Saratoga Food Specialties, IL, USA, contacted Coperion K-Tron for the automation of their dry seasoning blend operation. Saratoga has been developing and producing unique and quality dry seasoning blends for over 60 years. With a product array of over 500 different blends, a growing customer base, and a goal to deliver consistent output through facilities optimization, Saratoga quickly realized the need to automate their dry seasoning blend operation.
The original method of production for the seasoning blend included labor intensive batch weighing and transfer of each of the individual ingredients as well as the addition of fiber to the final blend prior to packaging. All weighing and transfer of these ingredients was done manually. This operation had limited flexibility in capacity and also required long production time due to the manual stages of the process. In addition, when recipe changes were required for the different blends, the changeover time further extended the production time.
In response to Saratoga’s request, Coperion K-Tron’s overall system design includes a two stage blending step with the primary preblend of spices done in a batch blender. This preblend is then conveyed pneumatically directly from the blender via dense phase vacuum conveying to a Coperion K-Tron vacuum receiver above a Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight feeder.