TURKEY – Turkey’s premier milling equipment company Alapala has inaugurated its new Academy and Innovation Center as part of its research and development strategy.

Alapala says that the new innovation center has the latest milling equipment technology, which will help customers experience Alapala’s grain milling solutions.

The center will also give the company with an opportunity to provide customer detailed training.

At the test mill, users will be able to test the product performance and determine the effects of engineering changes on the product.

They also will be able to obtain more information from the SCADA system using MIS software, thus making this process transparent.

The test mill also will aid in development of new products and processes specifically in line with customer needs and requests.

 Alapala’s new innovation center and academy offers real factory-scale testing, and verification of the improvements being carried out.

Often millers and bakers complain to each other about flour quality. This stems from the fact that there is no one correct type of flour.

Milan Shah, the technical director at Alapala, Inc notes that flour trials present a better opportunity to facilitate baker-miller relationships and thus have a higher chance of turning into lasting, sourcing relationships.

The flour trials are also an avenue for millers and bakers to get to know each other and develop a business relationship.

The new Academy and Innovation Center create platform where various tests on flours can be performed for an end product that suits the needs of bakers.

The new academy and innovation center follows Alapala’s commissioning of a number of milling projects in Africa.

In may this year, Alapala provided a turnkey flour mill for the National Flour Mill Co. at the Berbera Port region in Somaliland.

Alapala supplied the equipment and installation, including the 300 tpd capacity flour mill and four 7,500-tonne capacity steel storage silos.

The steel structure for the mill building also was supplied by Alapala Construction, which specializes in the design, supply and construction of industrial buildings worldwide.

In January, Alapala completed a third turn-key flour mill in Morocco with capacity of 300 tonnes per day, processing local semi-hard wheat and bakery flour mainly for domestic consumption.

The Moroccan mill is equipped with the latest Alapala technology consisting of Similago II roller mills (DAVG), Quadro Plansifters with larger sieve boxes (GPAK) and control sifters (RKEM).

The new Academy and Innovation center will thus provide the much needed support services to the newly commissioned mills in Africa and other regions of the continent.

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