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.

Keep an Eye on These Guys

AgLaunch 365 Selects Startups for Accelerator 

Memphis-based agtech accelerator AgLaunch 365 has selected three startups to join its six-week program. The companies will receive investment from a key AgLaunch partner, Innova and its USDA-certified Rural Business Investment Company fund, a $31 million fund backed by eight Farm Credit banks. The selected starutps are:

  • DryMax, based in Minnesota, is commercializing a low-energy, low-heat radio wave process for drying grain.
  • EarthSense, based in Illinois, has developed TerraSentia, an ultra-compact, autonomous, easy-to-use robot with multiple sensors and embedded data collection and analytics software for plant phenotyping.
  • Rabbit Tractors, based in Indiana, is developing an autonomous, mobile, multi-purposed, swarm-capable and high-ground clearance farm production tractor for all pre-harvest activities.

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Republicans Unveil Tax Framework Document

Republican leaders unveiled a framework document that represents advancements and agreements they have reached on some of the broad tax issues this week.  The document states that the Administration and Republican Leaders are developing a unified framework with the goal of achieving fiscally-responsible tax reform that is “built for growth, supports middle-class families, defends workers, protects jobs, and puts America first.” The framework includes:

  • Tax relief for middle-class families. The simplicity of “postcard” tax filing for the vast majority of Americans
  • Tax relief for businesses, especially small businesses
  • Ending incentives to ship jobs, capital, and tax revenue overseas
  • Broadening the tax base and providing greater fairness for all Americans by closing loopholes

Of specific interest to the American Soybean Association (ASA), the framework addresses the issue of interest deductions by indicating that “the deduction for net interest expense incurred by C corporations will be partially limited and the committees will consider the appropriate treatment of interest paid by non-corporate taxpayers.”

The framework allows businesses to “immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments in depreciable assets other than structures made after Sept.  27, 2017, for at least five years. This policy represents an unprecedented level of expensing with respect to the duration and scope of eligible assets. The committees may continue to work to enhance unprecedented expensing for business investments, especially to provide relief for small businesses.”

The leaders indicate that this framework serves as a template for the tax-writing committees that will develop legislation through an inclusive committee process and they welcome and encourage bipartisan support and participation in the process.

For additional details, see the tax framework document here.

 

via soygrowers.com

The Best Seed Sorting Machines Just Got Better

Our engineers have spent the past year working to design an even more cost effective and efficient seed separation solution.

What they created is an industry changer… and we’re not just saying that! 

You get all of the performance of the Rotary Spiral Separator at an amazing new price! Oh Yes We Did!

REDUCE CLEAN OUT (DEBRIS) 5–15%


 

 

 

Rotary Spiral Separtor

The Rotary gives you the capabilities of multiple pieces of equipment from a single machine. With the Rotary, just one size core gives you the ability to handle all seed cleaning and separation while reducing waste from 5-20% down to .5% and increasing operational efficiency and flexibility.

• No mess adjustments during processing
• Eliminates post sorting of rejects
• Increased Quality
• Can spirolate products that will not flow in a static spiral

 

 


Is the Rotary Spiral the right fit for you?
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With so many seed cleaning products to choose from and even more seed varieties to sort and clean, determining the best options for you and your organization can be overwhelming. Here’s a look at our Static Spiral Separator so you can see how it preforms when compared to the Rotary.

 

 

Enclsosed Static Spiral Separtor

With eight flights instead of five, our enclosed separators offer 60% more capacity and reduce noise by 30%. They are also available in 1, 2, or 4 core configurations. Each core is  interchangeable, replaceable, in-stock and available with in 48 hours from Profile’s warehouse.

• Low Profile
• Orifice Flow Control
• Fine Tune Gate assembly
• Large Window Opening
• Bolted Design for Flat Pac

 


In our research, the best option for seed cleaning and shape sorting has been the Rotary Spiral Separator. This machine pays for itself fast and adds a number of great features. Whether you are cleaning soybeans, brassica, canola, wheat, mustard, peppercorn or sorghum, these products will work wonders for you. For the maximum ROI, check out the rotary. You will not be disappointed.

Profile Industries experience in spiral separators, seed cleaning and shape sorting solutions will help maximize the quality and efficiency of any agricultural or industrial commodity.

Iowa State Workshop Series

Profile is pleased to announce our participation at the the Iowa State seed conditioning and quality testing workshop series. We will be talking about the static rotary spiral separators and comparing them to the new rotary spiral separator designs. These workshops will take place on July 11 and July 25 with our president and chief engineer Steve DeJong.
The schedule for the remaining 2017 workshops is listed below and a link to the registration website is also included.  These are small group sessions that feature a mix of classroom and “hands on” equipment operation in our pilot plant at the ISU Seed Science Center.
Soybean and Small Grain Seed Conditioning…….July 10-13
Seed Treatment Workshop……………………………….July 19-20
Soybean and Small Grain Seed Conditioning…….July 24-27
Gravity Separation…………………………………………….August 1
Gravity Separation…………………………………………….August 3
Seed Corn Conditioning…………………………………….August 7-10
Seed Corn/Soybean Quality Testing…………………August 15-17
Routine workshop registration is handled by the Iowa State staff in Conference Planning and Management.  Additional details, including a PDF version of the workshop brochure and on-line registration can be found on the ISU Extension web site at http://register.extension.iastate.edu/seedscience.