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25.10.2021 Advanced oat mill for Suomen Viljava

Bühler Group, Uzwil, Switzerland, has won an order to build a state-of-the art oat mill for Suomen Viljava in Finland. The mill will be installed in the port of Rauma on the country’s west coast, a deep-sea container port with good connections to the world, with exports by ship as well as direct railway connections to the east and China. In addition to groats and flakes, the mill will produce oat hull pellets for the Baltic rim countries’ feed and biofuel markets.

Global consumption of oat products has been growing by 3.5% annually. Demand for healthier plant-based food and high-quality oats is strengthened by, among other things, increased purchasing power, better level of education and increase in general health awareness of consumers. Products based on oats have a significant role in reducing climate warming, with a relatively low carbon footprint. “Viljava has been planning an oat mill at Rauma for a long time and we are convinced that the cooperation with Bühler in this ambitious project will support us to reach our business goals,” said Pasi Lähdetie, CEO of Suomen Viljava.

Bühler will deliver a package of fully engineered solutions to Suomen Viljava, which includes the cleaning, dehulling, kilning, cutting, and flaking, bagging, and load out. The entire line will be controlled by the Mercury Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Bühler’s full factory automation system that integrates plant control and processes to increase efficiency and traceability. Bühler digital solutions also play a key role in improving productivity and reducing operating costs. Service modules such as Yield Management System (YMS), Error and Downtime Analysis (EDA), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Bühler Insights Replay, will be fully integrated into the oat mill.

“This project offers us a unique opportunity to craft a customized and highly efficient solution to Viljava’s new plant while implementing the mill in an already existing building, taking advantage of the infrastructure already available. We save resources while offering the most technological and advanced solutions in the area,” said Mathias Hannsbauer, head of Bühler Group’s oats industry business segment. Installation of the new oat mill will start in September 2022.


The new oat mill will be installed in a strategic area in the port of Rauma on the west coast of Finland











Pasi Lähdetie, CEO of Suomen Viljava

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