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.
Weighing, Ingredient Automation, and Batch Control Systems: Our dynamic BatchBox is an industry-specific computer-based batch control system. With it, you can eliminate the need for custom programming. It is an intelligent investment into the future of your business.
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:
Powder and Bulk Supply
Specialty Ingredient Manufacturers
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.
Every snack food processing plant wants to ensure its production output is continually operating at maximum efficiency, while maintaining standards for quality, safety, and cleanliness. Unfortunately, there are three potential problems that can throw a wrench in your snack food production.
By properly maintaining your processing equipment, you can to prevent these three potential problems from taking place, keeping your equipment running safely and smoothly.
Working with automated processing equipment can be dangerous. In fact, in 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the manufacturing industry as having 125,990 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees on the job so that injury can be avoided.
Ensuring the safety and nutritional value of animal feed, mixed feed, medicated feed, aqua feed, pet food, treats, and chews is the number one priority of animal feed manufacturers and is necessary when producing consumable goods.
Here’s a detailed look how this priority is met when using high-quality processing equipment to increase accuracy, expand production, and solve potential problems.
Mincing, macerating, liquefying, emulsifying, cooking, pickling, pasteurizing, preserving, and packaging. Those are all tasks done by processing equipment in the transformation of raw ingredients, by physical or chemical means, into snack food that is fit for consumption.
Let’s take a look back through the history of food processing and the evolution it has taken from the simple hermetic bottling techniques of the early 1800s all the way to the modern, highly efficient machines of today.
The last thing you want is to lose efficiency and money with downtime caused by broken equipment. Instead, learn how to prevent problems by making wise purchases and properly maintaining your animal feed processing equipment.
The manufacturing industry has faced enormous challenges over the last 50 years, and has been forced to adapt. For example, over the last two decades the industry has shifted largely toward manufacturing of computers and electronics. Advances and innovation in technology has largely facilitated this move, although other sectors such as car manufacturers have suffered.
Similarly, due to economic and environmental changes, the food industry is facing challenges on a similar scale. A growing population, a warming climate, and shrinking natural resources will force farmers and the food industry as a whole to innovate or get left in the dust.
Farmers and people in the food industry, such as pet food and animal feed manufacturers, are no strangers to challenging circumstances and lean times. However, here are 4 innovation tips from the manufacturing industry that could help you successfully face new challenges head.