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Three Ways Inclined Agitation Improves Operational Efficiency

Choosing the right kettle design is a key part of your food processing operation. When it comes to optimizing your production, there are two clear alternatives in the mixing and agitation area: horizontal ribbon blenders and hemispherical kettles with inclined agitation. 

Horizontal ribbon blenders tend to be cylindrical in shape with a corkscrew blending attachment running directly through the middle of the machine. Hemispherical kettles with inclined agitation, on the other hand, typically resemble upright drums with hemispherical bottoms. The inclined agitator sits at an angle, with mixing arms designed to reach all the way to the hemispherical bottom of the kettle. 

Both may have their benefits, but there are three significant areas kettles with inclined agitation set themselves apart.

Faster product discharge with no waste

Using an inclined agitator design makes it easier for you to remove your product from the kettle once it’s time to move to your next production stage. The inclined agitator integrates with the hemispherical bottom of the kettle, which allows for a discharge port at the bottom-most part of the vessel. This provides a fast and efficient pathway for complete discharge of the product after each batch, even for heavier, thicker products. 

An inclined agitator’s mixing action also keeps all ingredients evenly blended during discharge, including ingredients that tend to float to the surface or sink to the bottom if not adequately mixed. 

Wider agitator options

An inclined agitator increases the available design options to better match your overall mixing needs. Utilizing an inclined agitator, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of both single and double-motion agitator options, varying degrees of incline, and blade and scraper configurations. 

This range of options makes it possible to use a kettle with inclined agitation to mix, cook and process a wider variety of food products and many different ingredients.

Easier service access and a smaller factory footprint

With an inclined agitator, the entire agitator assembly can be readily removed at any time. This makes both the kettle and the agitator easier and less costly to maintain, service and repair. 

Kettles that use inclined agitators also tend to be smaller than a horizontal ribbon blender of similar capacity, which allows for a more space-efficient design for your plant processes.

High quality mixing tanks and kettles are the engine that drives your successful food processing operation. The best choice for your operation will depend on several factors, like the ingredients you use, the variety of products you produce and the configuration of your process.

But with faster product handling, wider design options, and overall efficiency on their side, kettles with inclined agitators can present a superior choice for many food processing operations.

For more information, please see the Lee Industries guide Kettles with Inclined Agitation vs. Horizontal Ribbon Blenders.


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