Soybean & Wheat Seed Conditioning

McKilllip Seeds had outgrown their aging cleaning line and were looking for ways to improve the quality of their seed, a hallmark of their North Central Indiana seed business. McKillip Seeds’ were familiar with Bratney from the work we had completed for another AgVenture company, Wehmeyer Seeds, in Mascoutah, IL. Wehmeyer gave the team at McKillip Seeds very positive feedback about their experience with Bratney and that’s all it took for McKillip Seeds to seek our guidance on designing a new seed conditioning line.

Project Background

After listening to McKillip Seeds’ goals for the new soybean seed and wheat seed receiving and cleaning line, Bratney’s project team developed multiple process flows for the McKillip Seeds to consider. Ultimately it was decided that the most efficient and cost-effective way to reach the quality goals they had outlined were to move forward with the flow that eliminated the gravity tables and their high cost of operation.

To ensure finished seed would deliver the quality associated with the McKillip brand, Bratney opted for a Cimbria Delta 106 screen cleaner and a SEA.CX, six lane optical sorter in the 500 bushels per hour cleaning line. While the building was contracted to a local building manufacturer, Bratney provided the design and engineering for the seed conditioning line, millwrights crews to install the equipment as well as guidance on the optimal building size to house the cleaning line.

Project Scope

  • process engineering

  • project management

  • equipment selection and procurement

  • millwright services
  • equipment installation

  • equipment startup and commissioning

  • operator training

Project Details

  • 2,000 bushels per hour receiving line

  • Dedicated 'seed clean' bins maintain separation between treated and non-treated seed and allow full cleanout between products

  • 500 bushels per hour cleaning line with precision cleaner and color sorter

  • An efficient process flow eliminated gravity tables and their high cost of operation

  • SEA.CX color sorting technology increased finished seed quality - a major goal for the project

  • Bratney worked with building contractor to ensure building was sized correctly for the cleaning line, there was easy access for maintenance, and operators had space to bag or tote finished product

Equipment Solutions

  • Receiving pit with drag conveyor

  • Bratney fabrication bulk receiving bins

  • Cimbria Delta 106 air screen cleaner

  • SEA.CX 6 chute color sorter

  • Bratney Fabrication seed clean bins

  • Bratney Fabrication tote bag and seed box fillers
  • Bratney Fabrication – surge bins, equipment platforms, stairs, transitions, valves

  • Continuous cup elevators

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