PRODUCTION LINE DESCRIPTION
A good quality end product starts with the right recipe and preparation of the ingredients. A good meat emulsion is an essential part of the production process of pet food.
This meat emulsion is transported from the emulsifier to the Selo hopper. After this, the continuous process of rope forming, cooking, cooling and cutting the ropes into chunks begins. The hopper has a buffer function, which guarantees a constant flow to the extruder.
From the hopper the meat emulsion is pumped to the extruder. On the way, by means of in-line dosing the required color and/or other ingredients can be added to create a greater diversity of end product in a flexible manner. Optionally, a metal detection system can be added in the pipeline, as an extra means of guaranteeing the quality and safety of the pet food product and process even better.
The extruder forms the meat emulsion into standard (or if required natural looking meat) shapes of ropes which are formed on the conveyor belt of the steam tunnel. The openings of the form lists / dies in the extruder can optionally be provided with various dimensions of shapes, these ensure the final shape and size of the chunk. The form lists / dies can be changed quickly and easily, which guarantees a short changeover time.
After forming and placing the ropes on the conveyor belt, they go through the steam tunnel. The meat emulsion is cooked during this process. The settings of the entire line, such as speed and temperature, are completely recipe-controlled, in order to guarantee the highest possible product quality and production efficiency.
After the ropes have been cooked in the steam tunnel, they go to the next step in the process; the cooling down phase. The ropes cooled and partially dried by means of ventilators. This ensures a clean cut during the cutting process. The length of the chunks can also be set to give the end product its final shape. The chunks can be cut variably in length, together with the optional color injection, a wide variety of chunks can be produced.
Depending on the required packaging, a second cooling / drying phase can be added after cutting, so that the filling via the multihead-weigher, for example, will be smoother and more efficient.
In order not to disturb the cooking process in the steam tunnel in case of short stop in the packaging process, Selo has designed a buffer system that can buffer the produced chunks until the packaging process is restarted. This guarantees the efficiency and quality of the pet food production process and minimizes waste.
Selo can provide the complete supply systems for chunks to the packaging installation, including the gravy systems. In the gravy system, powders are mixed and heated in water. The powders can be added manually or, if required, automatically to the gravy preparation tank. To mix / dissolve the powders ‘lump-free’ in the water, Selo has designed a special agitator. The created gravy / jelly is stored in a buffer tank, after which can be pumped directly to the filling and packaging lines.
Selo pet food production lines can be connected to any packaging machine, for example pouch, cans or trays. The sterilization process follows after packaging. Selo can also offer advice an this subject.
Production line supplier
Selo designs and builds process- and packagingsystems for the food manufacturing, animalfeed, pharmaceutical and non-foodindustries. We offer solutions from A to Z: this makes it possible for us to take care of our projects from the design phase until the installation of the systems. We fully master and take care of all technological, automation, engineering, assembly, installation and after-sales disciplines.
Selo provides both custom and standard solutions.