Batching System processes multiple recipes at high speeds.

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Suited for food processing as well as industrial applications, Batching System simultaneously processes up to 20 batches/hr, each with up to 24 components. Equipment is engineered for recipe sizes of 10-200 lb each, and maintains ingredient accuracy of +.02 lb/ingredient with use of screw feeders. Controlled via Allen Bradley PLC and PC, system will flow virtually all powdered, flaked, and granular ingredients without addition of bulk bag conditioner.

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Simultaneous Batching System Processes Multiple Recipes at High Speeds

Cincinnati, OH. January 30, 2008. Ingredient Masters, Inc., a manufacturer of precision batching equipment for dry ingredients, has introduced a system that simultaneously processes up to 20 batches per hour, each with up to 24 components. The system is well-suited to a broad range of food processing requirements, as well as many industrial applications.

The Ingredient Masters system is engineered for recipe sizes of 10 to 200 lbs. each, and maintains ingredient accuracy of +.02 lbs. per ingredient with the use of screw (spiral-type) feeders. Systems engineered to handle very high ingredient volumes, or very large batches, can be specified for auto valve release. The transfer conveyor can be scaled for gain-in-weight, (which provides slightly higher accuracy) or loss-in-weight, (which is faster) at customer option.

The batching systems are customized to the application, and can often be engineered to incorporate existing powder handling devices. They use as few as four, and as many as 30 dispensers, which are each 28 to 105 cu. ft. in capacity. Dispensers are rotationally molded polyethylene, for best-possible material flow, and are USDA, 3A, FDA and EPA approved. They are also exceptionally durable, and, unlike conventional dispensers, remain "sweat-free" when temperatures fluctuate.

Like other Ingredient Masters equipment, this batching system will flow virtually all powdered, flaked and granular ingredients - even compacted or hygroscopic ingredients - without the addition of a Bulk Bag Conditioner or other "helper" device.

System operation is controlled via an Allen Bradley PLC and a PC. Software is typically Allen-Bradley RSLogic 5000 for the PLC logic and RSView for operator graphics. A Microsoft Access database stores recipe and ingredient information, and records batch data.

Recipe storage is virtually unlimited and each recipe is date-stamped with the most recent revision or approval. A master list of ingredients, including operating parameters for each, is maintained in the database. The system maintains a deductive inventory for each dispensing hopper and tracks ingredient lot numbers for archiving in the batch data.

For more information, contact Ingredient Masters, Cincinnati, OH (513) 231-7432

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