Effects of a proper bulk solids handling system design in the pet food industry

Paper Summary

Companies in the pet food industry store a variety of raw ingredients – from corn, soybean meal to poultry, cattle and swine meal. Those materials can be stored in bins and silos which can hold up to around 250 tons. These ingredients may vary on their particle density, shape, size and distribution, moisture content, chemical composition, time at rest and temperature, among others. All those factors may affect how the material moves through the bins and silos, and may directly affect the final product quality. Handling solids is an integral part of many food manufacturing processes and deserves significant attention paid to it.