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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.