Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world leading industrial gas company, will be demonstrating its Freshline® LIN-IS system at stand L208 during Foodex. The controlled temperature system enables the consistent cooling of ingredients, particularly meat, in preparation for the ideal texture to be formed and further processed.
To speed up the cooling process during mixing, the Freshline® LIN-IS system injects liquid nitrogen (LIN) underneath the ingredients so it mixes into the body of the product more quickly. As a result, the use of LIN reduces the time it takes to get a mix down to temperature, so overall batch times are quicker and production levels can be increased.
LIN’s ability to bring about a rapid drop in temperature means food mixtures can be cooled very accurately, resulting in reliable and repeatable processes. Additionally, LIN doesn’t solidify during the mixing process resulting in a high level of homogeneity with the product which helps to maintain consistency – a key concern for food manufacturers. A food mixture has to be at the optimum precise temperature and texture before the forming process in order to obtain a perfectly shaped end product.
Neil Hansford, industrial cryogenic and food expert at Air Products, adds: “LIN also has an important role to play in tackling food waste - a high-profile issue at the moment. With a temperature of -196°C, when injected into the mixing process, LIN cools the surface of mixer blades to such a degree that minimal product sticks to them and manufacturers get more out of the mixer. This is particularly important for manufacturers mixing products with a high fat content, like pork or dough, which makes the mixture stickier.”
“Given that it offers a wide range of benefits, I hope an increasing number of producers will consider using LIN as an alternative to CO2 in their mixing and blending processes,” Hansford added.
For any pre-show enquiries, please contact Air Products’ Business Enquiries team on 0800 389 0202.
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