PAMI built the Crops Processing Development Centre (CPDC) in 1999 at its Humboldt station to give processing companies a critical advantage in providing a secure, fully equipped, working-plant environment for carrying out applied research on experimental work, or to produce product runs for market-test purposes.
Advantages for Both Start-up and Mature Companies
Start-up companies can depend on the Centre to provide working plant facilities without up-front capital costs. Mature organizations can depend on the Centre to help their experimentation in developing new products and processes without disrupting their production facilities.
Maximizing the Use of Crop Materials for Feed, Fibre, and Fuel
The CPDC focuses on maximizing the use of crop materials for feed, fibre, and fuel use. The types of projects pursued include crop-material harvesting and collection, crop residue collection, and crop material transportation, as well as the primary processing of these crops.
Other types of projects include primary feed processing or transportation optimization, or finding new uses for prairie crop materials. Specific examples of the types of projects that PAMI is undertaking include:
- Developing straw-collection machinery
- Studying straw densification and size reduction
- Testing feed-processing quality improvements
- Conducting straw storage studies
- Undertaking infield silica removal from straw
- Undertaking infield fibre separation
- Developing whole crop harvesting methods for oilseeds
- Refining the stripper-header harvesting system for straw collection
- Optimizing straw collection scenarios for central processing
- Optimizing field drying vs. dehydrating alfalfa for cube quality and throughput
- Determining efficient methods to sort fibre particles by size
- 21.3 m x 35.1 m, 748 sq. m2 (70′ x 115′, 8,050 ft2) heated test building
- 21.3 m x 21.3 m, 432 sq. m2 (70′ x 70′, 433 ft.) unheated storage area for crop materials and equipment
- Interior liner to aid in cleanup
- 600 V three-phase electrical service (motor starters and VFD’s to 150 hp)
- 60 hp, 250 psi boiler for process steam generation
- Dust control system
- 15.2 m x 35.1 m (50′ x 115′, ) outdoor concrete pad adjacent to test building
- Materials handling equipment including conveyors and front end loader
- Storage bins for granular products
- Processing equipment including a:
- Large mixer/feeder
- Belt dryer
- Forage harvester
- Sorting equipment
- Fabrication equipment in the main PAMI building has been upgraded to enhance the ability to build prototype machinery
CPDC Developed Through Collaboration
The concept for the Centre was developed in cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan’s Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering Department and the POS Pilot Plant Corporation in Saskatoon.
The facility was constructed and equipped with funding from the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri Food Innovation Fund and the Saskatchewan Strategic Initiatives Fund.