At the heart of many process systems is the need to accurately weigh out a specific quantity of one or more ingredients for further processing. This procedure is often referred to as dosing, dispensing, or batching.
Automated batch systems and dispensaries substantially improve the efficiency of formulating recipe based product with either loss-in-weight or gain-in-weight technology. IEDCO has a great deal of experience and expertise in this area and can design, manufacture, and integrate batch systems with extremely high accuracies.
Most people know what their batch system needs and specific recipes are today, however, in this ever changing and competitive environment, six months from now you may have to make something you never dreamed of before. This means that designing maximum flexibility into your batch system is the most important part of your batch system investment. Flexibility in this context can affect every aspect of the system. At IEDCO we know how important this is and we design our systems with this in mind.
Scales & Controllers
We do not manufacture our own load cells, scales or controllers. We have standardized on the use of Mettler Toledo, but we are able to integrate your existing company's scale/instrument provider.
IEDCO’s control philosophy is one of affordable sophistication. Some systems do not demand fully automated, hands-free operation and some operations cannot absorb high cost integration. We design and build all our own control systems in our UL Listed panel shop, so we are well equipped to meet your control system needs.
A product feeder or valve is at the heart of every batch system. This feed device can take on many forms: screw feeder, belt feeder, vibrating tray, slide gate, or rotary valve. They come in many ranges of sophistication and price. However, we believe that our customers desire a simple, hygienic, and low maintenance solution. To meet this challenge, IEDCO has developed batch systems relying solely on using a sanitary rotary valve as a batch feeder. Using this valve, we have successfully achieved extremely high batching accuracies.
See Also: Valves
An alternative to our standard Rotary Valve is our custom, tubular Vibratory Feeder. Specially designed to feed product horizontally from a discharge hopper to the receiving container, our vibratory feeder is a simple, safe, and inexpensive choice for getting a controlled feed. The tubular tray and vibratory drive motor can be designed from small to large to accommodate nearly any project specific requirements.