INDIA — Global supplier of grain milling and handling system technologies Alapala has completed a flour mill expansion project for Pressana Group in India.
Pressana Group, headquartered in Coimbatore, India, is active in a range of industries including flour milling, automotive, poultry, and agro trading.
After its first flour milling project with Alapala in 2018, Pressana has partnered again with the Turkey-based milling equipment supplier for the capacity expansion project.
The scope of the project included the installation of a new milling line with 150-tpd processing capacity in the existing mill building.
The flour mill diagram is designed for processing Indian wheat to produce maida, atta, and sooji flours for the domestic market.
Alapala provided the project design, process engineering, manufacturing, project management, installation, commissioning and training services.
The flour mill is being managed with an advanced automation system that allows centralized monitoring of the entire milling process from wheat intake to packaging.
The system gives the miller high traceability as well as provides detailed reporting on production data, yield, energy efficiency, and more.
The remote connection feature of the automation system also enables the Alapala after-sales team to access the mill any time for technical assistance including inspection, error diagnosis, calibration and troubleshooting.
University dons explore latest milling technologies at Alapala facilities
Meanwhile, professors from Kansas State University recently visited Alapala’s manufacturing plant and its recently launched Academy and Innovation Center in Turkey.
KSU participants included Gordon Smith, head of the Grain Science and Industry Department; Hüseyin Doğan, professor of practice; and Jason Watt, milling instructor.
During their visit, the KSU team experienced Alapala’s highly automated machine manufacturing technologies, including laser cutting, robotic bending and welding, and automated painting systems.
At the Academy and Innovation Center, whose mission is to provide training opportunities for milling industry professionals worldwide, the KSU team observed trial production and wheat breaking tests.
The KSU and Alapala teams also had an opportunity to discuss the technical findings and share information about the grain milling process.
The KSU team was also able to observe first-hand the laboratory-type roller mills that were produced specially for their teaching needs and will be used in the Grain Science and Industry Department’s Shellenberger laboratory for milling tests.
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