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FEATURE: A 'DIFFERENTIATED WORLD-CLASS FACILITY'
" We have online instrumentation for real-time analysis, "
Neely said. " That's in at all phases of the operation. We
have tested online systems at a few other mills, but the
analysis is most comprehensive at Port Redwing. "
By all phases, Neely means from wheat receiving
and blending to processing and loading.
" You are able to see the whole process from start to finArdent
Mills'
new flour mill
in Tampa is
unique in that
it brings in
wheat via ocean
vessels and
shuttle trains.
ish, tip to tail, " he said. " It gears up the operators to making
immediate adjustments, enhancements, maintaining consistency
to our customers with the online instrumentation.
If they want to be sure to maintain a specific protein and
avoid variability, it allows them to see exactly what it is
happening real time and make adjustments up and down
as necessary. "
Principal flour quality parameters - moisture, protein
and ash - are monitored continuously, Neely said.
Within the mill, members of the Ardent Mills team
carry tablet computers that allow them to track mill operations,
including the real-time monitoring system.
" Tablet computer automation is having the controls
at your fingertips, " Neely said. " It's having the tools at
point of use. If you're on the sixth floor and you're having
a problem on another floor, and the control room
is on the second floor, you are still able to correct the
issue real time from wherever you are. "
The tablets not only represent a step forward for
automation at the Port Redwing mill, the devices also
play a central role in the mill's sustainability program.
" Anything we can do on a tablet, we are working to
automate those processes and log them electronically, "
Neely said. " We are targeting zero waste and expect to
be close to the target within five years. "
Other steps taken to enhance sustainability range
from installing high efficiency motors to distributing
operators their own reusable cups to cut down on use
of disposable paper and styrofoam.
While the mill was completed nearly on time and on
budget, Neely said the pandemic created challenges
for the construction project. COVID-19 struck right
at the start of the project, necessitating safety protocols
associated with COVID and resulting in supply
chain challenges.
Supply chain delays affected a wide range of building
materials, from nuts to bolts, wood and especially
cement, Neely said.
Construction challenges
Central Florida has been an attractive market for the
Tampa mill since Conagra acquired the property in the
1970s, but operating a flour mill in Florida poses challenges,
and building a mill at Port Redwing presents
additional difficulties.
" This is basically beach, " Neely said. " It is dredged
land. From a structural perspective the challenge was
ensuring we had the proper foundation to support all
the structures we were building, so thousands of pilings
had to be installed underground for proper support. "
The effort involved repeatedly drilling to bedrock,
about 75 feet, and pumping concrete to support the
structure.
Numerous features of the mill were added as a response
to the elevated risk of storms in Florida. Neely
said Ardent Mills wants to be sure to keep customers
supplied in the event of a power outage.
" We have a very large generator in the event of a hurricane
or inclement weather, " he said. " With the large
bulk flour storage, we would typically have a lot of
time to plan for a hurricane. It is not like a tornado that
comes up immediately. You are aware of the hurricane
coming; you'll plan toward it and fill those bins as full
as you can. In the event there were a loss of power the
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