Making it Grain with Nichrome
More than 2 billion tonnes of grains are produced across the world every year. These grains are stored at different stages of the grain distribution network from the producer to the consumer. They are usually packed in standardised Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) such as bags, silos, warehouses, and containers and even stored as stacks on the ground.
Africa has its own species of rice, along with millet, sorghum, teff, maize, several varieties of wheat, and dozens of other wild grains and cereal crops. Barley, though not native, has historically been used in the cuisines and agriculture of many African nations, especially in North Africa.
Crops are harvested at the completion of the growing season. The grains from the harvest need to be stored with minimum loss of quality until they are needed for human or animal consumption during the remainder of the year.
The primary reasons why grains need to be stored are:
- Processing done at a different location from production
- Seasonal production with year-round consumption
- Reserve storage for emergencies like famines
- Storage in the form of seeds for the next planting season
Nichrome’s Range of Grain Packaging Machines
Nichrome offers a broad range of Vertical form fill seal (VFFS) food packing machines for the automatic, high-speed packaging of grains, pulses, and seeds following the latest industry standards and requirements.
Nichrome’s VFFS Range
Nichrome offers grains and seeds packaging machines that adhere to strict packaging quality standards.
Some of Nichrome’s VFFS packaging machines are:
- Sprint 250 Plus Intelligent Electronic Weigh Filler: The Sprint 250 Plus flexible packaging machine from Nichrome delivers speed, accuracy and efficiency for the flexible packaging of a wide variety of snacks, grains, powders etc in pouch quantities up to 2 Kgs. In addition to grains, this food packaging sealing machine can also pack tea, whole spices, seeds and sugar.
This is an automated machine that comes with CE-marked PLC and a touch screen Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Its servo motor driven sealing system effectively seals while maintaining pressure levels. It can be programmed to pull the precise length of film required for packaging and comes with a perforation system for the delivery of a chain of small pouches.
- Excel 400 Plus Multi-Head Weigher: This is a 1kg, 5kg, 10 kg rice packing machine from Nichrome that can pack in a range of standup pouches in addition to CSPP pouches in quantities of up to 10 kg.
The series comes with the added advantage of automation equipped with a CE-marked PLC Controller and touch screen Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Key features of the series include print mark scanners, static charge eliminator, servo motor driven bag length control system, and adjustable stroke of cross sealing jaws for optimum performance. It is designed according to stringent quality standards and can be easily integrated into upstream or downstream machines/systems.
A diverse range of fillers makes the Excel Plus series a highly versatile solution for the packaging of powders, granules, grains, snacks, etc.
Why go with Nichrome?
Packaging is a critical element for the storage, processing, preservation and presentation of grains. These food products constitute the staple diets of a majority of people in Africa and therefore, the packing machines for food products need to be highly functional and cost-effective in order to maximize profits for producers and minimize prices for consumers.
As a well-reputed packaging machine manufacturer, Nichrome has a proactive tradition of working with customers to understand the complications and demands of the product they want to package. Nichrome has a diverse portfolio of Automatic Packing Machines that includes corn packaging machines, maize packaging machines, wheat packing machines, pulses packaging machines, seed packaging machines, beans packaging machines and coffee packaging machines among many other offerings. Nichrome has a global presence which has been built on the platform of its pathbreaking in-house R&D and manufacturing capabilities.
Nichrome has over 50 years of experience in providing packaging machines in Africa with 500+ clients served across the continent. If you’re looking for a commercial food packaging machine in Africa, connect with Nichrome! For more information on Nichrome’s grains packaging solutions and other leading-edge automatic packaging machines, visit africa.nichrome.com.