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EQUIPMENT
BATCHING
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By Richard Rowlands | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
Batching systems play an important role in product
quality and plant efficiency for pet food and treat processors.
Equipment design can ensure product uniformity,
consistent product flow, and efficient changeovers
from batch to batch. There are a number of common options
for batching systems in pet food and treat applications,
and processors must consider several factors when
looking to upgrade their facilities.
Evaluating batching systems
" When considering an automated batching system for
pet food ingredients, it is important to look at several
factors which will influence the type of batching system
recommended and optimize ingredient cost savings
and overall ROI, " said Sharon Nowak, business
development manager, Coperion K-Tron USA Food &
Pharmaceutical Industries, Sewell, N.J. " The top three
for consideration include batch accuracy required for
the specific ingredient, desired batch times, and overall
plant design considerations including height limitations,
space requirements, and support structures for the
batching system. "
" It's a little different for everyone, " added Matt Lueger,
vice president of sales, NorthWind Technical Services,
Sabetha, Kan. " But the big factors that we typically see
are accuracy, traceability and flexibility. Most customers
not only want a system that consistently produces a
quality product, but also tells them what went into each
batch without restricting their ability to continually
change their ingredients or recipes. "
Pete Ensch, chief executive officer, WEM Automation,
LLC, New Berlin, Wis., agreed on the importance of
traceability for today's processors.
" The batch system needs to incorporate lot code traceability, "
he said. " Pet food producers' value is directly
linked to their track record of producing safe quality
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food. In the event that something goes wrong, you need
the ability to quickly track the problem and contain it.
Traceability needs to be automated and working in the
background. Beyond the safety side, traceability also helps
to control inventory management and control, and can
be linked back to your ERP to help automate purchasing.
This keeps production flowing and controls cost. "
Other
factors
to take
into consideration include
throughput, types and quantities of product that need to
be conveyed, and quality and repeatability.
" At the end of the day, you need a batching system
that can accurately weigh out your ingredients and
consistently mix them, " Ensch explained. " Pet food has
some unique challenges in that there are many different
ingredients with a variety of densities and flow rates.
Several of the raw ingredients, because of the nature of
A more complex
range of pet food
ingredients necessitates
more complex
batching. This WEM
Automation system
can batch micro
ingredients, such as
vitamins and minerals,
with high accuracy and
consistency.
WEM Automation, LLC
Modern batching systems boost plant
efficiency and product quality.
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