Food and feed processing are vast processes that entail many different complex pieces of equipment that have their own distinctive uses and provide their own unique advantages. One such important processing equipment is a hammer mill.

Let’s find out exactly what a hammer mill is and where it can be used in food processing.

What is a Hammer Mill?

A hammer mill is a machine that uses a crushing technique to grinding solid food products that need to be broken down into suitable forms. They are highly effective at grinding the solids without making too much noise, and as for pharmaceutical processes, there’s also minimal heat buildup. This equipment is made in standardised as well as customised models.

Here are some of the basic components of a typical hammer mill machine.


This is the part where the food product is inserted into the machine for further processing.

Machine Controls

The is the part from where the machine’s functions can be controlled. Depending upon the needs of the business, this can be programmed to initiate a wide range of granulation techniques to get the desired results.


This is what’s used to get the desired shape for the products. There are several different screens that can be used in the hammer mill.


As the name suggests, this is the part where the hammering happens. In the crushing chamber, only those products that are now suitable for further processing reach, whereas those with inadequate shapes and sizes are discarded automatically.

The result after this is the final product that’s available for use.

Where is it Used?

The snack food market is growing rapidly and is projected to grow by 2.85% annually for the next five years. This shows that most of the usage for hammer mills will be in this industry. Alongside hammer mills, there are other machines like single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, and batch weighing systems used in the food industry.

The pharmaceutical industry also uses hammer mills to give medicines specific shapes like tablets in button or capsule shapes.

If you are looking for industry-grade feed processing technologies, CFAM International is the business you should choose. We offer the best industrial equipment and supplies in Potchefstroom. We have been investing in R&D extensively to deliver efficient solutions to our industrial clients. We make sure you’re well versed in operating the machinery by offering training and building capacity.

Reach out to us to get a quote on our HM-Series Hammer Mill.