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Case History

Heat and Control Equipment Systems Boost Nut Production & Quality


Kar Nut Products of Ferndale, MI needed to increase production, reduce labor and oil usage, and create an even better product.


Installation of two HeatWave® Nut Frying Systems, 45 FastBack® conveyors, 3 blending systems, and 10 Varilift™ bucket conveyors.


Double production, increased capacities while maintaining and elevating product quality, according to Matt Spence, Operations Manager at Kar Nut.

“Testing at Heat and Control’s Hayward facility was truly the decision maker for this project,” says Spence. “Having the equipment set up as it would be in a production facility gave us the opportunity to test our products through several scenarios achieving optimal results. Heat and Control’s pilot plant technologist was over-accommodating and extremely knowledgeable about frying processes, which very quickly helped us dial in the roast and color qualities we were looking for. We decided to purchase the HeatWaves for several reasons. First and foremost was the consistency of the finished product,” he explains. “Increasing capacities while reducing labor and oil usage also made the system very attractive.”

Their decision to buy FastBack product handling equipment was based on several key initiatives that Kar Nut had for planning their new facility. “The way we convey finished product to our packaging system is currently very laborious and not very gentle. The FastBack system will not only move our products efficiently,” he adds, “but delivering them more gently will maintain product integrity and eliminate separation in our product mixes.”

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