According to Dr. Fadi Aramouni, Professor at the Food Science Institute, you can significantly reduce product loss inside your facility. Aramouni, along with McKenna Mills, food lab manager at Kansas State University, determined that the use of a Spiral Chute can lower rates of breakage, rework, and waste.
Unfortunately, breakage is a common occurance inside manufacturing facilities, particularly during transitions in elevation or direction. It doesn’t change taste, but adversely influences the customer experience -- which, in turn, affects the bottom dollar. Who wants a beard full of broken potato chips? Nobody. Stressful production methods can lead to undesirable product, which is then sent to “rework.” Most plants have a rework process. You disassemble the product back to raw ingredients, grind it up, and reintroduce it to the manufacturing process. This is an expensive proposition, always doubling processing costs at least. Still, it is preferable to throwing it out. In some cases, product is completely unfixable. Peanuts turn into peanut butter, food becomes fertilizer, or worst of all, the product simply goes to the landfill.
According to Aramouni and Mills, spiral chutes handle fragile product “remarkably well.” In their report, which can be viewed by clicking here, standard spiral chutes reduce product breakage to below 2%. They note that since Stevenson Company pairs each spiral chute with a specific product according to its weight and volume, breakage is even further reduced.
Think a spiral chute can help your production? Just call on the experts at Stevenson Company for a confidential assessment.