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Removing excess batter for Birds Eye Walls

Birds Eye

Birds Eye wanted to improve the appearance of the Fish Fingers, the consistency of the battered coating and reduce wastage.
Secomak case study Secomak case study The air knife solution improved the product appearence and significantly reduced wastage. Anthony Hughes, Secomak
Birds Eye Walls, previously a subsidiary of Unilever and now Nomad Foods Europe, is a leading global manufacturer of food products.

In the production of fish fingers, the traditional method of coating the fish is to allow the batter to naturally flow over the product to get a full coating. However, gravity alone is often not sufficient to create a uniform coating and provide the right product appearance. This method also uses excessive amounts of batter to ensure a total covering, meaning much of the excess goes to waste.
Secomak supplied a system running from a 428G 2.2kw fan and one 450mm aluminium air knife. The air knife was mounted above the conveyor and adjusted to the correct height to provide the a smooth, uniformly thick coating, significantly improving the product appearance.

Any excess batter which is removed from the process can then be collected and recycled, significantly reducing wastage.
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Dry, clean, cool and coat, with Secomak's range of Air Knives. Blower driven and very cost effective, they can increase efficiency by up to 85% vs compressed air.