Cover Crops & Specialty Seeds Facility

Bratney delivered an automated mixing and bagging solution designed for growth for a unique specialty seed company. From bagging to storage, Millborn Seeds now has more than doubled their processing and shipping potential. In true turn-key fashion, Bratney's process engineers and construction teams handled everything from conceptual design through construction and training.

Project Background

Millborn Seeds in Brookings, South Dakota was at a crossroads in their business. Either maintain the status quo and continue to run a successful business or take advantage of the growing specialty seed market and invest in new processing capability to advance their position as a leader in the specialty seed and cover crop markets.

Taking the growth mindset, Millborn Seeds turned to Bratney for help navigating the options available for a new seed blending and packaging process that ensured gentle handling, no cross-contamination, speed and efficiency. Bratney’s project development team worked with Millborn to review process flow options, equipment solutions, and the associated capital costs to ensure the final scope of work was an ideal match for Millborn’s vision and goals for the project.

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High-Speed Bagging Scales

Concetti automatic bagging scales are accurate to 1/10th of a pound on 50 lb. bags and include multiple feeder options to match product handling needs.

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Automatic Stretch Wrapper

Automated stretch wrapping systems provide load security and protect bags during shipping.

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Integrated Bag Inspection Equipment

Fully integrated check-weighers, metal detectors, x-ray systems with automatic bag reject conveyors.

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Robotic Palletizing System

Concetti hybrid-robot palletizer includes robot end tooling to build overlapping layers along with layer squaring and layer compressions to build tight, square pallets.

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Automatic, Open-Mouth Bagging Machine

Concetti high-speed, automatic bagging machine with bag spout designed to fill flat and gusseted bags made of any type of material including porous poly.

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Project Scope

  • scope development

  • process design and engineering

  • project management

  • millwright services

  • equipment selection and installation

  • steel fabrication

  • startup and commissioning

  • equipment training

Project Details

  • 270,000 lb. truck scale

  • Bratney Fabrication custom reversing half-tube belt conveyors - 1,000 bushels per hour

  • Six receiving bins totaling 1.6 million lbs. of storage

  • Two Bratney automated bulk bag filling systems

  • 25,000 lb. capacity drum mixer

  • Automated scale and bagging system - 700 bags per hour

Equipment Solutions

  • Truck scale

  • Bratney fabrication conveyors

  • Meridian bins

  • Continental mixer

  • Camfil-Farr dust collector

  • Bratney fabrication tote bagging systems

  • Concetti automated weighing and bagging system

Other Services

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