What are food processing systems?
There are generally two types of food processing systems: recipe weighing and batch weighing systems.
Recipe weighing systems are used to control the mixing of ingredients in a range of different recipes. These can be used in smaller food processing and creation, but also have uses in medical and pharmaceutical environments where compliance with a specific recipe is essential.
Secondly, there are batch weighing machines. These are most commonly used in large-scale food production, where ingredients are mixed in batches. Products are weighed individually and then sent to another vessel for mixing.
These systems are both computer-controlled, allowing for easy production and excellent tracking of batches and recipes.
What are the benefits of using food processing systems?
Of course, any time you consider purchasing new equipment, it needs to pay off for the business. New technology is great, but if it doesn’t deliver tangible results, there is no use. When it comes to food processing systems if you need precision or batch processing – no matter the scale of your business – a food processing system will deliver benefits.
Firstly, precision is usually paramount in any mixing environment. Minute precision is always the key, whether it’s the mass production of bread products or the more intricate manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Using these systems that are backed with the right hardware and software, you can ensure recipes are being mixed correctly every time. Therefore, it takes away the risk of human error and is more efficient than manual mixing methods.
National Weighing and Instruments food processing systems are easily customisable. Our team can make minor adjustments to your software, fine tuning it to suit your needs. Whether you need a higher level of compliance and tracking or simply want a larger database of recipes and ingredients to work with, we can make that happen.
Reduce the risk of wastage
Wastage in a food processing environment was once a common thing. Somebody makes an error, puts too much of one ingredient in a large batch, and the batch is ruined. That’s money coming directly out of your profits, and it doesn’t need to happen. While food processing systems still need a level of human operation, the risk of mistakes is drastically reduced.
Compliance and tracking
The great thing about using technology for tasks that used to be manual is there’s a much higher level of quality control and compliance. As long as your equipment is in good working order, there’s no reason why any particular batch should be different to another unless you program it to be. While there are naturally still quality control requirements, especially in the food industry, the task is made a lot easier with food processing systems.
In addition, the digital record-keeping that’s possible with this technology makes it easier for you to investigate issues. If a batch of your products wasn’t quite right, you can easily go into the system and find what went wrong.
Reduced operating costs
Finally, as you know, time is money. If you have staff manually mixing ingredients or going through endless checking procedures, they’re essentially doing tasks that a food processing system could do. This technology can reduce your operating costs by allowing you to decrease staff numbers, or alternatively, put your staff to better use with more complex tasks.