Process Control and Automation of Pelleting Mills

Sterling Systems & Controls offers process control and automation of pelleting mills and processes found in feed mill and pet food manufacturing facilities.

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

February 25, 2021

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Sterling Systems & Controls now offers process control and automation of pelleting mills and processes that may be found in feed mill and pet food manufacturing facilities.

This new automation software is designed using Windows-based .NET framework technology for greater openness, graphics, and overall capability to simplify operation and improve efficiency of cost and throughput. 

Benefits include:

1) Custom designed pellet mill control software application to meet your exact automation and system requirements

2) Integrated mill monitoring and histogram displays

3) Control functions maximize throughput and high output.

4) Pellet mill is optimized based on mill condition.

5) Mill plug conditions are averted through use of smart control.

6) Mill shutdown is automatic if it becomes plugged.

The pellet mill automation design provides equipment and software using Allen-Bradley PLCs and desktop PCs running Sterling Systems’ customized

Windows-based automation software. While the pelleting process control has historically been done manually or semi-automatically, this pelleting system uses the customer production requirements and formulas to create a customized and fully-automated pelleting process.

The pellet mill control application is constantly evaluating information from the process. Feeder adjustments are made for dry and liquid materials to bring the pellet mill electrical current to target levels. As feeder speed ramps up, the steam valve is also ramped up. The feeder and steam adjustments continue until the current and mash temperature set-points are reached. This provides for smoother and faster achievement of maximum efficiency with minimum downtime.

The custom design of the software ensures the pellet mill automation application is just what you need and want, ensuring optimum operation, maximizing throughput and mill output. The pellet mill application monitors key mill operation and functions and ensures dependability and maximizes up time.

Sterling Systems & Controls, Sterling, IL 800-257-7214



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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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