Bread Making Ingredients

Does your financial success rise and fall (pun intended) on your bread making skills?  Sterling Systems can help you realize your current and long term goals. In this example case the bread batching system consists of both an automatic and a semi-automatic (operator made weighments) batching process. The automatic process automatically dispenses ingredients from eight […]

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Do you Compound Rubber?

Capabilities for all industries

The first step in most rubber manufacturing processes is compounding.  Compound rubber requires the accurate batching of ingredients together for further process. Most often to produce a rubber compound a combination of plastic resin (pellets, flakes, powders, or liquid) is combined with other materials, including liquids and/or bulk solid materials. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. […]

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Best Transition From Manual Batching


The best transition from manual batching is semi-automatic.  Let’s discuss this just a bit. Manual Batching = Messy Lot Tracking, Weighing Errors, Unacceptable Scrap and Material Loss. First Step Solution = Semi-Automatic Batching. The Hand Prompt Batching Station is the best transition from manual batching and is a semi-automatic batching system that still requires operator […]

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Helping Seeds

Engineering Services for Seed Industry

Sometimes you need a helping hand.  Helping seeds, as an industry, is something requiring expertise in technology and process. In one example a grass seed producer needed to batch seeds and other ingredients. Grass seed mix is a batching of multiple ingredients, typically including the seed, fertilizer and wood fiber or crumbles. Sometimes a helping […]

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Multiple Batching Stations


Bakery batching systems are considerably more simple than their Feed Mill batching system counter parts. In this application we implemented multiple batching stations. Usually there would be a single batching station. This customer application was provided with three batching stations using a single Allen Bradley PLC controller. They have two areas, entitled the “Frozen” and […]

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Monitoring Particle Size Reduction


Recently a blog post from Prater Industries caught my eye. You can read that post here. The blog post at Prater Industries essential discusses the benefits of particle size reduction and the benefits of fine grinders.  However, all would be for naught if you didn’t monitor the condition of the grinder or classifier during its […]

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NFPA 61 Fire and Explosion Protection

What is NFPA 61? This is a standard written and issued by the National Fire Protection Association that deals with the prevention of fires and explosions in agriculture and food processing facilities. NFPA 61 is designed to “protect lives and property from fires and dust explosions in facilities handling, processing, or storing bulk agricultural materials, […]

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Process Equipment for Industry

“Never has it been more critical for decision makers to have a clear, impartial, and data-driven perspective of how factors such as COVID-19, the potential second-wave impact, and the re-opened economies will influence companies moving forward” with process equipment for industry applications. This is according to PEMA (process equipment manufacturers association news for June/July 2020. […]

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Mother Totes for System to Dose Liquids


It isn’t unusual for Sterling Systems & Controls to be called in to fix problems with equipment systems of other brands.  One major snack food producer did just that and it involved a liquid dosing system.  The solution was mother totes for system to dose liquids.  This was a sizeable project and included several dry […]

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Automatic or Semi-Automatic Batching

Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching System

Thinking about automating your purely manual batching?  Tired of ruined batches because your operator missed an ingredient or added the wrong weight of a couple of the ingredients? Maybe your operator was interrupted and forgot where they were at in the batching process?  All of these things and more can happen and ruin your day […]

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