We have a range of pre-processing equipment to enable us to work with the interesting oils found in seed crops. Firstly, to remove the hulls and shells from the seeds we have a continuous impact huller. This machine removes the hulls from seeds by throwing them at high speed into a steel plate. The impact shatters the hard outer casing of the seed and the hull and kernel are then separated in a cyclone.
To extract the oil the seed kernel is then pressed through our Alvan Blanch 150 kg/hr continuous seed press. Seeds can, if required, be heated prior to pressing to improve the flow of the expelled oil. The seeds are expelled under high forces through a series of plates. This crushes the seed, the oil drains from the meal under gravity to a collection tank and the meal is collected at the end of the rig.
Furthermore, we have bench top versions of these items to allow us to develop conditions with small volumes of material or work with experimental size batches of novel seeds (<200 g).
To use the seed processing equipment or find out more about its capabilities, please contact us.
We have an extensive range of pre-processing equipment, see below.
The macerator is capable of reducing solids to small pieces; producing slurries and processing biomass materials with high water content.
Our microbiology laboratory offers a range of equipment allowing users to safely handle, store and work with a variety of aerobic and anaerobic microbes, at ACDP hazard category II level.
Pelletising is the process of compressing light material into the form of a pellet. This has many advantages, mainly by reducing dust in transport and increasing the density of the material being transported.
We have a range of pre-processing equipment to enable us to work with the interesting oils found in seed crops.
Size reduction & grading
Size reduction equipment, such as a cutting mill, a hammer mill or a granulator, with capacities ranging from 4 kg/h to 100 kg/h.