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.

Horse Feed

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

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.

The Solution

The horse feed manufacturer needed to be able to apply the liquid molasses coating more uniformly and provide a better blend. To achieve this, an APEC Mistcoater was installed along with with a close-tolerance dual ribbon and paddle-mixing conveyor.

The Result

Once the new equipment was up and running, the horse feed manufacturer invited their horse breeder customer back to evaluate the new coating system and the resulting feed. As soon as the breeder inspected the results, he returned as a customer.

Poultry Feed

A large poultry feed manufacturer needed more uniform coverage when applying fat to poultry pellets.

The Problem

Spotty coverage of the pellets was a result of spray nozzles that regularly clogged and sprayed unevenly. These clogs also caused frequent rebuilding or replacing of pumps. This resulted in frequent downtime for repair or replacement. This became very costly for the client.

The Solution

Replacing the poultry feed manufacturer’s existing spray nozzle system was a must. APEC provided a Mistcoater spray chamber. Working within the existing footprint minimized the cost of installation.

The Result

The new system resulted in the elimination of spotty coverage due to plugging problems, along with an elimination of downtime due to pump maintenance.

Aqua Feed

A large shrimp-feeding operation had found success using ingredients that had a high viscosity coupled with a lot of suspended solids.

The Problem

The problem was finding an application system to accurately and reliably apply the successful mix of high viscosity and suspended solids to the shrimp feed.

The Solution

APEC developed a complete system, from the storage tanks through the liquid application system, and included extremely accurate metering systems.

The Result

The shrimp-feeding operator commented, “This system allows me the maximum flexibility on the ingredients for coating onto our feeds. Since the species that we feed is quite small at various life stages, we needed a system that can uniformly coat a very small feed particle. It is important to us that each piece has a uniform coating. The Mistcoater system allows us to do this.”

The Mistcoater Liquid Applicator System

Each of these animal feed case studies has a common thread. APEC’s Mistcoater Liquid Applicator System helped each of these clients solve their feed problems.

The advantage of this system is that, unlike traditional spray nozzles, the Mistcoater uses spinning disks to apply liquids to dry solids in a continuous flow process. There are three distinct advantages to this newer process:

  1. There are no clogs.

  2. Multiple liquids can be applied through one inlet point.

  3. Due to the lack of liquid intake restriction, less head pressure is required of liquid pumps.

These three reasons are why clients who use APEC’s Mistcoater liquid application system report both a higher quantity and a higher quality output.

Contact APEC

APEC has developed integrative systems that offer a single point of responsibility, which in turn allows for easier evaluation, quantity, and quality of output.

To find out how APEC can meet the needs of your growing feed business, contact us today!

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Since 1992, APEC has specialized in the design and manufacturing of ingredient automation equipment and controls. Our automated processing equipment serves a variety of industries with a wide range of products such as food and animal feed, nutritional supplements, fertilizer, wood composite products, rubber and plastics, foam, and more.


We are the specialists when it comes to liquid coating, material handling, process automation, and custom fabrication. We offer a full range of components for every processing need and provide excellent customer service and maintenance options.


Here is a more in-depth look at APEC’s specialties and what we can do for your processing business.   

1- Provide You with Process Solutions

Our innovative processing solutions provide a level of speed and accuracy no one else can match. Couple that with our equipment’s increased sanitation capabilities and your processing plant will run smoothly and efficiently for years to come, even through constant use and significant output.

  • Liquid Coating Equipment: The design of our Mistcoater Liquid Applicator integrates spinning disks which apply liquids to dry solids in a continuous flow process. With this application, you can apply a wide variety of liquids and slurries with uniform coverage and without the risk of developing clogs.

  • Liquid Storage and Handling System: Choose from several high-grade storage tank options. Offering both high-flow and low-flow metering pumps, you’ll have the perfect flow rate for your job. We also provide mass flow meters, volumetric meters, proportioning valves, and accessories.

  • Material Handling Equipment: We offer reliable belt and drag conveyors, bucket elevators, slide gates, diverter valves, pneumatic systems, and bag dump stations.

  • Continuous Flow Process Equipment: We help you obtain an advantage with our patented curved plate sensing element in our dry solids mass flow meter. The APEC ProFlo meter gives you ease of integration, calibration, and maintenance.


Our team at APEC will work with you one-on-one to ensure you get the proper solutions and components that meet your processing needs.

2- Give You Customized Service

With our support staff of electrical and mechanical engineers, field service technicians, journeyman welders, and fabricators, we are well qualified to give you the customized service you need and deserve. Our extensive experience in modern CNC cutting/forming, building support structures, and wiring custom electrical panels ensures you get exactly what you need in a timely manner.

  • Custom Fabrication: The combination of our expertise, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment gives us the capabilities of producing any custom component that your processing plant may need.

  • Engineering: We have a team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers ready to assist in the layout and design of your system.

  • Field Services: Our exceptionally trained technicians and service engineers can provide installation supervision, start-up assistance, operator and maintenance training, and troubleshooting.  

3- Supply You with Quality Products

We have a huge inventory of quality new and used/rebuilt products and replacement components ready for you to put into use. Along with fabricating and stocking our own equipment, we work side-by-side with highly qualified preferred vendors.


We also offer expedited shipping so you can get your production line up and running in no time.

4- Work with Specialty Markets

APEC works with a wide variety of specialty markets including:

  • Food Processing

  • Nutriceutical

  • Pet Food

  • Animal Feed

  • Powder and Bulk Supply

  • Specialty Ingredient Manufacturers

  • Premix Processing

  • Scale Dealers


We are also qualified and capable of working with a large variety of additional specialty markets. Whatever your need, we can offer solutions and support.


Let us help you improve your processing plant’s efficiency and assist you in your FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) compliance. Contact APEC today.

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