Four mixers for Balaji Wafers

Balaji is the second largest producer of potato crisps in India. The Balaji Group uses our gentle touch mixers for savoury snacks. “We are always looking for new technologies to improve our production”, says Balaji Group director, Keyur Virani. “Lindor has managed to transform our mixing into a more hygienic and efficient process.”

Due to increasing market demand, the Balaji plant in Rajkot (Gujarat) required modernisation and expansion of its production capacity. Our Indian partner Food Processing Technologies (FPT) has maintained close ties with the Balaji Group for many years, and together they explored how best to improve the factory’s production process. Director Virani soon became convinced that our Gentle Touch Mixer was the best solution, giving the greatest reliability for taste consistency and quality.

The importance of mixing for extrusion

It is essential for extrusion that water is added uniformly to a homogeneous mixture of raw materials. Lindor mixers are ideal, because in addition to mixing the dry raw materials, they also allow for optimal water distribution over the moving product bed without causing any dust. Dust, which causes loss of quality for several reasons in extrusion, must be prevented at all costs. The mixer is fitted with injection lances that have process-specific nozzles, to distribute the water very delicately over a moving product bed, resulting in a homogeneous mixture of a high and consistent quality. The return on investment of a Lindor mixer is very quick, because of its quality advantages and significantly higher productivity. At least six batches per hour, with a batch weight of 400 to 500 kilos.

Hygiene and low costs

The machine surfaces are hygienically treated both internally and externally using the Viwateq® water jet finish. Because of this, the surface is beautifully smooth and easy to clean. This minimizes the risk of microbial retention. This is important because the mixture of flour and water is an excellent breeding ground for microbes. The mixer has a retractable inlet and outlet. This makes the mixer, and in particular its seals, even easier to clean. “The mixer is very easy to clean, and we now meet the most stringent hygiene requirements. In addition, the mixer consumes very little energy, has proved to be easy to integrate into our process, and the maintenance costs are low,” says Virani.

‘Gentle’ processing

Our Indian partner FPT took care of the engineering and installation of the short process line, of which our mixer is a part. The Lindor mixer discharges very quickly. The 400 – 500 kg batch is conveyed rapidly, in a few minutes, by a F3 Floveyor. This is a unique aero-mechanical conveyor system that, just like our mixer, is particularly gentle with the product.

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