Mealworms on hand

Screening insects efficiently and gently with RHEWUM screening machines

02.06.2021, Remscheid

Meike Schulz, RHEWUM GmbH

Mealworms are high in demand as a source of protein for a climate friendly diet. RHEWUM has the grand-scale technology that is also gentle to worms!

Like many insects, meal worms are a source of high quality protein. Compared to other domestic animals, raising and breeding them is much more climate friendly, which means that mealworms are steadily gaining importance a spart of a sustinable diet. The worms grow from egg to larvae in large farms. Separating the mature worms ready for processing both from their food substrate and juvenile animals is a complex step in production, as the animals must neither be squashed nor subjected to high accelerations. Mealworms also like to actively hold on to the screening mesh.
Together with scientific experts, RHEWUM has developed a screening procedure suitable for the needs of insects, which solves these problems both efficiently and in an animal-friendly way. The new screening machine which was designed and constructed exclusively for operation on mealworm farms is equipped with a specially coated directly excited mesh. Over several steps, mealworms are gently separated from their food substrate and sorted into three different categories of size. This makes it possible to reintroduce juveniles below market size to their habitat. Other screening lines use directly excited screening meshes and several further steps to separate side products from the substrate for further processing or reuse. This animal friendly and at the same time highly efficient technology is suitable for use on large mealworm farms.

RHEWUM not only contributes to animal welfare, but by supporting a climate friendly alternative to the meat industry, also helps to improve the global food situation as well as a sustainability.

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