Pet Food Case Studies

  • 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…

  • 7 Ways Feed Mill Automation Drives ROI

    In any industry, automation is based on goals: solving problems, minimizing risks, and reducing costs. The same is true for feed mill automation. There are a number of ways that feed mill automation can improve the end product and solve or reduce problems throughout the operation. Though some facilities may automate all processes at once,…

  • How to Optimize Your Ribbon Mixer

    Ribbon mixers in many industries are designed similarly from facility to facility with few variations. However, some design considerations can minimize the up front investment and maintenance, and maximize production and quality. The best way to get optimal efficiency from your ribbon mixer is to get the right design from the start. Depending on your…

  • Solving 5 Common Super Sack Unloader Problems

    The right super sack unloader system allows you to measure and process materials quickly and cost-effectively, with very little waste, error or manpower required. Unloading materials may seem like a straightforward process, however the wrong bulk bag discharge system can cause product defects, ingredient loss, and pose workplace safety hazards. The ingredients you’re using as…

  • Complete Ingredient Mixing Systems Design Checklist

    There is no one-size-fits-all for ingredient mixing systems design, whether you are working in snack foods, animal feed, dry bulk solids or any other industry. Ingredient mixing system designs require careful consideration of all ingredients as well as production schedules, variation, storage and more. In this blog, we’ll provide a basic roadmap for automated ingredient…

  • 18 Batch Mixing System Design Considerations for the Best Dry Solids Mix

    Producing high-quality finished products from dry solids starts with getting the right mix. Mixers are not one-size-fits-all, and your batch mixing system must be designed with your ingredients, facility, capacity, and other considerations in mind. Without the right mixer, segregation problems, dead zones, an low mixing activity can cause harm to your product. Go through…

  • 4 New Food and Workplace Safety Regulations For Grain and Pet Food Manufacturers in 2018

    Recent changes in food, environmental, and worker safety have caused many grain and pet food engineers to take another look at their manufacturing facilities. Some of these rules are newly changing, others are just recently subject to penalties for noncompliance and all deserve adequate attention. For greenfield sites or renovations, appropriate attention to food and…

  • 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…

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