In the U.S., corn production measures more than any other crop and is the most common raw material used for the manufacture of starch and biofuels.
The corn refining process begins with removal of the corn from the cob. It is then steeped in tanks in a water based solution to release the starch. Steepwater is drawn off and concentrated in an evaporator. The final steepwater solution at 48 to 55% solids is then used as an adjunct for animal feeds and/or as a valuable nutrient used in the fermentation industry.
Dedert Corporation was founded 50 years ago to provide evaporators to the corn wet milling industry. As the corn wet milling industry grew and developed derivative products from corn, such as lysine, lactic acid, citric acid, maltodextrins and biofuel, Dedert engineers were there to provide the right evaporator.
Dedert's extensive experience has been leveraged into other technologies, including dryers for the corn refining process. Dedert Ring Dryers are ideal for drying all products produced in a corn plant, such as starch, fiber, gluten, gluten feed, germ and distillers grains.
For more detail on Dedert Dryers and Evaporators for the corn industry, please see our Technologies pages.