In its simplest definition, toll processing is an agreement or contract to process raw materials, semi-finished products or finished products for a customer in exchange for a fee, or “toll”. It is often referred to as toll milling, toll manufacturing, contract tolling, or custom manufacturing, and is advantageous for reducing costs and speeding products to market without a huge capital investment. Toll processing of colorants are just one specialty of Custom Milling & Consulting Inc.’s (CMC) Toll Milling Division in Fleetwood, PA, making us an ideal partner for the custom processing of wet-milled applications in the paint, ink, colorant, and coatings industries.

Manufacturers today face a number of challenges when processing materials, such as the rising costs of equipment, labor and energy, the need for finer and finer particle sizes, and the space requirements and operating expenses involved in large scale production. In addition to being a top-tier toll manufacturer, CMC is a global leader in dispersion technology, and manufactures horizontal media mills, basket mills, planetary mixers and other equipment for mixing, blending, compounding and particle size reduction. In other words, we offer a complete turnkey solution for the manufacture of your proprietary products at competitive prices.

CMC’s colorant capabilities include:

  • Paints, Inks and Coatings for Automotive, Marine & Industrial Application
  • Inkjet Dispersions
  • Printing, Textile and Security Inks
  • Pigment Concentrates
  • Paper Dyes and Pigments
  • Film Coatings
  • Cosmetic Colorants and Dispersions
  • Electronic Paste Inks and Additives
  • Water Based, Solvent Based, and Oil-Soluble Dyes
  • Mulch & Landscape Colorants
  • Food and Confectionary Colorants
  • Pharmaceutical Colorants
  • Cosmetic Pigments and Colorants
  • Specialty & Custom Colorants and Dyes

Small particle sizes cannot be achieved with traditional mills, but the costs involved with installing precision, high-energy media mills can be prohibitive, and no single system can do everything. Even small wet milling and mixing installations can require additional premix equipment, tanks, mixers, pumps, filters, electronics and plumbing. Consequently, customers come to us to take advantage of our specially designed and modified milling equipment, increase their current output, investigate the feasibility of new products, or test market a small batch of material before investing in capital equipment.

Custom Milling & Consulting is a reliable toll manufacturing partner. We are able to produce a wide spectrum of highly specialized dyes and colorants in test batches of a half-gallon to 200 gallons and production-sized batches up to 2,000 gallons in our 36,000 sq. ft. facility to meet your exacting proprietary formulations and specifications.

Experienced in a vast number of industries, our processing services can eliminate particle agglomeration or reduce the particle size of raw materials in a liquid medium. Our technical staff can also review your needs and help you reformulate a composition that is not meeting your end-use requirements. And all toll processing colorants and finished coatings are tested to the customer’s specification and packaged according to the container requirements. Contact us to find out more about our proven, cost-effective solutions.