Bühler has introduced a new approach to industrial mills. The company’s Mill E3 provides a higher standard of cost-effective building investment, project realization time, and energy consumption. According to the company, the new mill uses 30 percent less space, 30 percent shorter installation time, and 10 percent less energy and incorporates blockchain technology to trace grain through the milling process for transparency and food safety.
A typical traditional mill concept requires a minimum of 5 to 6 floors. In contrast, the Mill E3 can use a smaller building compared to a traditional mill of the same size. The smaller building also reduces the amount of capital required and can be completed more quickly using pre-assembled modules. In regard to energy, the Mill E3 can reduce energy consumption by 10 percent while achieving the same output as a traditional mill. Bühler uses a new grinding system and conveying system that provide greater efficiency than previous technologies.
Bühler has already implemented its blockchain technology has already been implemented at a large milling company in the United Kingdom, Whitworths Holdings Ltd. Whitworths operates 17 mills on 9 sites and is the first to use Mill E3. Whitworths already had a system in place to allow them to trace grains back to farms, so it was a logical step to continue to offer transparency in the milling process. According to Mike Peters, managing director of Whitworth Bros. Ltd., a company of Whitworth Holdings, “If we don’t embrace these new digital technologies and embed them within our business now, in the longer term that could be a bar to entry into certain markets as pressure comes from the end consumer and eventually from regulators for increased transparency.”
Bühler, headquartered in Uzwil, Switzerland, supplies milling, drying, mixing, weighing and packing, and other processing equipment for various industries, including the food processing industry and others.