TYPICAL PROCESS FLOW FOR THE
PRODUCTION OF STARTER FISH FEEDS
A mixed and pulverized formulation passes through a low shear, low temperature extrusion process where it is conditioned and compressed to form agglomerated strands. The strands enter the Sphere-izer™, a sizing and shaping device that breaks the strands into small individual agglomerations and shapes them into spherical particles. The spheres pass through a dryer/cooler unit where excess moisture is removed and the particles are cooled. The spheres pass through a screener for size classification. If required, the Sphere-izer™ can also be used to apply liquid and/or powder coatings to the particles, thus enhancing product sophistication. The SAS™ process provides on size yields as high as 95%.
Because very little heat is introduced into the raw materials during the SAS™ process, raw material nutrients are undamaged. Heat sensitive major and micro ingredients, along with medications need not be over formulated to offset heat-related losses.