The pre-cleaning stage is the first stage of cereal processing before ensiling. The subsequent first and second cleaning stages relate to the treatments that wheat undergoes before milling. These operations have the aim to remove impurity and foreign bodies from wheat, including the conditioning process, in order to obtain the best possible result in terms of yield in the grinding stage.
The milling process depends on the type of ground wheat and, together with the fitting of the various machines, establish the final outcome:
- Soft wheat: flour, hard wheat semolina, waste flour, germ, red dog, straight run, pollard and bran.
- Hard wheat: semolina, durum semolina, re-milled, waste flour, red dog, straight run, pollard, bran.
Knowing how to determine the correct flow sheet based on the desired finished products, it’s essential to obtain the best possible result in terms of yield and sanitary quality.
Cereals and final products conveying plays an important role for the plant efficiency and flexibility as well as the energy consumption. Ocrim, according to the customer's needs, can supply many types of solutions for cereals, that can reach more than 1000 T/h in the case of grain conveying.
The plant is completed with a series of complementary machines and accessories that enable the entire production cycle to be managed in complete safety. Ocrim offers specific and aptly designed solutions to obtain the most diverse products, suitable for the different needs of the world markets.
Maize has been referred to as "the cereal of the future" due to its high nutritional value and the wide utilization of its products and by-products.
Ocrim has given great importance to maize milling plants since 1945. In fact, a group of technologists is entrusted with the task of conducting this sector specific research. Thanks to studies completed, today Ocrim maize milling plants work all over the world in order to supply the most sophisticated products through dry, semi-humid and mixed degermination.
Ocrim offers complete milling plants, plants revamping and upgrading for the processing of various types of maize used for the production of semolina, grits for beer, hominy grits for corn flakes, pre-cooked meal and other products obtained through the different type of degermination.
Ocrim provides solutions which permit to produce sheep, fish, cattle and poultry feeds at optimal costs thanks to plants high level production, limited energy consumption, minimum maintenance and restrained capital expenditure. Ocrim offers both technical-engineering services and services to improve recipes.
Ocrim supplies complete plants, upgrades and expansions for processing the various grains, as well as for the production of flour suitable to obtain the starch used for various purposes. Even in this sector, Ocrim has significant experience stemming from the great professionalism of technologists and plant engineers, based on the type of flour processing that takes place in the subsequent starch production stage, in order to provide the correct product, with the right features, for the starch production line.
Ocrim designs, builds and provides bins for mixtures, grain conditioning and finished products (flour, semolina, by-products etc.).
Ocrim team, according to the feature of the milling plant, designs square, round, stainless, pointed, corrugated and smooth bins. On 29th June 2021, Ocrim and AGCO - leader in the design, production and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision farming technology - announced a collaboration agreement. The strategic alliance will benefit customers from all over the world by combining the experience in the seed, cereal and storage industry of Cimbria and GSI brands (AGCO group), together with the high quality of the milling plants made in Ocrim. The two brands of the agri-food giant AGCO, Cimbria and GSI, provide a wide range of solutions for the storage of wheat and cereals, customized according to the needs of the customer: intaking bins, processing plants and silos. Inside the silos, the temperature monitoring system ensures the highest safety, quality and allows to prevent loss by warning operators of potential issues thanks to an advanced inventory management software.
These days flour blending plays a fundamental role in the daily milling plants efficiency and it represents its real added value. This is due to the fact that it allows the production of specific and “ready to use” products, which
can be customized according to every single market or client.
The knowledge of blending in general and its “recipes” application, together with its related components, is an essential tool for submitting the customers with suitable and varied solutions. Effectively flour is increasingly often becoming a simple component of a wider product.
Ocrim technology offers mixtures which can be composed of different solutions: batch, continuous, volumetric, with or without the addition of additives and/or ingredients, all with the chance to have also their qualitative and quantitative in line controls. Ocrim is a company integrated in the flour management systems, and so it’s able to adopt its own technology also to the semolina mixing, and related ingredients and/or additives, for the pasta factory.
The handling systems are located downstream of the production line, where the product is packaged in the primary packaging and the goods are palletised.
The handling systems are a crucial point for maximising the financial returns of milling plants because, if designed properly, providing the best possible solutions and obviously taking into account the financial issues at stake, it can considerably contribute to high productivity and decrease management costs.
Ocrim, in order to provide a complete solution, from storage to management of the finished product, has taken over FBC of Medesano (Parma-Italy), a company specialised in handling systems, acquiring the process plant engineering activity as well as the production activity, in order to improve the benefits for the end customer, who is always obviously more sensitive to this crucial stage.
All the electrical part relating to the milling plant is studied and designed internally by the Ocrim technical staff who support the customer step-by-step in the best possible and applicable solutions. For several years now, Ocrim has also been manufacturing the plant's electrical motor panels internally.
Even the automation systems, which play a fundamental role in perfect plant management - minimization of time, operating and maintenance costs - are developed within the company and manufactured to meet the specific request of each specific customer.
The hardware and software configuration of the system is designed to meet different levels of automation, ensuring the possibility of future expansions and integrations with the safeguarding of the initial investment.
The proposed solutions start from standard systems up to customized systems dedicated to the most detailed customers technical requests to improve all the production, logistics and administrative management of the industrial complex with crossing, control and verification of salient and fundamental data. Among the packages that Ocrim offers - control@mill and management@mill - the tablet@mill application has recently been introduced: all the intelligent machines can be interrogated and managed via tablet by the operator to offer more flexible and global control of the adjustments of plant. Through a wide WI-FI network coverage, it is possible to consult the status of the machine and its functional parameters with a simple touch.
Since a few years ago, Ocrim has been collaborating with companies involved in the development of ERP software for the integration of all the data management of the entire production complex into the automation system, including administrative management. Even in the case of automation and plant management, we can therefore speak of a "turnkey" project.
The great experience gained in the milling sector has enabled Ocrim to become an important player in the supply of auxiliary machines - fluting and grinding machines – as crucial machines at the service of the mill plant as well as
Service of the plants.
In this field Ocrim boasts a great research and development activities to create highly productive solutions for the customer in order to improve the efficiency of the machines, shortening the execution times of the various processes, in order to perform the various scheduled maintenance procedures at clearly defined time frames and costs.
Specialised technicians are at the Customer's complete disposal both in the design and after-sales stage to answer all questions competently and quickly.
"Turnkey" projects have always been part of Ocrim activities. Ocrim is the ideal partner for all projects where, the choice of having only one interlocutor capable of satisfying its customers, from the technical-financial
feasibility study to the complete plant realization, represents the winning choice from the economic as well as strategic point of view.
That is also why the “Agri-food Supply chain” has been created, as well as to give increasingly tangible answers to the customers’ various requests, because the real added value of a “turnkey” product is being able to advise the customer on all the best applicable solutions, starting from cereal cultivation up to management of the finished product.
During each stage of the contract development process, from defining the technical details to streamlining the construction and installation choices, as well as compliance with authorisation fulfilments and subcontract management, training personnel and subsequent after-sales service, Ocrim supports its customers and gains their trust, building on its long-standing experience.
Thanks to its appropriately diversified organisational structure, Ocrim is able to support the customer in relation to issues concerning the technology of milling plants, as well as in terms of extremely current issues, such as regulatory issues, safety, environmental impact or the assessment of new market opportunities.
These are the reasons why our customers choose Ocrim as a General Contractor in "turnkey" plants.