Inefficient size reduction.
Achieving the desired particle size in food processing is crucial for various applications such as grinding, lump breaking, crumbling, or milling. Inadequate size reduction can result in inconsistent product quality, reduced shelf life, or processing issues downstream. Common problems include insufficient grinding capacity, improper selection of equipment or screens, inadequate control of feed rate or speed, and improper clearance or gap settings.
Handling Different Ingredients:
Pet food formulations often involve various ingredients with different characteristics, including dry kibble, wet ingredients, and additives. Handling these diverse materials can be challenging, requiring specialized equipment and systems to prevent cross-contamination and maintain product integrity throughout the processing stages.
Product losses and waste:
Inadequate size reduction practices can lead to product losses and waste. Oversized particles or uneven particle sizes may need to be reprocessed or discarded, resulting in increased waste and labor and reduced yield.
Inefficiencies in chemical processing can lead to increased production costs and decreased productivity. These inefficiencies may arise from inadequate process design, suboptimal operating conditions, or outdated equipment. Identifying and optimizing these processes through continuous improvement initiatives is crucial to enhance product yield and reduce waste.
Particle size distribution control:
Achieving the desired particle size distribution is crucial for cement quality and performance. Inadequate size reduction can lead to coarse particles that negatively impact the cement’s strength and setting properties. Too large of lumps can also cause serious material handling and conveying problems as they can clog up the shafts resulting in product loss, increased labor expenses, increased system downtime, etc.