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From steel to dryers and coolers

Dutch company Geelen Counterflow produces dryers and coolers for the feed and food industry. Every year, over 400 machines leave the factory and since its founding in 1980, more than 7,500 dryers and coolers have been installed around the world. In the coming years, the company strives to make the machines even more efficient and sustainable by focusing on finding alternatives for gas in the dryers and to better control the air flow in the coolers. Also, focus lies on choosing more sustainable and recyclable materials and production methods while building the equipment. And last but not least, a brand new cradle-to–cradle office has just been completed next to Geelen’s production plant. AllAboutFeed took a short tour through Geelen’s factory to experience what it takes to build these machines from scratch.

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  • The company is located in Haelen, in the southern part of the Netherlands. It is a specialised company for building coolers and dryers for feed and food processing. With 90 full time staff and sales offices in the US, Argentina and China, the company generated a turnover of 23 million euro in 2013.

    The company is located in Haelen, in the southern part of the Netherlands. It is a specialised company for building coolers and dryers for feed and food processing. With 90 full time staff and sales offices in the US, Argentina and China, the company generated a turnover of 23 million euro in 2013.

  • Sander Geelen, managing director of Geelen Counterflow since 1997, has diversified the portfolio. The current market share is over 50% for counterflow coolers and over 90% for counterflow dryers. Sander explained to AllAboutFeed how these machines are made. .

    Sander Geelen, managing director of Geelen Counterflow since 1997, has diversified the portfolio. The current market share is over 50% for counterflow coolers and over 90% for counterflow dryers. Sander explained to AllAboutFeed how these machines are made. .

  • The raw materials enter the production plant. Most raw materials (stainless steel and mild steel) are sources in the area from companies in Germany and the Netherlands.

    The raw materials enter the production plant. Most raw materials (stainless steel and mild steel) are sources in the area from companies in Germany and the Netherlands.

  • The stainless steel is stored in large storage racks, waiting to be cut into smaller machinery parts.

    The stainless steel is stored in large storage racks, waiting to be cut into smaller machinery parts.

  • When the materials are ready for further processing, they are taken from the storage to the automated storage tower…

    When the materials are ready for further processing, they are taken from the storage to the automated storage tower…

  • …after which they are automatically taken to the laser cutter by this robot.

    …after which they are automatically taken to the laser cutter by this robot.

  • The laser cutter is programmed in such a way that it automatically cuts out the right parts for the right machine.

    The laser cutter is programmed in such a way that it automatically cuts out the right parts for the right machine.

  • The white foil is left to protect the materials until the machine is installed on site.

    The white foil is left to protect the materials until the machine is installed on site.

  • With limited pressure the elements are pushed out of the plates. This is done manually.

    With limited pressure the elements are pushed out of the plates. This is done manually.

  • The elements are temporally stored on pallets.

    The elements are temporally stored on pallets.

  • The waste material goes back to the steel factory for recycling.

    The waste material goes back to the steel factory for recycling.

  • The bigger parts go to rolling or bending machines.

    The bigger parts go to rolling or bending machines.

  • For example for these bin walls.

    For example for these bin walls.

  • The large – round – parts are mounted together here.

    The large – round – parts are mounted together here.

  • For example the cyclone parts are constructed here.

    For example the cyclone parts are constructed here.

  • The semi-finished products go to the workshop at Geelen’s production plants, which consists of twenty identical workshops.

    The semi-finished products go to the workshop at Geelen’s production plants, which consists of twenty identical workshops.

  • The employees rotate their work.

    The employees rotate their work.

  • The main discharger of the cooler is assembled.

    The main discharger of the cooler is assembled.

  • As seen here in detail, the mechanic is half way in putting the elements on the cooler.

    As seen here in detail, the mechanic is half way in putting the elements on the cooler.

  • The semi-finished components are stored per client. Some coolers and dryers are sold to other feed equipment builders that do not produce coolers and dryers themselves.

    The semi-finished components are stored per client. Some coolers and dryers are sold to other feed equipment builders that do not produce coolers and dryers themselves.

  • Waiting to be spray-coated.

    Waiting to be spray-coated.

  • Which is done here: in the coating area.

    Which is done here: in the coating area.

  • What comes out is a coated cooler component.

    What comes out is a coated cooler component.

  • Coated coolers are still used a lot in the animal feed industry, even though the tops are built in stainless steel to avoid corrosion.

    Coated coolers are still used a lot in the animal feed industry, even though the tops are built in stainless steel to avoid corrosion.

  • The uncoated stainless steel machines are used often in petfood plants and are common practice in the human food processing sectors.

    The uncoated stainless steel machines are used often in petfood plants and are common practice in the human food processing sectors.

  • Sander Geelen foresees that animal feed mills are also slowly moving towards the use of uncoated stainless steel equipment. The feed dryers and coolers are designed also updated to today’s demands. Here you can see that the doors are quite big, which makes it easier for the operators to clean the machine.

    Sander Geelen foresees that animal feed mills are also slowly moving towards the use of uncoated stainless steel equipment. The feed dryers and coolers are designed also updated to today’s demands. Here you can see that the doors are quite big, which makes it easier for the operators to clean the machine.

  • The machine is send to clients in different parts. The smaller, fragile parts are packed in wooden boxes.

    The machine is send to clients in different parts. The smaller, fragile parts are packed in wooden boxes.

  • The bigger parts are placed directly in the container.

    The bigger parts are placed directly in the container.

  • A fully zero carbon footprint (energy neutral) workspace for 50 staff will be completed in the next weeks. The new office (primarily built from wood) is built next to the production plant and was recently awarded with the Breaam 5 star certificate.

    A fully zero carbon footprint (energy neutral) workspace for 50 staff will be completed in the next weeks. The new office (primarily built from wood) is built next to the production plant and was recently awarded with the Breaam 5 star certificate.

  • A computer image of the new office. The new office will generate 50 percent more solar energy than it consumes, minimises the use of fresh water and re-use rainwater.

    A computer image of the new office. The new office will generate 50 percent more solar energy than it consumes, minimises the use of fresh water and re-use rainwater.

One comment

  • John Porter

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