. That’ll be done less
    whole grain to ensure your tempering is correct            frequently and you’ll be eliminating sampling          Wiring and cabling
    or on the flour side to make sure moisture is              error from the process                                 Routing of wiring and cabling through enclosed
    at specification or to bring it up closer to your      • You can look at this as reducing rework as               junction boxes and support brackets need to be
    target of 14 percent, in-line can provide a solu-          well                                                   designed in a way to eliminate the accumulation
    tion, he says.                                         • Typical payback is between 6-12 months                   of material and designed to eliminate dead spots
    “Also on the flour side we measure ash with          Foss has 60 years of experience in analytics in              or areas that aren’t easily cleaned and where the
    in-line analysis that’s to make sure that you’re     the grain industry. With over11,000 Infratechs               growth of bacterial could occur. Most of the cable
    not out of spec.”                                    for protein analysis installed worldwide.                    routing is inside the leg of the machine. Motor
    An example of one company’s experience               In a quarter of a century of inline technology it            cables are routed by cable tray with grids in the
    showed in-line on protein blending in wheat          has now installed 500 systems worldwide.                     control cabinets.
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  Dust formation                                        Medium-risk zone are closer to area             Bin design
  Equipment must be designed in a way that          where food contamination could occur.               On the inside of product bins all corners
  doesn’t generate dust. Tight access doors         Stairways, elevators and areas typically where      should be rounded excluding discharge
  to eliminate leakage or cross contamination       most processors have rules and guidelines           points.
  are critical. These access points need to be      like washing hands, etc. Wood should be                Surfaces need to be prepared to meet
  easy to remove to eliminate dead spots or         eliminated as much as possible                      the specific requirements of the product
  accumulation of dust.                                 Zone 1, the high-risk zone where there          that is to be stored. Two basic philoso-
                                                    is the highest chance of product contamina-         phies for bin top design - raised manhole
  Cleaning                                          tion, include mill grinding, finish product,        covers may be less likely to have contami-
  Needs to be easily cleaned. Easy access. All      storage, bagging and packing facilities.            nates inadvertently entered in from the
  components easy to remove eliminate all               So following VRC’S hygienic design of           top. Adds more hassle for cleaning. Flush
  gaps and crevices. Radius corner. Rather than     food factories guidelines plants are encour-        manhole covers makes cleaning floor and
  have sharp 90-degree corners.                     aged to divide the facility into these hygienic     area much easier but must have good seal
     Using NSDF micro feeder as the example         zones. No color-code for no-zone 4; zone            to prevent contaminates from entering
  for hygienic machine design. You can under-       3 – green; zone 2 – orange; zone 1 -                the bins.
  stand the detailed steps we take to ensure        red. This helpselps processors. We try to
  the most sanitary design of our equipment         enhance this by the location of the zones           Summary
  using both 3ASSI and EHEDG guidelines             and clear divisions such as doors and walls.        In summary selecting the right building con-
  helps us meet these strict hygienic guidelines.   They enhance guidelines by having walls             cept is key, ultimately determining the added
                                                    between places.                                     value of your investment prerequisites.
  The golden rule of zoning                                                                                 Obviously, hygienic concepts is part of
  Move on to some of rules for designing            Building design key factors                         the project concept phase and this needs
  complete food processing facilities.                  Little things make big differences, such as     to be talked about in great detail at the
      The golden rule for Buhler is to arrange      type of flooring - ideally smooth surface floors    very beginning of a project phase and
  the plant design into its different hygienic      that are easy to clean yet safe to walk junc-       needs to be kept in mind throughout the
  zones, labeling these zones as either a no-       tion between equipment and building itself          entire project with building engineering
  zone, low-, medium- or high-risk zone.            weather floor ceiling well pay special attention    according to hygienic concepts and high
      No-zone pose almost no food safety risk       to how that junction will take place.               quality execution of the construction and
  at plant: Outside areas; separate administra-         Temporal water control system equip-            instillation work.
  tion offices; were smoking, eating and drink-     ment should be designed so that it does not             Hopefully, with all that kept in mind and
  ing is permitted.                                 contribute to non-hygienic conditions, but          everybody following those prerequisites,
      Low-risk includes areas where direct          also needs to be maintenance friendly.              we would end up with a clean and appeal-
  contact with finished products is not likely.         As with plant sifters, temporal water con-      ing processing facility that’s easy to clean,
  This may include grain receiving, loading bays    trol systems should have suspension points          complies with food safety requirements and
  or quarantine rooms for product.                  for are integrated into the ceiling structure.      happy customers thank you.
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          ollowing the official opening of              programme in partnership with Kansas State      new requirements, NFPA combustable dust
          the 2014 IAOM Annual General                  University is in the pipeline.                  standards and the combustable dust inspec-
          Meeting in Omaha, vice-president                                                              tions from OCEA. The committee intends
    Damon Sidles moved a special motion                 Food Protection Committee                       to share a document within the next three
    of standing remembrance for members                 Ron Galley, Food Protection Committee           months on ‘our mission of promoting and
    lost in the past year. They included: Jack          (FPC) chairperson reports that his com-         sharing ideas with industry to give a vital
    Higginbotham, Alvin Albert Prinzine,                mittee met 3 times since the last Annual        function to the industry’. More individuals are
    Harry Myers III , John. E. Webster, Carl            Conference and Expo.                            invited to join.
    Bush and Richard Robertson.                         The committee heard an update on Food
                                                        Safety and EPA’s proposal to remove fluo-       Employer Relations Committee
    The Treasurer’s Report by Roy Lepp stated           ride and chloride tolerances in food and to     David Pickett, Employer Relations
    the cash asset position of IAOM stands “sol-        remove the effects of fuming and profume.       Committee chairman is working to recruit
    idly at this point in time” with the organization   During this meeting, the committee finalised    more members to the committee. New
    functioning within budget. It was noted that        its work on the IAOM IPM manual for             appointments incoude: Troy Anderson,
    conferences and correspondence courses              stored projects and risk management. Jim        Horizon Milling; Kurt Wedsall, General Mills
    had boosted revenues through 2013. Pre-             Bears of NAMA proposed this in early 2012       and John Schalz from Matson Milling. The
    registering expo exhibitors had also helped         and this document is now complete and           committee is working on a new recruitment
    the organisation’s financial position.              is published on the IAOM’s website. The         website, www.grainmillingcareers.com and
    It was also noted that 42 percent of IAOM           FPC then met and held a conference, the         more topics for the 2015 Conference.
    members are international and there is a            committee briefly heard
    move to internationalise the membership             about the FDA regulations
    further.                                            and inspections. Earlier this
                                                        week, the committee met
    Key points                                          with four vendors to talk
    Scott Ardem, Education Committee chair-             about allergens and cross-
    person, reported that three meetings had            contamination.
    been held since the Niagra Falls Conference
    and Expo.                                           Technical
    A new chairperson is being sought, following        Committee
    Lionel Holwa’s resignation from Mondelez            Jim Doyle, Technical
    International, and who will be appointed by         Committee chairman reports that recent          Elections
    the IAOM President Don Hoffer as soon as            meetings have focused on education and          Rory Lepp for the open Vice-President post,
    possible.                                           training programmes such as IAOM to part-       nominated and elected by the committee.
    Current board members include: Doug                 ner with community colleges.                    Brad Allen for Treasurer, nominated by the
    Stuckie - ADM Milling; Chris Capenter               Challenges, new projects and packaging          committee and elected by an unanimous
    - Bunge Milling; Steve Matson - Horizon             issues were all discussed.                      vote.
    Milling; Jim Haggart - Star of the West Milling     One universal challenge is hiring capable and   IAOM ACE (Annual Conference and Expo
    and Joe Woodward - ADM Milling. More                competent employees.                            application). IAOM is pleased to provide this
    individuals from within the membership are          Damon Sidles, Treasurer and IAOM                and look forward to doing more in the future.
    being sought to serve.                              President Don Hoffer’s recent meeting with
    Correspondence Courses units 1, 2 and 3             the Middle-East and African office of IAOM      Nominating Committee
    are being reviewed currently and are being          in Muscat, Oman was reported upon. Trade        The Nominating Committee recognizes Rial
    translated into Spanish and Arabic.                 shows and educational programmes were           Denny as a distinguished member.
                                                        held which meant good attendance levels.
    Mill Maintenance and                                Craig Frayling from Cargill updated the group   Safety awards
    Fundamentals                                        on NFPA changes and Roskin McClure gave         ConAgra Mills, Puerto Rico and ConAgra
    This course is going well and more are being        regulatory updates to the committee.            Mills, Ohio, USA, won the awards.
    planned. Two short courses - Fundamentals           Rudy Wise from Buhler gave a presentation       For 10 years in a row, these mills have
    of Milling 1 and 2 - received very good             about the technological trends taking place     been awarded safety awards, so this special
    reviews by participants. The course was             in the industry around the world to the         award has been given in recognition of their
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    students and instructors. A new Grain Milling       variety of issues to be addressed, but the      West Yorkshire.
    Certification for community colleges and a          three most important ones are OCEA’s            The committees were then installed.
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