Consumer demand for gummy vitamins and nutraceuticals has accelerated in the last 5 years. According to ReportLinker’s report, “manufacturers are capitalizing on expanding their sales by focusing on innovative product formulations”. With new options come production challenges as facilities are tasked with simultaneously increasing volume and controlling quality. One area of opportunity and risk is managing humidity levels to support and optimize processes.
Humidity is an important factor in gummy manufacturing because, unlike regular powder pills, gummies need moisture to maintain their texture and consistency. Humidity is also used to help coat some gummies with sugar. Manufacturers pay a great deal of attention to how and when to apply humidity and moisture. If not done properly, gummies can take a long time to solidify or finish too hard or too soft.
Skillful and intentional indoor climate control can help maintain consistent and predictable conditions for gummy facilities. If done well, humidity monitoring and control not only supports quality control but also can drive faster dry times, speeding up the process to increase production levels.
“In some cases, we think we can reduce dry times from 4 days down to 1 day,” said Russ Brown, Strategic Accounts manager at Polygon. “We use the ExactAire data to complete a diagnostic of their facility and process, then apply temporary climate equipment to the opportunity areas.”
Brown is working with consumer goods and pharmaceutical manufacturers to improve production in gummy facilities. Engineers are usually targeting 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 40% humidity. But how, when, and where to make small changes to optimize overall production is key.
3 ways to optimize interior climate conditions for gummy manufacturing
1. Gaining Visibility and Understanding
Facility managers want to proactively see and know what is happening before issues arise. ExactAire remote monitoring can provide ongoing visibility into the conditions of the plant. Stakeholders can receive alerts and notifications of critical areas or thresholds. Conversely, if issues do arise, they want to be able to analyze the conditions over time to form a solution.
2. Remediating issues
Temporary equipment can be used to solve a seasonal issue or to work out a concept for capex investments. Data on the conditions will help inform an engineered solution and just expense.
3. Maintaining conditions
Once ideal conditions are achieved, stakeholders will want to maintain them. Connecting sensors with either temporary equipment or house systems to automate ON/OFF will efficiently and reliably control the climate without interrupting operations.
Polygon offers complete climate control solutions to help monitor, diagnose and fix issues in plants. If your team needs support reach out to us or learn more about how to better monitor your facility conditions in real-time.