Bühler’s latest milling technology to bolster production of high quality rice

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology company Bühler has unveiled a new digitally integrated milling technology with potential of revolutionizing the rice milling industry globally.

In developing its new rice mill, Bühler defined three quality parameters essential to the rice market: shine, smoothness and whiteness.

These, together with the percentage of broken rice, determine the quality and therefore the price that can be achieved with the final product.

The mill features Bühler’s RiceLinePro DROA sensor which continuously assesses and keeps track of these characteristics in real-time using complex machine learning algorithms.

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RiceLinePro DROA sensor

This not only standardizes the process, minimizing error and increasing consistency and reliability, but also reduces reliance on labor. 

The company’s DS-C Optical Sorter provides real-time product quality alerts, which help to optimize the rice yield as well as adapt downstream processing technology settings.

DS-C Optical Sorter

Additionally, the new milling system is equipped with Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology which transform stand-alone technologies into one smart integrated system, connecting the mill’s sorter, whitener, and sensors allowing the intelligent system to adjusting autonomously overtime.

“For the first time in rice processing, we are harnessing the full potential of digital transformation to create value for millers, drive quality standards, and improve sustainability.”

Johannes Wick, CEO grains and food at Bühler

Where millers were once left to take corrective action after an incident occurred, they can now prevent costly reprocessing steps and proactively manage the entire process.

“It’s this potent combination that lifts our capabilities to entirely new levels, equipping millers with the tools to operate even more efficiently and meet their customers’ ever-growing demand for consistent quality,” says Johannes Wick, CEO grains and food at Bühler.

Bühler hails the system as a “major leap toward a totally connected milling operation that can boost quality while reducing waste and energy consumption.

The mill has already been tried by Switzerland’s largest rice mill Swiss rice miller Riseria Taverne and it looks like it delivers on its promise, going by the review from company staff.

 “First results indicate significant cost savings, reduction in energy consumption and increased quality output,” says Stefania Dolci, head of quality assurance at Riseria Taverne.

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Bühler hails the system as a “major leap toward a totally connected milling operation that can boost quality while reducing waste and energy consumption.

“For the first time in rice processing, we are harnessing the full potential of digital transformation to create value for millers, drive quality standards, and improve sustainability,” Wick concludes. 

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