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tna upgrades NID M3000 starch mogul
Date Published：1/25/2018 07:01:05 PM
tna re-introduces the NID M3000 mogul with added features for better operational efficiencies and to bring it up to optimum hygiene and safety standards.
The starch mogul from NID, the confectionery specialist acquired by tna in March 2017, comply with the EU’s ATEX directive on the use of equipment in explosive environments. It incorporates ATEX-certified electrical devices and temperature sensors, and key mechanical components have been repositioned and redesigned to mitigate the hazards associated with the handling of starch.
“ATEX compliancy has become increasingly important to our customers over the last few years,” comments Edward Smagarinsky, group product manager at NID (from tna). “Although starch moulding itself is not generally considered a high risk process and accidents are extremely rare, there are hazards associated with the handling of dry, uncontained starch due to its combustible nature. For us, the health and safety of our customers, and in particular the operators, has always been a number one priority, so any changes we can make to our equipment that can help eliminate these risks take precedence. At the same time, we’ve also made some operational improvements to ensure our starch moguls continue to deliver the highest level of performance and reliability.”
Gummy candy made fromthe NID M3000 mogul
Internal parts of the feeder and stacker that are in regular contact with starch trays are now manufactured in stainless steel for advanced hygiene and consumer safety.
The tray turntable is equipped with a vibration mechanism to ensure the starch is fully discharged when trays are emptied. The newly designed hopper has automatic starch gate and starch level sensors for advanced control over the tray filling process.
NID engineers developed a new mechanism for the automatic tray insert/eject station, which is offered as an upgrade on all new and some existing NID moguls. The new mechanism enables the insertion and removal of weight control trays without stopping the machine and can also be used to eject inadequate trays, delivering advanced product quality assurance and a more continuous production process.
Mark Lozano, sales manager – confectionery at tna, adds: “We’re also planning to set up an annual ‘Starch Mogul Hazard Mediation Forum’ to help start an industry dialogue about dust control and mitigation strategies and to ensure that we continue to develop solutions that meet all our customers’ requirements.”
tna will be exhibiting the NID M3000 mogul at booth G070 in Hall 10.1 at ProSweets Cologne, from from 28-31 January 2018.