Electrostatics booming as food manufacturers look for greater efficiency

Visit Spice Application Systems at Interpack 2011 in Hall 04 at stand number 4F21

The cost savings delivered by the use of electrostatics in the food manufacturing industry have prompted a major increase in take-up of the technology.

UK-based Spice Application Systems (SAS), which has led the field in developing electrostatic equipment for the food sector, has seen its order books double over the last 12 months and now has more than 1,100 units on production lines around the world.

The company, led by managing director Peter King, will be showcasing its latest equipment at Interpack 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany, where King will be on hand to talk about the benefits which can be achieved.

“There’s no doubt that at a time when manufacturers are looking for increased efficiency and cost savings, they are now seeing the benefits that electrostatics can make to their bottom line,” he said.

“We’re expanding into new geographical markets all the time, especially within the Middle East and Asia, and at the same time we are getting increased interest from new food sectors, such as dairy and cheese processing where we have been conducting some very exciting trials. We expect Interpack 2011 to be a great opportunity for us to further boost our business and spread the word that electrostatics really does make a difference.”

SAS’s success within the export market was marked recently when the company was named a top six finalist in the Thames Valley Export Award, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South East.

Not only is electrostatic technology proven to reduce powder wastage, but its 100% accuracy allows absolute precision on the amounts of powder and oils applied, something which is increasingly important to manufacturers as consumers drive towards reduced fat products.

Less powder wastage also means greater energy efficiency and improved production processes, thanks to the need for less manufacturing downtime for cleaning and it is also recognised as producing vastly improved product quality.

SAS’s equipment allows powders and flavourings to be electrostatically applied to anything from snacks to breakfast cereals; dry pet food to fresh meats; confectionery and frozen foods. It can be either installed on new machinery or retrofitted to existing production lines.

For more information, visit www.spiceapplications.com.