Nyle Systems develops new container food dryer
US manufacturer Nyle Systems has created a new food drying system that it says provides more flexibility and options to match customers’ optimal processing scenarios.
The Nyle Container Food Dryer features a dehumidification unit, air handling equipment, and touch screen controls that create a fully controlled climate within the re-engineered shipping container. Nyle Systems has been making drying systems in the USA for more than four decades, and the new container food dryer is just the latest evolution in drying that is being advanced by Nyle. Customers can choose and customise racks, shelves, trays and/or carts that the product will be dried on within the container chamber.
One key benefit of using the Nyle Container Food Dryer, according to the company, is that it is pre-fabricated and can be moved. Therefore, it’s modular, and can accommodate facility expansion for customers that are short on a footprint to install a drying system within the walls of their facility. A recent customer installed their Nyle Container Food Dryer outside their walls, yet it is directly connected and has a convenient, wide entry door to the existing building.
Nyle heat pump dehumidification systems facilitate reduction of product moisture content while maintaining quality characteristics such as colour, texture, nutrients and essential ingredients. Nyle states that heat pumps are the perfect drying technology for applications such as healthy snack foods, seafood, jerky and pet treats where low temperatures and humidity control are critical. The new container food dryers are also ideal for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, pet food, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, tea and coffee. A customer in Canada recently purchased a Nyle Container Food Dryer to dehydrate seafood.
In the tight, closed-loop container chamber, customers can create the ideal climate for the food product being dried – their own atmosphere controlled by the touch of a button. The system’s touch screen and remote control access provide real-time data for temperature, relative humidity and air speed. Customers can create and store exact drying recipes for each food to maintain product consistency and quality control.
“Our energy-efficient systems feature heat pump technology, so they may also help food manufacturers save money and qualify for one of the state energy efficiency incentive programs popping up around the country,” said Nyle CEO Ton Mathissen. “A recent customer in Massachusetts received an energy efficiency grant from their state which covered the cost of the drying system,” he added.