Preventing feed degradation
The aqua feed industry plays a vital role in supporting global aquaculture, providing essential nutrition to farmed fish and other aquatic species. It encompasses the production and distribution of specialised feeds tailored to meet the nutritional needs of various aquatic organisms. Aqua feed formulations often consist of a mix of protein sources, vitamins, minerals, and other additives to promote growth, health, and optimal performance.
With the growing demand for seafood, the aqua feed industry has been expanding rapidly, driven by advancements in feed technology and increasing awareness of sustainable aquaculture practices. Continuous innovation and research are crucial for developing (cost) efficient and eco-friendly feed solutions to meet the industry's evolving demands. When it comes to the feeding equipment, these demands include minimal feed degradation and water pollution.
With the increasing growth of saltwater fish farms, the demand for automatic feeding systems on e.g. feeding barges is also increasing. The expensive high-quality feed must end up in the water undamaged. Every single pellet must be handled gently to avoid breakage and crumbling. The TBMA HGRD200 blow-through rotary valves are being used to discharge and dose the feed efficiently from the hopper into the feed transport pipe line. These rotary valves are equipped with an adapted rotor, ensuring that the product is dosed and transported with minimal damage.
The valves are of a robust and reliable design and the easy demountable execution guarantees quick (dis)assembly and easy maintenance. The reliability of the valve and the careful handling of the fish feed ensure a very favorable ROI (return on investment) and minimal water pollution.
Blow-through rotary valves
TBMA H-GR blowing seals have been used by major feeding barge manufacturers for many years. The picture shows a fine collection of 16 rotary valves ready for shipment to JT electric (now part of GroAqua) in the Faroe Islands. When designing their custom made feeding barges for fish farming, JT electric use TBMA rotary valves for the dosing and transport of the fish food.
“We use TBMA rotary valves because the tests we performed on the valves proved them to be of good quality. Also we appreciate the cooperation with the dedicated and skilled TBMA sales team. In the process from the first contact, our relationship with TBMA has grown stronger and closer”, states Ólavur Thomsen, Project Manager at GroAqua (formerly JT electric).