Vibratory Sieves Improve Productivity and Product Purity

Following successful trials to check-screen bakery ingredients, Zeelandia purchase 2 Russell Compact Sieves® to boost productivity and ensure hygiene standards.

With over 100 years of experience, Zeelandia, is a leading manufacturer of raw bakery ingredients.

In an environment where product quality must be faultless, Zeelandia has turned to Russell Finex to optimize product quality, improve productivity and reduce downtime with the installation of two new Compact 900 sieves.

To satisfy increasing market demands, Zeelandia needed to work with a separation specialist like Russell Finex to meet new production requirements. The main objective was to achieve capacities of 2 tons per hour, sieving bakery powders although a capacity up to 6 tons per hour was also required on a variety of other products.

In addition to achieving Zeelandia's productivity gains, the new vibratory sieves needed to meet strict hygiene and safety standards, including HACCP and ATEX legislations. The units also needed to be flexible when sieving different products on various mesh sizes, with minimal disruption to the production process. Due to an already established relationship, Zeelandia knew they could rely on Russell Finex to provide the solution they were looking for.

Russell Finex is a leading processing equipment manufacturer with a long and rich history of supplying separation equipment to the food industry. Realizing the benefits of Russell Finex's innovative experience and testing facilities, Zeelandia decided to install two custom built Compact 900 sieves. One unit was also fitted with the Russell Finex Vibrasonic Deblinding System (VDS), to prevent the mesh screen from blocking and therefore improving Zeelandia's productivity even further.

Manufactured at Russell's ISO9000 accredited factory, the customized Compact 900’s eliminated many of Zeelandia's problems. To satisfy Zeelandia's productivity objective, Russell Finex advised the company to attach the mesh screens to the sieve decks, to enable operators to quickly change the setup of the sieves whenever they need to check-screen different products. This significantly reduced Zeelandia’s downtime and improved the company's productivity because operators no longer were required to detach the mesh screen and deck individually. Constructed in the highest quality stainless steel, the Compact 900's can be easily cleaned between batches.

Zeelandia were also looking for vibratory sieves that would easily fit into their existing manufacturing process. To solve this problem Russell Finex modified the Compact sieves. The sieve decks were lowered in height and the underpans were enlarged to allow the units to fit neatly into the existing process without disrupting Zeelandia’s production lines.

The unit's simple design allowed Zeelandia operators to strip-down and clean the machine without any tools. This also helped them to quickly prepare the units to sieve a range of raw materials on different mesh sizes, with minimal downtime.

Another key feature of the installation was the Russell Finex Vibrasonic Deblinding System (VDS). By integrating this system, Zeelandia increased productivity by eliminating mesh blinding and blockage. With the mesh staying clear, downtime was reduced and screening capacities improved. The innovative Vibrasonic system also allowed Zeelandia to screen their product more accurately and reduce re-screening of good product, therefore improving the bottom line.

The units were supplied to meet the latest ATEX approval ratings, ensuring the machines are safe to use in potentially hazardous environments. Both sieves were also fully compliant with strict HACCP and FDA hygiene standards, therefore safeguarding Zeelandia’s reputation as a leading food ingredient supplier.

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