Fuelled by changes in consumer eating habits, the snack food category has seen an uplift of 40% during the pandemic, resulting in an increase in processing equipment orders from Spiroflow – the Clitheroe-based manufacturer of dry ingredients conveying and bulk bag handling equipment.
With its US counterparts reporting a similar spike in demand, Spiroflow’s innovative mobile sack tip unit with conveyor is currently helping provide food processors with scalability during this unprecedent-ed time.
Perfect for adding seasoning, salt and seeds to snack products from ground floor up to seasoning drums, or other processing equipment, the sack tip unit offers processors flexibility as the system can be moved easily to a cleaning area or if space is limited.
Consisting of a flexible screw conveyor, an agitator and a hopper with a dust hood, the system helps to reduce the manual handling by consistently dosing seasoning into a process line. The action of the conveyor ensures the material is being constantly remixed, which is particularly important when a product is a specific blend that needs to remain consistent.
The simplicity of the conveyor system makes cleaning a simple operation which is essential if batch changes occur. The electric motor may be reversed to empty the conveyor of residual ingredients.
It can then be fully stripped down in minutes for cleaning and product changeovers, and the spiral can be quickly removed from the tube, with optional quick release connectors enabling rapid dismantling and reassembly to minimize downtime. Spiroflow’s mobile seasoning units can be provided with integral control panels as required, for a ‘plug and play solution’ requiring no installation.
“We’re used to responding to changing market conditions and refocusing sales teams on the segments that are in need of our equipment, but the increase in the snacking category has been unprecedented,” said Spiroflow’s James Podevyn.
“Production of our mobile sack tip unit has been ramped up to support food processors and provide production flexibility. In responding to extraordinary disruption such as this, it’s vital that businesses such as Spiroflow apply our technology and expertise to facilitate improved supply chain resilience.”