Are you thinking about replacing your commercial batch mixer operations but are wondering about the advantages of a continuous mixer? Exact Mixing is dedicated to solving your most complex mixing challenges.
Exact Mixing, a Reading Bakery Systems brand, is a leading manufacturer of Continuous Mixing equipment. With our equipment and expertise, we can help you reduce labor, cut costs, improve consistency and simplify your mixing process.
For 25 years, we have developed continuous mixing systems that are ideal for the baked snack, cookie, cracker, sweet goods, pizza, tortilla, and bread and buns industries. We also offer continuous mixing solutions for non-bakery items, such as protein bars, peanut butter, icing and pet treats.
About Industrial Mixing
Industrial mixing consists of four primary 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 usually handled separately. One batch is made and finished before the other is started. This means that each batch can produce different, and sometimes undesirable, results. In other words, there is no consistency.
Continuous Mixing, in comparison, integrates all four operations into one continuous process. Bulk delivery, metering, mixing, and dough handling become a cohesive, uninterrupted process. Metering systems are 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, such as:
- Even dough hydration
- Consistent weight, size and texture of finished product
- Better integration of minor ingredients
- High production rates with one mixer
- One mixer can feed multiple lines
- Automated self-monitoring and self-correcting system
- Requires less labor and energy than batch mixing
- Quick and easy changeovers
- Dough leaves the mixer in usable size loaves
- Clamshell design makes it easy to sanitize, maintain, clean and inspect
- User-friendly interface control panel simplifies training
- Excellent traceability
- Improves food safety; eliminates chance of contamination
- Simplifies the mixing process and dough feed equipment
- Achieve verifiable kill temperatures (pet foods)
Continuous mixing is not right for every application, but neither is batch mixing. If you currently have several batch mixers feeding one large production line, we can help you decide if Continuous Mixing could improve your process.
If you need more information about the difference between a batch and a continuous mixer, look no further than Exact Mixing. Call our Robesonia, Pennsylvania headquarters at (01) 610-693-5816 or click here to contact us online. We will help you make an informed decision.