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can get back to capital projects and maintenance, "
Cimbria highlighted its SEA TRUE color sorter during
the Expo. It features full color front and rear cameras with
the ability to add NIR cameras to run in tandem. Models
range from one to seven shoots for a capacity from a couple
hundred bushels per hour to 1,200 in a single machine.
At its booth, Norvell had its new all-metal sifter on
display that is wood-free. The frame and inlets and
outlets are stainless steel and the panels are lined with
The stack of sieves can be moved out as a unit, so if
you're working on a ladder, it's not necessary to remove
each tray, said Brian Weaver, production engineer.
Like many equipment suppliers, Norvell has expeDr.
of Kansas State
spoke at the
on Aug. 31.
become a focal
point for IAOM
in recent years.
rienced some supply chain concerns and labor issues,
said Andrea Bryant, sales and marketing.
" We've definitely seen a lot of price increases,
whether it's raw materials or just shipping, " she said.
" We do have some product we import, and it seems
to be very difficult even getting information on when
it's going to be here. For the most part, customers are
understanding. At this point, it's a universal problem. "
Cimbria's Dinsdale agreed that the supply chain is an
issue along with freight challenges.
" So far we've been able to navigate through that
without seeing any real effect on manufacturing lead
time, " he said.
With customers having trouble finding labor, he's
noticed an increase in requests for automation.
" A lot of companies have expressed real interest in
automating as much as they can because they're having
trouble finding people to work, " Dinsdale said.
The IAOM handed out its industry awards for both
2020 and 2021 on Sept. 1 at its annual banquet at the
Little Rock Marriott.
Daisuke Ito, director of engineering at Miller Milling
Co., was named the 2020 Milling Operative of the Year
winner, while Scott Freebern, PHM Brands, received
the 2021 Milling Operative of the Year award.
Established in 1986 by Milling & Baking News, sister
publication of World Grain, the award is given to the
practicing milling operative who has made the most significant
contribution to the progress of a plant, a company
and the industry from an operations point of view.
Ito, who is stationed in Japan at Nisshin Flour Milling
Inc., the parent company of Miller Milling, was unable
to attend because of travel restrictions related to the
pandemic. He said in a live video that he was honored
to receive the award.
" Thank you very much, " Ito said. " I appreciate all
the support from the IAOM members. "
Jeff Hole, vice president of operations for Miller
Milling, said Ito quickly became a trusted member of
the Miller Milling operations team when he moved to
the United States in 2017 to become the company's director
of engineering. One of his first projects for the
company was helping with the expansion of a mill in
Saginaw, Texas, US, which was completed in 2019.
" Daisuke continually challenged the team and contractors
to ensure a first-class facility, " Hole said.
" With Daisuke's help, the Saginaw project was completed
ahead of schedule and under budget. "
Ito strives for improvement in all areas of the mill, but
his main love is for the milling operations, Hole said.
" Daisuke has been quick to blend ideas from Japan
into our mills as well as welcome in senior millers from
Japan to not only help improve extractions but to help
with the transfer of knowledge with our millers, " Hole
said. " With Daisuke's help and leadership, we have
been able to raise extractions at all of our locations and
reach record highs. "
His work ethic and pursuit of excellence are well
known by his colleagues, Hole said.
" You are likely to find him traveling early or late in
the day, behind his computer at the office until midnight
or at the office on weekends, making sure all reports,
spreadsheets, and documentation is up to date, "
Hole said. " There are numerous examples, but on one
weekend Daisuke traveled to a mill location to run wet
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