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Food Manufacturer Finds Customized Solution For Infestation And Particle Reduction

Monday, 30th October, 2017

An international manufacturer of flour and dried, mixed food ingredients initially began their search for a solution to reduce the particle size of and mix their product only to discover, during the research phase, that another machine existed capable of 100% infestation kill rate which could fit into a larger system. Given some of the manufacturer’s ingredients were heat sensitive, an out-of-the-box solution would not meet all their requirements so customization was critical.

The manufacturer worked closely with Sturtevant, creators of particle size reduction and air classification equipment, to find suitable machines for their purposes. Initially, Sturtevant recommended the Simpactor, a centrifugal, pin-type impact mill but boasts a versatility in its functions including high-impact grinding and slower, RPM mixing and blending. The food manufacturer used the smallest version of the Simpactor for research and development purposes for particle reduction and high-intensity mixing but another recommendation was made when it came to light they also needed a solution for infestation control.

The Infestroyer is a centrigual, pin-type impact mill that has shown a 100% kill rate on red flour beetles and their larvae. This machine could kill infestations before feeding the ingredients to the Simpactor that could then offer the particle reduction and mixing but the Simpactor needed to be customized to protect the food manufacturer’s ingredients and avoid contamination, during the grinding process. In conjunction with Sturtevant’s engineering department, the dedicated Product Manager for the Simpactor presented customizations to the food manufacturer including being fabricated with stainless steel contact parts and a patent pending cooling technology.

“Every application, even for the same material, has to be assessed individually and customizations suggested,” explains Steve Puleo, Product Manager for Sturtevant. Understanding specific needs of each inquiry allows for changes to machines that benefit the customer.

About Sturtevant

Headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, Sturtevant Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of materials processing equipment, including crushers, fine grinders and air classifiers. Since 1883, the company has provided processing solutions to the chemical, pharmaceutical, foods and mineral processing industries. Founded by Thomas L. Sturtevant, the company is currently managed by W. Sturtevant English Jr., the fifth generation from the company’s founder.


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