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Milling solution for fresh seaweed

20 June 2016

Tipped as one of the next superfood trends, seaweed contains a variety of minerals, vitamins, fibre, omega 3 and protein and is often being added to food as a nutrient boost. However, its fibrous, wet and often sandy or gritty texture makes it difficult to process with costly and time consuming drying times.  

To reduce the cost and length of time taken to dry seaweed, it is often chopped to allows for more rapid, less nutrient destructive, drying processes.

To meet the demands for milled, freshly harvested seaweed Hosokawa Micron has developed a two stage system comprising of a Prebreaker and Vertical Disintegrator. This low energy system offers uniform particle size reduction of wet or moist seaweeds for further processing, which is said to offer higher levels of availability compared to conventional hammer mills.

Once the friable materials have passed through the initial size reduction (Prebreaker) stage, they are transferred directly to the Vertical Disintegrator to be further reduced to a uniform particle size.

Designed for the reduction of fine to coarse, wet, moist or dry materials, the Vertical Disintegrator provides automatic and continuous separation of disintegration resistant materials with redirection through the system from the exclusive secondary discharge.

Uniform particle size is achieved as materials are subjected to repeated impact and attritional force from the high speed rotating hammers, and carried by centrifugal force through a perforated sizing screen. The vertical screen frees itself of product instantaneously during processing, which is ideal for products with a high moisture content

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