Podmores have developed and installed a
bespoke dough recovery system for collecting and returning off-cuts of
pastry from a production line so that it can be easily returned into the
manufacturing process for re-use. The system was manufactured from 316
stainless steel to ensure the dough was free from contamination and
designed to ensure quick clean down is possible to minimisie down time
and also to meet the customer’s high standards of hygeine.
The system consists of three main elements - the first is a wide vibratory
located under a transfer point in the production line and fitted with
a tray incorporating an angled surround to increase the collection area
and reduce potential spillage, this feeds the recovered pastry into the
second element of the system which is a 4.5m tall, low frequency used to elevate the pastry to high level and feed it into the third element, a 4.5m long installed at high level to transfer the off-cuts backwards in the process for re-use.
Mike Sherwin, Sales Manager at Podmores,
said: ‘dough provides a unique challenge because its consistency is so
varied. The system we designed had to be able to cope with the sticky
qualities found in the pastry and we were confident a vibratory system
was much better suited to the job than a non-vibrating system - for
example belts where product can stick and lead to cleaning and
As the product is continually vibrated
it does not get a chance to stick to the contact parts which means it
moves nicely in the machinery and offers significant benefits to the
customer including reduced labour and waste disposal costs, with
increased production line efficiency and therefore increased overall
profitabilty resulting from the installation.
This bespoke system was specially designed for this application but
similar systems can also be developed to handle products for the
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