Electric and Manual Mills in Colombia
The use of electric and manual mills in Colombia is an essential part of food production in the country. Through the years, manual and electric mills have increased in popularity and have become an important food processing machine not only in Colombia but also worldwide. Mills are used for breaking solid materials into smaller pieces by grinding or crushing. Comminution is an important unit operation in many processes. There are many different types of mills and many types of materials processed in them. They have been part of a long history; however, technology has made life easier for their users, as back in the day mills used to be powered by hand, and now they are mostly powered by electricity.
Mills are used in small and medium industrial applications to grid grains. In Colombia, mills have become a necessary machine for food processing since early history.
Colombia is a very agricultural country, being the third-largest coffee producer in the world. For this process, both electrical and manual coffee grinders play a key role in the process.
Similarly, meat grinders and meat mincers are utilized in the livestock sector. With approximately 28.8 million head of cattle, Colombia has the fourth-largest cattle herd in Latin America, according to ICA (Colombian Agriculture and Livestock Institute).
Due to the necessity that farmers and agriculturists in Colombia have for this food machinery, there has been a vast local production of this food processing equipment. Electric meat grinders, coffee grinders, and corn grinders are some of the most demanded in the sector.
They are usually fabricated of gray iron cast composition that makes its use resistant and the pieces are double tinned for sanitary purposes and to ensure durability.
Colombia has opened the distribution of these food processing machines to the international markets.
The United States, for example, imported from Colombia metal-rolling mills and rolls US 108.99 thousand during 2019, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.