As commercial bakery equipment manufacturers, Exact Mixing enables the snack foods produced by our customers in Canada to save space, money, and energy.
Over the last 25 years, Exact Mixing has earned a reputation as the world’s most innovative developer of Continuous Mixing Systems. Exact joined Reading Bakery Systems in 2008, and continues to bring improved mixing solutions to customers around the world.
Continuous Mixing is now a proven solution in the pretzel, chip, baked snack, pastry, sweet goods, cookie, cracker, bars, pizza, tortilla, pet treat, and bread and bun industries.
Comparison of Batch Mixing and Continuous Mixing
Batch mixing has been around far longer than Continuous Mixing, but the development of better mixers, control systems, and metering devices over the past decade has produced Continuous Mixing Systems that are accurate, reliable, and easy to use and maintain, including for breads, cookies and crackers.
- Bulk delivery of materials: The delivery systems used to deliver bulk materials to the mixer are exactly the same for batch and continuous mixing. In general, they are brought from a source such as a silo or super sack unloader to the mixing receiver by pneumatic transfer. Manual additions are also possible in continuous mixing by using a ribbon blender. The difference is that adding raw materials to a continuous mixer is more accurate than with a batch mixer in nearly every case.
- Measuring of materials into the mixer: Additional weighing equipment and controls are often required to get the “proper size” batch of ingredients to the batch mixer. With a continuous mixer, all metering is done at the mixer itself. Metering directly at the mixer leads to more automation, greater accuracy, and a significant cost savings over the long term.
- Mixing: Studies have shown that continuous mixing eliminates the problems associated with batch cycles and produces a consistent product all day, every day. In terms of cost, batch mixing is slightly less expensive than continuous mixing at the lowest production rates (500 to 1500 pounds per hour). At higher rates, continuous mixing is less expensive, and the savings increase as production rates increase.
- Dough leaves mixer in usable size loaves: Batch mixers make large “batches” of dough. Manufacturers need additional equipment to resize the batches. This can cause time delays and unnecessary exposure to the environment where contamination can occur. Continuous mixers produce a continuous stream of dough that can be sliced automatically into loaves by the mixer.
Exact Mixing Continuous Mixers are designed using Loss-in-Weight technology – the most accurate feeding technology available. And all metering and mixing procedures are monitored and initiated by the control system so the operator can confirm and modify as needed.
What Is Included in an Exact Continuous Mixing System?
A complete Exact Mixing Continuous Mixing System includes the mixer, blender, materials handling and ingredients metering, as well as the control system that monitors and distributes product between them. We provide complete systems, testing and installation supervision for both straight dough and liquid ferment systems.
To learn more how bakery equipment manufacturers like Exact Mixing can help reduce labor, cut costs, improve consistency, and simplify your mixing process in Canada. Get in touch with our Reading Pennsylvania headquarters at (01) 610.693.5816 or contact us online.