42 Technology has partnered with manufacturing process equipment Gabler to help Mondelēz International dramatically improve the efficiency of its chewing gum manufacturing process.
The two companies have pooled their resources and complementary expertise to develop a new generation of high-speed cooling tunnels that are helping Mondelēz International to significantly increase production throughput, reduce work in progress by 60%, and to further optimise downstream processing and packaging.
The technology is helping to bring a fresh perspective and identify new ways of using combined conductive and convective cooling technologies to help speed up the cooling of extruded gum before it is stored, shaped and moved into the conditioning phase. The changes will benefit Mondelēz’s chewing gum brands, including Trident, Dentyne and Dirol.
Mondelēz International associate director, new process development Miles van Niekerk said: “The new high-speed cooling tunnels, which have now been installed in three global locations, highlight the significant commercial benefits of bringing together partners with complementary skills.
“42 Technology and Gabler have joined forces to develop a real breakthrough in cooling performance that has helped Mondelēz International to set a new efficiency benchmark. The new tunnels have significantly shortened the time needed for gum cooling and conditioning, one of the most time-consuming steps in the manufacturing process and are also 40% smaller than the equipment they replace.”
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