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.
This meat emulsion is transported from the emulsifier to the Selo hopper. After this, the continuous process of forming, cooking, cooling and cutting the chunks begins. The hopper has a buffer function that ensures a constant flow to the spreader or extruder.
From the hopper the meat emulsion is pumped to the spreader or extruder, along the way color and/or other ingredients can be added as needed through inline dosing to flexibly create a greater diversity of end product. Optionally, metal detection can be added in the pipeline, this as an additional means to further ensure the quality and safety of the product and process.
The Spreader or extruder forms the meat emulsion into uniform (or if desired, uneven) shapes of strands which are formed on the conveyor belt of the steam tunnel. The openings of the dies in the spreader or extruder can be optionally provided with various sizes and shapes, these provide the final shape and size of the chunk. The dies are quick and easy to change which guarantees a short changeover time.
After forming and placing the strands on the conveyor belt, they pass through the steam tunnel. During the cooking process, the meat emulsion is cooked. The settings of the entire line, such as speed and temperature are completely recipe controlled, to ensure 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 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 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.
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.