Reducing energy required to free more starch for enzymes conversion to sugar

(Colwich, Kan. – March 15, 2017) – With a significant decrease in the electrical load requirement, same production yields and new opportunities for improved operations, ICM is proud to announce a new advanced design of ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™).

This proven technology allows plants to produce increases of up to 3% ethanol yield and up to 15% distiller’s oil recovery, and ultimately, increased revenues. Now with this technological advancement, ICM’s new design provides up to a 50% reduction in SMT™ system connected horsepower, while providing an opportunity to dramatically change the grind profile and to reduce suspended solids throughout the plant.

SMT™ is a platform technology that frees more starch critical for enzyme conversion to sugar by selectively targeting and flaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or separating starch away from fiber, protein, or fats. Using a newly designed proprietary milling device, the new and improved SMT™ allows plants to take advantage of these benefits while also maximizing efficiencies by reducing the added energy needed. ICM’s Technology Development team developed this latest upgrade by evaluating various equipment designs available that can perform the necessary processes, and by leveraging ICM’s ability to partner with multiple equipment manufacturers.

“ICM’s new and improved SMT™ process 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,” stated Steve Hartig, Vice President, Technology Development. As a platform technology SMT™ is a starting point, with the next step being ICM’s patented Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™), where the fiber is separated from the stream through counter flow washing steps. FST™ provides a dual benefit—eliminating the fiber from the fermentation stream allows for higher corn ethanol production and increases corn oil yield. These value-added platform technologies separate a fiber stream at the front end of the plant, which are the starting points of the Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™, ICM’s answer to a low risk solution to cellulosic ethanol.

Brock Beach, Vice President, Sales and Marketing said, “Advancement of the new and improved SMT™ process is based on customers’ feedback to provide process improvement opportunity, while also considering ongoing operating expenses and customers’ desires to focus on being high efficiency producers.” Beach continued, “ICM is committed to offering solutions that consider the entire business picture of our customers.”


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 111 facilities globally 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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