Tetra Pak, the global packaging giant, has introduced an ice cream extrusion line which is set to improve efficiency and product quality for medium-capacity manufacturers.
This new line uses an independently-controlled horizontal cutter to slice ice cream as it emerges from the extruder, and the technology means the cutting speed stays consistent regardless of line speed. This translates to precise, clean cutting even at low rates of production.
Because the cutter can be programmed to operate at various speeds and movements, ice cream producers can switch between different types of products: sticks, sandwiches, cones, wafer cups, candy bars, or cakes. Depending on the type of cut, the cutter has the capacity to get through between 5,000 and 18,000 products an hour, offering volume flexibility to manufacturers and allowing them to increase or decrease output without negatively affecting efficiency.
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Elsebeth Baungaard, Product Manager and Tetra Pak, said: “A surge in competition in the global ice cream market has increased pressure on medium-sized producers. They must be more agile in responding to consumer needs, producing greater varieties of products at smaller volumes, while maintaining a high-quality standard and low production costs. This line has been designed to meet exactly these requirements.
“In addition, customers of the new medium capacity extrusion line will have access to our Product Development Centre in Denmark. Here they can experiment with recipes, seek advice from food technician experts and access training. They will also receive 24/7 technical support to ensure any issues are resolved with minimal downtime.”