Corn kernel processors are machines that take corn kernels and turn them into other products. These machines can be large or small depending on the type of product they produce.
Essential things to understand about how these machines work are as follows:
What Do Kernel Processors Do?
Corn Kernel Processors grind up corn kernels using a series of corrugated rollers, which break down the cellular structure of the kernel, making it easier for enzymes to act upon it.
In addition to breaking down the cell walls, this process also reduces moisture levels in the kernels by around 10%. This is important because too much moisture will make some parts of an industrial food plant unusable if there’s a flood or leak.
Next comes size reduction, in which the kernels are crushed into smaller pieces for easy transport and improve mixability.
The final stage of processing includes drying out the corncob again by heating it under high-pressure steam at around 140°F-170°F (60°C-80°C). Once this step has been taken care of, some kernel processors will turn corn cobs into animal feed while others use it as an ingredient in breakfast cereals and snacks.
What Kinds of Products Can Corn Kernel Processors Produce?
Corn kernel processors can produce a variety of products. Some examples are corn oil, animal feed, and ethanol, all of which require different types of processing.
Kernel processors produce corn oil by extracting oils and fats from the kernels with hot water. They then use a centrifuge to separate these components, called corn oil or distillers’ grains.
Animal feed is made by milling cobs into flour-like powder using machines like hammer mills and disc grinders. Corn kernel processors will often mix other ingredients such as starch or sugar to make them easier for a machine to transport and mix with other ingredients, such as starch or sugar.
Ethanol is usually created by fermenting wet corn that has been heated up to around 150°F (65°C). The dry corncob at this stage of processing still provides some energy when it’s processed because enzymes are activated so that it can be used to make ethanol.
How Do You Determine the Size That Will Work Best for Your Manufacturing Needs?
The size that will work best for your manufacturing needs is determined by what type of product you want to produce, in addition to how much output you think you’ll need on an annual basis.
For example, if it’s more cost-effective to buy off-the-shelf equipment than design and build custom machinery, buying may be a better option for some people who don’t know where or how they should start constructing their own machines.
The table below will help you to determine what size equipment may be best for your needs:
Small equipment: (up to 500 lbs/hr): good for small batch processing of single product types that are easily sold in bulk quantities, such as cereal or flour.
Medium equipment: (500 – 2500 lbs/hr): better suited for companies with a broader range of products and more customers than those who work on smaller scales. This includes larger breweries, some bakeries, and many food processors.
Large Scale Production: If volume is the primary concern, this type of machine might be suitable because it can handle up to 50,000 pounds per hour!