Bühler’s tailored turnkey solution boosts Portuguese rice mill

05/30/2008 Rapid design and installation of customised plant provides healthy yields for Atlantic Meals. Nuno Marques, who is responsible for production and quality at Lisbon-based Atlantic Meals, is satisfied at the benefits provided by new Bühler paddy rice-processing mill.

Designed to process long and short grain paddy round the clock at 7.5 metric tons an hour, the plant has been running flat out since it was installed in mid 2007.

“We trust Bühler. This is our third project together in the past five years and the best yet,” said Marques. “From beginning to the end, everything was fulfilled to budget and schedule. The plant has been providing good yields, running at maximum speed for just over 10 months now.”

“As well as Portuguese and European legal requirements, we have high internal standards regarding quality. The new Bühler solution is fundamental to us achieving our goals.”

The fact that Bühler could offer a complete, customised solution was very attractive to Marques. Remarkably, it took Bühler just nine months to design the layout of the mill, engineer and manufacture the machinery, install it and get it operational. Every step of the way, Bühler worked closely with Marques and his team to guarantee a solution that is entirely geared to the customer’s specific needs.

The project provided many key challenges. Bühler’s Sales Manager Carlos Cabello said: “The plant had to be installed on the first floor of an existing building, which created specific spatial constraints. The solution also had to be designed so that it could meet the future needs of the business, such as processing parboiled rice.”

Bühler has also trained Atlantic Meals’ staff on how to maximise returns from the rice-processing solution. “The plant is fully automated by the Bühler WinCos system and the mill managers and workers are very pleased with the ease of operation of the plant” Cabello concludes.

Note to editors:
Bühler’s rice milling business unit offers state-of-the-art process technology and innovative engineering, automation and other services for the design and construction of complete rice processing installations throughout the world.

Bühler sets standards in the rice milling industry. Our rice processing systems – offering capacities ranging from 2 to 12 metric tons per hour – guarantee maximum yields of outstanding rice quality with minimum product breakage during processing. Cleaning requirements are low, thanks to the efficient sanitation concept on which our systems are based. Throughout the world for a variety of clients, Bühler systems process a wide diversity of rice varieties and other commodities such as long-grain, medium-grain, and short grain rice; pulses (legumes); and spices. We are also specialists in rice grinding and value added processes.


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