1. SAFETY — Continuous processors are totally enclosed; therefore, you can operate them without the safety hazards associated with batch processing — such as opening and closing to add ingredients.

  2. QUALITY & CONSISTENCY — The use of loss-in-weight feeders and pumps, increases the quality and consistency of the finished product — eliminating 'batch to batch' variations associated with manual feeding.

  3. LABOR — With continuous processing there is a significant reduction in the cost of labor from eliminating the many manual operations involved with batch mixing.

  4. FLOOR SPACE — Reduction of unnecessary equipment and material storage decreases the footprint of a continuous processing system compared with that of conventional batch processing.

  5. CYCLE TIME — A continuous processing system will compress the total production cycle time by removing unnecessary steps that are inherent to batch mixing.

  6. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT — Dust, vapors, and other airborne contaminates are contained within a continuous processor unlike batch processing systems that can contaminate a work area.

  7. WASTE — Since continuous processors only work on a small quantity of material at a time, the volume of scrap is greatly reduced if an upset condition occurs.

  8. PROCESS STEPS — The flexibility and versatility of a continuous processor increases the diversity of processes that can be performed by a single unit. Examples of this are mixing, crystallizing, evaporating, and reacting.

  9. EQUIPMENT — The combining of processes with a continuous system eliminates unnecessary equipment — simplifying the total system and reducing overall costs.

  10. WORK IN PROGRESS — A continuous processing system facilitates just-in-time manufacturing by minimizing costs associated with material handling and inventory.

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