The proper distribution of seasonings on snack foods, nuts, cereals and other products is essential to maintaining product quality.
FMC FoodTech's Libra Seasoning Control System is designed with a vibratory feeder mounted on load cells. The feeder continuously weighs the base product flowing into the seasoning drum.
As the product weight flow rate fluctuates, the seasoning controller continuously adjusts the seasoning rate to maintain the optimum product-to-seasoning ratio at all times, the company claimed.
"This enhances product yield and quality, and it eliminates costly waste stemming from over-seasoning products," said Dave Bailey, FMC FoodTech's principal engineer.
The seasoning controller can be adjusted for varying speeds, and can distribute both liquid and dry seasonings.
"Its leading edge design is highly sanitary and reliable, requiring less maintenance than competitors' systems," Bailey claimed.
The Libra's design also features a contained, solid channel vibratory feeder trough. The design eliminate the need for a belt-feed system, which can trap or lose products - resulting in increased down-time for maintenance and cleaning, the company claimed.
The machine also has no bearings to lubricate or conveyor belts that can stretch or wear out.
"Consequently, its enhanced reliability translates into more up-time and lower maintenance costs," the company claimed.