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 effect, so the customer approached APEC about using the Mistcoater to apply the liquids and dry additives that were critical in making the product.
Solution: APEC ran tests at their facility and determined that it was possible to use a Mistcoater to apply the ingredients. APEC worked with the customer to do a quick turnaround on a food grade version of the Mistcoater. In order to minimize the amount of time that would be required for startup, the system was prewired.
Result: The system was manufactured, tested, and delivered in the time frame that was desired by the customer and the retailer and in time for the movie promo. The customer was impressed by the capabilities of the Mistcoater and ordered a second coating system for their R and D facility.
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 APEC’s Mistcoater and wondered if the system could be used to enhance their coating process.
Solution: APEC’s technical staff set up an experimental system at the customer’s location. The main component of the system was the Mistcoater, which has the ability to apply liquids to dry solids without the use of spray nozzles. Spinning disks are used to atomize the liquid flavorings that are being applied to the nuts. The system dispenses the liquid and dry ingredients automatically by weight, so the guess work is taken out of the process for the operator. The system is also completely enclosed so much of the mess involved in the coating process is eliminated. A retention conveyor after the coating process ensures that the ingredients have time to be completely dispersed onto the nuts, for a uniform coating. The experimental system showed the customer that the coating process could be improved, and they decided to purchase a system from APEC.
Result: The customer was so impressed with the performance of the experimental system that they ordered two coating systems. One to enhance the old line and another for the new line. They have found that they have less carryover of ingredients into the downstream process which has eliminated the mess and contamination problems. As a side benefit, the customer has found that they can use 30% less flavoring.