Processing Magazine

New Food-Grade Unit Integrates Drying, Classifying and Fines Collection

November 11, 2010

The new food-grade unit is a multi-step system that integrates sanitary drying, cooling, classifying and fines collection in a single, compact unit. The unit features a vibrating fluid bed dryer, a wire mesh fines collection screen, steam-heated air supply and cyclone exhaust with blower with continuously welded and polished T-304 stainless steel in product contact areas. Ideal for processing starches, nuts, snack chips and other food and dairy products in low volumes or in pilot scale lab settings, the unit meets USDA, FDA and 3-A standards and regulations for contact with food and dairy products. The system also includes an exhaust air silencer to support compliance with OSHA specifications for permissible sound exposure levels and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters on both the air supply inlet and the exhaust to promote hygienic drying while also permitting the safe return of the filtered process air into the plant or outdoor environment.