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Automated nugget production line

17 July 2020

GEA is now offering automated line solutions that can process tons of chicken nuggets per hour, taking only six minutes for a nugget to complete the production line. 

The solution takes the product from meat delivery through grinding, mixing, forming, coating, cooking, frying and freezing in a seamless, fully automatic process. 
It offers a complete data-connected production set-up that ensures consistent products making efficient use of resources, energy and labour in meat manufacturing. Key to the process is the GEA MaxiFormer which features a step-fill system that fills each cavity consistently.
The formed and coated nuggets are flash fried before going through the GEA CookStar three-phase spiral oven, where steam and heat are added. Steam contains a lot of latent heat so is effective in transferring energy into the nugget. Due to the higher humidity less moisture is lost, helping produce higher yields. 

Finally, batches can be frozen to -18°C, for distribution and further cooking. 

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