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Consistency is key

The Sobatech equipment is characterized by continuously delivering a remarkably constant and homogenous end product. Besides that it has the ability to apply exceptional high sheer forces during kneading. These points of differentiation are vital to many industries where energy has to be applied to raw materials in order to get a consistent mass.

Sobatech’s hygienic design
Sobatech continuous production line

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous dosing

Sobatech understands that dosing is essential for reaching the required product quality. We truly believe that if the various raw materials are not dispensed in the correct quantities to begin with, it will never be possible to produce a correct product. Therefore, Sobatech devotes great time and effort in developing and optimizing the continuous dosing of all sorts of ingredients. We believe in the benefits of gravimetric dosing which is based on the loss-in-weight principle. Sobatech develops its own tailor made open source software to control the feeder-pumps and other hardware involved in the continuous dosing of ingredients. As a rule of thumb, accuracy of (continuous) dosing should always be between +/- 0.4% and 0.9% (all the time, every split second). For Sobatech, this is routine business.

Dry ingredients

Our continuous dosing software measures the flow of dry ingredients 5 times (!!) per second. This means that the adjustments to the flow are made instant and extremely accurate. A Sobatech continuous dosing system is unique in allowing dry ingredients to enter the complete mixing and kneading process at a very late stage and blending it extremely well into the mass with a remarkably even distribution. This enhances consistency and quality of the end-product.

Liquid ingredients

Besides that, the same passion for accuracy applies to the continuous dosing of liquid ingredients. State of the art measurement equipment, such as magnetic and Coriolis flow meters are used to regulate the correct quantity of liquid ingredients entering the system.

Sobatech’s dosing hopper
Sobatech’s water dosing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous mixing

A Sobatech continuous mixing system uses a 2-phase process for mixing the ingredients into a consistent and homogenous mass. As soon as all ingredients are evenly and accurately distributed over the complete mass, the development takes place. This is done in a controlled and extremely precise way during mixing. Both phase 1 (the homogenizer) and phase 2 (the mixer or kneader) are first-in / first-out. The homogenizer phase guarantees a high level of water absorption and therefore more moisture in the end-product. In this phase the ingredients are not mixed mechanically, resulting in a 100% homogenous and consistent flow of mass. The innovative tools of the continuous mixer, in phase 2, are responsible for the controlled flow of mass throughout the machine. The combination of a relative small amount of mass in the mixer housing with a relatively high volume of tooling, result in a remarkable high energy efficiency: a large part of the energy developed by the tooling is put into the mass. Due to the combination of a gentle mass treatment and excellent mass development Sobatech has proven that the same or better end-product quality can be reached with for instance lower grade flour, less yeast and less improvers. This makes the Sobatech continuous mixer extremely gentle for your wallet!

Sobatech’s homogenizer
Continuous high shear mixing tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous fermentation

The preparation of many foods require a resting time for the development of taste, consistency, aroma etc. Time is a key factor within this continuous fermentation process. Yet, besides time also ensuring each part of the mass is exposed to the same environmental conditions is of great importance in end-product quality and consistency. Combining time with an equal and controlled exposure to the right fermentation conditions are the vital features of a Sobatech continuous fermenter.

Sobatech’s fermenter
Sobatech’s fermenter