Matcon was awarded a contract for the supply of the Materials Handling System for Chek Hup, a Malaysian company that owns the Chek Hup brand of White Coffee popular in over 15 countries, and when they experienced great international market demand.
This interest from the international market has caused an upsurge production, which has increased to over 80 tonnes per month, and Chek Hup needed to implement new systems.
Matcon used their regional experience in 3-1 powder processing to implement a Smart Drum IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) system of 300L capacity.
The Smart Drum system is a closed system in which the batch is contained in a sealed IBC. Each Smart Drum IBC incorporates cone valve technology, which is used to provide the necessary controlled feed into the packaging lines without the risk of segregation of the 3 to 1 after blending.
The Smart Drum system is used to transfer batches between the process steps, which include:
Bulk and minor Raw Material dispensing to an IBC
- IBC Blending
- Discharge of 3-1 Coffee into the Packing lines
- IBC Cleaning – off line
The IBC system is a modular approach, which can be added to later, and this was an advantage to the coffee producer. Now that the Matcon system is in place, the Chek Hup factory output has increased from 80 tonnes to 110 tonnes per month and the factory is cleaner, reducing the time needed for cleaning and mopping.
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