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Wheat for glue blended six-times faster with rotary batch mixer from Munson


Wheat flour and other ingredients are fed from bins into the 3.1 cu m capacity Rotary Batch Mixer, which loads, mixes and discharges each batch six-times faster than the company’s ribbon blender


daho Milling and Grain has produced wheat flour since 1982 in a process that involves measuring, milling and mixing. But this is not a refined baking flour for cookies and cakes. Instead Idaho Milling and Grain produces an industrial- grade wheat flour that is formulated into a glue extender for the wood products industry. Glue extenders are used to bond thin sheets of layered wood veneer that form structural plywood. These rugged compounds are also key elements in adhesives, sealants, coatings, plastics and cleaning compounds. Idaho Milling was able to reduce glue extender production time from two hours to 20 minutes per batch cycle by replacing its existing ribbon blender with a Munson model 700-TS-110-MS Rotary Batch Mixer. The company increased product quality and practically eliminated residual material in the machine after each batch.


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PRODUCING UNIFORM BLENDS The flour production process begins when raw wheat stock arrives from local farms during harvest. The wheat is tested for moisture and protein, blended to a target protein content, and cleaned to remove foreign seed, sticks, chaff, and other residue. Afterward, it is tempered by adding water to toughen the bran coat. The wheat is then milled into glue extender by running it through a series of roller mills, sifters and purifiers. It travels by pneumatic line into the 3.1 cu


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m capacity Munson model 700-TS-110-MS Rotary Batch Mixer, where it is blended with other proprietary ingredients. The finished extender is then conveyed pneumatically to storage bins for packaging. As head Miller, Boyd Hess is responsible for production, maintenance and shipping. With a 28-year work history with Idaho Milling and Grain, Mr. Hess credits the rotary batch mixer with blending flour at greater efficiencies and with significantly less residue than the company’s previous, hand-fed ribbon blender. “The rotary batch mixer produces much more uniform blends, even with diverse particle sizes and variations in bulk density,” says Mr. Hess. “This is due to the mixer’s tumble, turn, cut and fold action achieved with proprietary internal mixing flights, and continuous rotation throughout the blending cycle.”


“The blending system from milled product through to packaging is controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC),” describes Mr. Hess. A recipe is entered into the PLC which starts with a zero-scale reading from load cells under the 3.1 cu m capacity mixer. The pneumatic system feeds each ingredient from several bins through airlocks until all ingredients are added and the mixer load reaches its target weight. When the airlocks shut off, the mixing action begins, lasting from 3 to 10 minutes depending on the product density.


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Afterward, the mixer discharge gate opens, and the discharge airlock valve metres the material to the pneumatic line to the packaging area until the load cells again indicate zero weight. The glue extender is packaged in 23 and 45 kg bags and bulk bags up to 1361 kg.


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A 1361 kg batch of formulated wood products extender is loaded, mixed and discharged for packaging in less than 20 minutes. “The batch size varies depending upon the recipe, and the rate of charge and discharge through the airlock system,” says Mr. Hess, “but the entire operation is quick and energy efficient.” “We can fill, blend and empty the mixer in less than 20 minutes for most formulations versus a typical batch cycle time of 2 hours using the ribbon blender. That machine was limited to a smaller batch size of about 453 kg and required 37 kw compared to 15 kw for a 1361 kg batch in the Rotary Batch Mixer. “Another plus,” says mix master Hess, “is that there is nearly complete discharge without residue. In filling a 1361 kg bulk bag, only one or two kg of residual material remains in the mixer, if that,” he says. n


For more information contact Munson Machinery by email: info@ munsonmachinery.com or visit: www.munsonmachinery.com


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