Need assistance with making bars
I used the tempering machine from Perfect Equipment out of Quebec, it doesn't pump but it works amazingly well for creating bars just with the standard set up. Check them out, they might have something up your alley?
There is a lot of melting and tempering machines with a depositor head in the market. I still have few more questions to help you better:
1 - Based on the quantity, I am assuming you are selling your bars directly to your customers (individuals/online customers or smaller specialty retailer) and not via retail stores (major retailer), correct?
If you intend to sell your bars via retail stores you may need a volumetric controled pump and custom depositor for your mold - major retailers usually require weight accuracy and those custom depositors could run you expensive)
2 - Do you MAKE your chocolate (bean to bar) or Purchase Blocks/Discs from 3rd party Chocolate maker and what is the typical batch of chocolate you make/melt on a daily basis (How many Kg) (based on your answer I am assuming you melt 3rd party blocks/discs - correct me If I am wrong)?
3 - What is your budget (range) for the equipment?
PS - A 600 bars daily batch, seems a large quantity of bars to be produced via Microwave Melting/Manual Tempering
updated by @tonny: 11/09/15 05:55:56PM
Are you open to buy new or used? My recommendation is to look for a "used table top fully automatic with depositor":
With a 4K budget you may be able to get a used table top full automatic tempering machine with depositor (Brand new range will be between 5 to 10K)
Here are few examples:
http://www.tcfsales.com/products/659-fbm-AURA-Table-Top-Auto-Tempering-Machine/ ( For more information contact Clay Gordon via ChocolateLife )
SEMI AUTO (with depositor)
SEMI AUTO (Mini Wheel)
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