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Surge Hoppers

Background

Blentech manufactures a wide array of ancillary equipment, including surge hoppers of varying geometry for a variety of applications. We engineer these key ancillary systems so they integrate with other Blentech and OEM systems to create complete production lines. Blentech manufactures agitated surge hoppers to keep slurries and products with particulate and liquid phases, such as taco meat or soups and sauces, in homogeneous suspension ahead of filling and packaging equipment. Hoppers are sized to balance the process rate of the upstream processing equipment with that of the packaging system. Optional steam/hot water jacket maintains product temperature prior to filling. Blentech also manufactures non-agitated surge hoppers ideal for vacuum loading applications as well as scraped-surface, jacketed conical surge hoppers to maintain temperature of cooked processed cheese prior to filling and setting process stages.

Highlights

Increased Throughput
  • Product staging for downstream equipment enables continued upstream production.
Integration
  • Complete PLC automation and integration to work with Blentech and OEM systems
  • Integrated load cells for optimized yield analysis
  • Automated, built-in solutions for transfer of product to downstream equipment
  • Built-in heat transfer solutions to ensure target fill temperatures
Versatility
  • Applicable to nearly all products produced on Blentech equipment
  • Standardized agitator design to process and extremely broad range of products
  • Custom specialty agitator system available for applications with challenging particulate suspension (chicken noodle soup, Asian-style broth soups)
Durability
  • Robust design engineered for maximum life
  • Reduced thermal cyclic fatigue to extend Blentech equipment life over all competitors
  • Fewer spare parts, repairs, and reduced maintenance requirements drive down overhead and operating costs
Utility Customization
  • Customizable voltage and frequency for all installations
 

Applications

Core Applications
  • Ground/Diced/Pulled/Shredded Meat
  • Fillings
  • Pet Foods
  • Vegetable Preparations
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Hummus (wide array of bean/legume slurries)
  • Viscous/Concentrated Soups & Sauces
  • Stews
  • Viscous Purees & Baby Foods
  • Confectionary (candy, frosting, icing)
  • Browned/Caramelized Onions
  • Ready Meals
  • Jams/Jellies/Preserves
  • Ethnic Specialties
  • Stir-fried Products (vegetables, meat, poultry, fish
  • Dairy-based Sauces & Dips
  • Starch/Protein Slurries
  • Processed Cheese Analog Cheese
  • Rice/Pasta/ Specialty Grains
  • Flavored Rice Dishes
  • Staged Multi-Ingredient Rice Dishes
  • Pâté
  • Surimi
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, aioli, artisanal mustards)
  • Salad Dressings
  • Marinades
Modes of Operation:
  • Product Staging for Filling
  • Product Holding
  • Particulate Suspension for Homogeneity
  • Integrated Pump Stuffing/Feeding
  • Fill Temperature Maintenance

We have found the Blentech cooker to be more versatile than our standard cooking kettles. Our yields and product quality are excellent with the Blentech technology and the cycle times exceeded our expectations! The robust construction of Blentech equipment is unparalleled..

Bruce Cihonski
of Tyson Foods

Blentech Gets Published!

Blentech is published in "Thermal Processing of Ready-to-Eat Meat Products."

By: Darrell Horn and Daniel Voit