ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™ to Early Adopter Plants
As an ICM Platform Technology, SMT Frees More Starch Critical for Enzyme Conversion to Sugar, While Also Positioning Customers for New Technologies in the Development Pipeline
(Colwich, Kan. –May 31, 2012) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed full-scale commercial installations of its Selective Milling Technology™ at LifeLine Foods LLC, Kansas Ethanol LLC, Green Plains Shenandoah, LLC and Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC.
Formerly known as Fine Grind Technology, ICM is unveiling its new product name of Selective Milling Technology™, because it more accurately describes what the technology is doing. According to ICM Technical Director for Product Development Dr. Scott Kohl, Ph.D., “The process of using energy to free more starch for enzyme conversion to sugar can involve breaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or breaking/rolling starch away from fiber, protein, or fats. Our SMT™ allows plants to maximize this added energy by targeting the particles that can benefit from it most.”
ICM has worked collaboratively with Fluid-Quip, Inc. to develop the technology and deliver it to the marketplace; Fluid-Quip is ICM’s equipment provider for the SMT™ systems. In addition, ICM has obtained the rights to license the SMT™ technology to commercial plants from Lee Tech, LLC.
Customer provided data from operations of ICM’s SMT™ illustrate the various benefits that are derived from this revolutionary platform technology, including: increased ethanol yields of 1.5% – 3.0%, increased oil recovery yields of 11% – 18%, and ultimately, increased revenues. Reflecting on the positive SMT™ data analysis to date, Kansas Ethanol Operations Manager Thane Combs said, “After running the SMT™, we are pleased with how it boosted our ethanol yield, lowered residual WDGS starch and most importantly, improved our bottom line.”
ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product steams to the renewable energy industry. We believe our competitive advantage comes from providing our customers with products that deliver immediate returns for them coupled with our expanding platform technologies that we’re excited to launch.”
A full-scale SMT™ disc mill, paddle screen and time-lapse photos/video of the technology being installed will be on display at ICM’s booth (#715) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 4-7 in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, SMT™ product literature and opportunities for discussion with product sales staff will be available.
About ICM, Inc.:
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM has been conducting research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries. For more information, please visit icminc.com.
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Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.