Factories that manufacture food products require many kinds of machines, conveyor belts, and inspection services. Whether it is a factory to package fresh frozen vegetables or it is a factory that produces popular cereals or canned soup, there is as much machinery involved as there is food ingredients. And in an effort to keep everything running both efficiently and safely, it is important that companies make sure that they upgrade their equipment. From tumbling drums to vibratory screeners, there are many specific kinds of parts and machines that are essential parts of the food processing industry.
When most consumers go to the grocery store to purchase their favorite items, they likely are not thinking about the entire production process that is a part of all of the packages items that they buy. There is however, an entire science behind food production. From sorting ingredients to mixing ingredients to packaging in plastics, cardboards, and other materials, the food production process is actually quite complicated. With engineers who retrofit machines to serve very specific purposes, it is important that tumbling drums and food crusher machines are working both accurately and efficiently.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the food processing industry and the many ways that it impacts not only the items that consumers eat in their homes, but also the nation’s economy:
- Tumbling drums usually take anywhere from six to 24 hours, depending upon the amount of material to be removed from the parts.
- A horizontal octagonal barrel is used almost exclusively for dry tumbling. This type of barrel often has a metal skin and a hardwood lining which can be replaced when necessary. A standard barrel is one that is 30″ in diameter by either 36″ or 42″ in length.
- Parts typically account for one third of the total barrel load. The number of parts which will fit safely into a barrel is determined by the barrel size, size of the part, the part’s fragility, shape and weight, and the end result desired.
- Rotary crushers are typically built with shaft impactors so they have considerable force. Ideal for both recycling and food processing, these crushers can be calibrated for a size reduction ratio between 10:1 and 25:1.
Every day consumers do not worry themselves with the production process of the foods that they eat. The reality is, however, there is an entire industry that concerns itself with the machinery that is needed to safely and efficiently produce and package the food that the world eats.