Up to 98% Coating Efficiency with 15-45% Powder Savings
Commercial producers of different types of chips, such as tortilla chips and potato chips, can benefit greatly from the use of electrostatics to evenly apply dry spices, powders, seasonings, and oils. This type of seasoning system provides up to 98% coating efficiency of all chip products, while using 15-45% less dry powder seasonings. It also dramatically reduces the amount of airborne dust and seasoning, which results in a much cleaner working area, cleaner seasoning drum, and less line contamination.
How the electrostatic seasoning application system works:
- Tortilla or potato chips discharge out of a fryer and onto an incline conveyor.
- The incline conveyor gently transitions and meters the chips into a grounded / positively charged rotating seasoning drum (also called a flighted enrobing drum).
- The rotating drum positively charges the chips and conveys them toward the seasoning application equipment.
- Powder seasoning is dispersed using a vibratory feeder and an air knife that blows the seasoning through a negatively charged field.
- The powder seasoning is attracted to the positively charged chips and evenly coats them creating a true wrap around effect.
- The seasoned chips discharge out of the drum and onto a takeaway conveyor for packaging.
The electrostatic seasoning equipment can be retrofitted onto existing machines or purchased as part of a completely new production line. It is also used to evenly coat different types of snack food products like rice cakes, peanuts, pretzels, cashews, cookies, cereal, cheeses, and pet food.
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