There are two basic options for blending in any type of operation or processing system. One is to use batch blending, where the different ingredients are measured and blended in individual batches. In the past, this was the only way for many processes to have highly accurate and precise measurement of the different ingredients.
The biggest drawback with batch blending is the need for additional equipment to manage both the measurement as well as the transfer of the various liquids or ingredients to the batch blender. There is also the need to transfer the resulting mixed liquid back into the process. In addition to the equipment and infrastructure required, there is also considerable space required for the additional tank and blending system.
A more effective option for many types of beverage processing companies to consider is the use of an inline blending system. This equipment offers the advantage of a small footprint in the system, combined with full integration with your current equipment. The top manufacturers of these systems provide energy-efficient solutions for blending, further driving down the cost of production.
The use of an inline blending can be incorporated where needed in the process. This includes being installed in the tanker or even in the bulk ingredient receiving processes. This process allows concentrated solutions to be accurately diluted on-site, allowing for the delivery of concentrates that save producers both time and money.
With an inline blending system in place, particularly one with full automation and easy to use operator interface, human error in the blending process can be virtually eliminated. These systems are typically customized by the manufacturer to meet the needs of the producer and processor, which allows for full optimization of the system and a turnkey product that is ready to use upon delivery.