How Rotary Joints Put Food and Drink on Your Dinner Table
Kadant’s Fluid Handling businesses have been manufacturing rotary joints and related equipment for more than 80 years. And since then, these innovative products have become well-established across a myriad of industrial applications, including food processing. Interestingly, several bespoke products have become entrenched into niche processes becoming the industry benchmark.
Throughout Europe, rotary joints are embedded in the operational processes of confectionery creation. Kadant UK, for example, has rotary joints operating in some of the world’s leading chocolate and candy factories. Rotary joints are also a critical component of any heated drum dryer that requires an injection of steam to allow the surface of the dryer to heat product and remove any unwanted moisture from raw ingredients to produce the finished product.
Food casings are another example within the food and beverage industry where rotary joints are prevalent. When producing sausage casings, a rotary joint is a fundamental part of the initial stage of manufacture. A steam-heated drying cylinder is used to ensure the removal of moisture from the formed web of raw materials, which is then developed and manipulated until it resembles the final product. A similar process is used in the creation of tea bags, which is a leading commodity in the UK market.
According to recent market research, the food and beverage industry within the UK market is predicted to continue its growth to meet demands of a growing population. Kadant’s Fluid Handling and Doctoring businesses continue to explore new food processing opportunities in which intrinsic high-quality design, materials, and manufacturing provide benefits to difficult and arduous applications.