Using spray technology to apply viscous coatings offers many advantages over other methods. Yet, it is often overlooked because of the perception that thick coatings, especially those that require precise temperature control during application, are not suitable for spraying.
However, most viscous coatings can be sprayed successfully and applied more uniformly with less waste. Using spray technology to apply thick, temperature-sensitive coatings such as sugar slurries, egg wash, chocolate, marshmallow cream and gravy, helps processors improve quality and lower operating costs. Coatings are applied evenly and consistently on products with minimal waste. Precise application reduces the waste of costly coatings and the mess caused by over-application. In operations using manual methods to apply coatings, an automated spray coating system can reduce labor, improve food safety and increase throughput.
Spraying Systems Co., a leader in spray technology, offers a full range of products for viscous coating application, including standard and heated hydraulic and air atomizing nozzles, Food and Drug Administration-compliant spray headers and automated AccuCoat heated spray systems. Spraying Systems also offers a free spray test to processors to determine if their viscous coatings can be sprayed. About 95% of all viscous coatings tested can be applied effectively with spray technology.
To learn more about these and other spraying systems, go to www.spray.com.
Editor’s Note: Spraying Systems Co., based in Wheaton, Ill., provided information for this article.