Dinnissen Process Technology, Imtech, DSM and Vitelia are to open the Feed Design Lab, a unique multiflexible development factory in a high-quality test environment specially intended for the development of new animal feed.
This development factory will be made available to companies that may or may not wish to develop new products with each other. With the Feed Design Lab, Dinnissen Process Technology aims to stimulate innovation.
The Feed Design Lab is a part of Dinnissen's test centre, known as D-Innocenter. Here users, developers and technology providers can work together from the offset in a neutral operational environment.
High-quality multiflexible development factory
The Feed Design Lab is an actual working production line for feedstuffs (and animal feed) with which product developers, nutritionists and feedstuff technologists can test endless variations and combinations with widely diverging processing operations.
They can grind, sieve, weigh, mix, dose, dry and even expand, extrude and vacuum coat under all sorts of strict conditions.
Due to the use of modern and advanced technology, the Feed Design Lab can be aimed at achieving high-quality and extremely exact results. The production line is constructed in such a way that it can be switched over quickly.
Processes can be coupled to one another and ingredients, conditions or processing operations can be varied.
The Feed Design Lab acts as a multiflexible laboratory in an actual operational situation. It is an ideal environment in which to conduct all sorts of trials and experiments and test all sorts of production processes without running up large costs.
Reducing risks of market introduction
The Feed Design Lab can also serve as a small-scale production location. New products can be produced during research phase without the need for immediate heavy investment for a whole new production process. This makes introducing new products to the market less risky. If successful, a production process can also be delivered.
The Feed Design Lab uses existing machines and apparatus. This development factory has a production capacity of 200 to 2000 kg per hour.
Henri Michiels, director of Dinnissen Process Technology: "Our company is specialised in processing raw materials to high-quality products for the feed sector. We excel in techniques that factories can quickly and easily switch from one recipe production to another so that their investment can be used for an endless number of applications. The multiflexible character of the factory is therefore a typical speciality of our company, which we are happy to make available."
Henri Michiels: "We have noticed that there is a great need for innovation within companies. Certainly in a complex network of companies. Our company is pleased to be involved because innovation and contact with companies who share the same aims is essential for us.
“The Feed Design Lab is our way of stimulating innovation in the field of feed design. It also enables developments to be made in practice, and much more quickly than would otherwise be the case. I, for example, would like to develop natural, low-calorie coffee sweeteners with an added flavour, such as amaretto."