Heat and Control has developed a potato peeling system for potato processors for lines such as potato chips, that offers improved peeling performance and flexibility; Single Chamber 2-Stage Batch Peeler Module.
The company now offers a two stage batch peel of potatoes in a single chamber, complete in a modular design that provides increased volume flexibility and control systems management for both initial set-up and for volume fluctuations. This module provide processors an opportunity to upgrade to a two stage peeling system in an easy to install and commission manner and the design is ideal for lines with space restrictions.
The benefits of a two stage peeling are wide reaching. The results include uniformly smooth product surface, less waste during peeling process, more efficient slicing, and cleaner fryer operation and increased yield. For fresh potato applications, it minimises the usage and carry-over of anti-oxidants onto finished product, and promotes a more stable product colour.
The two stage single chamber peeler exposes potato to both coarse and fine grit and with recipe management via the operator control panel, changing the grit peel time parameters will improve results. Minimisation of peel loss, less aggressive peeling, reduction of over-peeling and an overall better finish can be achieved. The peeling chamber is a single cylindrical peeling chamber internally lined with both coarse and fine grit and with a centrifugal force coupled with elevation of the base inside the chamber, the peel is removed first at coarse grit and secondly at fine before a tangential discharge.
The control panel provides recipe changes direct from the user interface (screen) to suit factors such as potato type and potato quality and the operator has the flexibility to create their own recipes; determine total cycle time and time of exposure to each grit type when required.
Processors are seeking efficiencies that improve operations and the cleaning process. A modular design was developed that addressed these goals plus allows for faster installation, reduced site plumbing and wiring costs and quick commissioning. Safety is also improved with the ability to service peelers without dangerous activities like wheeling/moving peelers around the factory or putting them on the floor for liner removal. One peeler can be safely serviced/maintained; liners can be changed while the line continues to operate.
The modular design provides options for number of peeling chambers to match volume load for first install (single chamber, one twin (two chambers) or up to three twin chambers) plus provides the ability to increase the number of chambers to meet future volume increases. Chambers can also be de-activated if volume is decreased.
This integrated peeling system includes infeed and outfeed conveyors, weigh hoppers and gates, discharge conveyor, wiring, plumbing, field devices and safety systems all pre-assembled and tested. The module has been designed for easy cleaning and maintenance with ready access to all parts of the system to minimise downtime. Specifically, the module features an overhead gantry that assists in providing easy access for liner change outs by allowing staff to easily remove the liner of one peeler while the line is running, and transfer it to a convenient location for forklift or trolley pickup.
Depending on the fryer load capacity and module configuration, module capacity options include; a twin system suitable for a PC21 (2100lbs/952kg per hour); a two-by -twin system suitable for a PC36 (3600lbs/1633kg per hour); and a three by twin systems suitable for a PC50 (5000lbs/2268kg per hour).
- Name: Mr. Mick Walsh
- Position: Chief Engineer - Heat and Control Pty Ltd (Australia)
This all-in-one peeling solution will really shine when it comes to installation cost management. The industrywill appreciate the opportunities this modular system makes available for managing volume and raw product fluctuations. Plus cleaning the system got a whole lot easier.
Company background in relation to the product and industry
Heat and Control has been working closely with the food industry since 1950 and have developed a comprehensive catalogue for potato processing systems. Innovations that transformed the food processing industry include pioneering the external heat exchanger for industrial frying systems and patented high-speed processing equipment for potato chips and other snacks. Now a leading manufacturer of fryers and support systems for the global food industry, Heat and Control offers processing and packaging customisation that will take a whole potato and turn it into a retail ready consumer product.
About Heat and Control
Heat and Control is a privately owned company and is made up of a global team that over the years, has built an extensive knowledge bank and developed a wealth of experience and expertise. Access to production and technical support from a network of engineers, food technicians, skilled tradespeople and support teams provide food manufacturers with confidence to achieve production goals.
- 8 manufacturing facilities, 8 test centres, over 30 offices
- Testing, design, engineering, manufacturing, installation commissioning and user training, after sales service and spare parts