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Temperature Control for Food Mixing and Forming Processes

The key to an optimized forming result

A warm mixed product fails to hold its shape and can stick to the forming plate. This results in unnecessary waste and rework. A common solution is to add ice water, dry ice, or frozen ingredients during the mixing or blending step. But this is not precise and can be time consuming or even unhygienic. This often fails to achieve the desired texture and temperature for your formed product. A popular alternative is to fit a liquid nitrogen or CO₂ injection system to the mixer or blender.

Why Cool Down Your Preparations During the Mixing Step?

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Speed

The optimized product texture allows you to speed up the forming process

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Reliability

Even, precise and repeatable temperature control improves consistency

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Yield

Less product waste and rework in the forming process

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Quality

Increased product homogeneity and no product damage due to the cold

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Food Safety

A faster chill means shorter time to reach safe chilled temperatures

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Shelf Life

The faster the product is cooled down, the faster it becomes microbiologically stable

Dalco and Air Products: Achieving the Perfect Mix

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Ask the Expert

Pat Takamiya

Food Applications Specialist, Americas

How can I improve factory output of a mix of frozen products?

A 20-30% improvement may be hiding in production inefficiencies.  Start by measuring equipment downtime and the relative loading and variation of components. Then examine product recycle and waste as well as the time required to change products. You can often realize production increases by identifying and correcting problems such as capacity bottlenecks and other process variations.

Air Products offers a free Efficiency Improvement Checklist that includes these variables and more. This checklist can help you evaluate and optimize your operation. It's also a great starting point for a no-cost consultation with one of our food processing experts. 

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