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SUPPLIER NEWS
Whitworth Bros. first to open
with Bühler's Mill E3
UZWIL, SWITZERLAND - Whitworth Bros., the UK's largest
miller, is opening the first mill featuring Bühler's Mill E3 in
the north of England at Whitley Bridge in Yorkshire.
The opening of the first Mill E3 is a key staging post in the
journey to the SmartMill, Bühler said. The data generated and
analyzed at the Whitley Bridge plant will drive the evolution of
milling technology from the current data-assisted mill into a plant
capable of using its own process parameters in a closed loop to
optimize production. This development of the self-adjusting mill
will be the precursor to the SmartMill.
" This is a very significant project for Bühler that allows us,
for the first time, to gather so much new data on the milling process,
while also giving us the opportunity to collaborate with
Whitworth Bros. as we work closer towards the creation of the
SmartMill, " said Roman Sonderegger, head of Business Unit
Wheat and Rye. " This is also momentous in working towards our
corporate target of cutting energy, water, and food wastage by
50% in our customer value chains by 2025. "
At the heart of the Mill E3 lie more than 15,000 data points
collecting information on all aspects of the production process.
It is the volume of data being analyzed, along with the cuttingedge
application of blockchain technology, that will enable the
most efficient, transparent, and consistent production possible,
and therefore the highest quality product.
The opening of the Mill E3 is the culmination of nearly two decades
of close cooperation between Bühler and Whitworth Bros.
" Bühler is excellent at building flour mills and we are pretty
good at running them, " said Mike Peters, managing director of
Whitworth Bros. " We can feedback observations in real time
conditions in which we are dealing with client expectations and
production pressures. Running and maintaining a mill is very different
from building one. "
The concept of the Mill E3 centers on the idea of using modular
" plug and play " installation of milling equipment to cut the
installation time by up to 30%. It also cuts building costs by reducing
the volume of the mill. Mills can significantly reduce their
running costs thanks to energy efficient equipment and making
full use of digital services.
The Arrius fully integrated grinding system, a key component
of the Mill E3, provides lower energy consumption, faster installation,
along with the highest food safety standards, reliability,
and optimum grinding performance. At the Whitley Bridge plant,
the Arrius grinding technology has been used at scale for the first
time.
" The wheat coming into the mill is first checked by online
sensors to establish its key parameters, " said Andrew Thomson,
technical miller for Whitworth Bros. " But then the sensors in the
Arrius rechecks and controls the distribution of the feed, which
allows the grinding system to adapt again to the changing characteristics
of the wheat at the point of milling. It is this unique usage
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The new plant, built for the UK's largest miller Whitworth Bros. Ltd.,
is situated in the north of England at Whitley Bridge in Yorkshire.
of sensor technology that ensures optimal grinding parameters
are achieved at all times. "
The layout of the mill is designed for optimal performance with
easy equipment accessibility for maintenance. Preassembled and
tested blower modules are designed for quick " plug-and-play "
installation. They are housed in containers outside the building
enabling the most efficient pneumatic transfer of product
throughout the plant. Sensors feed data every few seconds to
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. This ensures
the mill is always operating at optimal efficiency to achieve the
most consistent high-quality product achievable.
" What is most exciting about the technology is that it provides
the operator with data in real time, which enables the miller to
make key and well-informed decisions about the plant, " Peters
said.
Other service modules used in the Mill E3 include the
Temperature and Vibration Management Service (TVM), Yield
Management System (YMS), Error and Downtime Analysis
(EDA), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Replay.
Together these provide continual data feeds on machine and process
trends, potential maintenance issues and how machine performance
relates to quality and efficiency.
" The SmartMill services are like having a lot of Lego bricks
available and you, as a miller, pick whatever you need to deliver
against your needs and your targets, " Sonderegger said. " What is
most exciting about this journey is that we are only at the beginning
and all the data we are gathering will allow us to come up
with new ideas and with new services to optimize and help our
clients around the world. "
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