Better, More Sustainable Technology

As a result of the potato sector’s continued status as one of the most active, it should be expected that the technology engaged in the industry is continually undergoing nearly daily improvements. The goal of manufacturers is to achieve the optimal trade-off between product quality and price, while also taking into account other factors such as efficiency and environmental impact.

“Partnering with potato processors to determine what is possible to accomplish their goals is at the forefront of what we do. We are constantly working with customers around the globe to develop cutting edge innovations in technology,” says Alan Major, chief sales officer, Urschel.

“This includes developing new cut shapes, increasing existing capabilities of machinery already in the market, and designing new machines based on the needs of our customers. With design and manufacturing under one roof, Urschel is constantly developing and expanding on what is possible in food cutting technology.”

According to Urschel’s VP of Applications & Product Development Mike Jacko, the Model CC Slicer continues to be the go-to slicer for chips/crisps. “The operating principle could not be more proven in the industry. Product is delivered to the feed hopper assembly and enters the rotating impeller. Centrifugal force holds the product against the inner surfaces of the each cutting station. As product passes each cutting station, slices, shreds, or strips are produced. The machine may be equipped with a 2, 5, or 10 HP (1.5, 3.7, or 7.5 kW) motor. Urschel is continuing to expand on the machine’s capabilities. It’s amazing how a machine could capture such a strong market, but the CC has evolved with the crisp/chip industry. We have developed a wide spectrum of slice shapes including Crinkle, V, Flat-V®, and Z. Widely known for slices, the CC provides even more versatility in the many shred shapes including Full, Reduced-V, Full Flat-V, Reduced Flat-V, Oval, Reduced Oval (Crescent), Strips, Julienne, and even grating options.”

Mike Jacko explains that Urschel partners with customers around the world. The company has invested in the infrastructure to strongly support customer initiatives. Direct offices offer customers direct assistance with their specific objectives. “Some of our customers have shown a strong interest expanding on the capabilities of the CCL. The CCL is a member of the CC series. It offers unique lattice slices available in different thicknesses: fine with a translucent appearance, 8 corrugations per inch and the smallest lattice holes; coarse with a less translucent appearance and 5.7 corrugations per inch with small lattice holes, and deep lattice waffle fries with 2.25 corrugations per inch with the most pronounced lattice holes,” he adds.

“The French fry flat and crinkle strip and potato dicing market is ever-growing. The DiversaCut series provides a myriad of cutting solutions for all types of potato SKUs including sweet potatoes.” The DiversaCut series is made up of several models. Notably, the DiversaCut 2110A® Dicer (DCA) and Sprint 2® Dicer (SPR2). The DCA is one of our larger dicers and accepts input products up to 10″ (254 mm) in any dimension, whereas the SPR2 possesses a smaller footprint and accepts products up to 6.5″ (165 mm). The DCA may be outfitted with either a 5 or 10 HP (3.7 or 7.5 kW) and be able to run up to 90 hertz with supported heavy-duty components/gearing to obtain the highest capacities. The SPR may be equipped with a 1.5 or 3 HP (1.1 or 2.2 kW) to offer flexibility to small to moderate size processors. The DiversaCut series will produce slices, strips, granulations, shreds, or dices in flat/straight or a variety of crinkle and V shapes. Deep crinkle, granulation, and strip cuts have shown to be the most popular in the last two years.

“The Comitrol® Processor line of milling and particle size reduction equipment reduces products down to micro-dimensions. Different types of reduction heads work with impellers, feeding styles, and horsepower to make up the range of machine models available in the Comitrol series to provide an effective solution for a multitude of dry, semi-dry, and liquid size reduction application. Flake cutting for hashbrowns, reduction of dried potato flakes into a powder, rework projects, potato starch reductions, mashed potatoes, potato thickening agents, soup bases, and many other applications exist under the Comitrol umbrella. Standard operations include granulating, milling, flaking, shredding, slicing, liquefying, dispersing, blending, emulsifying, pureeing, and homogenizing,” Jacko says.

New to both the DiversaCut 2110A and Sprint 2 Dicers, a built-in conveyor discharge. This feature enables full discharge of cut product and is preferred among batch processors dispensing into totes. The conveyor discharge is designed to be at the most optimum height specifically for totes, according to Alan Major.

“The development of the SH-14 (Shredding) and SL-14 (Slicing) MicroAdjustable® Heads has made a huge impact on increasing capacities. The advantages of implementing one of these heads doesn’t end with the increased capacity due to the 14 cutting stations. Processors are experiencing longer run times between knife changes. Operator interaction is minimized. Both heads are more user friendly versus the standard 8-station heads. Urschel is continuing to expand on the 14-station line of cutting heads. Patented SlideLocc™ design allows changeover of heads in three easy steps with limited tools. New for the Comitrol series, the Model 1700 now has an optional HMI. HMI benefits: identifies misaligned sensors, soft start faults and fixes, total machine runtime, motor loads and overfeeding issues, and remote start/stop when connected to a control center,” he concludes.

To read the entire article, please access your complimentary e-copy of Frozen Food Europe July-August, 2022 issue here.

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