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Spiroflow launches total peanut handling solutions in Europe

Spiroflow a leading manufacturer of conveying, bulk handling and weighing systems for companies across the world, has announced the European introduction of an innovative new conveying solution that effectively provides a ‘one stop’ total peanut handling system to food processors.

The launch, a key element of the company’s 2015 marketing strategy, signals a new era in peanut handling in the UK and EU. Nuts and seeds are particularly challenging to food manufacturers as they can be very fragile and easily damaged in the transportation and production process. Bagged snack applications in particular require that the nuts remain whole during handling.

Spiroflow has pioneered two highly efficient peanut handling solutions: Cableflow™ cable drag conveyors and Aeroflow™ aeromechanical conveyors, suitable for varied applications depending on delivery speed and volume requirements. Peanut butter processing, for example, would be best served by the Aeroflow™ system which can convey at higher speeds of up to 10,000kg per hour, both horizontally and vertically, with minor degradation. While the Cableflow™ is better suited to applications that require whole nuts with virtually zero degradation leaving the nuts intact and aesthetically appealing to customers.

The conveyors are ideal for use in conjunction with one of Spiroflow’s bulk bag dischargers to bring together not only the volume delivery of peanuts but also salt stabilisers and any other minor/major ingredients. It’s vital for manufacturers to avoid forming any lumps and to prevent moisture ingress, especially with salt and other hygroscopic ingredients as these must be perfectly proportioned and distributed for all applications. Spiroflow’s flexible screw conveyor is the ideal solution for salt conveying, working seamlessly in conjunction with the other systems to provide a fully automated total solution that is particularly suited to peanut butter production.

Michel Podevyn, Spiroflow’s Chairman, explained: “We’re delighted to introduce these new peanut handling solutions in Europe, providing manufacturers everywhere with the ideal system for the processing of peanut butter, peanut snacks and of course other nut based snacks and products. Our latest innovation in aero mechanical conveying has proven its worth in the USA and this, combined with our product expertise and extensive experience of worldwide markets, will enable us to comfortably exceed any European specifications.

“Of course, our conveying, discharging and filling systems are designed bespoke for each customer and undergo full scale system trials in our new state of the art UK Technology Centre. The centre features a unique material characterisation and testing laboratory which gives us and our customers a vital insight into product flow properties, helping to prevent handling issues. We’re so confident in the quality of our technology and product knowledge that we offer a process guarantee to ensure customers’ expectations are always met and usually exceeded.”

Peanuts are usually blanched or roasted prior to processing and may be supplied with skins attached or removed; Spiroflow’s systems can handle the nuts in either state.

Spiroflow designs ingredient handling systems, including specialised conveyors and bulk bag handling equipment for the food, chemical, minerals and other process industries. Spiroflow also manufactures bin activators, Aeroflow™ Aero Mechanical Conveyors, Cableflow™ Tubular Cable and Dynaflow™ Chain Drag Conveyors, Vacuum Conveyors, Bulk Bag Fillers, Ingredients Handling and Weighing Systems. The company’s technical and engineering expertise has led to it developing an international reputation for an unrivalled range of products with state-of-the-art control systems.

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