Automated system enhances ingredient batching process
A powdered beverage producer installs an automated weighing and batching system to increase production and improve efficiency.
Insight Beverages Inc., Lake Zurich, Ill., produces a wide range of high-quality powdered beverage mixes for convenience stores, restaurants, and other customers. The powdered mixes make specialty coffees, hot chocolates, smoothies, and many other beverages. When the company first began operations in 1981, operators would place a barrel on a weighscale and hand-scoop a product’s ingredients into it, individually weighing each ingredient. However, as demand for the products grew, the company found the manual batching process too time-consuming and labor-intensive. In 2009, after experiencing a sizable order upswing, the company decided to find a better way to batch the powdered ingredients.