Cleaning food manufacturing products to match high volume throughput while optimising manpower usage, are benefits arising from a new Oliver Douglas installation for specialist food manufacturer, Discovery Foods. A Panamatic 800 washing system is operational at the Milton Keynes site, which is dedicated to the production of tortillas and wrap breads, for which the manufacturer has a leading reputation.

Producing up to 1.3 million products per day, five dual production lines operate at the site, each utilising a wide range of food manufacturing equipment. This includes stainless steel and plastic rounding drums, utensils and both rubber and plastic moving belts – all now cleaned regularly using the Oliver Douglas Panamatic.

“Equipment is moved via a trolley to a dedicated cleaning area where it is loaded into a purpose-designed tray – also developed by Oliver Douglas – and rolled into the front of the Panamatic unit,” comments Brian Clarke, Quality Manager at Discovery Foods.

Because the wash programme is automatic, workers can be released for other duties while the system runs through its pre-programmed sequence. The tray is extracted from the opposite side of the Panamatic for return to the production area – the twin door design enabling the clean and dirty product areas to be kept separate.

The stainless steel Panamatic 800 electrically heated and thermostatically-controlled with cleaning achieved via rotating spray arms.

“It was important to Discovery Foods that the full range of materials could be handled by the one unit,” says Paul Careless, Oliver Douglas Sales Manager. “The operation runs 24 hours per day and we are delighted that our equipment design is helping to build on the efficiency of this key part of Discovery Foods’ manufacturing process,” he adds.

Part of the Paulig Group, which has had a leading reputation in the food services sector for some 135 years, the name of Discovery Foods has become synonymous with specialist products of the highest quality. The decision to specify the Oliver Douglas unit not only reflects on the manufacturer’s commitment to an important area of production, but also on the throughput versatility that is central to food production at the site.

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