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.

Bullard Seed Co. Feature

Recently, we had the opportunity to work with a great company based in Ashland, MO. Bullard Seed Co. is a family owned and operated contract producer of soybeans and wheat seed. They were looking to become faster and more efficient with their sorting process and the standard spiral separators Bullard had in place were not meeting their growing needs.

Profile’s President and chief engineer Steve DeJong worked with Bullard to create the best solution. Since Profile’s standard cabinet is four-inches too large to fit into Bullard’s existing space, Steve designed a custom cabinet to fit.

Bullard’s spirals are positioned ahead of the color sorter which in turn enables the sorter to become more precise in its sorting.

“I cannot explain it without visually showing you what they will do in operation – it is hard to explain until you actually see it run. This thing really works.” Said Joel Bullard, president and owner of Bullard Seed Co.

“They (rotary spirals) remove a small amount, yet they remove everything you want to remove,” he says. “They are so easy to set. It takes longer to climb the ladder to the platform on the cleaning deck than it does to change the setting.”

Bullard says they routinely check the spiral’s discard throughout the day and when they change from variety to variety. The spirals are so sensitive that Bullard usually makes a slight adjustment for each different variety.

“I cannot say enough good about these rotary spirals. It gives us greater confidence in our product.” Bullard says. “I feel every soybean plant should have them.

This case study was featured by SeedToday in the 2017 first 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.

Saving Time | TT Electronics

At TT Electronics, we use the belt sorter from Profile Industries for separation of plating media (steel wire shot) from our products. We also utilize it for any process where we need to sort rectangular product from round shapes. There are many benefits of this machine. The first and most evident benefit is the time savings. It used to take hours to manually separate the product and media mixtures since they are roughly the same size. We sifted through mixtures by hand similar to how you would see gold sifted. Since utilizing the belt grader, we can separate rounds from non-round shapes in about 15 minutes without any manual labor which allows for time to be spent elsewhere. Some added benefits to the belt sorter is the guiderail construction that allows for adjustments in any degree of freedom to fine tune the separation rate and efficiency. It also has allowed for easy modifications to the machine for whatever the extra sorting needs may be.

Ben Heuer, Development Engineer, TT Electronics.


Committed to Success | Legend Seeds

Their experts spent time uncovering our specific needs and making sure that we got the right product for our facility and goals. In addition to more than doubling our volume, the equipment purchased from Profile has positively impacted the quality of our product. And the follow up has been terrific! They’ve remained in contact to ensure that things are running smoothly. As a rapidly growing company, Legend Seeds™ appreciates the commitment that Profile Industries demonstrated in helping us meet our needs.

Tim Bratland, Production Manager, Legend Seeds


Thanks for Being an Innovator | Electronics Inc.

We are very impressed with your product line. The motorized spiral is a great addition to our testing programs. It is a very clever evolutionary tool. We find that it is a great equipment piece in our shop and it is fun to include it into our training. Students are very impressed with it whether they have seen the conventional style before or not. Thanks for being an innovator.

Jack Champaigne, Founder and President, Electronics Inc.