Food Extruder in Hygienic Design for Maximum Flexibility
Coperion’s twin screw extruder ZSK Mv PLUS provides ideal conditions for the extrusion of many types of food. The modular design of the extruder and its unusual combination of free screw volume, screw speed and torque enable the ZSK Food Extruder to be individually configured for every application. The extruder allows many quick product changeovers, giving the company the flexibility they need. In addition, due to the screw speed of up to 1,800 rpm and the specific torque of 11.3 Nm/cm3 the ZSK Food Extruder produces very high throughput rates.
Another advantage is the hygienic design to fulfill the increasingly stringent health and safety stipulations. The process section of the extruder is made of stainless steel, has only smooth surfaces and offers numerous advantages: Its excellent accessibility markedly reduces the effort needed for cleaning the system. Product safety and production safety are both improved. The downtime required for cleaning the machine is reduced to a minimum.
Accurate and Flexible Feeding Solutions
The ZSK Food Extruder is equipped with a high accuracy Coperion K-Tron gravimetric feeder K2-ML-T60 for solid feeding. This loss-in-weight twin screw feeder is suitable for a wide range of ingredients and for high throughput rates. All parts in contact with the product are stainless steel to fulfill the hygienic requirements. The feeding equipment is easy to disassemble and is easy to clean.
The K2-ML-T60 feeder is equipped with the ActiFlow™ Smart Bulk Solids Activator. This technique offers a reliable method to prevent bridging and rat-holing of cohesive bulk materials in stainless steel hoppers without internal hopper agitation. ActiFlow is a non-product contact device, consisting of a vibratory drive and intelligent control unit, designed specifically to work with Coperion K-Tron’s line of gravimetric loss-in-weight feeders. Together with the ActiFlow control unit, it continuously activates the material inside the hopper with an optimized frequency and amplitude, without exerting any mechanical force on the bulk material.
The extrusion line also comprises two Coperion K-Tron liquid feeders for the accurate feeding of liquids into the process. These feeders can also be used for a wide variety of ingredients and enable the required flexibility. Coperion K-Tron offers a versatile, modular liquid feeding concept through combination of a wide range of different pumps and tanks.
“We are satisfied with our choice. Based on many years of positive experience, we have once again opted for a Coperion Food Extruder. The great flexibility, hygienic design and technical reliability have convinced us to be able to manufacture a wide range of existing and new products with high end product quality for our customers and to react quickly to new market changes”, according to Peter-Alexander Driessen, CEO at Driessen Food Extrusion.