New food test lab to optimise process technologies, says Coperion

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A new food test centre will optimise food processing technologies, and will be officially inaugurated at the Food Forum in January 2009, claims Coperion.

The Germany-based manufacturer said food processors can access its new testing facility, the Coperion Competence Centre Compounding and Extrusion, for development and production trials of a wide diversity of food products.

In particular, manufacturers can test the performance capability of a twin-screw extruder installed in the laboratory, claims the company.

The company claims that its ZSK 43 Megavolume plus twin-screw extruder with peripherals, both in food-grade specification, is designed for a broad scope of applications such as the production of breakfast cereals, modified flours, starches and pet food.

According to Coperion, the extruder’s new features means it has an output rate ten times that of its predecessor, the Continua.

The benefit to the end user is a considerable reduction in specific capital investment and running costs, claims the company.

The manufacturer added that its upcoming Food Forum will allow processors the opportunity to hear about the possible applications of its ZSK 43 in food manufacturing.

It said that the forum will showcase the Coperion’s Materials Handling department’s systems for the pneumatic conveying of foodstuffs as well as developments in hygienic design.

Forum participants, according to the manufacturer, can also hear about new mixing and vacuum coating techniques from its partner company, Dinnissen BV.

Coperion designs, develops, manufacturers and maintains systems, machines and components for the plastics, aluminium and food sectors.

In September, the Coperion Group merged its two existing member companies, Coperion Werner and Pfleiderer and Coperion Waeschle into the existing Coperion.

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