Florigo launches first chip fryer with built-in opti-flow to limit the formation of acrylamides

By Jenny Eagle

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The tna Florigo conti-pro 3. Pic: tna
The tna Florigo conti-pro 3. Pic: tna

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Florigo, part of tna, has launched its first potato chip fryer with built-in opti-flow technology to limit the formation of acrylamides and reduce the amount of rejects by up to 10%.

The conti-pro 3 fryer improves frying performance by optimizing the oil flow through the kettle, to make sure each potato slice is evenly fried.

Oil flow speed

Arnaud Jansse, applications engineer, Florigo, told BakeryandSnacks, the technology is based on an oil inlet section that changes the fluid within the kettle to increase oil flow speed and produce a more streamlined laminar flow over the width and length of the fryer pan.

tna acquired Florigo last year, as reported here​. 

Florigo’s opti-flow technology minimizes turbulence by removing 99% of cyclone dead spots at the beginning of the fryer​,” he said.

This maintains a nominal flow speed throughout the fryer, preventing debris from settling and ensuring that potato slices don’t absorb or carry any excess oil​.”

According to Jansse, normally, as the oil flow increases in the fryer so does the turbulence, which can cause the oil to spin in one place, resulting in unevenly fried potato slices and an increase in the level of acrylamide and rejects.

Other features of the Florigo conti-pro 3 include a product transport system with spring steel sealing, easy-to-navigate touchscreen operating system and an insulated hood with condensation collecting pan that can be automatically lifted.

The food industry is constantly evolving and we want to make sure our customers have the tools they need to meet future demands in terms of yield and product quality​,” added Jansse.

With our conti-pro 3 continuous fryer, we were able to incorporate our opti-flow technology into our latest generation of fryers to ensure potato processors can stay one step ahead of the market​.”
The fryer comes with a durable constructed frying kettle with rounded corners and sloped bottom and is fitted with an Internal Clean in Place (CIP) system with hidden pipes in the hood for cleaning and maintenance.

The fryer can also be equipped with a double heat exchanger to inject a cooler oil at the end of the frying process and an integrated defatting belt to stop potato slices from absorbing or carrying excess oil.

tna expands North American service team

Gus Papageorge was recently appointed as senior project manager for the company's North American service team in Dallas.

With the recent acquisition of FOODesign and Florigo, it goes without saying that projects are becoming larger and increasingly more complex for customers,” ​he said. “Putting a solid project management structure in place is essential to guarantee high service levels for our customers across the region​.”

Patrick Avelange, general manager Americas, tna, added the North American market is constantly evolving with product and output demands. Manufacturers need guidance on how to address ever-changing industry trends and challenges.

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