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There are two misconceptions about floating pellets. The first one is that they are made with a pellet mill, when the proper floating pellets-making machines are extruders. The second misconception is that floating feed is only used for fish. However, many other species consume feed on the water, such as crocodiles and birds.

Which floating pellets equipment do you need?

Ultrafine pin mill

Particularly designed for humid, oily, and greasy products.

Electronic net weigher for high-capacity baggers

Electronic net weigher raises the industry’s standards to a higher level...

Belt dryer/cooler for pellets and granules

Many industries that process materials in pellet, powder, or crumble form need ...

Pelleting press for biomass

Utilization of biomass for energy and other applications requires consistent and reliable compac...

Pelleting press for feed and petfood

The production of agricultural feed and pet food products requires machines and plants...
a pellet hardness tester

Pellet hardness tester

Control the quality of your pelletizing processes using a pellet hardness tester. Pellet hardness is o...

Pelleting press with overhead drive

Production of certain pelletized products requires working with output products of a pa...

Automatic bag slitter

Unacceptably high dust levels can be generated whilst manual emptying and handling of bags, also produc...

Big bag discharge system

Dust emissions, product loss and product contamination are the main risks when discharging products ...

Special duty horizontal metering valve

Occasionally, there is no suitable standard valve available for a particular conveyi...

Dual channel plug diverter valve

Short switching times are often required when diverting or combining powder or granular sol...

Big bag solutions

Management of big bags requires specialist handling and selection of cost-effective configurations for fill...

High speed stretch wrapping machine

Where high speed wrapping, without toppling, is required in tightly securing palletised...

Silo sweep auger

When you store products with good gravity flow (wheat, maize, barley, grains, granules, etc.) in flat bottom ...

Industrial heat pump dryer

The drying of extruded products is highly energy-demanding in traditional belt dryers that use ga...

Counterflow pellet cooler

Food and feed industries require the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation. This entails fre...

Gravity feed cooler

The food and feed industry has high food safety requirements making frequent cleaning and inspection nece...

Continuous pellet cooler

Cooling is a very important and critical process for feed hygiene and pellet durability index. Pelle...
a pellet mill to produce wood, food and feed pellets

Industrial pellet mill

At the industrial level, the application areas of pellets range widely in fields such as feeds, biomas...
complete production line to make wood and food pellets

Complete pellet line

Large industries are shifting towards more environment-friendly technology, such as recycling wastes and...

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Diversify your floating feed formulation with a twin-screw extruder

When it comes to floating pellets making machines, you can choose between a single-screw or a twin-screw extruder. Both give you control of buoyancy to produce a floating, slow sinking, and sinking feeds.

If you choose single-screw, you will have a limited range of functions, which are easy to control. But processing time is longer, and you will need simpler feed formulas. On the other hand, producing floating feed with a twin-screw extruder gives you versatility and efficiency.

Twin-screw extruders allow you to work with a wide range of raw materials, providing flexibility in feed formulas. They have the advantage of micromixing the ingredients and transferring heat more uniformly. This offers better flow properties, low residence time, and better quality. Besides, you can vary the density and size of the “pellet” to produce micro aquafeed.

Add a pre-conditioner to raise productivity in floating feed processing

Although an extruder is the main machine required to produce floating pellets, adding a pre-conditioner increases productivity in floating feed manufacturing.

Water and steam are added to the dry pre-mixed ingredients in the pre-conditioner. The resulting moisture mix is homogeneous and pre-cooked, facilitating texturizing and extrusion. A pre-conditioner enhances the process and reduces wear of the extruder, with heat efficiency and better mixing. This treatment reduces starch quantity into the formula while improving the final product’s digestibility, uniformity, and water stability.

Include alternative feed sources in your floating pellets

In aquafeed, fishmeal is the primary protein source due to its rich protein and fatty acids content. But as fishmeal production and supply needs sustainable improvements, you can use alternative protein sources to make floating pellets. These alternative sources can be plant-based TVP or insect-based, mixed in the formula, and efficiently processed using a pre-conditioner and a twin-screw extruder.

Processing steps involved in floating-pellets making

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