MacIntyre Chocolate Systems enhances major refiner/conche series
Scottish-based MacIntyre Chocolate Systems has confirmed key efficiency revamps for its Next Generation Refiner/Conche range for processing chocolate, compounds, creams and spreads, writes Neill Barston
As the company explained to Confectionery Production, it has enhanced the well established line for offering continuous operation, as well as being low maintenance in handling a range of products within the sector.
Further improvements include the introduction of revised elements including air pressure seals, combined with IE3 energy efficient motors, mean more efficient running for processing high quality pure chocolate, compounds, cremes, spreads, nut pastes and pralines, for example.
Following extensive customer and industry research, the company has dispensed with traditional glands and packing materials and in their place are long life air pressure seals. According to the company, their introduction means zero loss of product due to gland seepage, improving the time and energy efficiency of every batch.
Another reported advantage of the switch to the long life air pressure seals is a reduction in maintenance requirements in this area, significantly reducing production downtime.
As the business noted, its Next Generation Refiner/Conche range (latest version below) is available in four capacities: 500, 1250, 2000 and 3000 kg, including 3000kg and 5000kg Duplex Models. Removal of the glands and packing material gives the Refiner/Conche a more compact appearance, while the incorporation of a new spherical bearing, combined with IE3 energy efficient motors, mean more efficient running and enhanced surface contact. The series is manufactured in Arbroath, Scotland, and is available through MacIntyre global network of distributors and agents.
All its Next Generation Refiner/Conches are fitted with Siemens PLC control incorporating enhanced software for flexible running, including remote administration diagnostics, remote commissioning and remote service support – a timely development in times of on-going travel restrictions.
Joe Gorman, managing director, MacIntyre Chocolate Systems (pictured main Confectionery Production’s previous site visit) commented on the range’s upgrades. He said: “The Next Generation Refiner/Conche sets a new benchmark in terms of low maintenance, energy efficiency and production efficacy for manufacturers wishing to produce high quality chocolate and confectionery products,” says “Maximum capacity with minimum energy consumption and zero unnecessary waste have been the guiding principles in the design of the Next Generation Refiner/Conche, maintaining its position as the premium method of chocolate processing.”
The Next Generation Refiner/Conches feature a convenient removable, easy clean, stainless steel hopper. Steel end plates replace the old cast ends of the Refiner/Conches. Feed pipes are included for intake of liquid cocoa liquor, cocoa butter or fat, allowing customers to easily connect from their liquid raw material Tanks to the Refiner/Conche.
Complete systems from Block Melting through to final Storage can also be supplied inclusive of full automation. All new models benefit from the easy to install cable harnesses, hygienic cable trays and include safety features for easy installation.