What is Ultrasonic Food Processing?
Ultrasonic food processing involves a vibrating knife producing a nearly frictionless surface which does not deform food products and to which they do not stick. The surface cleanly cuts or slits products including fillers such as nuts, raisins, dried fruit or chocolate morsels without displacement or plowing.
What are the advantages of ultrasonic food processing?
- Cleaner, repeatable and more consistent slits and cuts
- Greatly reduced normal down time for clean up
- Does not smear the cut surface
- Wider cutting temperature range
- Cuts cleanly through various densities and consistencies of products with filler materials
- Cuts edges cleanly without pinching or feathering for higher yield in packaging
- Cutting speeds can be increased substantially
- Ease of use - uncomplicated and user friendly. As simple as flipping the switch on or off.
- Flexibility in adapting the Dukane Ultrasonics cutting equipment to existing conventional slitting and cutting equipment.
One Dukane customer found that using ultrasonic food cutting they could run an entire order without stopping to clean their cutting blades. Before incorporating ultrasonic food processing in their production operations, the line had to be stopped every 45 to 60 minutes to remove product stuck to the cutters. This made it necessary to mix small batches to accommodate the required cleaning cycles. This caused batch to batch variances and much product scrap.
What food industries are using Dukane ultrasonic food processing technologies?
- Bakery and snack foods
- Candy and confectionery
- Prepared meats
- Health bars