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Another fine blend for Kek-Gardner
The installation of a Kek Universal Milling Package has made such a difference to a leading UK food manufacturer that the payback period will be less than two years.
The company needed a replacement for an existing mild steel installation that was over 20 years old and wholly inefficient. Leaks in the process created problems of both dust and waste, which meant they were losing an estimated 4 – 6kg of product per day. The Health & Safety issues also needed to be addressed, as the process was noisy, dusty and had manual handling issues. They wanted to upgrade the system to a modern, clean and efficient process.
They already had a Kek mill and sifter as part of the original system, so were familiar with Kek-Gardner’s products. After viewing the website and subsequent conversations with process engineers, the Production Supervisor was confident that Kek-Gardner had the right capabilities. “They have a good reputation and understood the process and what we needed to achieve. We also had a short lead time that they were able to meet”.
During the process, the raw product is conveyed into a collection hopper, which feeds the 4H Kek Universal Mill at the heart of the milling system and is conveyed to an intermediate storage hopper. The material is dropped into a Double Cone Blender to complete a blending cycle and is then conveyed to storage bins. Salt is an integral ingredient and, due to its corrosive nature, all materials are manufactured in stainless steel.
The Kek mill produces a finer powder than the previous mill. As a result, the required blend consistency can be achieved in a much shorter time, which has reduced blending times considerably.
The dust-tight installation is cleaner, more efficient, creates less noise and there is now 100% recovery of product.
The company’s Production Supervisor is delighted with the results that the new mill has generated; “Previously, we only managed one blend in an eight hour shift. Now we get three blends per shift, with no mess and no waste…we couldn’t be happier”.
Kek Universal Mills are part of a comprehensive range of milling equipment supplied by Kek-Gardner, which also includes Kibbler mills, Cone mills and PPS Air Classifier Mills. In addition, Kek-Gardner also supplies the full range of Mixers, Blenders and Centrifugal Sifters.