Is it time to replace your spiral cores?

Every piece of equipment can wear down over time. Years of use and abuse pile up and take its toll on even the sturdiest and highest quality materials. For those of us in the seed cleaning business, we can see this process taking place on our equipment.

Cleaning canola seed, for example,  can have a direct affect on spiral cores and cartridges as it leaves an oily build on the flights. This oil will impact the cleaning process and compromise the results. Until the oil can be removed with a pressure washer and/or brush and scraper, this spiral core will not be as effective and directly impact the quality of your product.

Profile does offer an enclosed spray cabinet to clean your spiral cores and remove any residue from the flights. Simply place the core into the enclosure and turn the switch making the core rotate while a detergent is sprayed on to the flights. This product is easy to use and restores the quality and consistency of your equipment in no time. For more information on how to clean the residue from your spiral cores and cartridges, please contact us for a free consultation.

Soybeans can be very abrasive and create a lot of wear and tear on all kinds of seed cleaning equipment. This is especially true for spiral cores. Flights become bent, holes can form and soon the spiral flights are causing you more issues that income.

Spiral Core Damage
Spiral Core Holes

^This photo shows a core with bent flights and a modified discharge gate. The cores geometry was not correct for the customers specific application so they modified it to work… kind of.

^This photo shows a core with so much wear and tear that holes have actually formed in the flights. If you can see through the flights in your cores or cartridges, its time to invest in new equipment.

Profile offers a wide range of spiral cores and cartridges IN STOCK and available to ship in 48 hours. Our cores will even fit in your current equipment and restore the results you experienced when your seed cleaning equipment was first installed.

When is the best time to buy seed cleaning equipment?

Throughout the year, every business and agricultrual operation of every size goes through a series of cycles. There are times to spend, times to save, and times to forecast for the future. Depending on your organization these seasons may arrive at different times for you. However, whether you oversee a multi-million dollar budget for a fortune 500 company or are simply looking into new ways to help your small business increase profits, one thing is constant. Everyone wants the best deal for their money. So if you are a responsible business owner or operator, eventually you ask the question:

When is the best time to buy seed cleaning equipment?

Truth be told, there are a lot of different scenarios that impact this answer. From budgets to bumper crops, seasons change and we are in the midst of that change right now.

Currently, as 2015 comes to close, you can literally add thousands of “bottom line” dollars to your budgets and bank accounts by taking advantage of Section 179 financing. Our friends at Crest Capital have put together this simple Section 179 calculator to find out how much you can save. This is great news for your business and the numbers can even get better… but you must act by 12/31/2015. All Section 179 equipment must be purchased and deployed for use before this date.

Take advantage of this great time to buy. All of Profiles spiral separators and shape classification equipment are available through this program. If you have any questions, contact us, we’d love to help!

What are the best seed cleaning options?

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 some of the best seed cleaning products Profile has to offer along with a quick list of what they do best:

 

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 2, 4, 6 or 8 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


 


 

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

 


 

 How does a rotary compare to a static spiral separator?  Glad you asked.

 Rotary v. Static Spiral Separators


 

Mini Spiral

NEW: Mini Spiral Separtor

The added value and flexibility of the mini enclosed spiral separator cannot be overlooked. It’s compact design fits into those tight areas and its welded, 12-14 gauge powder coated steel ensures rugged durability.

• Three turns of separation
• Adjustable gate for non-round material
• Adjustable flow control
• Replaceable spiral cores
• Observation Port
• 7 Inner flight sizes in half-inch increments from 1” – 4”


 

 

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, rape seed, mustard, peppercorn or sorghum, these products will work wonders for you. For the maximum ROI, check out the rotary. You will not be disappointed.

 

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guide for Spices

The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) has always gone to great lengths to provide programs thats assist its many members. One of these programs is the Good Manufacturing Practice Guide. It is published to set standards with the hopes of assuring that all spices sold to food processors and consumers are safe and wholesome.

This guide focuses specifically on the spice manufacturing environment, and combines recommendations and best practices from ASTA member companies. To quote the ASTA website:

As with any agricultural product, safety, quality, and consistency of a spice product may be compromised by one or all of the many processes it undergoes between the farm and table.

You can download the complete GMP Guide or read more about it on ASTA’s website.

US Energy Department Provides $30M for Sorghum Crop Development

New York (June 15, 2015/GenomeWeb) -– The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $30 million in funding to six projects to develop better sorghum crops though the use of genetic and other technologies.

The funding is directed at the development of better varieties of sorghum through improved plant remote sensing, analysis, and breeding methods. It is being provided through DOE’s Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program, which leverages agriculture, information technology, and engineering to develop crops that are sustainable and affordable and yield abundant feedstocks for bioenergy.

The recipients of the TERRA funds seek to address limitations associated with crop phenotyping and genotyping by developing mobile platforms with sensory systems to observe and record plant characteristics, DOE said. They will also develop algorithms to analyze data and predict plant growth potential.

The TERRA program will also fund the creation of a large database comprising sorghum genotypes and field phenotypes, which DOE said will allow the larger community of plant physiologists, bioinformaticians, and geneticists to improve sorghum and bioenergy crops.

TERRA Objectives

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for the development of improved varieties of energy sorghum, a crop used to produce biofuel.

The TERRA project teams will create novel platforms to enhance methods for crop phenotyping which are currently time-intensive and imprecise. The new approaches will include automated methods for observing and recording characteristics of plants and advanced algorithms for analyzing data and predicting plant growth potential. The projects will also produce a large public database of sorghum genotypes, enabling the greater community of plant physiologists, bioinformaticians and geneticists to generate breakthroughs beyond TERRA.

These innovations will accelerate the annual yield gains of traditional plant breeding and support the discovery of new crop traits that improve water productivity and nutrient use efficiency needed to improve the sustainability of bioenergy crops.

Clemson University – Clemson, SC

Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt – $6,000,000

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – St. Louis, MO

A Reference Phenotyping System for Energy Sorghum – $8,000,000

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA

Consortium for Advanced Sorghum Phenomics (CASP) – $3,300,000

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

Automated Sorghum Phenotyping and Trait Development Platform – $6,500,000

Texas A&M AgriLife Research – College Station, TX

Automated Phenotyping System for Genetic Improvement of Energy Crops – $3,100,000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, IL

Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform (MEPP) – $3,100,000

For a complete breakdown of how this money will be used, visit seedtoday.com

Keeping Pace with Change

The Shot Peener Magazine has been an outstanding source of information since its inception in 1986. The articles and features of this publication have worked to expand global markets for the shot peening and blast cleaning industries for many years through the printed pages or its web pages on theshotpeenermagazine.com.

Recently, in the Summer 2015 issue of The Shot Peener Magazine, Profile Industries was featured for its digital marketing in a great piece by Kathy Levy from info-prose.com. Kathy does a tremendous job of outlining the ways Profile Industries endeavors to “Keep Pace with Change” and create an experience that our clients will remember for all of the right reasons.

You can read  Kathy’s full article here: Summer 2015

The Shot Peener Magazine Feature

Last month, The Shot Peener Magazine reached out to Profile Industries to ask about our recently redesigned website and social medial profiles. The Summer 2015 edition of The Shot Peener Magazine will feature a full page article about the ways Profile is keeping pace with change to provide a great experience for our clients.

The article lists the top eight reasons Profiles’ new web design is successful along with some interesting data and detail about the site provided by our Vice President, Mr. Steve DeJong.

This issue of The Shot Peener will hit mailboxes soon and will also be available online at theshotpeenermagazine.com. We’ll post the full article soon.