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Improving Accuracy in Automated Processing Systems: Finding the Right Load Cell

Automated systems have made food, pharmaceutical and chemical processing systems faster and more efficient. An important part of this process is the accurate weighing of ingredients. As ingredients have become more concentrated, the importance for highly accurate scales has increased. The challenge for many engineers is designing an automated system that is both efficient and…

5 Ways to Improve Feedlot Efficiency Through Automation

There are many factors affecting feedlot efficiency that operators cannot control. This makes the factors that operators can control even more important. Automation technology is one way that feedlot operators are finding ways to improve efficiency. With the right strategy and the right equipment, you can save time, reduce expenses and reduce losses. 5 Ways…

Cattle Pro: The Cattle Feed Micro Machine Saving Time and Money

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Finding the right cattle feed micro machine for your dry and liquid micro ingredient additives can save you time and money. However, it’s important to find a balance between price, ROI, maintenance costs, ease of use, and functionality. Understanding the challenges facing feedlots, APEC developed the Cattle Pro with flexibility, durability, and cost-savings in mind.…

Liquid Coating Processes for Uniform Snack Coating

Whether for flavor, vitamin content, shelf life, or texture, liquid coating is the preferred application method for many cereals, snacks, pet food mixes, and more. Though this provides a number of efficient, time-saving advantages for snack coating, it can introduce some challenges if the process isn’t correct. Consistency and uniformity in liquid coating are two…

Part 2: Ingredient System Planning Pitfalls For Micro-Ingredient Scales, Conveyance and Controls

In the previous post, we discussed common problems that can occur with the start of a micro-ingredient system, including ingredient bins and feeders. The latter half of the system is generally more complex, and more issues usually arise here. In this blog post we’ll cover micro-ingredient scales, conveyance and controls, and what you can do…

Part 1: Ingredient System Planning Pitfalls from Micro-Ingredient Bins to Feeders

Proper planning before an ingredient system redesign or new installation is pivotal to ensure the system runs efficiently.  With so many moving parts and considerations, it’s not easy to plan for every eventuality, and a few problems are consistently missed. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the most common problems that can arise…