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Drying Theory Put to Practice: Bühler Aeroglide Announces 2017 Seminar SeriesParticipant From Stahmann Farms Shares Her Takeaways 

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has announced its 2017 drying seminar series, where each participant learns the principles and techniques for optimal drying, regardless of their make or model. Past participant Miriam Villen Rodriguez talks about her experience in Food Australia.(Excerpts republished with permission.)

“As a chemical engineer with Stahmann Farms in Queensland--a tree nut processor using many drying technologies to produce premium quality products--I was interested in a course that would help me make real changes to the business,“ said Miriam Villen Rodriguez, sponsored by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Rodriguez identifies her top takeaways related to moisture uniformity, dryer evaluation and airflow. “I believe that to improve processing capacity, product quality and energy efficiency, it is important to understand the foundations of the technology you are using,” said Rodriguez.

She further explains how “large deviations force the system to over dry to maintain the batch specification and since most products are sold by weight and water is the cheapest ingredient of every product, this is an area to take into account. “Knowing how to evaluate a dryer will optimize performance and troubleshooting. To obtain consistent product moisture, every piece of product should be exposed to the same airflow and temperature.”

Drying Theory Put to Practice explores drying basics including parameters, balancing, evaluating, mechanical inspections and troubleshooting with a dryer simulation. It also teaches advanced drying concepts and measurement practices in a hands-on lab session combined with advance calculation methods used for dryer sizing.

Following is a list of the dates and locations for Bühler Aeroglide’s 2017 seminar series:

May 23-25, 2017 – Wuxi, China

June 20-22, 2017 – Braunschweig, Germany

October 10-12, 2017 – Raleigh, NC

November 7-9, 2017 – Joinville, Brazil

To register and learn more, visit Buhler Aeroglide 2017 Drying Seminars.

Bühler Aeroglide has a long history of teaching customers how to identify and implement process improvements. The company’s field engineering group has provided expertise and evaluation services to processors around the world for over 15 years. The group is driven by three guiding principles: educate, evaluate and enhance. Education is provided through drying theory and drier maintenance seminars. Equipment and process evaluations provide the greatest potential for energy savings, improved product quality and increased throughput. Enhancement of the drying operation remains the primary goal.

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