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The Crucial Role of Precision and Accuracy in Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical production line - Precision and Accuracy in Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing - HaF Equipment

by: Jared Beaupre and Ben Kozmik

Success hinges on every measurement in manufacturing. Precision and accuracy in material handling equipment are essential to achieving success. They must be a top consideration when deciding which equipment to choose. HaF Equipment, a leading industrial equipment manufacturer, understands the pivotal role these factors play and ensures their focus on the reliability, safety, and performance of their products.

Pharmaceutical production line - Precision and Accuracy in Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing - HaF Equipment

Understanding Accuracy and Precision in Material Handling Equipment

Accurate measurements reflect how closely a value aligns with the true or actual measurement, while precision indicates the consistency and reproducibility of a measurement. In the context of material handling equipment, such as feeders, weighing, and metering devices, achieving accuracy and precision is paramount for seamless operations.

EXAMPLE: Imagine you are throwing darts at a target. If all your darts hit the bullseye, your throws are accurate and precise. However, if your darts consistently land on the same spot, but that spot is different from the bullseye, then your throws are precise but not accurate. Conversely, if your darts are scattered all over the target, they are neither accurate nor precise.

The Importance of Tolerance in Measurement

Tolerance, allowing for deviations from specified values, is a critical concept in manufacturing and engineering. For HaF, setting agreed-upon limits within feeding systems ensures everyone involved understands the parameters, fostering successful collaboration in system design and functionality.

Tolerance is crucial in ensuring that components fit together accurately and adhere to specified standards in manufacturing. Without tolerance, minor measurement discrepancies could result in unsuitable or hazardous products. By accommodating a certain level of deviation, manufacturers can produce top-quality products that meet the required standards while allowing for some variability in the manufacturing process.

Rotary Airlocks: Factors Influencing Accuracy and Precision

When designing systems that include rotary airlocks as metering devices, HaF acknowledges the multitude of variables that can significantly influence accuracy. By prioritizing the evaluation of factors like pocket size, rotor speed, and blow by air, HaF ensures the attainment of the desired accuracy rate through meticulous sizing and design, taking into account variables such as leakage, particle size, material, pocket full percentage, rate, bulk density, flowability, and head pressure.

Challenges in Precision Manufacturing

Challenges in precision manufacturing extend to various components, such as screw feeders and load cells. Using different types of screw feeders introduce variability, affecting both precision and accuracy. Load cells, susceptible to factors like balance points, supports, rigidity, air force, and flex connections, necessitate careful calibration with certified test weights. Storage silos, subjected to environmental elements like wind and rain, can cause movement, which can change pressure around silos, and require consideration of variables affecting load cells. 

Precision in Manufacturing Across Industries

Precision manufacturing is a universal need, extending beyond material handling to aerospace, medical devices, electronics, and automotive industries. Even slight deviations from specifications in these sectors can have profound implications for safety, performance, and reliability. By leveraging advanced technology and processes, manufacturers can achieve greater product accuracy and consistency, resulting in improved performance, reliability, and safety.

HaF’s Commitment to Operator-Centric Equipment

Precision and accuracy are the cornerstones of success in the competitive landscape of material handling equipment manufacturing. HaF Equipment stands as a testament to the commitment to these principles, offering products and comprehensive solutions that ensure the highest standards of quality, reliability, and safety. 

For your current or upcoming project, trust HaF to deliver excellence. Contact HaF today to experience the difference precision and accuracy can make in your operations. 

By keeping our finger on the pulse of the tire industry, HaF Equipment is ahead of the curve. The manufacturing of our equipment focuses on operator-centric designs and our proven processes for success to support our major markets, making HaF Equipment more than just a great equipment manufacturer. Our systems are equipped with advanced automation features that minimize human error and increase overall production speed further. We are your partner in excellence, committed to your success through service with integrity, purpose, and ingenuity. By designing innovative solutions to bulk material handling, we meet today’s manufacturing challenges head-on to break through the status quo. 

HaF has the expertise and experience to accommodate a wide range of needs when it comes to material handling and equipment manufacturing. We’re Ready to Connect with you and offer a customized solution and discuss your specific project needs. 

Contact a HaF account manager today to discuss your options.  

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Exploring HaF Equipment: The Machinery Behind Quality Tire Manufacturing

by: Mitch Lund and Abby Wendt

The tire industry is one of the most important manufacturing industries in the world. Every year, millions of tires are produced to meet the needs of consumers, both domestically and internationally, and new tire concepts – including electric vehicles, smart tires, and sustainability – will drive future growth in global tire sales. As a result, Smithers forecasts future growth will continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% (by value) through to 2026, pushing global value to $325.6 billion (at constant prices) and volume to 2.80 billion tires. 

Exploring HaF Equipment: The Machinery Behind Quality Tire Manufacturing

The World's Largest Tire Manufacturers

As of 2021, Michelin is the world’s largest tire manufacturer, followed by Bridgestone (Japan), Continental (Germany), Goodyear (United States), and Sumitomo (Japan). Despite their dominance, there are hundreds of tire manufacturers around the globe that make up the global tire industry, and each manufacturer has their own unique production system. As tire technology continues to evolve, manufacturers must strive to create better-performing tires while reducing their environmental impact and adhering to specific regulations set by governing bodies like the Tire Industry Association (TIA). 

Machinery for Tire Manufacturing

Tire manufacturing is a complex process that requires specialized machinery and methods for safety, efficiency, and quality assurance. The manufacturing process is highly variable as tires are composed of many different raw materials, such as rubber, steel, fabric, and other chemicals. To ensure consistent production of a high-quality product that meets international safety standards, manufacturers must choose the right equipment to manufacture their tires efficiently.

Industry-recognized tire manufacturing machines play an essential role in streamlining production while increasing safety on the factory floor. All parts of the tire-making process must be accounted for, including mixing ingredients, molding, and curing rubber strips together with other components of the tire structure. Highly automated systems allow manufacturers to produce large volumes of tires in less time with fewer errors than manual operations.

How HaF Machinery Helps Tire Manufacturers

In the ever-evolving world of tire manufacturing, the incorporation of cutting-edge equipment is crucial to meet growing demands for efficiency and quality. With HaF equipment, tire manufacturers can experience enhanced efficiency in several key areas. 

  • Storage
  • Unloading and Transport
  • Batching of raw ingredients for different rubber compound recipes
  • Dust Collection

By keeping our finger on the pulse of the tire industry, HaF Equipment is ahead of the curve. The manufacturing of our equipment focuses on operator-centric designs and our proven processes for success to support our major markets, making HaF Equipment more than just a great equipment manufacturer. Our systems are equipped with advanced automation features that minimize human error and increase overall production speed further. We are your partner in excellence, committed to your success through service with integrity, purpose, and ingenuity. By designing innovative solutions to bulk material handling, we meet today’s manufacturing challenges head-on to break through the status quo. 

HaF has the expertise and experience to accommodate a wide range of needs when it comes to material handling and equipment manufacturing. We’re Ready to Connect with you and offer a customized solution and discuss your specific project needs. 

Contact a HaF account manager today to discuss your options.  

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A Sticky Situation: Manufacturing Snacks and Confections

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Revenue in the Confectionery & Snacks segments is estimated to amount to US$299.50bn in 2023 and is expected to grow annually by 3.00% (CAGR 2023-2027). Most revenue is generated in the United States. (Statista) As the confectionery and snack manufacturing process continues to expand, driven by America’s love for chocolate bars, doughnuts, marshmallows, and other popular treats, the need for confectionery and candy processing equipment in the market has never been more critical. Manufacturers must adapt to this rising demand by ensuring their snacks and confectionery manufacturing machines can efficiently manage sticky, gooey ingredients without compromising on quality.

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America's Sweet Tooth

The demand for sweets and snacks has never been higher, and with the growth of e-commerce and global marketplaces, manufacturers of confectioneries and snacks have had to scale up their operations. To ensure the production of high-quality confections, however, manufacturers must invest in reliable snack manufacturing machines that meet the specific needs of their product line. 

The equipment essential for the snack manufacturing process is designed with strict hygiene protocols in mind, ensuring consistent output to maintain flavor and texture standards. Additionally, snack and confectionery manufacturing machinery should be easy to clean and maintain, supporting sanitary conditions and the production of high-quality products. 

To maintain consistency in product quality, manufacturers in the confectionery and candy processing equipment market must choose durable machinery capable of enduring extended use. Investing in the right snacks manufacturing machine and confection processing equipment enables producers to maximize efficiency while delighting consumers with their favorite treats.  

In addition, manufacturers must also consider food safety regulations when selecting the appropriate equipment. That selection must include equipment designed with food safety standards in mind so that products remain clean and safe to consume. By maintaining these standards throughout production, manufacturers can ensure their customers receive a product they can trust.

Equipment Used to Manufacture Confections and Snacks

The equipment required to manufacture confections and snacks varies depending on the specific production process and may include:

    1. Mixing equipment: used to blend the ingredients, such as sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, together.
    2. Cooking equipment: used to heat and cook the mixture to a specific temperature and consistency.
    3. Whipping equipment: used to aerate the mixture and create the fluffy texture of the marshmallows.
    4. Depositing equipment: used to deposit the marshmallow mixture into molds or onto a conveyor belt.
    5. Cutting equipment: used to cut the marshmallows into desired shapes and sizes.
    6. Packaging equipment: used to package the marshmallows into bags, boxes, or other containers.

Some manufacturers may also use additional equipment for specific production processes, such as extruders or enrobing machines.  Additionally, production equipment for confectioners and snacks may include: 

  • Bulk Bag Unloaders
  • Bag Break Stations
  • Blower packages
  • Bin vents
  • Filter Receivers
  • Piping
  • Liquid skid/tote
  • Extrusion

HaF Equipment Does Its Part

Custom-engineered material handling equipment systems are in greater demand now, more than ever. Increasing demand for safe and hygienic processes drives growth within the snack and confection market. 

By keeping our finger on the pulse of the industry, HaF Equipment is ahead of the curve. The manufacturing of our equipment focuses on operator-centric designs and our proven processes for success to support our major markets, making HaF Equipment more than just a great equipment manufacturer. We are your partner in excellence, committed to your success through service with integrity, purpose, and ingenuity. By designing innovative solutions to powder handling, bulk material handling, dust collection, and batching systems, we meet today’s manufacturing challenges head-on to break through the status quo. 

HaF has the expertise and experience to accommodate a wide range of needs when it comes to material handling and equipment manufacturing. We’re Ready to Connect with you and offer a customized solution and discuss your specific project needs. 

Contact a HaF account manager today to explore our customized solutions tailored to your specific snack manufacturing and confection processing needs  

For Fun: The History of Marshmallow  Q: When were marshmallows first enjoyed? A: 2000 BC, Ancient Egypt. They were rare and a special treat reserved for gods and royalty. Q: How was it originally made? A: It was made from the root sap of the mallow plant, which grew in marshy areas, and mixed with nuts and honey. Q: What else can you use the mallow plant for? A: Heal sore throat, anti-inflammatory. The leaves can be used as a laxative. The plant contains mucilage, which the plants use to store water. That helps with these medicinal effects. Today, you can find the mallow root in teas, tinctures, capsules, ointments, creams, sodas, and cough syrups. Q: When was the modern marshmallow created? A: 19th century France. By this point (1927), the mallow root had been replaced by gelatin and/or egg whites. By 1950, Alex Doumak created the mass production extrusion process. Top two producers today: Kraft Heinz CompanyDoumak, Inc.

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Authors: Sarah Wagner and Hunter Kloes

Long before the soda industry brought us drinks as a refreshment, pharmacists prescribed “soda pop” to patients. Initially, pharmacists served carbonated water at the pharmaceutical counter to patients for medicinal purposes. Soft drinks were not limited to the medical industry, however. They were also commonly accepted to drink with dinner.

By 1820, flavoring was added to carbonated beverages – from salt to ginger. In 1830, soft drink producers started adding lemon; by 1858, they added tonic. Yet, it wasn’t until 1886 that John Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia, invented the first cola drink. 

John Pemberton was a chemist and druggist before serving in the Civil War. During the war, Pemberton suffered a major wound and became dangerously addicted to the pain reliever morphine. To defeat his dependency on morphine, Pemberton created Coca-Cola. He heard another doctor used coca (cocaine) to cure opium habits; Pemberton combined the coca leaves with kola nuts. His bookkeeper convinced him to call it “Coca-Cola.” Nearly 140 years later, soft drinks make up over a $430 billion industry. (Grand View Research)

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Steps in Soft Drink Production

  1. Water Treatment. Flocculation is the process where solids form larger clusters, or flocs, for removal from water. Aluminum sulfate and ferric chloride are examples of what’s pulled. Monochloramine is used to kill germs, yet it is still safe to drink. 
  2. Extraction of Raw Goods. Raw materials for producing goods and services may include vanilla bean, apricot seed, and lemon. An example of extraction used in soft drinks is the brand, Dr. Pepper. It contains extract of cherry, licorice, amaretto, almond, vanilla, blackberry, apricot, caramel, pepper, anise, sarsaparilla, ginger, molasses, lemon, plum, orange, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, coriander juniper, birch, and prickly ash. Whew!
  3. Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Handling. Sugar is extracted from beets, corn, and cane. Raw goods are then mixed with the sugar sludge. The concentrate is typically made at the soft drink plant headquarters using a variety of ingredients like those listed above.

The Role of Material Handling Equipment
in Soft Drink Production

Soda production is a complex process requiring sophisticated material-handling equipment to ensure efficient processing and production. To produce high-quality soda, raw materials such as sugar, yeast, and water must be loaded into equipment designed to manage the ingredients for further processing. This includes specialized machines for weighing, blending, and pasteurizing the ingredients in a precise manner.

Then, additional equipment is needed to move the processed material from one station to another within the facility. For instance, conveyors are often used during storing and transporting bulk materials like sugar that need to be directed onto other processing equipment with little manual labor involved. Robotic arms are also commonly used to automate assembly lines, while pallet jacks can help streamline loading processes at different stages of production. 

Sanitary Design in Soda Manufacturing

The importance of sanitary equipment design in soda manufacturing cannot be overstated. The demand for safe food and beverage products has never been greater, and sanitary equipment is essential to meet these requirements. Sanitary equipment design involves using materials, components, and methods that eliminate contamination risks during production. This includes using hygienic surfaces, minimized crevices, effective drainage systems, and avoiding cross-contamination between different production steps.

Choosing the Right Manufacturing Equipment for Soda Production

Quality control protocols must be implemented when choosing soda production and manufacturing equipment to ensure all materials used meet health standards and minimize potential hazards associated with the production process itself. In addition, all components should be easy to clean and maintain while being corrosion-resistant from any liquid or chemicals used during the manufacturing process.

When it comes to soda manufacturing, there is no room for shortcuts. The selection of the right equipment is essential in ensuring a safe, efficient, and profitable operation. 

At HaF Equipment, we understand that the quality and performance of your process equipment can determine the success or failure of your business. That’s why all of our products are designed to meet and exceed industry standards while providing maximum efficiency and reliability. Our team has decades of experience engineering high-quality solutions that have been tested and proven to perform in challenging manufacturing environments. 

Contact a HaF account manager today to discuss your options.  

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