Animal and Aqua Feed
Solutions for the fodder and fish farm industry
The proper conveying of substances and ingredients to animal fodder and concentrated food is preferably done with dense phase technology. The risk of cross contamination is being reduced!
Gericke pneumatic conveying systems also assist operators of fish farms with efficient operation while reducing the environmental impact. The Gericke solution is noted for its very high standard of hygiene. This prevents pathogens from entering the fish enclosures with the food.
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Minerals, vitamins and trace elements are vital elements of concentrated animal food. The manufacturing process asks for automated delivery and recipe management as well as a contamination free conveying. Gericke’s dense phase positive conveying systems proved to suit best for such applications. The low velocity and accurate control of the air consumption reduces the product attrition and creation of undesired fines, it is also minimizing demixing and cross contamination. The latter must be avoided to stay conform with food regulations. Small ingredients (such as vitamins, additives) are fed in a dense phase conveyor via a sack tipping station and sent to the mixer. Due to very low air consumption it’s possible to convey the product directly in the mixer to avoid risk of cross contamination. Moreover, with dense phase conveyor you can be sure that no product remains in the conveying pipe.
The fish feed goes through several transport procedures before it reaches the fish. The soft pellets should be subjected to as little abrasion as possible in the many transfer processes. Gericke pulse flow technology provides extremely gentle transport, with virtually no abrasion. This is important, because the fish are often very selective about their feed. If the soft feed pieces are too severely damaged the fish will ignore them. Uneaten fish pellets cause a serious problem for the water quality in and around the fish cages. Therefore, the gentle transport of the pellets is very important.
Lower energy consumption
The solution from Gericke also has significantly lower energy consumption than other pneumatic conveying systems. The operator of a fish farm can save compressed air, which requires an energy-intensive compression process to generate it. This is an important advantage for the efficiency and economy of the overall system, particularly for fully automatic systems such as the feed barges – a type of floating feeding station.