Appearance, flavor, texture—candy and confectionery buyers care about these attributes, and they expect a consistent experience each time they open a package or wrapper. This is what continuous mixing, processing, and reacting equipment from Readco Kurimoto, LLC delivers. Our machinery is used throughout the candy and confectionery industry because it delivers uniform results, minimizes throughput times, and drives down costs. 

Whether you’re mixing, evaporating, crystallizing, or reacting, our solutions help you do it better. In conjunction with our controls partner, Melfi Technologies, Inc., Readco Kurimoto mixing solutions offer:

  • Advanced controls with PID control overheating and cooling to enable repeatable operation 
  • Recipe management functions to provide flexibility for multiple formulations (sugar-free variants, for example)
  • Available track and trace capabilities

Candy/Confectionery Applications, Standards, and Capabilities

The Readco continuous processor, CH Reactor, and SC Processor support manufacturing for an expansive range of confections.

Our solutions have been used to facilitate the production of:

  • Chocolate
  • Cereal/snack/protein bars
  • Doughs
  • Flavor & sweetener encapsulations
  • Fondant
  • Gum base
  • Hard candies
  • Icing
  • Licorice
  • Marzipan
  • Nougat
  • Peanut butter
  • Taffy
  • Toffees
  • Cheese
  • Alternative Proteins
  • Hot Dogs
  • Processed Meats
  • Meat Agglomerations
  • Cereal Bars
  • Sausage
  • Nut Butters
  • Pasta Dough
  • Bread Dough
  • Cookies

Traceability is becoming more important throughout the food sector as brands and suppliers seek to identify weak points, safety issues, and ethical concerns in their supply chains. With appropriate controls to monitor each input, our equipment improves traceability compared to what’s possible with batch processing. Additionally, continuous processing offers higher precision than batch processing, ultimately eliminating batch-to-batch variations that can jeopardize a candy brand’s reputation. This efficient approach to manufacturing supports Just-in-Time inventory management philosophies and facilitates fully automated production.

Readco equipment complies with all relevant food safety standards, including:

  • USDA 3/A dairy
  • ASME pressure vessels
  • FDA Food Safety
  • GMP
  • OSHA

Readco will test your recipes and formulations in our lab to verify that they can be produced on our equipment. We invite you to visit and see our equipment in use, and we offer rental equipment for evaluation in your facility.

What we can’t do is tell you who else uses our equipment. Our customers quickly learn that continuous processing capabilities provide a competitive advantage, with most choosing to hold their use of our solutions close. Your products, processes, and use of our equipment will be treated with the same level of confidentiality.

Learn more about the products we’ve worked on by downloading our case studies.

 

10 Reasons Continuous Processing is Better than Batch Mixing

  • More consistent product. Using loss-in-weight feeders and pumps eliminates batch-to-batch variation associated with manual loading and increases finished product consistency.
  • Safety. Fully enclosed continuous processors don’t require opening to add ingredients, mitigating the risk of accidents near moving components.
  • Lower labor costs. Continuous processing eliminates many of the manual loading and handling operations involved with batch mixing, resulting in higher output per labor hour.
  • Less floor space. By eliminating surplus equipment and reducing material storage requirements, a continuous processing system needs less space than a conventional batch processing operation of the same capacity.
  • Shorter cycle times/faster throughput. A continuous processing system will compress the total production cycle time by removing the steps and delays inherent to batch mixing.
  • Reduced environmental impact. Dust and other airborne contaminants are kept inside a continuous processor, unlike batch processing systems that can contaminate a work area. 
  • Less waste. Since continuous processors only work on a small quantity of material at a time, the material waste is greatly reduced should a rare processing error occur.
  • Fewer steps. A continuous processor performs multiple operations in a single unit, such as mixing, crystallizing, evaporating, and reacting.
  • Less equipment. Combining processes in a continuous system eliminates unnecessary equipment, simplifying the total system and reducing overall costs. It also provides better integration with automated machinery.
  • Less work in progress. A continuous processing system facilitates just-in-time manufacturing by minimizing costs associated with material handling and inventory.

 

 

Continuous Processing Solutions From Readco Kurimoto

Readco has been at the forefront of industrial mixing technology for over a century. In addition to meeting the demands of confectionery manufacturers for reliable, high-quality machinery, we supply continuous mixers and dry powder blending machines for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, pigments, food products, and more. If you’re interested in learning how our continuous processing equipment could benefit your business, we invite you to contact us today.

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