Thermal processing is vital in food, pharma, chemical, biomass, cannabis, hemp, and mineral applications, relying on direct or indirect heating methods to change the temperature of a material and alter its state in some way. In many thermal process applications, the drying technology must be extremely precise, and Marion solutions offer uniform heat generation and the ability to efficiently control the operating temperature and moisture content. Tap into our expertise and learn more about the various advantages and disadvantages of different thermal technologies in our Thermal Processing Handbook.
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The WaveMix technology combines drying and mixing. You can find out more about thermal processing in general by downloading the Thermal Processing Handbook. Read below this section to see the advantages of WaveMix over other technologies.
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The difference is in the details
Drying 3,000 lbs of hemp or cannabis in a matter of minutes might seem like magic, but there’s some serious science behind it. Depending on the size of WaveMix machine you choose, the variables will change. But the incredible outcome is always constant — perfectly dried product that is ready for extraction faster than ever before.
|Material Temperature Degree F||120-165||120-165||120-165||120-165|
|Maximum Machine Temp Degree F||350||350||350||350|
|Temperature Sensor||Infrared & RTD Measurement||Infrared & RTD Measurement||Infrared & RTD Measurement||Infrared & RTD Measurement|
|Machine Materials||T304 Stainless Steel||T304 Stainless Steel||T304 Stainless Steel||T304 Stainless Steel|
|Electrical Requirements||3PH 480V 50/60Hz||3PH 480V 50/60Hz||3PH 480V 50/60Hz||3PH 480V 50/60Hz|
|Initial Wet Material Weight (75% moisture)||1,200||2,000||4,000||8,000|
|Rate of Water Removal (lbs/hr)||186.5||186.4||372.3||744.6|
|Final Dry Material Weight (10% moisture)||333||556||1,111||2,222|
|Total Dry Time (hrs)||4.65||7.75||7.76||7.76|
|Dried Material Rate (lbs/hr)||71.6||71.7||143.2||286.2|
WaveMix™ was designed to address the market demands for fast, accurate and sanitary drying and mixing. As compared with indirect heating methods, microwave drying offers the following benefits.
One of the most common applications for the WaveMix is in working with foods, because of the need to retain the taste, smell and nutritional value of food products. In the next section, we go deeper into the specifics of why food processors are increasingly adopting microwave mixers and microwave drying technology.
The combination of a microwave mixer and microwave dryer provides particularly high value in the processing of precision mixes, such as in food processing, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and chemicals of a variety of types. Microwave is also appropriate for powder drying for anything from chemicals to powdered metals and consumables. Unlike indirect thermal technology, microwave is a direct thermal processing methodology that provides a level of precision that is simply impossible with indirect dryers.
What makes WaveMix unique is the ability to process heat-sensitive products. For example, when it comes to food, excess heat can cause deterioration in the nutritional value, color and aroma of the products. Dried fruits and vegetables processed through a microwave dryer with vacuum retain a superior flavor, aroma and color compared to other drying methods. The reason is simple: vacuum allows the reduction of the boiling point and the microwave provides direct heat.
Superior quality is just one reason to use microwave mixing and microwave thermal processing for food products. Another essential ingredient is ensuring pristine sanitation of the machines. Violation of sanitary standards is expensive. The average cost of a recall to a food company is $10 million in direct costs, according to a joint industry study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. For that reason, when working with food, it’s important to make sure that mixing and drying equipment maintains 3-A Authorization. Meeting sanitary requirements also means that it’s faster and easier for staff to clean a WaveMix system. Some kinds of powder mixing leave a residue that is hardly visible, but with the right equipment, you can easily clean and maintain safety standards, providing a product that is safe for human consumption. Microwave is also extremely effective in eliminating any bacterial contamination with the direct heating methodology.
In addition to foods, powders are another application where WaveMix provides results that had been impossible with other drying technology, reaching much lower moisture levels without degrading the quality of heat-sensitive material. In the chemical, biomass and pharmaceutical industries, processors are finding they can create new formulations with the help of this breakthrough technology.
When it comes to working with powders, mixing and drying together saves time and creates more consistent mixes for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and chemical applications. Powder drying with microwave offers a high level of flexibility in mixing and drying a variety of powders for the consumer market.
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