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Publication Date: 01/2013
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Tubular drag cable conveyors help company turn green coffee beans into smooth blends

A coffee roaster specifies tubular drag cable conveyors for a new facility’s production process to reduce operating costs and improve production efficiency.

Apffels Fine Coffees, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., produces a wide range of custom-blended regular and flavored whole-bean and ground coffees and other coffee ingredients for food stores, private labelers, and food-service establishments. The company imports hand-picked green coffee beans and custom-blends and roasts them to make the whole-bean and ground coffee products that are packaged in 1-ounce to 5-pound valve bags for distribution. In early 2004, the company worked with an engineering firm to design and build a new advanced computer-aided roasting facility for small-batch and high-volume production runs. When planning the facility, the company needed to install a conveying system that would efficiently and gently move the coffee beans and ground coffee through the production process without diminishing product quality.

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