Waterfall Topping Applicator vs. Targeted Applicator

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Today’s popular pizza toppings are increasingly diverse, which means that pizza makers need to be able to place pizza toppings on their pies efficiently and accurately. A topping applicator is suitable for you if you want to produce more and waste less. But what is the convenient topping applicator for you? In this article, we will discuss the details of a waterfall topping applicator vs. targeted applicator to help you determine which is right for your business. Whether you choose a waterfall topping applicator or a targeted applicator, Quantum Technical Services has the suitable topping applicator to fit your food processing needs. It is not only which topping applicator you choose that is important, but where you get it from. Make sure whichever pizza topping applicator you choose, you choose from Quantum.

What Are Pizza Topping Applicators?

One of the biggest challenges of making processed pizzas is typically adding pizza toppings due to all the different ingredients required. So, how will you apply all those trendy and unusual pizza toppings to your pies? With a topping applicator. Topping applicators help you make more types of pizza to meet consumer demand. Topping applicators increase accuracy, efficiency, and production rates, all while eliminating the need to add more line length or multiple lines. Our topping applicators are automated and help you create a perfectly topped pizza and other baked goods.

A pizza topping applicator is a critical component of your production line and a significant investment, so it is essential to choose the right one. Selecting a suitable topping applicator for your pizza production line can help improve your bottom line and help you increase the efficiency in your kitchen.

While our topping applicators are usually considered for use for pizzas and other pizza-related items like pizza bagels, pizza sticks, and more, our TC5 and MLT2000 models can also commonly be used for bakery items. You can top products with nuts, streusel, and more. 

What Is a Waterfall Topping Applicator? 

A waterfall topping applicator evenly and consistently applies various toppings like veggies, fruit, cheese, IQF meats, spices, and more to your pizza and other food products. It is a simple and easy-to-use system. You can also watch a video of how a waterfall topping applicator works

What Is a Targeted Applicator? 

A targeted applicator strews various ingredients on your products using fixed-shaped traveling hoppers and leaves the rim of the pizza free of toppings. 

Top Details of a Waterfall Topping Applicator vs. Targeted Applicator

While a waterfall topping applicator may be the fastest way to apply toppings to a pizza, a targeted applicator will increase your pizza toppings’ accuracy. If keeping the rim free of pizza toppings is essential, choose a targeted applicator. 

Whether you choose a waterfall topping applicator or a targeted applicator, Quantum Technical Services has what you need to automate your pizza topping line. Whether on a single lane or multiple lanes, our topping applicators can help you increase production and reduce costs. 

Waterfall Topping Applicator vs. Targeted Applicators

Learn more about your waterfall and targeted topping applicator options from Quantum Technical Services: 


Quantum’s TC-5 Waterfall Topping Applicator deposits various toppings like cheese, IQF veggies, meats, and more onto pizzas at speeds up to 80 feet per minute. It reduces waste, increases productivity, and ensures consistent coverage. The TR-5 Reclaim System returns the excess product to the hopper.


  • Cheeses, IQF Vegetables, IQF Meats, Nuts, Streusel, & More

Available Widths:

  • 18” Usable Product Belt
  • 24” Usable Product Belt

Utility Requirements:

  • 200 – 240 Volts, 1 Phase, 20 Amp, 50/60 Hz
  • Other Voltages Optional

Drive System:

  • Conveyors and Rake Utilize Precision Electric Drive Motors

Production Rate:

  • Up To 80 Feet of Product Per Minute


  • Reclaim System
  • Hopper Feed Conveyor
  • For Targeted Applications, Quantum offers the TC-5S Targeted Applicator


The Quantum MLT-20000 Multi-Lane Target Waterfall Topping Applicator gives you the best of both worlds. It deposits a variety of toppings like cheese, IQF vegetables, and meats onto products at speeds of up to 60 feet per minute per lane. The MLT2000’s no tray, no fill capability reduces waste, increases productivity, and ensures consistent coverage of your products. The MLT2000 is portable and compact and can even cantilever over existing lanes. 


  • Cheeses, IQF Vegetables, IQF Meats, Nuts, Streusel & More

Available Widths:

  • Standard Machines on 8-1/4″, 10-1/4″, and 12″ Lane Centers
  • Cantilevers Over Existing Conveyors Up To 24″ Wide
  • Other Lane Centers Optional

Production Rate:

  • Up To 60 Feet Per Minute

Utility Requirements:

  • 380-480 Volts, 3 Phase, 37 Amp, 50/60 Hz
  • Other Voltages Optional


  • Left or Right-Hand Cantilever
  • Production Line Integration
  • Hopper Feed Conveyor
  • Bulk Feed Conveyor
  • Hopper Diverter

Other Equipment to Pair With Topping Applicators 

In addition to our topping applicators, Quantum Technical Services also has other equipment to help you automate your pizza production, including: 

  • Sauce Applicators
  • Meat and Pepperoni Slicers
  • Dry and Granular Applicators
  • Circle Placers
  • Additional Equipment

Get a Topping Applicator at Quantum Technical Services 

Topping applicators are a part of the future of food manufacturing. Whether you choose a waterfall topping applicator or a targeted applicator, you can get the topping applicator you need from Quantum Technical Services. It does not just come down to which topping applicator is best for you; it is also essential to choose a high-end manufacturer to purchase from. You can rely on Quantum Technical Services to take your pizza production to the next level

If you still have questions about which topping applicator might be the right choice for your needs, contact our team at Quantum Technical Services today. We love helping companies find the best solutions for producing their food products quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Our team has served the food industry with topping applicators and other food processing equipment since 1991. If you need assistance choosing a suitable topping applicator, call us today at (815) 427-5080.