Depositing a wide range of batters and fillings on one piece of equipment requires some hefty sanitation between production runs. Easy disassembly of the depositor plays a major part in this.
“The fewer parts you have, the easier it is to clean all the contact parts,” said Stewart MacPherson, vice-president, sales and marketing, Unifiller. “Secondly, all the contact parts can be easily taken apart by anyone and by design can only be assembled one way, the correct way— no training, no tools and very quickly.” At the International Baking Industry Exposition , held Oct. 8-11 in Las Vegas, Unifiller introduced its RP Depositor, a high-speed depositing system built with the fewest possible parts to simplify the sanitation process.
No-tool disassembly is pretty standard to make the sanitation process quick and easy. Rademaker USA designed its equipment to not only withstand the rigors of a washdown environment but also be easy to take apart for cleaning. “We have even built custom depositors that are equipped with a sanitation mode where the entire depositor opens up automatically for access and ease of cleaning,” said Eric Riggle, vice-president.
Reiser’s Vemag depositor, built entirely of stainless steel, can also be opened without tools in seconds. “The full product path is exposed for complete inspection and sanitation,” said John McIsaac, vice-president, strategic business development, Reiser.
Tromp Group Americas’ depositors can be disassembled without tools and even come with cleaning carts to make mobility for sanitation easier.While having easy-to-disassemble equipment is ideal, another sanitation strategy is to keep multiple depositing manifolds on hand, particularly for those changeovers between distinct products such as going from white cake batter to chocolate. A clean manifold can keep production running while the used one is carted away for cleaning.