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loss-in-weight
feeders
volumetric
feeders
collection
hopper
collection
hopper on
load cells
" Properly weighing and accurately delivering the ingredients
without manual intervention can result in a
number of process advantages, including overall food
safety, fewer mistakes, better accuracy, lower bulk costs,
improved product quality and savings in manufacturing
costs, " he added.
" Eliminating manual batching reduces scrap costs,
increases efficiency and throughput, " Lewis noted.
" Automatic systems can be customized with multiple
scales for speed of batch production without sacrificing
accuracy or quality, resulting in fast high batch rates and
accuracy of weighments. Dust containment and collection
options for automatic batching systems improves
safety and operator efficiency. "
To maximize overall efficiency, factors such as system
design and sequencing must be taken into account.
" You want a system that moves from one batch to the
next seamlessly and with little idle time between batches, "
Ensch said. " Some of this is system design, things
like having holding vessels, surge bins and multiple
scales so that you can weigh up ingredients before the
mixer; optimizing cleanout times between batches and
changeovers; the use of high and low bin level indicators
and automated routing to make sure the batching
system is never starved for ingredients. The system must
manage all the timing, so the batching process is nearly
continuous in nature. "
New advancements
Batching systems continue to evolve to meet changing
needs and requirements.
" Over the past decade the number of different types
of formulations and the raw ingredients used has grown
exponentially, " Ensch said. " This has made batching
systems larger and more complex. Having a blending
control system that has formula-based scaling and mixing
parameters is extremely helpful. The trend of higher
protein pet food has also increased the content of fibrous
protein ingredients, which have the much greater variation.
Formulations contain many ingredients and there
is a need for a batch system that can measure major, minor
and micro ingredients with very low dispersions like
vitamins and minerals. "
Modern batching systems now have huge advantages
over their predecessors in a multitude of areas.
" There have been a significant number of design improvements
to batching systems for pet food and treat
processing, " Nowak said. " They include improvement in
weighing technologies and batching controls, improvements
in overall design of equipment to improve cleanability
and food safety while minimizing downtimes, improvements
in feeder design options ideal for difficult flowing
materials, and improvements in feeder technology to alleviate
pressure/vacuum influences on the feeder output. "
Advancements in technology have also vastly improved
traceability of ingredients.
" The amount of technology that is utilized to track
and trace ingredients continues to evolve, " Lueger noted.
" From simple bar-coded lot numbers on bags to RFID
[radio-frequency identification] tracked totes/IBCs [intermediate
bulk containers] and hoppers on tracks or
AGVs [automated guided vehicle]. Innovation and technology
gains continue to support traceability regardless of
size, equipment configuration, system capacity, etc. "
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Left: Processors
must be able to
track and trace each
ingredient throughout
the process to
ensure quality and
safety and, in the
case of a product
issue, pinpoint
exactly where and
what went wrong.
Right: Regardless
of feed rates, LIW
batching can offer
accuracy, speed and
variability benefits
over traditional GIW
methods.
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