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Buhler Flour Milling Courses

In conjunction with Buhler Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota., K-State’s Department of Grain Science and Industry and the IGP Institute is offering several milling courses in the IGP Executive Conference Center and the Hal Ross Flour Mill on the K- State campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Content is generally focused on Buhler equipment and processes meant to add to the knowledge and experience of current industry professionals. Registration for these courses will be taken through the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM).

Buhler Courses Registration Information

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2019 Buhler Course Dates

Buhler-KSU Expert Milling (English): March 4-8, 2019

Buhler-KSU Expert Milling (Spanish): March March 11-15, 2019

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling (English): May 20-24, 2019

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling (Spanish): August 26-30, 2019

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling (English): November 4-8, 2019

Buhler-KSU Flowsheet Technology (English): November 11-15, 2019

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Course Descriptions

Buhler-KSU Expert Milling

Course objectives: In depth discussions of flow sheet diagrams and milling processes. Optimum machine adjustment and mill handling.

Course topics: Comparison of special cleaning systems which offer the possibility to improve milling performance further than a regular cleaning section; tempering of wheat (systems, bin designs, possible traps, various tempering philosophies and their application, pre-tempering systems, flow sheet options for optimum sanitation in and around the tempering bins); bacteria count reduction by scouring, peeling, light peeling and pearling; in-depth flow sheet technology (comparison of international flow sheets with milling systems in the U.S., discussion of differences and possible application of system parts in U.S. milling; practical exercises in the Hal Ross Mill (the perfect break release, optimum purifier set-up, judging sifting performance - finding the ideal area between poor dressing and bare dressing), starch damage (what is it, its effects on water absorption, attrition flour - production and usage; flour quality: general quality control and assurance, flour aging, etc.); and mill pneumatic systems (in-depth pneumatics with practical measurements and adjustments in the Hal Ross Mill).

Required skill level: Theoretical milling background (milling school or university, prior advanced milling course - IAOM or Buhler training center), please forward copy of certificate; KSU Milling science graduate with two years practical experience or five years of shift milling experience.

Who should attend: Production manager, head millers and shift managers.

Course minimum: 6 participants.

Course Fees: IAOM member - $1,900, non-member - $2,100.

Course Dates: March 4-8, 2019.

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Buhler-KSU Executive Milling

Course objectives: Understanding the underlying principle of the milling process and the parameters that can be influenced by either the raw material or the milling system; understanding the challenges of the operating staff; and learning which critical control points to check in order to judge whether an operation is running well.

Course topics: Raw material (kernel structure, influence of wheat characteristics on yield and mill performance, usage of various types of wheat for different finished products); cleaning system (special systems for Mycotoxin reduction and top quality flour production, machine and flow sheet technology, system design and various tempering philosophies, practical in the Hal Ross mill); milling system (description and function of milling machines, basic flow sheet technology, basics in starch damage, practical in Hal Ross mill; break release, adjustment of purifiers and roll stands, sample analysis); finished product handling and storage (batch mixing versus continuous mixing systems, basics in flow quality, product safety and quality control); performance evaluation in a flour mill, factors that influence an investment decision and basics in aspiration.

Required skill level: No milling experience required.

Who should attend: Mill owners, directors and managers.

Course minimum: 6 participants

Course Fees: IAOM member - $1,900, non-member - $2,100

Course Dates: May 20-24, 2019 (English); August 26-30, 2019 (Spanish)


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Buhler–KSU Executive Milling in English


Buhler–KSU Executive Milling in Spanish

Buhler-KSU Flowsheet Technology 

Course objectives: In-depth discussions of various flow sheets and approaches for successful milling. Understanding this influences of both the raw material and the applied milling system to optimize the production. 

Course topics: Cleaning and conditioning of wheat (advanced flow sheet technology in the cleaning section, systems and designs, practicals in the Hal Ross Mill); in-depth flow sheet technology of the milling process, new approaches in a mill flow sheet to improve extraction, operational reliability and finished product quality of a mill; flour mill operation (different approaches to milling wheat); novelties in the finished product handling section (new machines and measurement equipment for product safety). 

Required skill level: Theoretical and practical milling background (milling school or university, prior advanced milling course from IAOM or Buhler Training Center), please forward a copy of the certificate, KSU milling science graduate with two years practical experience or five years of shift milling experience.

Who should attend: Production manager, head millers, and experienced shift managers.

Course minimum: 6 participants

Course Fees: IAOM member - $1,900, non-member - $2,100

Course Date: November 11-15, 2019

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 Course Fees The course fees cover tuition, laboratory fees, books, special instruction, materials, field-trip transportation, and lunch on class days. Fees do not include lodging and evening meals. Applications and payment should be received by IAOM five weeks prior to the course start date. Credit card payments will be processed when the minimum number of participants have enrolled in the class. * The non-member rate includes a complimentary one-year IAOM membership, during which time you would be eligible for member rates on other short courses offered during the year.

For more information, call IGP at 785-532-4070 or e-mail: igp@ksu.edu.

Meet the Instructor

Jason Watt

Jason Teaching

  • 7 years of practical industry milling experience
  • Has worked with ConAgra and Ardent Mills as head miller
  • Graduate of Kansas State University in Milling Science and Operations

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