SternMaid installs new powder blender for optimised workflow
Contract manufacturer SternMaid has upgraded the equipment at its Wittenburg’s Plant 2 with a new powder blender.
The new blending line has a working capacity of 3,000 litres and will enable SternMaid to increase its production capacity by up to 10,000 tonnes per annum. It will enable the company to increase the range of sizes to include customised retail packs such as spiral-wound plastic or fibreboard cans, bags and sachets.
The Wittenburg plant is designed for the gentle production of foods and food supplements in powder form such as meal replacers, dietetic products, dry beverage bases or protein mixtures and is equipped with an automatic wash-in-place system (WIP).
With the WIP system, the line is designed for extremely thorough wet cleaning before a change of product. It therefore meets strict organic, kosher or halal requirements. From the regulatory point of view, the blender falls under SternMaid’s FSSC 22000 certification, the internationally recognised standard for the industrial production of foods.
Mark Riemer, SternMaid’s commercial manager, said: “On the one hand, we have enlarged our capacities in order to respond better to the needs of industry in the field of blending. And on the other hand, the new blending line will optimise the workflows at our plant. In view of our customers’ ever-increasing quality demands, we decided to install wash-in-place equipment. That permits the efficient wet cleaning more and more of our customers are asking for.”