Our Passion For Flour Milling is Engrained Within the Kice Name
Pneumatic Conveying for Milling Applications
There are some jobs in life that you’re born to do, and the Kice family has been working in the wheat flour milling industry for decades. Our founder J.W. “Bill” Kice was an experienced millwright and his sons Jack, Russell, and Jim learned the trade at a young age. Today Bill Kice’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren are serving the milling industry using the skills and knowledge passed down from their forefathers. It’s no exaggeration to say that pneumatic conveying for milling runs through the Kice bloodline.
Kice Industries’ entrance into equipment manufacturing and system design started with the Kice Multi-Aspirator®, which is used to clean grain prior to milling. The Multi-Aspirator® was designed by Bill Kice and is unique in that there are no moving parts and the removal of contaminants is done by using air. The Multi-Aspirator® is able to effectively remove products with low terminal velocities compared to products with higher terminal velocities.
Kice pioneered the use of pneumatic conveying for the milling industry by introducing positive displacement blowers to pressure convey products such as flour in small line sizes but large capacity. The advantages of this method are being able to convey a large amount of product over long distances while also containing dust, which reduces the risk of dust explosions. It’s highly efficient and incredibly safe.
In addition to positive pressure pneumatic conveying systems, Kice also became a leader in total milling automation pneumatics by converting bucket elevator systems to negative pneumatics. The first mill conversions from bucket elevators to negative pneumatics were completed in the 1950’s for milling companies in Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Kansas. With the exception of the Kansas mill, these mills continue to operate successfully today.
Finally, no system of pneumatic conveying for milling would be complete without flour mill dust control devices in place. Kice Industries allows workers to keep their milling operations clean using industry-leading dust control systems.
PNEUMATIC CONVEYING FOR MILLING AND OTHER SYSTEMS THROUGH THE YEARS…
Kice has developed a complete line of industrial air equipment, which includes pneumatic conveying systems, grain cleaning equipment, environment and process dust control, and large volume air stabilization systems. Kice produces some grain milling equipment, which includes roller mills, bran dusters, and even a specialized purifier.
In 1992, Kice collaborated with Kansas State University to develop the Kice Shortflow® Unit flour mill. This unique milling flow originated and was patented by Kansas State University. The unique characteristic of the KSU milling flow is the reduced number of passages required to produce white flour.
Get More Profit From Your Daily Grind
Companies that mill with the Kice Bran Finisher make finer flour, and more dough. The difference between our equipment and the equipment made by our competitors is reflected in your bottom line. Using patented technology, our Bran Finisher recovers micro-traces of grain and turns it into salable product and revenue.
When you mill with Kice equipment, you have a partner for the long haul. Our industrial products and systems are built to last, with durable parts we fabricate ourselves. We can design, manufacture, and assemble bran finishers and entire pneumatic conveying systems specifically for your operation. We’re able to accommodate any project scope, regardless of size or complexity. It’s no surprise that virtually every milling plant in the country uses a Kice Bran Finisher to increase efficiency and profits.