Nichols (Cowmills) Ltd in Bristol, UK is an animal
feed producer that is now achieving 99% accuracy for 50 different animal feed
recipes thanks to a throughput weighing system from Avery
The feed company specified the system to accurately formulate its recipes
from ingredients held in 13 storage hoppers. Previously Nichols used a hand
controlled auger system and a scale to weigh out the ingredients.
the cost of ingredients such as barley and soybean rising, it has become more
important to accurately control their use and improve efficiency. In addition,
all animal feed has to meet strict traceability legislation.
old system paper records were kept, but now all the formulations are recorded on
a PC. This will record both the normal recipe and the actual formulation used,
since if an ingredient is running low in a storage hopper the system can suggest
substituting an alternative. The new system has also improved the repeatability
"The new system gives us an accuracy to the nearest kilogram
for each ingredient", said mill manager Graham Millard. "It is also faster and
easier for the operative to use with no chance of error. Using the old system we
could mix about three tonnes per hour, now we can mix up to six tonnes per
The system uses a P911 throughput weigher. This uses
high-resolution technology to provide accurate bulk weighing of free flowing
An E1310 programmable indicator from Avery
Weigh-Tronix controls the system. This stores the recipes and
collects and records data and interfaces with a PC and software also supplied by
In the mean time Nichols has already added a second
system at their other mill.
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