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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.

Before Automation

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.

The​ ​Issues

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.

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.

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.  

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