1.- Start with the Mass Balance page and input your raw material characteristics for Wet Products in Stream 1 and Stream 2 boxes: Hourly Quantity, Moisture, Protein, Carbohydrates, Ash, Fibers, and Fats. For other streams like Stream 3 (fibre and waters) or Stream 4 (grains and meals), use additional boxes. Press Enter after each input.

2.- The Mixed Stream box will show the characteristics of the blended product that will go into the dehydrator. This blend is based on percentages from Streams 1, 2, 3, and 4, which are shown in respective boxes.

3.- Ensure that in the blended stream column, the moisture content is at least 38% (or your final target moisture) in the Pre-Dehydrator Blend box.

4.- The Dehydrator box will then show the amount of water evaporated, and the Dry Product box will show the amount and characteristics of the final product, such as Moisture, Protein, Carbohydrates, Ash, Fibers, and Fats.

5.- You may customize the Titles of all boxes according to your specific products or streams.

6.- By clicking on the sheet selector at the bottom left corner of the window you can switch from Mass Balance to Performance window.

7.- The Selection box shows a dehydrator size option and its average evaporation rate. If more than one dehydrator is required it displays .

8.- The Performance box will indicate operational parameters for the selected dehydrator under the given conditions, including Fuel Consumption and Cost of Energy..

9.- In the Cost section, input the cost per kWhr of electricity in G25, and the price for a gallon of your selected fuel into G27. This will calculate the operational costs based on the data you’ve entered. Energy cost for Non-Standard situations may require manual calculation.

Once you’ve entered the required data, you’ll have access to:

Evaporation RateQuantities for Each of the Three Meal StreamsThe quality of each meal streamSafety on fat contents of each streamRelatively accurate summation of all meal stream qualitiesProduction RatesYields Hourly operationsEnergy Costs per Operating HourTotal Energy Cost per Ton of ProductionPepsin Digestibility FactorsDegree of GelatinizationLevel of Hydrolysis


  • The maximum recommended oil content in the Dry Product is 16%. If the final Oil content is above 14% you may require oil extraction or dilution. Contact us to find a suitable option.
  • The operation costs of all KIX dehydrators are very similar since the most relevant variable is the volume of water evaporated. This example only shows the situation for a KY4 dehydrator. Contact us to find the most suitable machine to suit your needs.