Resources

Aqua Feed

A large shrimp feeding operation was successful using certain types of ingredients. The ingredients had a high viscosity with a large amount of suspended solids…and they could not find an application system to accurately and reliably apply these ingredients to the feed. APEC developed a complete system from the storage tanks through the liquid application…

Automotive Sealing Components

Problem: An eastern Michigan manufacturer of automotive sealing components and reinforcements was interested in finding a more accurate method to manufacture their products. Their process was entirely manual. Batching, weighing, and measuring was all being done completely by hand which amounted to waste due to human error, poor housekeeping, and high labor costs. The company approached…

Cereal and Snacks

Industry: Cereal and Snacks Customer: Major manufacturer of cereal Problem: The customer was working in conjunction with a major retailer to develop an exclusive product for that retailer. The product was tied to a movie promotion so the ability to make the new product in a timely fashion was critical. Ordinary coating technology did not give the desired…

Horse Feed

A manufacturer lost a large horse breeding customer because of breakage and uniformity problems with texturized feed containing flaked product, grains and pellets with a molasses coating. The customer needed to apply the liquid more uniformly and provide a better blend with less turbulent mixing. An APEC Mistcoater was installed with a close tolerance dual…

Integrated Pork Operation

Industry: Animal Feed Customer: Integrated Pork Operation The Challenge A large integrated hog operation, decided to manufacture their own feed. Because of the record keeping and required precision they wanted an easy automatic way to introduce micro ingredients into their process. They had plans to automate the rest of the feed manufacturing plant, but the micro ingredients…

Pet Food Case Study

The Challenge The tumble drum coater used to add fat and flavors to their pet food resulting in higher labor and down time on the line, such as: Suspended solids caused clogged spray nozzles and poor uniformity of coatings Excessive backpressure resulted in premature failure of the pumps and valves Atomized liquid from open ends…

Pharmaceutical

Problem: A multi-national pharmaceutical company wanted to expand its operations in North America. They had a need to greatly increase their premix manufacturing capabilities at three locations in North America. Management decided that the system should be fully automated with front to back inventory control. Since their product would be distributed to many different feed manufacturers,…

Poultry Feed

A large poultry feed manufacturer was having clogging problems with their existing spray system applying fat to poultry pellets. This resulted in spotty coverage of the pellets and frequent rebuilding of the pumps. APEC provided a Mistcoater spray chamber to replace the existing spray nozzle system, work within the existing footprint, and minimize cost and…

Snack Food

Industry: Snack food Customer: Major manufacturer of flavored nuts Problem: The customer’s success in the area of flavored nuts caused a need to expand the operation. The system that was being used to coat the nuts with flavoring was messy and resulted in the loss of ingredients and the contamination of the roasting process. The customer heard about…

Specialty Ingredient Manufacturer

The Issue A chemical manufacturer heard about APEC’s Mistcoater, which had been used for many years for applying fats and flavorings to animal feed and pet food, and approached APEC about the possibility of using the same machine for their enzyme product. The customer had developed an enzyme that when added to animal feed, reduced…

Vitamin and Mineral Premixes

Problem: A company in Mexico that manufactures vitamin and mineral premixes formed a partnership with a major pharmaceutical company. The success of the joint venture quickly increased the demand for their products and also increased the number of products that were being offered. The new partnership soon expressed a desire to have improved record keeping and…