Because of our history with Heat and Control, we were confident in their equipment's reliability and performance. They were able to quickly grasp the scope of our project and provide good guidance and input.

Bill Elam
VP of Finance & Operations, Kar's Snack Foods
HeatWave Nut Roaster

Nut Roasting System

Kar's Nuts doubled its production capacity to 24,000 pounds per hour with two Heat and Control nut roasting lines and a FastBack product distribution system.

Varilift infeed transferring mixed nuts

Varilift Infeed Conveyor

Elevating trail mix from the two new blending systems to the packaging platform in the next room is handled by Varilift® bucket elevators. The unique infeed design eliminates gaps between the buckets to prevent product spills.

FastBack 90E Horizontal Motion Conveyors

FastBack Product Distribution System

Compact, powerful FastBack 90E horizontal motion conveyors distribute the product to twelve separate weighing/packaging stations.

Kar's Nuts again called on Heat and Control for a new distribution conveyor system to handle the output of two new blending lines.

"Because of our history with Heat and Control, we were confident in their equipment's reliability and performance," explains Bill Elam, Vice President of Finance and Operations. "They were able to quickly grasp the scope of our project and provide good guidance and input."

Elevating trail mix from the two new blending systems to the packaging platform in the next room is handled by Varilift bucket elevators. Their unique infeed design eliminates gaps between the buckets to prevent product spills. Ascending buckets remain upright and do not roll back or spill if the conveyor stops. Kar's Nuts use Varilifts having an “S” configuration, although the modular conveyor can also be provided in “C” and horizontal arrangements.

Compact, powerful FastBack 90E horizontal motion conveyors then distribute the product to twelve separate weighing/packaging stations. Pivot gates eliminate damaging pinch points as they deposit product into the FastBack conveyors feeding the weighers.

"The FastBacks have performed consistently well," notes Elam. Since the product does not bounce in the pan, FastBacks maintain trail mix blends and eliminate stratification of the various ingredients. Gentle horizontal motion reduces product damage and prevents build-ups in the pan and unscheduled cleaning downtime.

The two new lines have added about 21,000 pounds per hour of production capacity to Kar's Nuts' Madison Heights plant. "We currently run 20 hours per day, 4 to 6 days per week," says Elam. "We have the ability to move larger amounts of product to one or more lines simultaneously.”

Elam adds that Heat and Control's product distribution system has also helped Kar's Nuts strengthen its ability to provide superior customer service: "The new line has added flexibility to our lines and has improved our ability to respond to customer orders."

"Heat and Control personnel were responsive to our needs and provided good supervision during installation and follow-up after the project was complete," said Elam.

Kar's Nuts - Bill Elam

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