Ten Reasons Continuous Processing is Better Than Batch Mixing
Continuous processors are totally enclosed; therefore, you can operate them without the safety hazards associated with batch processing — such as opening and closing to add ingredients.
QUALITY & CONSISTENCY
The use of loss-in-weight feeders and pumps, increases the quality and consistency of the finished product — eliminating ‘batch to batch’ variations associated with manual feeding.
With continuous processing there is a significant reduction in the cost of labor from eliminating the many manual operations involved with batch mixing.
Reduction of unnecessary equipment and material storage decreases the footprint of a continuous processing system compared with that of conventional batch processing.
A continuous processing system will compress the total production cycle time by removing unnecessary steps that are inherent to batch mixing.
Dust, vapors, and other airborne contaminates are contained within a continuous processor unlike batch processing systems that can contaminate a work area.
Since continuous processors only work on a small quantity of material at a time, the volume of scrap is greatly reduced if an upset condition occurs.
The flexibility and versatility of a continuous processor increases the diversity of processes that can be performed by a single unit. Examples of this are mixing, crystallizing, evaporating, and reacting.
The combining of processes with a continuous system eliminates unnecessary equipment — simplifying the total system and reducing overall costs.
WORK IN PROGRESS
A continuous processing system facilitates just-in-time manufacturing by minimizing costs associated with material handling and inventory.