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  1. Presses offer a very dry discharge, but for high flows, the size of the equipment increases as do other ancillary equipment needs. In some cases the Kason can be used to "thicken" the sludge to allow use of smaller presses for a great solution and very dry cake. It really depends on what one is trying to accomplish. In this instance, for the required flows and dryness, the Kason Centri-Sifter offered the most reasonable results.
  2. KASON CORPORATION 67-71 East Willow Street Millburn, NJ 07041 Tel: 973-467-8140, ext 211 Fax: 973-258-9533 Website: http://www.Kason.com E-Mail: JLing@Kason.com Model MO-SS Centri-Sifter in 8 Feathers Distillery The best equipment to remove spent grains from their distillery’s discharge stream was found by 8 Feathers Distillery to be Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter. Substantially less expensive than alternatives from other manufacturers, the solution simplified equipment needs. Once grain is fermented or distilled, it requires disposal by a means acceptable to the local community. Craft distilleries, often located within a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) service area, require strict limits on solids discharged in the waste stream. Since many craft whiskey distilleries use hammer mills to grind grains, the resulting byproduct is too fine to allow lautering as the grain removal method, so an aggressive process like the Centri-Sifter must be used. When originally presented with 8 Feathers process challenge, Kason Corporation offered the MOS Centri-Sifter with a heavy duty screen as the best separation option – though possible to accomplish with a traditional Vibroscreen, the Centri-Sifter allows higher flow rates while also producing a discharge of spent grain with less remaining free water. After sending a sample of the material to be separated, Kason Corporation conducted a free process test and suggested a screen mesh and paddle design to separate material and minimize the risk of screen blinding. For a small distillery facing these restrictions, the challenge to economically remove spent grains becomes limited and daunting. Trucking of stillage discharge is cost prohibitive with high water content so producers seek solutions to separate grain from liquid for efficient disposal. Before choosing Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter, other separation methods identified included passive settling systems, chemical flocculation, or mechanical separation. Among mechanical separation options considered were filter presses, screw presses, and centrifugal separators. Initial studies indicated all these as viable choices where presses are the most expensive and centrifugal sifters are the most cost effective solutions. 8 Feathers Distillery studied these options and concluded that mechanical separation using Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter offered the best combination of cost, function and efficiency. Though settling tanks provide effective separation, the process requires multiple holding tanks with excessive time and space requirements. Use of chemical flocculation renders the spent grains unfit for use as animal feed – instead they become solid waste which must be disposed of in landfills. A filter press sized to meet distillery needs requires a large compressor to drive air diaphragm pumps. Without adding some form of solids coagulant to the process stream, the filter cloths require extensive cleaning after each use. The chemicals which enhance the solids collection render the collected grains unacceptable for use as animal feed. These additional equipment and chemical needs make filter presses, though effective, the most expensive option. Screw presses are appropriate for general industrial use but lack features to clean adequately for a distillery. No press fit within budget, flowrate and footprint constraints of 8 Feathers. While mechanical separation is the best solids removal method, Kason Corporation’s Centri Sifter minimizes cost, time, space, and environmental impacts best within the types considered. After purchase and prior to installation, Kason Corporation supplied mechanical drawings to allow 8 Feathers to construct the necessary platform to house the Centri-sifter. Once the unit arrived it was installed without issue and began initial testing immediately. The results were as good, or better, than expected. The unit processed a 1500 gallon, 40% solid test sample fed at 40gpm, without any screen blinding or degradation of performance. The separated grain was suitably dry for transport by truck. Now, the MOS Centri Sifter provided by Kason Corporation is in production at 8 Feathers Distillery and provides a key function in POTW compliance while still allowing captured solids to be used for animal feed in an efficient and cost effective grain separation solution. Links to Videos: Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 1 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 2 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 3 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 4 Kason Centri-Sifter in 8 Feathers Distillery.pdf
  3. Dewatering Separators on Display

    Many people on this forum have expressed an interest in centrifugal sifters for the dewatering applications that are common in the distilling industry. Kason Centri-Sifters work very well for these applications. Kason will be exhibiting our Centri-Sifters at the upcoming International Powder & Bulk Solids Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The show runs May 3rd through 5th. This is a great opportunity to see the equipment in person. My application engineering colleagues and I will be available to answer questions and discuss your individual needs as well. I have free passes to the show available for those who are interested. Please send me a message/email or give me a call if you are interested in attending. Please visit us at Booth #2107. Mike Hart Application Engineer Kason Corporation 973-467-8140 ext. 129 mhart@kason.com
  4. Vibrating Screen Separator.

    Thanks Sim, Please do not hesitate to email or call me if I can be of assistance or if you would like to bounce ideas around. Mike Hart Kason Corporation mhart@kason.com 973-467-8140 ext. 129
  5. Vibrating Screen Separator.

    Sim, I hope that the new machine is working well for you. Kason offers competitive pricing on replacement screens for all manufacturers of vibratory screeners. We would just need to know the diameter of your machine. There are many different screen mesh sizes available for these vibratory screeners. The Kason Mesh Chart can be found at the following link: http://www.kason.com/images/BB-1091_MeshChart2013.pdf We typically use the Market Grade or Tensile Bolting Cloth (TBC) screens on our Vibroscreen Separators. The Mill Grade is also available but is not as common. TBC screens are popular because they allow for a higher percentage open area than the market grade for fine mesh screens. Mike Hart Kason Corporation mhart@kason.com 973-467-8140 ext. 129
  6. Vibrating Screen Separator.

    We have multiple size units for both the Vibroscreen and Centri-Sifter. In addition, many of these models are offered in both new and factory refurbished options. The cost of the unit and replacement screens will vary depending on the size of the machine. We offer competitive pricing for replacement screens on other manufacturers' screeners as well. If you would like me to provide pricing for your specific application, please send me a message or email. The most important information required when sizing a unit is the desired capacity in GPM, the percentage of solids in the feed material and the size of the solids. If you are unsure of the size of the solids or any other information, Kason can help. We offer free lab testing at our facility in New Jersey. This can help to determine an appropriate screen mesh size and confirm the machine sizing. Screens are easily changeable on our machines. In most cases, the screens can be swapped in less than 10 minutes when you are changing grinds. - Mike Hart Kason Corporation mhart@kason.com 973-467-8140 ext. 129
  7. Vibrating Screen Separator.

    Hi Sim, Kason has a great deal of experience dewatering spent grains. We manufacture both vibratory and centrifugal screeners in the USA at our factory in Millburn, NJ. The vibratory screener (Vibroscreen) will be able to dewater the solids adequately at low rates. However, our centrifugal screener (Centri-Sifter) will be able to get the solids drier since the Centri-Sifter applies force to help push water through the screen. We have both new and refurbished Vibroscreens and Centri-Sifters available. The Vibroscreen will be less expensive than the Centri-Sifter. Please feel free to send me and email/message or give me a call if you would like to discuss your application further. Mike Hart Application Engineer Kason Corporation 973-467-8140 ext. 129 mhart@kason.com
  8. Liquid solid separation

    Kason offers a centrifugal dewatering sifter that may be a good solution at a lower price. Please PM me if anyone is still interested. Mike Hart Application Engineer 973-467-8140 ext. 129
  9. Our New Mash/Grain Separator! (Video)

    Pete, The Vibroscreen Separators are good solution for a de-watering as well. The solids will tend to come out a little bit wetter using the Vibroscreen than using the Centri-Sifter since the Vibroscreen relies on gravity to get liquid through the screen rather than forcing liquid through the screen. You are correct that the Vibroscreen will be less likely to break down soft solids than the Centri-Sifter since it has a gentler action. Small Vibroscreen Separators do start at a lower price point and they are suitable for low flow rates. If you are interested in a quote, please send me an email or message. Mike Hart mhart@kason.com
  10. Our New Mash/Grain Separator! (Video)

    Adam, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the Kason Centri-Sifter. The Centri-Sifter lends itself very well to the type of dewatering applications typically found in distillery installations. If you or any of your fellow distillers would like to discuss our machine in any capacity, I am always glad to do so. Please do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an email (or message) even if it is just to discuss ideas. For those scared off by the price tag, Kason offers factory refurbished machines with the same factory warranty and support as new units at a more affordable price. Sincerely, Mike Hart Application Engineer Kason Corporation Tel: 973-467-8140 ext. 129 Email: mhart@kason.com
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