Seed firm invests in productivity, efficiency

Seed firm invests in productivity, efficiency

Wyffels Hybrids expands production with new drying and packaging equipment.

Planters are still rolling across the Midwest, yet Wyffels Hybrids is already thinking about harvest. The company announced earlier this month that it was in the process of installing new drying and packaging equipment in its Atkinson, Ill., production facility. The upgrades will allow the company to handle a growing business and continue to meet grower needs.

The new drying equipment includes larger fans, bigger motors and more powerful burners. The improvements boost air flow, and dry more corn in the same amount of time.

Plant Operations Manager Jeff Bomleny, left, and Field Operations Supervisor Jacob Wyffels discuss the next phase of construction on Wyffels Hybrids’ production upgrades, including a high-capacity robotic bagger and palletizer.

To meet that higher throughput, the company is installing new packaging equipment that includes a state-of-the-art line with a high-capacity robotic bagger and palletizer. The new equipment can weigh, move, print, label, sew and fill bags and wrap pallets. Mechanizing that line increases the number of bags per minute processed by nearly 40%.

Jacob Wyffels, field operations supervisor, comments: " Together, the upgrades allow us to process an additional 30 to 40,000 shelled bushels at harvest. We can harvest more acres per day, avoid the risk of a freeze toward the end of the season and supply quality seed to our customers when they want it."

The expansion is part of a multi-million dollar investment in response to market growth the company has experienced. The drying and packaging upgrades come on the heels of a recently completed cold storage facility that more than doubled company capacity.

The company expects the upgrades to be complete by the end of July, in plenty of time for the 2015 harvest. Learn more about the company by visiting wyffels.com.

Source: Wyffels Hybrids

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