Launch: an improved in-line dryer which solves the residual water problem

A small footprint, energy efficient solution to dispose residual water on products after sterilisation

Keep developing! New concept in-line dryer succesfully tested

As a specialist in designing, assembling and integrating retort automation solutions at (pet) food companies, we have successfully tested a new concept for the in-line drying of pouches and semi-rigids in retort processes. Read more about the advantages of this improved drying system.

Retort rooms: how to deal with residual water?

The proper disposal of residual water which remains on the product after sterilisation, is a challenge food manufacturing companies are facing worldwide.

 

We recognize the aim in the industry to keep the wet area in a production hall as small as possible. That is why Lan Handling Technologies advises in most cases to integrate a drying system into the unloading area of the handling system. In that way, pouches and semi-rigids are ready for immediate packaging on the downstream equipment.

Pillow pouches, stand-up pouches (with often a more challenging to dry gusset!) spouted pouches, alu trays or plastic cups: they all have their own points of attention when it comes to drying. Thanks to our extensive experience, we have developed an in-line dryer which can handle both pouches and semi-rigids.

No extra product handling needed

The in-line dryer of Lan Handling Technologies dries your product directly in the robot head, resulting in a small footprint solution. This means that you are not confronted with additional product handling, shifted products and mispicks. Moreover, you do not need a complex conveyor system that you encounter with more conventional solutions.

The advantages of the new in-line dryer:

  • arrow-checkmarkDrying results up to 0.02 gram per product
  • arrow-checkmark50% footprint reduction compared to conventional solutions
  • arrow-checkmarkEnergy efficient, due to a more product-focused airflow
  • arrow-checkmarkNo moisture emission
  • arrow-checkmarkUser-friendly product format change

Improved technique

“There are various ways in which this residual water can be disposed of. For example, by transporting products through a drying tunnel or by blowing off the water from products. Until recently we did the latter ourselves.

Thanks to our close collaboration with customers, we have made the next step in the development of our in-line dryer. By blowing off retort water from wet products, on the one hand, a relatively large amount of energy was consumed and, on the other hand, a potential risk is created that the moisture can eventually cause damage or wear in the production environment. By developing a new extraction technique, we kill two birds with one stone: by using a product-based air flow, considerable less air consumption is required and the dryer’s footprint is now reduced by as much as 50%. In this way we are even better able to meet new customer needs.”

Staying ahead of competition
"Customer needs change. Techniques evolve. By further developing our unique in-line dryer, we lead the way in our market."
Rogier Nabbe, Product Manager at Lan Handling Technologies
Staying ahead of competition
"Customer needs change. Techniques evolve. By further developing our unique in-line dryer, we lead the way in our market."
Rogier Nabbe, Product Manager at Lan Handling Technologies

Improved technique

“There are various ways in which this residual water can be disposed of. For example, by transporting products through a drying tunnel or by blowing off the water from products. Until recently we did the latter ourselves.

Thanks to our close collaboration with customers, we have made the next step in the development of our in-line dryer. By blowing off retort water from wet products, on the one hand, a relatively large amount of energy was consumed and, on the other hand, a potential risk is created that the moisture can eventually cause damage or wear in the production environment. By developing a new extraction technique, we kill two birds with one stone: by using a product-based air flow, considerable less air consumption is required and the dryer’s footprint is now reduced by as much as 50%. In this way we are even better able to meet new customer needs.”


More info? Get in touch!

Rogier Nabbe

Product Manager

M +31 127 637 75
E rogier.nabbe@lanhandling.com