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Increasing Milling Efficiency and Productivity

30 September 20222 min reading

Increasing the milling efficiency means consistency in the operation of the milling equipment, maximization of flour yield, reduction of production waste, improvement in the preparation of the raw material, and ensuring the finished product quality.

Raw material, equipment, and production flow are the key factors affecting flour yield. Grain characteristics such as moisture content, environmental characteristics such as temperature and humidity in the mill, and the level of experience of the miller are other factors affecting the yield. Besides that; proper handling, cleaning, and preparation for milling are significant to prevent unnecessary losses of wheat.

The assessment of how well the mill is performing involves measuring each production day’s flour yield for each milling unit. While variations between daily production yields are expected to occur, it is nevertheless important for the mill manager to understand what factors have the greatest impact on daily yield. 

Efficient utilization of resources is a critical aspect of the process for any industry.  In the case of wheat flour milling, it is of great importance as wheat costs make up over 80% of the cost of flour.  Any additional gain in flour yields translates to added revenue.  In a competitive environment, any such gain has great importance. At the same time, a high level of efficiency must be maintained in ensuring that finished products are being delivered at the optimum acceptable moisture levels.  Efficiencies must be maintained in preventing any losses of wheat into screenings and any solids through improper filter systems.

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