For its Charmes (88) factory, the PatisFrance-Puratos group wanted to automate the feeding of a roller grinder located downstream of a roasting kiln for dried fruit.
The raw materials
The dried fruit, before going through the roasting kiln, is packaged in cartons weighing 5 to 10kg.
The implanted procedure
At the outlet of the dried fruit roasting kiln, PatisFrance-Puratos installed a mobile feeder station in order to transfer the raw materials to a roller grinder. "This installation has allowed us to increase our productivity, states technical manager Benoît Lassalle. Handling by operators and line stoppages are now very limited. We could have opted for installing a stationary Transitube auger but the mobile feeder station offered more flexibility."
Indeed, the Charmes factory has found two other uses for its new equipment. "We receive out dried fruit partially in cartons. Thanks to the mobile feeder station, the operator can easily prepare 500 kg big bags that will feed into the roasting kiln. The ergonomics at this station have been improved substantially."
PatisFrance-Puratos has pushed even further the use of this innovation developed by the Apia Technologie teams. The mobile feeder station proved to be ideal for transporting chocolate buttons to a praline mixer. In this process, we have removed the harshness linked to tasks that until now were performed manually."