1st Flow Feed System Failure Analysis

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2018-04-20
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Bonar, Chad
Buswell, Carter
Koziel, Jacek
Hanrahan, Jessica
Vanstrom, Joseph
Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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1st Flow is a sub company of Reicksview Farms. Reicksview Farms is a large farming operation in Northeast Iowa focusing on row crop and hog operations. The system initially was implemented solely in their own facilities. While there have been sales to several producers, Brenneman Pork has purchased the most units from 1st Flow. The system is prone to cracking and stripping however the causes of these issues are unknown. Current issues being seen are moisture being allowed in the system and causing feed to not flow correctly and the agitator not being able to turn. As a result, it is no longer marketable because of these issues. A solution for this system will allow 1st Flow to return to a lucrative market of high quality hog feed systems.

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