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Snack seasoning systems

15 July 2010

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Flo-mech has announced the latest development in the Flo-Flavour range of snack seasoning systems.

The latest Flo-Flavour Plus system uses separate oil and flavour applications as opposed to the traditional oil / flavour slurry system usually associated with the Flo-Flavour system.

Oil and flavour systems are commonly used on lower fat products where the base product doesn't have sufficient oil content to allow a powder application to adhere to its surface and where a slurry application would detriment the low fat principle of the finished product.

The Flo-Flavour Plus system uses an oil application system with air atomising nozzle to allow low volumes of oil to be applied but with good dispersion. The oil mist is applied at the front-end of the multi-flighted tumbling drum. The drum gently lifts and turns the product under the oil application zone.

The powder application is delivered from a variable speed metering screw feeder which has an independent agitator to ensure a consistent feed of conditioned flavour. The metering feeder discharges onto a vibratory curtain feeder which delivers powder into the discharge end of the tumbling drum.

The vibratory curtain feeder discharges the flavour evenly across a fine curtain to ensure dispersion across the gently tumbling oiled product in the drum.

The rate of product is monitored via an ultrasonic bed depth sensor which, via the plc based controller, maintains strict proportional control of the oil and flavour application. The combination of the elements ensure a consistently flavoured product with correct application of oil and flavouring. Making sure what’s in the bag is what it says on the bag.

By maintaining proportional control of the oil and flavour application the product quality can be maintained and over-use of expensive ingredients controlled. The whole system is designed for easy cleaning and rapid product changes.

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