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ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ Reaches Milestone




Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.



ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ Reaches Milestone

This proven yield enhancing technology enables ethanol plants

to produce an added 300 million gallons of ethanol


(Colwich, Kan. – May 31, 2016) – ICM’s patented Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) has shifted from a new technology to a proven process at approximately 15% of the ethanol plants in the U.S. and has allowed them to produce more than 300 million gallons of ethanol since the original installations.  From our earliest adopters to our current customers, the SMT™ process produces an increase yield of over 45 million gallons per year of ethanol production as well as an increase of over 30 million pounds per year of corn oil.  At current values for ethanol and corn oil, the SMT™ process generates over $85 million of additional revenue annually for ICM SMT™ customers. 

We continue to install SMT™ process in ethanol plants with expectations of four to five more installations this year.  In some cases, replacing competitive milling technologies that use colloid mills, which did not prove to be as effective as SMT™.

ICM’s platform technology, SMT™ frees more starch critical for enzyme conversion to sugar.  The process of using energy to free more starch for enzyme conversion to sugar can involve breaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or separating starch away from fiber, protein, or fats.  SMT™ allows plants to maximize this added energy by targeting the particles that can benefit from it most.

Plant data from operations of ICM’s SMT™ illustrate the various benefits that are derived from this revolutionary platform technology, including: increased ethanol yields up to 3.0%, increased oil recovery yields up to 25%, and ultimately, increased revenues.  Reflecting on the positive SMT™ data analysis to date, plant managers continue to state, “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’s SMT™ technology offers tremendous value in itself, and ICM’s bolt-on technologies are the leading upgrades to position your corn ethanol plant for the next technological innovation.  ICM has a cellulosic answer and it is within your reach – patent-pending Generation 1.5: Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ which is a low risk solution to cellulosic ethanol. 

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product streams to the renewable energy industry. We believe our competitive advantage comes from providing our customers with technologies that deliver immediate returns for them coupled with our expanding platform technologies that we continue to launch.”

A model-scale SMT™  will be on display at ICM’s booth (#1023) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 20 -23 in Milwaukee, WI. 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 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining 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 conducts 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.


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