Key Technology, a leading designer and manufacturer of process automation systems, integrated electro-optical inspection and sorting systems and processing systems, has introduced its new, redesigned Auto Dryer for removing surface water from fresh-cut produce while enabling continuous line flow.
Available in one-, two-, and four-drum models, the new Auto Dryer is engineered to achieve the smoothest operation with new controls, a new motor, and a new structure that improves the dynamic operating condition of the dryer, removing moisture from fresh-cut produce gently and consistently to enhance product quality and extend shelf-life.
Compared to traditional batch dryers that require manual loading and unloading, the Auto Dryer achieves fully automated, uninterrupted loading and unloading, according to Key Tech. Compared to batch drying, the Auto Dryer doubles throughput in half the floor space while reducing labour, improving worker safety and enhancing sanitation.
The Auto Dryer effectively dries a wide variety of fresh-cut produce including baby leaf and cut leaf lettuce, cabbage, spinach, and cut vegetables such as carrots, onions, and peppers, as well as whole green beans, herbs, and more.
"Key Technology is focused on providing a wide range of superior processing and packaging solutions to help fresh-cut processors improve product quality and food safety while increasing operating efficiencies and cutting costs," noted Steve Johnson, product marketing manager at Key Technology. "With the new Auto Dryer, we’ve taken our very successful automatic dryer and reengineered it for smoother operation to deliver the greatest value to our customers."