Custom Tek Supplies Weighing Equipment to International Chocolate Manufacturer
We're recruited to provide our expertise for one of the countries largest chocolate manufacturer's
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The large manufacturer of chocolate confectionery starting point of their product is far away in West Africa where the cocoa tree grows. Each tree produces 30 pods each year and within each pod is 30-40 seeds, this is the raw ingredient of chocolate. From each tree only 450 grammes of chocolate are produced each year. The seeds are laid out in the sun to dry out and they are regularly turned to ensure they do not rot. When ready they are transported to North Wales where they are cleaned and processed and then roasted. The roasted beans are then kibbled (broken into small pieces) and then winnowed, this removes all the brittle shells by blowing them away. What is left is the nibs which is the first ingredient of the chocolate recipe. These are ground into a chocolate liquid called cocoa liquor which is the base of all their products.
Custom Tek were asked to supply weighing equipment for their chocolate making process. Chocolate is an expensive product so they needed accurate inline weighing equipment, tailored to their unique process. Custom Tek’s extensive experience in the industry along with working closely with the company’s engineers, enabled them to supply a system which exactly matched their specialised requirements. Custom Tek products will weigh the raw intake of cocoa beans into the factory. Then once the waste products are removed there is an accurate weigh-feeder used to measure the beans again to determine the amount of waste and the actual number of beans going into the process.
To help ensure the efficiency of the process, it is important that the nibs are measured accurately following the roasting, winnowing and kibble processes. Custom Tek supplied four inline weighers to give the company the accuracy they need. In order to prove that their products would meet the requirements, Custom Tek initially supplied a trial unit free of charge. Another company had supplied a device several years ago which had not worked properly and the company did not give support but the Custom Tek equipment trial proved both the accuracy and repeatability of their equipment and four units were purchased.
This is all slightly ironic as the MD of Custom Tek, Alyn Walker had given up chocolate for Lent. He has now agreed to donate all the money he would have spent on chocolate bars during lent to a local charity (a considerable sum!) “My intention is to indulge in a large Easter egg on Sunday”