Heat and Control, a global manufacturer and supplier of leading food processing and packaging equipment, has helped a snack manufacturer take processing capabilities to a new level with another delivery of the company's innovative vacuum fryer technology; Unitized Vacuum Fryer (UVF).
The complete system was designed and manufactured by Heat and Control to process 1100 lbs (500 kg) per hour of finished potato chips and features support/auxiliary equipment including Vacuum Generation System, KleenSweep® Centrifugal Oil Filtration System, Heat Exchanger, Fryer Support Module, PLC ‐ System Controls, Automatic Heated Centrifuge and Fryer Support Platform.
The patented Unitized Vacuum Fryer is one of a kind in that there is no external vacuum chamber. The unitized design eliminates an external vacuum chamber, essentially the fryer is its own vacuum chamber. This makes it significantly easier to maintain and clean, requires less floor space and allows the vacuum fryer to act like a regular “non‐ vacuum” fryer. This design innovation validates Heat and Control's snack processing expertise and commitment to the industry.
The Unitized Vacuum Fryer technology offers product line extension for snack manufacturers so that high sugar food products that could not be turned into snacks with a traditional frying system, can now be processed into innovative snack products. The vacuum fryer will fry products with high sugar content such as apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, high sugar potatoes, beets and more without over‐browning. A further benefit of vacuum frying is the ability to minimize formation of acrylamide by frying at lower temperature.
As part of Heat and Control's complete line of snack processing and packaging solutions, this innovative technology demonstrates the commitment to smart design and focus on finding efficiency and quality gains for the food processing industry.