KHUSHI RAM BEHARI LAL LIMITED (KRBL Ltd.) is India’s first integrated rice company with a comprehensive product chain. The company has spent three generations perfecting the Basmati grain. The company was keen in adopting traditional knowledge and skills, experience in modern-day crop management practices, commitment to excellence and access to top grade inputs determines the quality of our harvest. The result has been equally rewarding-having the largest installed capacity in the industry with quality certifications to ensure satisfaction to both the buyers and the eventual consumers
KRBL- Dhuri is on the Ludhiana-Delhi highway, India. The plant is completely equipped with state of the art storage technology. This paddy bulk capacity is stored in 12 numbers of 3500 metric tonne flat bottom silos.
In Feb 2018, KRBL’s centralized technical team showed interest towards using grain chilling technology from Grain Technik Pvt. Ltd. The loading cycle of the silo at site would begin in the month of Dec and end within Feb each year. The ambient temperature in summer range would be between 33°C – 48°C. The main risks faced by KRBL would be dry grain during extreme high temperatures if aeration fans are used leading to risks of pests & high temperature related damages & high risk of discoloration and cracks. They wanted to solve color sorter rejection %, maintain the aroma, and improve less broken rice %. Therefore, Grain Technik Pvt. Ltd. was invited for technical
discussions for chilling the paddy stored in silos at Dhuri site right after Feb. The requirement was to cool the grain stored in the 3500T silos. The conditions of chilling were required to be achieved in a short period of time, at the same time ensuring running costs are kept under control. Considering the grain was stored at 13% moisture content, it was extremely important that no moisture is added to the grain.
GrainTechnik offered its GT-450 to cool the silo size of 3500 MT. The unit was installed with a ‘Y’ piece adaptor to feed the chilled air in both Double H type aeration channels of the silo. The aeration fan was removed and the fabricated adaptor was installed at site by Grain Technik trained technicians. The unit started on 6th April 2018 and within 12days time was able to bring down the grain temperature from 26°C to 12°C inside the silo with 3000T of stored paddy. The unit was checked every 3 hours to see whether constant cold air set temperature was being delivered and also the relative humidity level. The cold grain was tested for 6 months. Every week samples was taken out from the top and the bootm of the silo for measuring the mositure and temperature. The sample are also tested fo the ageing, color, aroma, cooking property. Finally after the storage period the paddy was milled the results are recorded (Know more).
The GT-450 proved to be an efficient tool to bring down the temperature & relative humidity to safe storage levels & met the performance parameters expected by KRBL.
The GT- Grain chiller unit range is suitable for all sizes of grain storage. To know more please visit www.graintechnik.com