February 11, 2020
Chocolate and bar manufacturers tell us they need flexibility in their food production equipment, without compromising efficiency levels or hygiene standards. For melters specifically they want to enable efficient changeovers to an allergen standard; ease of maintenance and operation; as small a footprint as possible; and the ability to integrate with existing equipment and lines.
In response we’ve designed our melters to offer this uncompromised flexibility. They’re designed to continuously melt product corresponding to down-stream production rates, and they integrate not just with barline machinery, but with any process. What this means is they’re adaptable for all kinds of food production facilities such as chocolate manufacturers, bakeries and ice cream manufacturers.
We’ve created several unique features for our melters, all aimed at finding efficiency gains:
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Accessibility is key with our melters; they’re easily disassembled, making cleaning faster and more efficient. Within the food manufacturing industry, achieving speedy wash-down rates while maintaining a high level of sanitation is a significant benefit.
The melters are highly flexible, able to melt multiple coatings – chocolate, compound, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, dairy butter and fats – and they’re also portable, and next to the use point rather than having to pump products across a wide area through a plant.
What this means is that (depending on the production facility) individual units aren’t necessary for different products. For example, if four different products were being run, they can be processed using one melter instead of four. If ten are being processed, only three melters might be needed, which is a huge efficiency gain.
PTL melters also make integration easier. During the design stage, it’s ensured that the melters can be connected to other PTL equipment, meaning they can work with other machines, or indeed, with an entire line. And the user interface is easier; for example, a melter might be positioned next to an enrober or a sieve system, and the operator might be on the melter HMI screen. That screen can also be used to access the enrober or the sieve system, and vice versa.
This integration is built into PTL equipment from the outset, but it’s also possible – depending on the equipment – for PTL melters to integrate with non-PTL systems.
In addition to their flexibility, PTL melters also offer these advantages:
PTL melters mean a significant reduction in cleaning times and changeovers while increasing production rates. Their flexibility means that they can be customised to meet different requirements. Something out of the box might meet most of your production needs, but PTL melters ensure maximum efficiency and production output.