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FEATURE: A NEW ERA IN MILLING
Left: The
Arrius fully
integrated
grinding
system was
installed in the
Whitworth mill.
Right: The
Mill E3 at the
Whitley Bridge
plant also includes
these
airlock
modules
ing restrictions have driven that lesson home.
" What we saw during the pandemic is foodservice
struggled, and where you would have had a supply
going into foodservice, it moved into other sectors, "
he said. " It moved into industrial, batters, coatings. It
moved into small retail packs and into home baking.
" We are very much mindful of not being leveraged
too heavily in any particular sector. We are very adaptable.
We can move quite quickly with market trends. "
As well as changing the market, the pandemic also
changed the way millers could work. Where staff could
work remotely, they did.
" That was enacted very quickly, " he said. " You put
all the necessary COVID controls in that you can. We
followed government guidelines. We were very fortunate
that we had very few colleagues that were off ill.
For flour mills, due to the level of automation we have
at our disposal, the actual running of the mill does not
rely on a lot of people. You can run it with one person.
You can run it from any smart device. "
Drivers were the area of focus.
" We had to be very careful, " Peters said. " If you had
an issue with your driving force, no matter how good
you were at making the product, you weren't able to
deliver it. We managed that, as the whole industry did
in the UK, very well. "
A strong partnership
Peters is enthusiastic about working with Bühler.
" What is great for both businesses is that we have
a really good partnership together, " he said. " We do
work in a very open way. We are happy to challenge
each other. Bühler is very good at the technical, flowsheet
design of a mill and at building it, and we are very
good at running it. "
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Whitworth is exploring the full " smart " capabilities
of the new E3 mill and Peters is keen to exploit the full
potential of a system with over 15,000 data measuring
points. The aim of the Bühler design is for the data
generated and analyzed at the Whitley Bridge plant
to enable the machinery to optimize its own production,
moving toward what the Swiss company calls
the SmartMill.
Sensors check the wheat coming in, while the
Arrius fully integrated grinding system constantly
checks flow and varying raw material quality. There
is a Temperature and Vibration Management Service
(TVM), a Yield Management System (YMS), Error
and Downtime Analysis (EDA), Overall Equipment
Effectiveness (OEE) and Replay.
The result is continual data feeds on machine and
process, potential maintenance issues and how machine
performance relates to quality and efficiency.
The information from the sensors is sent to the Bühler
Mercury Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
to facilitate control of every aspect of the mill's internal
workings and to the IoT platform, Bühler Insights,
where algorithms compare past and present production
and process parameters. The system makes sure the mill
is always operating at optimal efficiency to produce the
most consistently high-quality product achievable.
" There is a lot of data out there that needs analyzing, "
Peters said. " It is fantastic and that will continue
to develop as we move forward. It's very exciting. "
Chris Lyddon is World Grain's European correspondent.
He may be contacted at: cajlyddon@gmail.com
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