FMC FoodTech said its new GCO-II Oven has a spiral design that produces higher yields and throughput, while significantly reducing maintenance costs. The company has improved the yield and throughput, steam containment mesh belt design and vertical airflow compared to its previous models. "These features, coupled with a high-performance supplementary impingement section that gives food manufacturers greater flexibility and produces higher volumes at a faster pace, significantly reduce maintenance costs," the company stated. The GCO-II oven offers three distinct cooking processes. The initial phase uses steam and condensation to lock moisture into the product. Heated air and superheated steam then quickly cook the product. The supplementary impingement stage, which involves heated air at high velocities, adds additional surface colour, the company claimed. "By providing the right mode of heat transfer at the right time in the cooking process, MultiPhase cooking delivers moist, tender products that are pleasing in taste and appearance," the company claimed. The company claims that its re-engineered drive system is guaranteed to last for at least three years before another rebuild and offers as much as 33 percent or $30,000 in annual savings. The oven also can run faster and carry more load, for increased throughputs of 30 percent to 40 percent, depending on the product, the company said. The new design incorporates feedback from customers and represents a $2 million investment in research, development and testing, the company said.