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Application Driver: Biscuit moisture impacts taste, quality and shelf life. Biscuit moisture that is too low causes the biscuit to crumble. Biscuit moisture that is too high adversely impacts biscuit texture, taste and shelf life.
Project Justification: Laboratory moisture testing consists of taking biscuit samples from left, right and center of dryer exit prior to the cooler and packaging operation. It has been determined that the left and right side are consistent with each other and the center is usually 0.2 to 0.4% dryer than the edges. Additionally, the packaged biscuit moisture varied with ambient temperature and humidity while the biscuit travelled from dryer exit through cooler and onto packaging operation.
Installation of a NIR Moisture Transmitter at cooler exit and prior to packaging allows the operator to see the actual moisture of biscuits being packaged and make required adjustments or feed the signal into a PLC to control the moisture. This improves quality control, reduces start up time waiting for lab values and reduces waste. The large 5.7” Operator Interface displays moisture percent in green for good product, yellow for alert and red for alarm. Additionally a stack light flashes when biscuit moisture is out of spec and annunciates if in alarm condition to draw operator’s attention to process.
Those delicious flakes frosted with sugar and similar spices like cinnamon to mini-wheat biscuits are carefully monitored for accurate FDA Food Safety and Compliance Standards. Process Sensors helps make these important measurements. Measuring the water based sugar coating and vitamin enrichment stations is very similar to our PSC water based coat weight measurement for labels and tapes. The sugar water ratio is well controlled with precise metering systems and liquid/solid refractometry analyzers.
Cereal flakes were invented by Dr. John Kellogg and his brother Will Kellogg (W.K.) in 1894, at their Battle Creek, Michigan, sanitarium. They were experimenting with wheat, trying to make “a digestible substitute for bread,” when they accidentally left a batch soaking in water overnight. The next day, they discovered it could be formed and baked into little flakes.
After four more years of trial and effort, the Kelloggs successfully applied the process to corn. However, they only sold cornflake by mail as a health food, to patients and former patients; Dr. Kellogg wasn’t interested in distributing it to the general public.
Flaked and sugar flaked cereals soon became an American staple with milk as a source of fortified Vitamin D from multiple suppliers. The flakes are sprayed with a sweet (sugary) solution at approximately 230 degrees C followed by rotary drum dryers and then a vitamin spray bath. Click Here to see a video on the process. The dried and sugary vitamin enhanced flakes are then packaged for supermarket shelves.
Each unit operation contributes to shelf life and taste, and benefits from monitoring with Near Infrared (NIR) Process Analyzers.
Happy Thanksgiving from Process Sensors! May all enjoy family friends and a great meal. Gobble! Gobble!
Before dinner later this week you’ll probably have some snack food appetizers. Maybe put out some Potato Chips for guests or some corn chips with dip. Have you ever wondered why your favorite brands taste so good, not too oily and crisped just right? Likely the manufacturer measures moisture and oil in the chip manufacturing process with a Near Infrared Moisture & Oil Transmitter. These non-contacting process transmitters supply digital displays, analog and digital outputs for monitoring, control and food safety data archiving. The stainless steel housing protects the transmitter from the often oily and salty environment. The QuikCheck At-Line and Lab Analyzer also speeds lab analysis of samples.
So when you next enjoy a crispy chip, think PSC!
|16 al 19 de Septiembre de 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Centro Costa Salguero
Martes a Viernes de 14 a 20 hs.
TECNOFIDTA (International Food Technology, Additives, and Ingredients Exhibition)
Date: September 16 - 19, 2014
Place: Centro Costa Salguero – BUENOS AIRES – ARGENTINA
DASTEC’ booth: 2C-11
Exhibition Website: http://www.tecnofidta.com/
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 2 to 8 pm
Hipolito Yrigoyen 850
Piso 3 Of. 335
C1086 Buenos Aires
Tel:  11 4343 6200
Fax:  11 4343 3120
Designed and configured for the demanding heat and wash down conditions in the food and snack food manufacturing industries. The MCT466-SF is simple to install and can be used in different stages of processing from fryer outlet to packaging.
Typical applications include:
• Potato Chips • Corn Chips • Tortillas
• Cookies • Crackers • Breakfast Cereals
• Milk Powders • Popcorn • Oil Base Flavorings
When SNAXPO, the world’s largest, most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry, convenes in Dallas, TX, you can expect big things to happen. SNAXPO 2014, a full equipment show, will offer exhibitors and attendees an excellent educational forum and many opportunities for networking and conducting business in an open and exciting marketplace.
Process Sensors Corp. (PSC) specializes in NIR transmitters for the measurement of moisture, coat weight, and film thickness in the packaging industry and moisture, oil, flavorings and degree of bake in the food industry. The MCT NIR transmitters are also used in mining, powder, and chemical industries. Pack Expo offered an opportunity to exhibit our products!
The MCT360 NIR Transmitter is routinely used at the inlet and exit of dryers, re-moisturizers, flavoring drums and other unit operations. The Guardian Cross Direction Web Profile System incorporates the MCT360 with an automatic scanning frame and encoder to supply a zoned web profile for monitoring or control of paper, film, foil or metal webs. The MCT330 is a stainless steel NIR gauge for high temperature, wash down or hazardous environments. The MCT660 Bench Top Analyzer is designed for at-line or laboratory measurement to speed grab sample analysis. Process Sensors also introduced the top of the line MCT460 series of NIR transmitters.
PSC also manufactures the RFM1000 for process moisture measurement in thicker packaging materials and whole nuts and beans and the RFM1000 BT for at-line and lab Radio Frequency measurements. PSC IR Division markets a wide variety of Thermal Imaging and Temperature measurement systems for process and hand held applications.