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ANIMAL FEED PLANT: Geelen Counterflow - the Netherlands

Drying and cooling at Geelen Counterflow in Haelen, Limburg, The Netherlands: For the second time manufacturer of drying and cooling equipment Geelen Counterflow organised a training for pet food and aquafeed producers. Some 20 people participated coming from various regions in the world. The family owned company just finished and extension to their manufacturing halls to be able to streamline production and shift to make-to-order system to increase efficiency. Focus of the company is food safety, moisture control and energy efficiency. Feed Tech was offered the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of this drying and cooling specialist.

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  • Already in the drawing stage of engineering coolers and dryers can be tested or improved with a simulation program

    Already in the drawing stage of engineering coolers and dryers can be tested or improved with a simulation program

  • For now many types of steel works need to be stored. One cooler exists of 500 components and a dryer is made out of 3,000 components

    For now many types of steel works need to be stored. One cooler exists of 500 components and a dryer is made out of 3,000 components

  • A new laser cutter for sheet metal is being installed. This allows Geelen to change their production from make-for-storage to make-to-order

    A new laser cutter for sheet metal is being installed. This allows Geelen to change their production from make-for-storage to make-to-order

  • Current manufacturing machines will be put in line with the laser cutter. This will increase efficiency, because production will only start once the customer has signed the contract

    Current manufacturing machines will be put in line with the laser cutter. This will increase efficiency, because production will only start once the customer has signed the contract

  • In the new situation assembling of dryers and coolers will take place on a 90% standardised design basis and 10% flexible design to satisfy customer demand

    In the new situation assembling of dryers and coolers will take place on a 90% standardised design basis and 10% flexible design to satisfy customer demand

  • Each workshop can make a full system

    Each workshop can make a full system

  • A discharger is being laid out for further assembly

    A discharger is being laid out for further assembly

  • Partly assembled dryers ready for spray painting

    Partly assembled dryers ready for spray painting

  • Each dryer or cooler is painted in these spray cabinets in the colours that the customer desires

    Each dryer or cooler is painted in these spray cabinets in the colours that the customer desires

  • The smallest cooler in Geelen’s program. This one cools 400-500 kg of product and is often used in laboratory units of product development departments

    The smallest cooler in Geelen’s program. This one cools 400-500 kg of product and is often used in laboratory units of product development departments

  • Dryers and coolers ready for shipment to be placed in containers

    Dryers and coolers ready for shipment to be placed in containers

  • Coolers ready for shipment in crates

    Coolers ready for shipment in crates

  • Inside head of a MKII cooler. All parts that come into contact with the products are made of stainless steel. Edges are rounded to improve cleaning and feed safety

    Inside head of a MKII cooler. All parts that come into contact with the products are made of stainless steel. Edges are rounded to improve cleaning and feed safety

  • In the shutes and extra angle is made to round of the corners and make them smoother and easier to clean

    In the shutes and extra angle is made to round of the corners and make them smoother and easier to clean

  • Pablo from Argentina demonstrates moisture measurement of dried products

    Pablo from Argentina demonstrates moisture measurement of dried products

  • In a control room the drying process is simulated and the drying operation of every dryer is tested before shipping

    In a control room the drying process is simulated and the drying operation of every dryer is tested before shipping

  • During a training course the burner of a dryer is explained to customers from Japan and Belgium

    During a training course the burner of a dryer is explained to customers from Japan and Belgium

  • Real demonstration of a gas burner

    Real demonstration of a gas burner

  • Inside look of a discharging belt in a cooling unit

    Inside look of a discharging belt in a cooling unit

  • Computer simulation of discharging belt

    Computer simulation of discharging belt

  • Participants of the dryer and cooler training for pet food and aquafeed producers (March 30-April 2, 2009, organised by Geelen Counterflow)

    Participants of the dryer and cooler training for pet food and aquafeed producers (March 30-April 2, 2009, organised by Geelen Counterflow)

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