As the leading supplier of Continuous Mixing systems for the food industry, Exact Mixing is proud of our advances in mixing technology that helps commercial bakers excel at producing exceptional snack foods and other baked products.
Founded in Memphis, TN, in 1994, Exact Mixing joined Reading Bakery Systems in 2008 to bring state-of-the-art solutions to a growing number of customers and industries. Exact Mixing equipment is now engineered and manufactured at the main Reading Bakery Systems facility in Robesonia, PA.
Comparing Batch Mixing and Continuous Mixing
Batch mixing has existed for much longer than Continuous Mixing. However, the development of better mixers, control systems, and metering devices over the past decade has resulted in accurate, reliable, and easy-to-use Continuous Mixing Systems.
- Material delivery: The delivery systems used to deliver bulk materials to the mixer are the same for batch and continuous mixing. They are delivered from a source such as a silo or super sack unloader to the mixing receiver by pneumatic transfer. The result is that adding raw materials to a Continuous Mixer is more accurate than with a batch mixer in nearly every case. Manual additions can be accomplished with a ribbon blender.
- Material measuring: Sometimes, weighing equipment and controls are required in order to get the “proper size” batch of ingredients to a batch mixer. However, all metering is done at the mixer itself with a Continuous Mixer. This leads to more automation, greater accuracy, and significant cost savings in the long term.
- Mixing: Continuous Mixing has been shown to eliminate the problems associated with batch cycles. A consistent product is produced all day, every day. At the lowest production rates (500 to 1500 pounds per hour), batch mixing is slightly less expensive than Continuous Mixing. Continuous Mixing is typically less costly at higher rates, and the savings increase along with production rates.
- Usable size loaves: Batch mixers generate large “batches” of dough, and additional equipment is required to resize them, causing time delays and unnecessary exposure to the environment, leading to contamination. In comparison, Continuous Mixers produce a continuous stream of dough that the mixer can automatically slice into loaves.
Exact Mixing Hydrobond Technology
Exact Mixing was recently awarded patent protection for our Hydrobond Technology® by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
This technology delivers instant, even hydration of a dry ingredient stream (typically flour) before entering the mixer. It mixes dough on a particle‐to‐particle basis. Uniform hydration is accomplished without heating up the dough and results in a shorter mixing time with less energy required. It will make the Continuous mixing process more efficient and can be used with a pre-hydration system to mix flour, minors, and water into a brew holding tank.
Learn more about mixing technology and Continuous Mixers from Exact Mixing. Reach out to us by phone at (01) 610.693.5816 or contact us online today.