Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), one of the worlds leading manufacturers of baking and process systems for the global food industry, has added an automated expanded snack system to its Science & Innovation Center in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
The installed expanded snack system allows real-world production of a wide variety of expanded snacks from corn, rice and other cereal ingredients. The new system is suited for producing corn curls and balls, but it can be used to produce a wider variety of expanded snacks, including ribbons, popcorn shapes, rings and more.
“The RBS expanded snack system allows for versatility and efficiency in snack food production processes,” said Joseph Cross, Product Line Manager, Mixing and Extrusion Technologies for RBS. “We are continually developing new shapes and formulas for this system at our Science and Innovation Center. We invite potential customers to come to the Center, and work with us to create samples and help develop their business plan.”
The RBS expanded snack system includes a ribbon blender, ingredient transfer system to automatically refill the extruder, a high-pressure extruder, and a pneumatic transfer system to move extruded products to the tumble dryer. The high-pressure extruder is capable of operating at variable speeds to adjust for the exact processing needs for each product.
“Our customers can now see exactly how the RBS expanded snack system will run in their facility,” said Cross. “This removes any guesswork– since this equipment at our Innovation Center is exactly the same as our production equipment.”