UV Sterilizers – What You Need to Know

Equipment Feature: UV Sterilizer

Is the UV Sterilizer the right product for your sorting process?

The UV Sterilizer treats the exterior of the seed with UV Light that eradicates the DNA of cells that cause bacteria, viruses and organism growth. This treatment rids the exterior of the seed of bacterial pathogens that maybe harmful for consumption such as salmonella, e-coli and listeria. The great thing about a UV Sterilizer is that it can maintain the integrity and viability of the original seed while removing these potentially harmful and unwanted items.

What does UV Sterilizer do best?

A UV Sterilizer can help clean and sterilize a variety of seeds and spices. Hemp and Peppercorn are two unique products that benefit from this simple and safe process.

18. UV Sterilizer – Hemp from Steve DeJong on Vimeo.

How does a UV Sterilizer work?

Your seed or spice expels from the hopper and is carried down a tray. The oscillating of the tray allows the seed to rotate and move, so the UV light can sterilize every side. As it does, it passes under under the UV lights for approximately 8 to 10 seconds.

The adjustability during processing from the flow of the hopper to the height of the UV lights is simple and allows for flexibility in your processing Once passed under the UV lights the purification process is complete and the seed is ready for any additional testing that maybe needed. If you want even more detail – check out this UV Sterilizer FAQ we published.

A UV Sterilizer typically works best when its used in combination with other sorting and cleaning equipment. A Rotary Separator is often used to sort, clean and remove debris from a commodity before the UV process. This allows the UV Sterilizer to take less load and only sterilize a higher quality cut.

ASTA CSS 2018

We are looking forward to another great CSS 2018 hosted by ASTA.

ASTA’s CSS 2018 & Seed Expo is America’s largest seed industry conference. This year- we’re headed to Chi-town from December 3 – 6. We have a VERY exciting update, product features, and innovations in the seed industry to share with all of you!  If you’re coming to the expo, let us know. We’d love to meet you. Just send us a message on our contact page.

Meanwhile – check out the promo video.

 

Proving the Rotary

Our Rotary Separators performance has been proven over and over again. Our clients have great results with their soybean separation and they are seeing higher yields and less clean-out. This means more profit!

One of the issues we hear about with soybeans is the number of splits getting mixed in with the good seed. When adding in the soybeans to the Rotary, the round seed roll off the flight while the broken and deformed seed fall to the discharge chute. Problem solved! This is a gentle process which  protects the soybean seed from being damaged in processing.

Profile’s rotary technology allows you to reduce clean-out by 5%-20% as well, increasing operational efficiency and flexibility.

In-process adjustments to fine tune your sorting is a snap and what would have taken more than an hour of downtime and operator effort with other separators can now be done in just thirty seconds. Time & money; the Rotary Separator will save you both! How much? You can use our online calculator to find out!

 

Our Rotary Separator provides the most flexibility and fine-tuning in seed separation allowing you to adjust the variable separation speed to your specific seed properties. Seed treaters, conditioners and seed cleaning facilities can now manage all separation demands. The rotary provides process repeatability and uniformity for precise seed classification that exceeds industry requirements.

Our Rotary Separator’s come in a 1 core, 2 cores or 4 cores enclosed units. The capacity could be easily figured and also easy to add capacity later if needed.

 

The Advantages of the Oscillating Shape Sorter

Recently. we were given the opportunity to find the best way to sort tantalum. Tantalum is a chemical element that is rare, hard, blue-gray, lustrous transition metal that is highly corrosion-resistant. This material has many applications from the Medical industry to the electronics industry. A precise spherical separation is imperative for this metal due to its  high price tag and the specific applications of its use.

Profiles obtained a sample of the tantalum and our engineers went to work. We tested this material with a number of products and found the Oscillating Shape Sorter returned the best results. It sorted the material through linear oscillating vibrations. This technological advancement allowed a variety of fine particles to be separated and classified starting at just 45 Microns.

The adjustable table on the shape sorter also allowed for flexibility is separation and quality simply by adjusting the table higher on one end so the spherical particles roll down to the lower end and the non-spherical ride up the table.

The Oscillating Shape Sorter works well with a variety of fine materials.

Once the fine product is placed in the “hopper”, it dispenses gently down the tray to the oscillating table. The spheres will separate out to one of 8 boxes. At this point the product that is spherical will go to box #1, spherical with abnormalities box #2, Spherical with deeper blemishes box 3, and so on. The higher up the table the particle rides the lower the quality of the spherical particle.

This machines sorts and classifies a variety of material with ease.

 

When is the best time to upgrade to rotary separators?

What difference can the rotary make?

One question we get a lot from our clients is, “What is the benefit for me if I upgrade?” The real answer is -it depends. Every business and seed sorting process is unique. Some companies prefer to hang on to solutions and technology they know and trust, others like to incorporate the latest innovations to get any advantage they can.

If you find yourself having this discussion amongst your peers or typing this question into your favorite search engine…, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. The turnover of your seed treatment operators
  2. The experience level of your seed treatment operators
  3. The age of your current equipment
  4. The cost of down time
  5. The current quantity of seed treated
  6. Your company’s image and customer perception.

Now, you might be wondering why the perception of your company to your customers figures into this calculation at all. The simple answer is this.  Upgrading your equipment is not just going to give you better results, it instantly associates your company with terms like innovation, trend setting, and shows you are investing into current and modern solutions. If this is something you’d like your customers to think about you…then upgrading may be an answer.

Some of the other items on the list above require a bit more calculation. For instance, the quality of and experience of your staff play a major role in determining the results of your seed. If you’re finding that retaining quality seedsman is a struggle, an upgraded system can contribute to a better result and provide a more consistent product.

The Rotary v. the Static

Our Rotary separator has been proven to reduce labor costs and create a better product. With it in place, cleaning and separating seeds becomes more sustainable, measurable and profitable.

The results are even greater when the Rotary is used to replace older technologies and equipment. Obviously, as equipment ages its quality can diminish, and the chances of problems or down time can arise. It has been estimated that a stop in production during peak season could cost as much as $7,500 an hour. That’s not cheap. Our rotary separators can bear the brunt of the seed cleaning system by prolonging the life of the equipment down the line.  That’s one upgrade that can protect your bottom line and save you a headache.

 

 

The last consideration is the sheer volume of the seed you are cleaning. If you simply need to clean more seed in less time, there are only a few options available. Upgrading your equipment is going to make the biggest difference here.  But using a rotary separator in your system, the volume of seed being processed instantly increases when compared to manual systems. Simple adjustments and calibration can take hours and waste seed in a manual system. With a rotary separator in place, adjustments take minutes and quality of the separation is instantly improved.

With systems constantly evolving and technology playing a major role in how we progress, it’s a good rule of thumb to evaluate your system every 3—5 years. Ask yourself if your current system is meeting your needs and if there were any areas that could be improved. Making investments to keep your system relevant is much better than waiting until the entire system is rebuilt.

This is one of the best benefits of the rotary. It can work in almost any system and provide a measurable improvement. If you’re wondering what that improvement might be, check out Profiles calculator for some real numbers.

The Belt Grader at Work

Recently, we were notified by a client of an urgent need to have desiccant precisely separated. This medical company, required a separation of Spherical from Non-spherical particles while meeting the standards of the medical community.

For example, no cross contamination can occur, must be easy to sanitize, while creating a purity in the sorting process. Once the sample was received and evaluated by our lab. Our technicians went to work.

Our belt grader was a perfect for this challenge and provided a great solution.

Simply by adjusting the incline on the belt grader, the Spherical Particles descend to the first separation box. The slightly irregular Spheres descend to the second box and so on. The particles that extend to the 4th box are the least Spherical.

This precise, separation technology created the maximum purity in sorting and it easy to sanitize with no cross contamination.

 

1. Belt Grader – Dessicant from Steve DeJong on Vimeo.

 

Special Purchase Options Now Available

Section 179 got a big boost from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The deduction was not only given an increase – it literally doubled in size, to one million dollars.

This is big deal. If you own a small or medium sized businesses, you can write off a million dollars’ worth of equipment for the year because of this change.

If we assume a tax rate of 25%, this could knock a net of 250k off of your tax bill. Not only that, but the “cap” for total equipment purchases was raised to $2.5 million before the deduction starts to phase out on a dollar to dollar basis. One more significant change is that certain improvements to non-residential property can now be written off.

Not only that, but the “bonus depreciation” (which is usually taken after Section 179 is used up) has been raised to 100%, and now includes used equipment as well (Section 179 itself has always allowed for used equipment).

All of these changes are coming together at an opportune time. The economy was strong last year and many companies in our supported industries finding ways to invest in their infrastructure, facilities and new equipment. This is exactly what Section 179 is designed to do.

The only question is – “Are you taking advantage of it?”

If you need more information on how to use Section 179 financing in 2018, visit our friends at Crest Capital.

Our Interactive ROI Calculator Shows You Real Results

With so many options available, finding the most successful combination of equipment to produce the highest yield and maximum value in todays market can seem like a high stakes game of chance.

How do you know you’re making the most of your gravity tables & color sorters, spiral separators, seed treatments and all of the new technologies being turned out every day?

We can help.

There are some great innovations and products that have delivered consistent results at very cost effective price each and every time.  One such product is the Rotary Separator from Profile Industries. Profile’s rotary technology allows you to reduce waste 5-15%. Not only that, but its ability to be adjusted while in process saves a lot of time.

Each adjustments is easy to make and fine tuning your sorting is a snap. What used to take more than an hour of downtime and operator effort with a static spiral can be done in about thirty seconds.

Real numbers. Real results. How much can you save? Use our new interactive ROI calculator to find out.

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Business Tax Reform for 2018

Are you taking advantage of the changes to the tax code for 2018?

Here is just a quick list of some of the chagnes that will have a direct impact on your bottom line:

 

Corporate Taxation

The graduated tax rate structure of 2017 capped out at  a top tax rate of 35%. This is being replaced by a flat rate of 21%. This is great news for man C corporations as their taxes will be reduced. There is also a change when it comes to cash accounting. Formerly, it was not an option for corporations averaging $5 million or more in gross receipts for the three prior years. This rule has been replaced by a $25 million gross receipts test.

Section 179 Deductions

Under Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, a business could expense up to $500,000 of the cost of qualified business property, subject to a dollar-for-dollar phase-out above $2 million. The new  tax code doubles the maximum allowance to $1 million and increases the phase-out threshold to $2.5 million. One thing to note: The maximum allowance is still limited to the amount of income from business activity.

Bonus Depreciation

In recent years, the percentage for first-year “bonus depreciation” deductions has fluctuated, complicating tax planning. Now the new law hikes the bonus depreciation deduction from 50% to 100% for five years and then gradually phases out the deduction over the next five years. Added bonus: The deduction has been expanded to include “used” property that otherwise qualifies under this provision

Hurt Seed Co. Feature

Ray Hurt sees the re-engineered Profile Industries rotary spiral separators as one of the most beneficial pieces of equipment ever installed at the Hurt Seed Company (731-836- 7574) plant in Halls, TN. Hurt, who is a fifth-generation owner of the business that was founded in 1932, says the separators have been able to limit seed yield loss since being installed in August. Hurt Seed processes wheat and soybean seeds.

“It’s a vital piece of what we do,” Hurt says. “I wish we had the separators two or three years ago. We would have saved bins full of seed.” Before installing the separators, Hurt says he worried about losing too much soybean seed and would not put seed through the old separators. Hurt has been pleased with the results after running over 200,000 of soybean seed through the cleaning system in its first couple months of use. Added Benefits Profile Industries President Steve DeJong says the Rogers, MN-based company sold its first rotary spiral separator five years ago, providing an alternative to static, or non-rotary, separators. After selling the rotary separators to customers around the world, DeJong says seed company owners suggested improvements in how the machines were designed.

So, he says Profile began re-engineering the separators. DeJong says several features were added when the revamped rotary separators were introduced last year. They included 100% galvanized steel construction, flat pack design for freight savings, and steeper floors to avoid plugging. Originally, Profile rotary separators were designed with one core. Now, DeJong says the separators such as what were installed at Hurt Seed have four cores, which increases capacity.

This case study was featured by SeedToday in the 2017 last quarter issue. The full article contains a profile of Bullard Seed Co. and how they decided to implement the rotary spiral separators into their seed cleaning operation.