Case Studies: Increasing Premix Manufacturing Capabilities

Here are two case studies in which operations needed to expand and manufacturing capabilities needed to be increased along with how the APEC Premix System gave these companies the capability to meet their goals.

Multinational Premix Company

A premix company wanted to expand their operations in North America and needed to greatly increase their manufacturing capabilities at three locations. Management decided that the new system should be fully automated with front-to-back inventory control. Since their product would be distributed to several different feed manufacturers, they needed to track each ingredient that went into their products, as well as each finished good that was produced.

The Solution

The design-build engineering firm the premix company hired to do their systems approached APEC to see what we could offer them in equipment and controls. They knew our reputation of quality premix systems and were looking for a one source answer for their project.

We worked with both the premix company and the contractor’s engineering staff to develop specifications and an implementation schedule. APEC designed a system that included barcode scanning for ingredients so they could be tracked within the plant, all the way through the process, and to their final finished packaging. The system utilized off-the-shelf components and a software package that can be easily modified as the client’s needs change.

The Result

The APEC Premix System gave the customer the capability to automatically produce and track their formulas. The system also keeps track of the quality control functions that are used for both incoming ingredients and finished packages. Since the system is completely automated, the needs for accuracy, record keeping, and ingredient tracking are easily accomplished with reports that are generated by the control system.

Nutraceutical Manufacturer

A manufacturer of vitamin and mineral premixes formed a partnership with a major pharmaceutical company in Mexico. The success of the joint venture quickly increased the demand for their products along with the number of products offered. The new partnership soon expressed a desire to have improved recording keeping and ingredient tracking. These capabilities were not possible under their current system due to the manual aspect of the machinery.

They also needed the new equipment installed without interrupting production.

The Solution

The partnership approached APEC with their plan to improve their premix process. APEC’s engineering staff worked with the ownership team to develop a horizontally oriented system composed of a completely automated premix system. This system included 30 ingredient bins, material handling conveyors, three scales, one mixer, and two packaging lines to allow for proper tracking and record keeping.

The major scales, minor scales, micro scales, and support structures were manufactured at APEC with the large carrier bins being manufactured locally (based on APEC’s designs). This was part of a plan to save the partnership’s money on freight and also to assist in facilitating a quick and seamless installation.

To avoid any interruptions in production, the system was installed in a custom-designed warehouse that was being ordered and constructed while APEC designed and assembled the equipment and control systems.

The Result

The APEC system gave the client the capability to formulate, mix, package, and track both large and small bags of premix and concentrate. Due to complete automation, the needs for accuracy, record keeping, and ingredient tracking were easily met with the reports generated by the APEC control system.

The capacity of the APEC system easily met the client’s needs on a single shift basis. As the company grows, they are able to easily increase production by adding shifts.

For more information about APEC’s premix systemvisit us online or contact us today.

Industry Advantage: APEC’s Horizontal Ribbon Mixer

APEC’s in-house engineers and fabricators have successfully designed an innovative, high-quality horizontal ribbon mixer that can be utilized in the processing of animal feed, pet food, and other products.

Taking great pride in our equipment’s capabilities, we have confidence that our horizontal ribbon mixer will give your processing plant the advantage it needs.

The Advantages of a Strong Foundation of Standard Features

The end-to-end mixing action of a double-ribbon agitator ensures an even blending of ingredients, leading to a more balanced and higher quality mix. Solid spokes mounted to a solid center shaft eliminates the chain which simplifies maintenance, unlike chain and sprocket arrangements that are found on other mixers. The main shaft is supported by either ball bearing flange or spherical roller bearings.

With the sturdy construction of every standard feature, we are confident our horizontal ribbon mixer will run strong for many years to come.

The Advantages of Custom Options for Unique Circumstances

APEC offers a wide range of custom horizontal ribbon mixer options so that you’re covered for any processing need.

Custom options include a variety of:

  • Ribbon Mixer Sizes
  • Capacities (Swept Volume)
  • HPs
  • Surge Capacities
  • Discharges (full-length drop bottom, standard pneumatic-end slide gate, optional center-pneumatic slide gate)
  • Finishes (standard weld, industrial enamel, stainless steel food grade, any paint specification)

Additional options include (but are not limited to) 50 Hz motors, explosion-proof motors, load cell weighing assemblies, and discharge conveyor.

The advantages of choosing customized options are that your horizontal ribbon mixer will run more efficiently, provide higher output, and require less maintenance. This allows you to focus less on your machine and feel assured that your product meets your (and your customers’) high standards and expectations.

With each component being custom designed, engineered, and fabricated in-house, you’re sure to get exactly what you need to consistently put out product you can be proud to offer.

To learn more about how our innovative and durable horizontal ribbon mixer can give your processing plant an advantage, contact APEC today!

Case Study: The Efficient Automation Solution to Manual Labor

Case Study: From Manual Labor to Automation

From manual to automatic, here is how the needs of a Michigan automotive sealing component and reinforcement company were met when APEC designed and manufactured automation equipment for them.

Before Automation

The client, an eastern Michigan manufacturer of automotive sealing components and reinforcements, had been processing their products completely by hand. Because of this, their batching, weighing, and measuring system was not very accurate or optimal. In addition, this manufacturing process led to excess waste, poor housekeeping, high labor costs, and was prone to human error.

A Designed Solution

This Michigan manufacturer had done previous business with APEC and valued their skills, delivery, and high-quality processing equipment. This positive partnership led them to contact APEC again in order to design a fully automated system complete with controls, a batching station, a mixing station, and three transfer stations.

After Automation

APEC’s custom-designed equipment solved the issues of housekeeping and waste due to human error. Significantly, since the automated system does not require human intervention, it also allowed the Michigan manufacturer to reduce its labor force. Indeed, they were able to reassign their personnel from processing to other areas within the company that could use additional team members.

The Equipment Automation Advantage with APEC

Designed for precise metering of dry additives, APEC’s automation systems are built as a comprehensive system to meet all of your processing needs. Available in a Volumetric configurations, our in-house engineers are able to customize and assemble any equipment you require and meet all of your specific needs.

With extensive experience, we are proud of the reputation we have built for meeting and exceeding our clients’ needs and expectations. We achieve this through taking the time to fully understand your needs, by providing responsive service (including a 24-hour support line), and using hands-on knowledge of the latest technology.

Contact APEC to learn more about how our can give your business an advantage.

Case Study: Pet Food

A​ ​Pet​ ​Food​ ​Company​ ​Upgrades​ ​to​ ​APEC’s Mistcoater

Here’s​ ​why​ ​a​ ​pet​ ​food​ ​company​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​upgrade​ ​from​ ​a​ ​tumble​ ​drum​ ​coater​ ​to​ ​APEC’s Mistcoater​ ​Liquid​ ​Applicator,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​successful​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​making​ ​the​ ​change.

The​ ​Issues

To​ ​apply​ ​both​ ​fat​ ​and​ ​flavors​ ​to​ ​their​ ​pet​ ​food,​ ​our​ ​pet​ ​food​ ​client​ ​had​ ​been​ ​using​ ​a​ ​traditional tumble​ ​drum​ ​coater​ ​for​ ​many​ ​years.​ ​However,​ ​this​ ​equipment​ ​simply​ ​wasn’t​ ​up​ ​for​ ​the​ ​task​ ​and also​ ​posed​ ​a​ ​few​ ​safety​ ​risks.

Because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​way​ ​tumble​ ​drum​ ​coaters​ ​work,​ ​suspended​ ​solids​ ​clogged​ ​the​ ​spray​ ​nozzles. This​ ​caused​ ​poor​ ​uniformity​ ​of​ ​coatings.​ ​Also,​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the​ ​excessive​ ​backpressure,​ ​premature failure​ ​of​ ​pumps​ ​and​ ​valves​ ​were​ ​a​ ​common​ ​occurrence.​ ​To​ ​remedy​ ​this​ ​problem,​ ​the​ ​nozzles needed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​cleaned​ ​and​ ​serviced​ ​often.

As​ ​far​ ​as​ ​safety​ ​went,​ ​the​ ​open-ended​ ​drums​ ​created​ ​a​ ​slipping​ ​hazard​ ​from​ ​the​ ​escaped atomized​ ​liquid.​ ​Constant​ ​cleanup​ ​of​ ​the​ ​surrounding​ ​area​ ​was​ ​needed.​ ​When​ ​it​ ​came​ ​to cleaning​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​drum,​ ​its​ ​excessive​ ​length​ ​and​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​easy​ ​access​ ​meant​ ​a​ ​person needed​ ​to​ ​actually​ ​go​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​drum​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​properly​ ​clean​ ​it.​ ​This​ ​practice​ ​can​ ​quickly turn​ ​into​ ​a​ ​dangerous​ ​situation.

Dealing​ ​with​ ​these​ ​serious​ ​issues​ ​resulted​ ​in​ ​high​ ​labor​ ​costs,​ ​too​ ​much​ ​down​ ​time​ ​on​ ​the​ ​line, and​ ​the​ ​potential​ ​for​ ​a​ ​work-related​ ​accident.

The​ ​Upgrade

When​ ​this​ ​company​ ​decided​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​for​ ​an​ ​upgrade,​ ​they​ ​turned​ ​to​ ​​APEC​,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​been providing​ ​innovative​ ​pet​ ​food​ ​processing​ ​solutions​ ​for​ ​over​ ​25​ ​years.

APEC​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​work​ ​within​ ​the​ ​available​ ​footprint​ ​and​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​coating​ ​system​ ​that​ ​eliminated all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​issues​ ​with​ ​tumble​ ​drum​ ​coaters.​ ​The​ ​answer​ ​was​ ​the​ ​Mistcoater​ ​Liquid​ ​Applicator.

Using​ ​spinning​ ​disks​ ​in​ ​a​ ​continuous​ ​flow​ ​process​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​spray​ ​nozzles​ ​prevented​ ​clogged nozzles,​ ​even​ ​when​ ​suspended​ ​solids​ ​were​ ​being​ ​applied.​ ​Since​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​restriction​ ​on​ ​liquid inlet,​ ​the​ ​backpressure​ ​that​ ​can​ ​cause​ ​excessive​ ​strain​ ​on​ ​pumps​ ​and​ ​valves​ ​is​ ​eliminated.

As​ ​far​ ​as​ ​cleanability​ ​and​ ​safety​ ​goes,​ ​APEC’s​ ​Mistcoater​ ​Liquid​ ​Applicator​ ​is​ ​completely enclosed​ ​so​ ​overspray​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​occurs​ ​in​ ​the​ ​surrounding​ ​area.​ ​To​ ​prevent​ ​buildup​ ​on​ ​the walls​ ​of​ ​the​ ​coating​ ​chamber,​ ​internal​ ​scrapers​ ​are​ ​built​ ​right​ ​in.​ ​When​ ​it​ ​is​ ​time​ ​for​ ​a​ ​full cleaning,​ ​full-length​ ​access​ ​doors​ ​allow​ ​sanitation​ ​to​ ​take​ ​place​ ​without​ ​having​ ​to​ ​climb​ ​inside the​ ​machine.

The​ ​Outcome

The​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​the​ ​upgrade​ ​has​ ​been​ ​tremendous.​ ​Since​ ​the​ ​fat​ ​and​ ​flavorings​ ​are​ ​now​ ​being atomized​ ​properly,​ ​the​ ​product​ ​coating​ ​uniformity​ ​has​ ​greatly​ ​improved.​ ​This​ ​system​ ​also enables​ ​multiple​ ​liquids​ ​to​ ​be​ ​applied​ ​through​ ​one​ ​inlet​ ​point,​ ​quickening​ ​the​ ​coating​ ​process.

The​ ​down​ ​time​ ​that​ ​was​ ​previously​ ​required​ ​for​ ​maintaining​ ​and​ ​cleaning​ ​the​ ​spray​ ​nozzles​ ​and surrounding​ ​area​ ​is​ ​virtually​ ​eliminated,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​hazards​ ​of​ ​slipping​ ​on​ ​overspray and​ ​climbing​ ​into​ ​the​ ​drum​ ​for​ ​cleaning.

Due​ ​to​ ​these​ ​exceptional​ ​results,​ ​the​ ​pet​ ​food​ ​client​ ​has​ ​now​ ​replaced​ ​every​ ​single​ ​one​ ​of​ ​their tumble​ ​drum​ ​coaters​ ​with​ ​APEC’s​ ​Mistcoater​ ​Liquid​ ​Applicators,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​having​ ​installed​ ​them in​ ​their​ ​brand​ ​new​ ​processing​ ​facility.

APEC​ ​couldn’t​ ​be​ ​more​ ​proud​ ​and​ ​their​ ​pet​ ​food​ ​client​ ​couldn’t​ ​be​ ​more​ ​pleased​ ​with​ ​these results. Contact​ ​APEC​​ ​or​ ​visit​ ​us​ ​online​ ​for​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​our​ ​​Mistcoater​ ​Liquid​ ​Applicator​!

APEC’s Animal Feed Case Study

Animal Feed Case Study: Horse, Poultry, and Aqua

When it comes to solving problems for the animal feed industry, APEC has been developing solutions for over 25 years. Our systems deliver constant cost-cutting productivity, intuitive monitoring, reductions in labor and error, and higher overall quality. We are honored that many of our clients come back to us again and again for help with their various processing problems, and that we are able to offer superior solutions.

Here are three cases in point.

Horse Feed

A horse feed manufacturer lost a large horse breeding customer due to problems with the manufactured horse feed. The horse feed contained flaked products, grains, and pellets with a molasses coating.

The Problem

The problem with the horse feed was breakage and uniformity problems. The customer required a uniform texture that had been unachievable due to the turbulent mixing of the manufacturer’s prior equipment.

The Solution

The horse feed manufacturer needed to be able to apply the liquid molasses coating more uniformly and provide a better blend. To achieve this, an APEC Mistcoater was installed along with with a close-tolerance dual ribbon and paddle-mixing conveyor.

The Result

Once the new equipment was up and running, the horse feed manufacturer invited their horse breeder customer back to evaluate the new coating system and the resulting feed. As soon as the breeder inspected the results, he returned as a customer.

Poultry Feed

A large poultry feed manufacturer needed more uniform coverage when applying fat to poultry pellets.

The Problem

Spotty coverage of the pellets was a result of spray nozzles that regularly clogged and sprayed unevenly. These clogs also caused frequent rebuilding or replacing of pumps. This resulted in frequent downtime for repair or replacement. This became very costly for the client.

The Solution

Replacing the poultry feed manufacturer’s existing spray nozzle system was a must. APEC provided a Mistcoater spray chamber. Working within the existing footprint minimized the cost of installation.

The Result

The new system resulted in the elimination of spotty coverage due to plugging problems, along with an elimination of downtime due to pump maintenance.

Aqua Feed

A large shrimp-feeding operation had found success using ingredients that had a high viscosity coupled with a lot of suspended solids.

The Problem

The problem was finding an application system to accurately and reliably apply the successful mix of high viscosity and suspended solids to the shrimp feed.

The Solution

APEC developed a complete system, from the storage tanks through the liquid application system, and included extremely accurate metering systems.

The Result

The shrimp-feeding operator commented, “This system allows me the maximum flexibility on the ingredients for coating onto our feeds. Since the species that we feed is quite small at various life stages, we needed a system that can uniformly coat a very small feed particle. It is important to us that each piece has a uniform coating. The Mistcoater system allows us to do this.”

The Mistcoater Liquid Applicator System

Each of these animal feed case studies has a common thread. APEC’s Mistcoater Liquid Applicator System helped each of these clients solve their feed problems.

The advantage of this system is that, unlike traditional spray nozzles, the Mistcoater uses spinning disks to apply liquids to dry solids in a continuous flow process. There are three distinct advantages to this newer process:

  1. There are no clogs.
  2. Multiple liquids can be applied through one inlet point.
  3. Due to the lack of liquid intake restriction, less head pressure is required of liquid pumps.

These three reasons are why clients who use APEC’s Mistcoater liquid application system report both a higher quantity and a higher quality output.

Contact APEC

APEC has developed integrative systems that offer a single point of responsibility, which in turn allows for easier evaluation, quantity, and quality of output.

To find out how APEC can meet the needs of your growing feed business, contact us today!

A Lawn Care Company’s Problem and APEC’s Solution

APEC’s Liquid Coating System Saves the Day

As one of the world’s largest lawn and garden companies, selling over 20 brands in 18 countries, this lawn care company knew they had a problem that needed to be handled by a company with a similar reputation.

APEC offers systems built to the exact needs of a project, with in-house engineers who love problem-solving and innovating, they have created an exceptional reputation. This is exactly why this company teamed up with APEC to help build a solution to allow them to get their new product to market.

The Problem

During the process of developing one of their new lawn and garden care products, company researchers and developers realized they needed to blend two difficult and light-density materials. In order to prevent clumping during shipment and storage, these materials needed to be accurately and cleanly coated with a liquid agent.

The difficult situation was exacerbated when the problematic materials would improperly bridge, flow, and flush through their manufacturing system. The company needed help. It was time to find a solution to their problems so they could get their new product to market, fast.

The Solution

The lawn care company reached out to APEC, knowing they could custom-design the equipment required to allow the fibrous materials to move through the process properly and speedily.

APEC knew there would need to be special considerations taken into account and worked on designing and engineering a coating system with a custom feed hopper to accomplish these considerations.

This equipment would need to prevent bridging for proper product flow and also prevent the product from flushing through the system. The special feed hopper would meter the problematic materials into the coater at the proper rate and ratio, creating the correct mixture that was necessary to consistently produce the desired product.

Other important considerations included providing a high level of accuracy and unprecedented efficiency. Spray nozzles were replaced with rapidly spinning disks which apply the coating liquid to the fibrous solids in a continuous flow process. This design eliminates the risk of clogs and lengthens the life of the pumps and other components. It also allows for a more uniform coverage onto the dry materials.

When it comes to sanitation, APEC’s mistcoaters never compromises. The enclosed design resulted in better process containment so the client doesn’t need to worry about liquid spraying onto the surrounding environment or contaminating the air.

Once the processing equipment was fabricated, APEC technicians then assisted in the installation and startup.

The Result

By bringing together a support staff of electrical and mechanical engineers, field service technicians, journeyman welders, and fabricators, APEC was able to provide the lawn care company with high-quality products in a timely manner.

The new liquid coating system and custom-designed and engineered feed hopper equipment performed well for the tricky materials, providing a high level of accuracy and efficiency. This fabricated equipment made it possible for the new product to be manufactured, packaged, and sold without any problems or issues.

The lawn care company, was very pleased with the manner in which the newly designed equipment performed, and the team at APEC is proud to have been part of the solution to make the company’s innovative new product a reality.

APEC Creates Micro Ingredient Solution for Building Contractor

Major Design/Build Firm Uses APEC’s Micro Ingredient System

As a manufacturer of equipment and control systems, APEC offers customizable systems that will meet any processing need. With in-house engineers and a corporate culture that promotes continual innovation, we have been able to build a reputation for problem-solving and exceptional customer satisfaction.

That’s exactly why a firm recently partnered with APEC to help them with a solution for a micro ingredient system that needed to be custom designed and built for one of their significant projects.

The Client

A major design/build firm based in Minnesota, who has earned an industry-wide reputation for providing tailored, innovative, and cost-effective solutions.

They provide clients with early contractor involvement, engineering, procurement, and construction services. For over 130 years,their experience has included grain processing and storage, food manufacturing, feed and pet food manufacturing, flour milling, renewable fuels, cement and mineral, and specialty slipform.

The Project

The College of Agriculture at Auburn University awarded the firm the contract for the design, engineering, and construction of their new Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center. The mission of this state-of-the-art academic and research feed production facility is to achieve the following:

  • Enhance Auburn’s teaching mission by providing hands-on experiences for the students
  • Increase process control to meet research needs well into the future
  • Expand Auburn’s extension mission via industry educational courses

As one of the few types of these facilities in the world, it was to be uniquely designed and positioned to advance feed manufacturing and technology in the southeastern USA and beyond.

The Problem

The facility was in need of equipment for a modular compact feed mill. The problem was that they had a very limited amount of space within which to work. In fact, the available space was much too small for the standard design parameters of the required equipment. Because of this, the agriculture department needed assistance with the design and construction of custom machines to fit in their small footprint.

The Solution

The firm partnered with APEC on a complete equipment customization design that would meet the facilities needs. APEC was able to modify the equipment in such a way that it would fit into the available space by using a twelve bin loss-in-weight micro ingredient system. Each bin and discharge feeder was mounted on a platform scale allowing the modular system to be compact while still giving an accurate metering system.

The team then worked with a local vendor who manufactures pre-fabricated bins to ensure they would be of the size and shape to properly fit within the allotted space.

The Result

The partnership resulted in providing the learning center with a modular design that is a small-scale adaptation of a commercial facility. The feed mill will be operated primarily by students as part of the curriculum and will greatly enhance the research and teaching capabilities of Auburn’s Poultry Science Program.

Contact APEC or visit us online for more information on how we can help you solve all or your processing problems!

APEC’s New Universal Feeder Bins

The Superior Design of APEC Feeder Bins

APEC’s feeder bins boast a superior design that will save you time and make your processing run smoother. With a flexible and highly hygienic design, an adjustable hopper discharge, and a precise measuring system, our bins are made to fit all applications and markets.

Here is a breakdown of why the APEC feeder bins with custom fabrication and engineering are superior to traditional feeder bins.

Flexible Design

APEC’s feeder bins come in a wide range of sizes, suitable for every need. They are also highly customizable for your specific operation. They can be conveniently mixed and matched by:

  • Bin Size
  • Feeder Type
  • Feeder Size

The pre-drilled leg works with both tri or quad designs. Their platform and extension leg additions allow for conversion from table mount to stand alone options. The screw feeder housings accept 1, 2, 3, and 4 inch screw assemblies.

Adjustable Hopper Discharge

Many feeder bins make you choose either one discharge option or the other, locking you into one method.

APEC’s hopper discharge is positioned to accept either a vibratory feeder or a screw feeder, allowing you the choice to use whichever method that works best for your particular process and gives you the capability of changing your method without having to purchase a new feeder bin.

Vibratory Feeder: Uses vibration and gravity to move or “feed” material in a certain direction. This type of feeder is used primarily to transport a large quantity of small-sized pieces.

Screw Feeder: Uses a rotating helical screw blade or “flighting” (usually within a tube) to move material in a certain direction. This type of feeder can handle difficult materials such as pigments, sticky solutions, and bridging or flooding powders.

Precise Measuring System

To determine portion size and to meet accurate measurement requirements, APEC’s feeder bins are available in the following measuring system options:

Volumetric: Materials are measured by the amount of space it occupies inside the feeder bin. Discharge rate is controlled by feeder speed, based on prior calibration.

Loss In Weight: Materials are weighed, allowing direct measurement of and control in the flow rate of gravity that discharges the material.

Capable of making precise measurements, our models are outfitted to deliver consistently dependable results.

Highly Hygienic Design

As helpful as the above innovations are to the speed and efficiency of your processing, the most important element of APEC’s feeder bins is its highly hygienic design. Poor equipment design and construction have been named causative factors in foodborne illness outbreaks.

Our equipment, however, limits the chance of contamination by meeting every food safety requirement, regulation, and recommendation. With no crevices, cracks, or uncleanable surfaces that may harbor dangerous pathogens, our design and construction allows for complete sanitation. Tri-clamp fittings on the bins make disassembling easy, offering easy accessibility for inspection.

Taking all these factors into consideration, it is clear that APEC’s feeder bins are superior to traditional bins which don’t offer the same helpful features.

For more information about feeder bins or APEC’s other innovative equipment, contact ustoday!

Superior Sanitation Technology for Liquid Coating Equipment

Sanitation is of the utmost importance to your processing plant. That’s why APEC engineers have created a liquid coating system with outstanding sanitation capabilities that will keep your animal feed, pet food, or snack food safe for consumption. You won’t find our level of accuracy, efficiency, or dedication anywhere else.

Let’s take a look at how one of our products, the Mistcoater SST, makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze and improves the sanitation of your liquid coating equipment…all of which will increase your production rate and make your job easier!

What Is the Mistcoater SST?

The Mistcoater SST is a piece of state-of-the-art liquid coating equipment that has been thoughtfully designed and engineered for higher reliability and a noticeable decrease in waste due to things like overspray when compared to other liquid coating equipment. All contact areas are made of stainless steel to meet food grade standards.

The coater is available in sizes from 5 ton to 120 ton. The unit is enclosed, resulting in complete containment. The spin-disk technology replaces unreliable, clog-prone spray nozzles in order to deliver more uniform coverage and smoother operations.

How Does the Mistcoater SST Work?

Unlike other liquid coaters that utilize spray nozzles to apply liquid to dry materials, the Mistcoater SST uses rotating disks. These disks spin dry material at a low RPM. The dry material falls in a 360-degree curtain around a second disk that spins at a high RPM. Liquid then drops onto the second disk and is atomized into a fine mist, which is driven into the wide surrounding curtain of dry product.

A large variety of liquids and slurries can be applied this way with the equipment’s variable inlet spout and remote adjustment.

Why does our equipment use spinning disks rather than spray nozzles? Spray nozzles tend to clog. When that happens, both maintenance and downtime are increased. However, spinning disks don’t clog, are easier to clean, and keep your processing plant up and running.

Our units can be easily integrated with other processing equipment to make a seamless processing solution for your plant.

How Can the Mistcoater SST Benefit the Sanitation Process?

Sanitation issues within a food, pet-food or animal feed processing plant can lead to regulatory action against a company. Although, when a company follows proper sanitation procedures and uses equipment that is comprised of food-grade components and cleaned regularly, those actions will go a long way to meeting the standards put forth by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The SST in Mistcoater SST stands for Superior Sanitation Technology and the equipment lives up to its name. There are a number of ways in which the Mistcoater SST will benefit the sanitation process.

  1. It is built out of food-grade components and gaskets for safe food handling.

  2. It consists of all stainless steel contact surfaces, liquid disks, v-belt drive, and support legs which makes it easy to be fully sanitized.

  3. It is completely enclosed, keeping your process contained.

  4. It includes a swing out coating chamber, making it easier to clean inside and out.

  5. The disks won’t clog and are easy to sanitize.

All of these sanitary factors add up to a superior liquid coater that will process superior food products.

For more information about our Mistcoater SST liquid coating equipment, contact APEC today.

4 Things APEC Can Do For Your Processing Business

Since 1992, APEC has specialized in the design and manufacturing of ingredient automation equipment and controls. Our automated processing equipment serves a variety of industries with a wide range of products such as food and animal feed, nutritional supplements, fertilizer, wood composite products, rubber and plastics, foam, and more.

We are the specialists when it comes to liquid coating, material handling, process automation, and custom fabrication. We offer a full range of components for every processing need and provide excellent customer service and maintenance options.

Here is a more in-depth look at APEC’s specialties and what we can do for your processing business.

1- Provide You with Process Solutions

Our innovative processing solutions provide a level of speed and accuracy no one else can match. Couple that with our equipment’s increased sanitation capabilities and your processing plant will run smoothly and efficiently for years to come, even through constant use and significant output.

  • Liquid Coating Equipment: The design of our Mistcoater Liquid Applicator integrates spinning disks which apply liquids to dry solids in a continuous flow process. With this application, you can apply a wide variety of liquids and slurries with uniform coverage and without the risk of developing clogs.

  • Liquid Storage and Handling System: Choose from several high-grade storage tank options. Offering both high-flow and low-flow metering pumps, you’ll have the perfect flow rate for your job. We also provide mass flow meters, volumetric meters, proportioning valves, and accessories.

  • Material Handling Equipment: We offer reliable belt and drag conveyors, bucket elevators, slide gates, diverter valves, pneumatic systems, and bag dump stations.

  • Continuous Flow Process Equipment: We help you obtain an advantage with our patented curved plate sensing element in our dry solids mass flow meter. The APEC ProFlo meter gives you ease of integration, calibration, and maintenance.

  • Weighing, Ingredient Automation, and Batch Control Systems: Our dynamic BatchBox is an industry-specific computer-based batch control system. With it, you can eliminate the need for custom programming. It is an intelligent investment into the future of your business.

Our team at APEC will work with you one-on-one to ensure you get the proper solutions and components that meet your processing needs.

2- Give You Customized Service

With our support staff of electrical and mechanical engineers, field service technicians, journeyman welders, and fabricators, we are well qualified to give you the customized service you need and deserve. Our extensive experience in modern CNC cutting/forming, building support structures, and wiring custom electrical panels ensures you get exactly what you need in a timely manner.

  • Custom Fabrication: The combination of our expertise, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment gives us the capabilities of producing any custom component that your processing plant may need.

  • Engineering: We have a team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers ready to assist in the layout and design of your system.

  • Field Services: Our exceptionally trained technicians and service engineers can provide installation supervision, start-up assistance, operator and maintenance training, and troubleshooting.

3- Supply You with Quality Products

We have a huge inventory of quality new and used/rebuilt products and replacement components ready for you to put into use. Along with fabricating and stocking our own equipment, we work side-by-side with highly qualified preferred vendors.

We also offer expedited shipping so you can get your production line up and running in no time.

4- Work with Specialty Markets

APEC works with a wide variety of specialty markets including:

  • Food Processing

  • Nutriceutical

  • Pet Food

  • Animal Feed

  • Powder and Bulk Supply

  • Specialty Ingredient Manufacturers

  • Premix Processing

  • Scale Dealers

We are also qualified and capable of working with a large variety of additional specialty markets. Whatever your need, we can offer solutions and support.

Let us help you improve your processing plant’s efficiency and assist you in your FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) compliance. Contact APEC today.