Friday, January 21, 2022
Advanced Process Technologies, Inc.
PO Box 939 150 Swendra Boulevard Cokato Minnesota United States

Advanced Process Technologies, Inc. (APT) serves the Dairy & Food Industry with plant concept, design, process, mechanical and electrical/automation engineering; along with equipment manufacturing and complete installation.

Since 2000, they have not only continuously grown their own business, they have helped customers grow their business and profits. Perfecting performance, reducing downtime, and increasing efficiencies is a standard goal of APT’s Products and Services.

APT’s flagship product the Advanced Cheese Vat  (ACV) was developed to provide the industry with a design proven to enhance performance that is unsurpassed in cheesemaking operations. With 3 US patents, the ACV is a signature piece of equipment manufactured by APT. Since their first ACV in 2006, With nearly 100 ACV’s throughout US and Canada, customers are touting the ACVs performance, reliability, and superior customer service.  

In 2010, APT announced the merger with Advanced Automation whose core business was electrical engineering; providing automation controls, programming, hardware and software services. APT has always strived to be the best at what they do and this was a natural development to continue to provide their customers with the best support. Now with an electrical controls/automation staff of over twenty, with a combined 200+ years in the automation field, their capabilities not only include the automation of their own equipment but also they have the talent, size, and experience to automate and integrate their customer’s entire process. Continuously working as the main automation integrator with the responsibility of integrating all other components into and overall cohesive plant automation system. They also understand the importance of being nimble as every second a system is offline is money lost. As they continue to strive for complete customer satisfaction, they offer a 24 hour support method within the controls department so APT can be available anytime there might be a problem.

To better serve the growing number of customers in the Western market, APT started a facility in Jerome, Idaho. This location is staffed with Process Mechanical and Electrical/Automation Engineers as well as Field Installers. APT’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction was enhanced in 2014 with the expansion of a second Minnesota location that increased APT’s production area by 30% and included a brand new sandblasting area, which allows APT to sandblast large pieces of equipment. The addition of the sandblast booth allows us to keep all aspects of the stainless steel fabrication process in-house which in turn creates savings for APT and their customers.

2015 was another milestone as they celebrated 15 years in business with the addition of a fourth facility in Visalia, California.  This ensures their customers will continue to receive quality products with on-time delivery.

APT added its fifth facility in 2017, a manufacturing facility in the Cokato, MN corporate office complex. Between Minnesota; Idaho; and California they have over 100,000 square feet in state-of-the-art facilities to partner with customers throughout the United States and Canada as they engineer, design, fabricate and integrate dairy plants from milk receiving to packaging for new or existing facility. 

Another exciting change in 2017 was the announcement that APT was transitioning to an Employee Owned Company.  This solidifies that APT is willing to take the time, resources and effort to make sure each employee is fully trained on multiple fronts to contribute to the overall success of the company. This also demonstrates how APT truly cares about their customers, because each person is personally invested in doing the best job they can on each project.

In 2018, APT expanded their staff by hiring Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Mark Gustafson as a cheese technologist. In his role, Gustafson helps train cheese makers to use APT equipment as well as assist in cheese plant start-ups.

“Adding another cheesemaker to our team is invaluable,” said Craig Campbell, president of APT. “He will allow us to provide a broad background of knowledge and the mutual understanding on so many other aspects of cheesemaking.”

In a climate full of constant change and fast paced technology APT is always learning, changing and reaching for success. As APT celebrates 20 years of business, they reflect back on successful turnkey projects, expanding with facilities in Minnesota, Idaho and California, restructuring teams within our organization and investing in capital equipment, all to be the best choice for their customers.  They know their combinations of process, design, engineering, field installation and automation integration will allows them to remain a trusted partner with many great companies in the Food and Dairy Industry.

APT’s line of cheesemaking equipment includes their signature Advanced Cheese Vat (ACV) an Advanced Dosing System (ADS), designed for accurate metering of ingredients. This system is sold as a companion to the ACV, or as a stand-alone system integrated into existing VAT systems already in use.  An enclosed Advanced Finishing Vat (AFV) proven to provide labor savings and cheese consistency, packaged within a completely enclosed and CIPable design. And they offer a custom designed Advanced Cheese Packaging (ACP) line and complete Bulk Packaging Conveyor System from a 640lb hoop process to 500lb barrels.

From conceptual design thru commissioning,  APT has also been involved in developing specialized systems for complex protein extraction, milk fat processing and cultured dairy products. Capabilities include automated conveyor systems, pallet handling equipment, precision filling system, customized probe systems and automated vacuum press chambers all tailored to customer’s specific need for complete process integration. Their scope of customized equipment also includes crystallizers, PMO balance tanks, CIP tanks, skidded “plug and play” HTSTs and more.

APT believes in starting each project with proven technology and expertise and completing each project earning their customer’s trust. With an extensive product line and by continued support and service after project completion, Advanced Process Technologies tradition continues: “Complete Systems. Complete Satisfaction.”