Combining oilseeds such as sunflowers and soybeans with existing products created a unique challenge, as plant manufacturers will often design an entire plant around a single product.
Sunflower seeds and soybeans are products that require machinery with exceptionally high wear resistance. Sunflower seeds also need to be conveyed very gently, which requires a slow speed as well as a steep inclination of about 55°. Only then can breakage of the sensitive products be prevented and the highest product quality achieved. The high wear resistance of Bühler’s equipment and bespoke arrangement of the conveying system, however, meant that it was able to meet these requirements completely. Although soybeans are much easier to convey, their different density meant that a unique solution was required to optimize the handling of both products. Bühler was able to plan and implement this, and have it fully operational in under 20 months.