4) MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
If your company is developing its formal policy on foreign material control (glass, wood, metal and stones), start by evaluating the quality of the grain itself. Matt Ernst, vice president, Carter-Day, notes the importance of dockage testing to determine what kinds of foreign material are being brought into the facility and what it needs to take out.
“Facilities need to define what incoming foreign material is by each individual percentage in order to be successful,” says Ernst.
As it relates to grain cleaning and metal capture, Mike Sickendick, regional sales manager with Industrial Magnets, notes that while magnets have a long product life, problems can occur if the facility is using undersized magnets for the volume it handles. To keep magnets efficient, he suggests checking and cleaning the magnets often.
“A magnet’s ability to capture metal is reduced by each piece of metal it collects until it is cleaned,” he says. “Clean frequently, and document when you’ve cleaned. If you’re unloading, clean between batches/products — from one supplier to another — so you can track and document the cleanliness of product you are receiving.”