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Publication Date: 03/2011
Pages: 3
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Sanitary vacuum conveying system provides dust-free flour transfer

A noodle company installs a bulk bag discharger and dilute-phase vacuum conveying system to improve its noodle production.

Mrs. Miller’s Homemade Noodles Ltd., Fredericksburg, Ohio, is a family-owned and -operated company that produces preservative-free, homemade-quality noodles, sauces, salsas, jams, jellies, and other food products. The company produces more than 80,000 pounds of various types of noodles each week. When making the noodles in the past, operators manually emptied 50-pound bags of flour into a 1,500-pound-capacity holding tank. A pneumatic conveyor then transferred about 1,000 pounds of flour per hour from the tank to a high-speed premixer, where other dry ingredients were mixed with the flour before further processing. Because this method of handling the flour was inefficient, labor-intensive, and dusty, the company needed to find a better way of transferring the flour to the mixing operation.

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