Although your batch mixing operation may offer some advantages, it may not be the most practical solution for your commercial bakery. A Continuous Mixing System from Exact Mixing can help you improve product consistency, simplify your mixing process, reduce labor and cut costs.
Exact Mixing, a Reading Bakery Systems brand, is the leading supplier of Continuous Mixing Systems for the food industry. Since 1994, we have solved complex mixing challenges for customers across the globe.
Almost any product that can be made with a traditional batch mixer can be made on a Continuous Mixer, and Exact Mixing offers a variety of mixer models to mix different types of products successfully. Production volumes range from 50 kg/hour to over 10,000 kg/hour, and your process can be accomplished in an almost employee-free environment, increasing cost savings and value.
About Industrial Mixing
Industrial mixing consists of four key operations:
- Delivering bulk ingredients (e.g., flour) to the mixing area;
- Measuring ingredients placed in the mixer;
- Mixing the ingredients into a dough;
- Handling the dough as it exits the mixer.
In the batch mixing process, these four operations are typically handled separately, and one batch is made and finished before the other is started. This means that each batch can produce different, and sometimes undesirable, results.
The main advantage of batch mixing is its flexibility. You can make small batches, if desired, and it is easy to make slight variations in your products from batch to batch. Batch mixers are usually less expensive than Continuous Mixers in the short-term, but making your product may require more labor.
Continuous Mixing, in contrast, integrates all four operations into one continuous process. Bulk delivery, metering, mixing and dough handling become a cohesive, uninterrupted process. Metering systems are accurate and designed for accuracies of ±0.25% or better. Products with dough moisture levels that range from very low to very high can be uniformly mixed without generating excessive heat. Dough is discharged from the mixer in a constant stream instead of in one large batch every 10 to 15 minutes.
Although Continuous Mixing generally involves a higher initial investment cost, there are many long-term advantages. Continuous Mixing provides you with exceptional scaling accuracy due to the high-tech metering systems for dry and liquid ingredients.
You will also enjoy a more consistent product quality without dough variations. Our mixers are also self-monitoring and self-correcting, so once the process is running, it will continue running without bowl cleaning and other work in between. Also, due to less human intervention and the closed construction of the equipment, there are few chances for product contamination.
We encourage you to try our Continuous Mixing Calculator to explore whether your process is a good fit for Continuous Mixing. To see your products being mixed in a continuous process, visit our Science & Innovation Center in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, where pilot versions of all types of Exact Mixers are available.
If you have considered replacing your batch mixing operation, discover the advantages of Exact Mixing’s unrivaled range of Continuous Mixing equipment and its ability to improve your baked goods and snack food production process. Call our Robesonia, Pennsylvania headquarters at (01) 610-693-5816 or click here to contact us online to learn more.