News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Eugenio J. Bortone

Aquafeeds

Inline quality assurance, part 3

In the pelleting cost center, the ingredient mixture is placed in a holding bin above the pellet mill until it is pelleted. 

Aquafeeds

Inline quality assurance, part 2

The mixing cost center is the heart of the feed-manufacturing process. It is critical that it is under strict quality assurance guidelines. 

Aquafeeds

Inline quality assurance, part 1

However, starting with high-quality ingredients does not ensure high-quality feed unless strict guidelines are implemented in all processing cost centers.  

Aquafeeds

Pelleting process, Part 2

In the crumbling process of pelleting, whole pellets are crushed to produce starter diets used to feed different stages of shrimp in their early development. 

Aquafeeds

Pelleting process, Part 1

Select pelleting equipment that best fits plant layout from vendors that specialize in drying and cooling, rather than buying complete “packages” from one supplier. 

Aquafeeds

The aquafeed pelleting process

When feed pellets exit the die of a pelleting mill, they are moved to a post-pellet cooker or post-conditioner, where they are allowed to set prior to cooling or drying.