Bone Processing Systems

Bone is a rigid organ that is part of the vertebrate skeleton. Bones serve a multitude of functions. Its main purpose is to help support and protect the internal organs of vertebrate animals, produce blood cells, store minerals, provide structure, and enable mobility.

Bones are found among all vertebrate animals, and there are many differences across species even though they serve similar functions. For example, the bones of birds, or bird skeletons, are very lightweight, smaller, and thinner as to not weigh them down in flight. A deer’s antlers are composed of bone, one of the few examples of exposed bone in the animal kingdom.

Bones have the ability to provide numerous uses besides their primary biological function. Unfortunately, many slaughterhouses don’t utilize bone co-products which cause huge waste issues and is a waste of usable resources. It is only after bone has been processed that it can be used to create valuable materials.

Most processed animal bones are made into bone powder or bone paste, which is later applied to various different uses such as condiments, health-care products, nourishment, animal feeds, and industrial raw materials.

The bones from slaughtered animals are still used to this day for different applications. In the past, they were often used for making tools. In more modern times, bones are used to help craft objects such as buttons, beads, handles, bobbins, calculation aids, head nuts, dice, poker chips, pick-up sticks, ornaments, bone glue, and much more.

Bone glue and gelatin are made by boiling the ground or cracked bones, followed by filtering and evaporation to thicken the fluid. Gelatin is further processed from that point by thickening and drying the fluid.

Ground bone is often made into bone meal and is used as organic fertilizer due to its high concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen. It can also be used as an additive in animal feed.

Excess bone can benefit from milling, size reducing, material handling. The ONIX Corporation has it in their ability to process numerous co-products to fit your company or industry needs. Our processing systems can handle numerous materials and co-products that you may not know what to do with. We have the ability to work with materials such as, but not limited to, apple pomace, citrus pomace, sludge, alfalfa, bagasse, coffee grounds, sawdust, bone by-product and much more. Our equipment is engineered to fit your specific needs. If you feel that The ONIX Corporation may be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to research more about our alternative fuel systems, including rotary drum dryers and material handling solutions. Whether dealing with animal co-products such as bone is the solution you are looking for, or something else, it never hurts to give us a call to learn more.

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