Over the past 100 years, chewing gum manufacturers have radically diversified their offerings with new shapes, sizes, ingredients, flavors and purposes. However, as the industry evolved, manufacturing systems lagged, risking efficiency and profitability.
One global confectioner broke away from legacy, mechanical-based chewing gum sheeter machines for an open architecture system. The new technology platform produced significant reductions in engineering and implementation costs, energy consumption, plant noise, footprint and spare parts – and a significant increase in mean time between failure (MTBF).
Through The Ages, What Has Changed In The Making Of Chewing Gum?
According to the International Chewing Gum Association (ICGA), no one is certain who the first gum chewers were, but historians say civilizations worldwide were chewing natural gum thousands of years ago. Chewing gum as we know it today began to claim its shelf space in modern manufacturing history about 100 years after the start of the Industrial Age. The late 1860s saw the first patent on chewing gum, as well as the first manufactured gum. In 1871, the first gum-making machine was patented.