Pilot Plants

Wet Processing Pilot Plant

The 5,000-square-foot pilot plant incorporates a variety of wet-processing systems for protein extraction, corn wet milling, spray drying, milk and cheese production, soyfoods production, and fruit and vegetable processing. Steam (including culinary quality), water and electrical connections have been designed to facilitate rearrangement and modification of processing machinery, test-stands, and related equipment.

The facility has corn wet-milling, brewing, milk, cheese, soyfoods, and fruit and vegetable processing equipment, including wet-grinders, kettles, retorts, filters, continuous centrifuges, screens, and mixing tanks.Cold and dry storage lockers are available.

Wet Processing Pilot Plant, Center for Crops Utilization Research
Wet Processing Pilot Plant


Dry Processing Pilot Plant

The 2,600-square-foot Dry Processing Pilot Plant is designed for the experimental processing and scale-up of industrial milling, dry separation, pelletizing, expansion and extrusion systems for grain processing, and other industrial processes. The area has an integrated dust collection system.

Dry Processing Pilot Plant, Center for Crops Utilization Research
Dry Processing Pilot Plant


Technology Transfer Pilot Plant

The 3,000-square-foot Technology Transfer Pilot Plant is an industrial products processing and technology transfer facility for manufacturing bio- and petroleum-based plastic pellets, parts, films, and sheets; food and feed products; wood components and products; and composite materials. These manufactured items can be tested for extractables for food safety, mechanical and physical properties, and biodegradability. This pilot plant houses a plastic film and sheet extruder, injection molding machines, hydraulic presses, tray drying, food extrusion equipment, refrigerated and frozen storage, incubators, and bioplastics digester. The facility is equipped with a special ventilation system for controlling noxious fumes and odors.

Technology Transfer Pilot Plant, Center for Crops Utilization Research
Technology Transfer Pilot Plant