Readco’s Continuous Processor (CP) has been a revolutionary piece of equipment for over 60 years, for a wide variety of industries. From food, chemical, pharmaceuticals, to polymers, and building materials; it has done it all. Designed to mix one or more dry materials with one or more liquid materials on a continuous basis, producing a homogenous product at the discharge end of the unit. The variable configuration of its co-rotating mixing elements and feed ports
allows it to process a wide array of products! Need a mixer that can produce high shear and handle high viscosity material production? No problem, the Readco Continuous Processor loves high viscosity materials; and with the capability to precisely adjust the amount of shear imparted into a product. This allows it to be used for gentle kneading as well as lower viscosity applications.

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.

The Readco Continuous Processor is used in processes involving:

  • Mixing
  • Compounding
  • Kneading
  • Shearing
  • Encapsulating
  • Crystallizing

Continuous Mixing Applications:

  • adhesives
  • batteries: lead/acid; li ion; ni cd
  • brake lining
  • candy
  • catalysts
  • cement board/wall board
  • cheese
  • chemical reactions
  • chewing gum & gum base
  • chocolate conching
  • composites/nano composites
  • compounding
  • continuous low moisture granulation
  • continuous powder blending
  • crystallization
  • doughs
  • encapsulants
  • fibers/flavor encapsulation
  • herbicides
  • magnetic ink/tape
  • meats/emulsions
  • molding compounds
  • nutraceuticals
  • nutrition/fruit bars
  • peanut butter and fillings
  • pet foods
  • pharmaceuticals
  • pigments
  • powder injection molding
  • sealants
  • spices
  • silicone
  • pigment/die encapsulation

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