Microingredient batching systems: Matching the automation level to your needs
In glass manufacturing, adding 1 part in 20,000 of cobalt oxide will color the glass the desired distinctive blue. Slightly varying the amount of this concentrated, costly microingredient will produce the wrong shade of blue glass, creating quality control problems and increasing production costs. The challenges of choosing a cost-effective batching system that can accurately and consistently add a microingredient to a large batch aren't confined to the glass manufacturing industry. If you add an active microingredient to a pharmaceutical product or dispense a seasoning into a dry soup mix, you're probably facing the same problems.
Read this article for information on how to choose a microingredient batching system with the accuracy and automation level you need. Sections cover system components, factors to consider in choosing a system, and performance tests of four microingredient batching systems.