Carrot processing line

Lay-out

This carrot processing line begins with carrots being unloaded into an offloading container. A series of conveyors transport the product. If needed the dry dirt can be removed from the product with a dirt removing machine. It is also possible to implement a sorting machine with conveyors underneath to remove smaller carrots from the product stream. The product then continues via a redler and an elevating conveyor.

First, the product arrives in the destoner-washer. All the stones and big dirt particles are removed from the product. In the sand trap, the sand is removed from the washing water so the water can be used again. A mobile conveyor transports the product to a flume. The water in the flume moves the product towards the flotation bath. A conveyor in the flotation bath takes the product up onto an inspection table. Workers can inspect the products and remove the bad carrots. These inferior products are discarded into a waste chute and used for the production of animal feed. The quality products continue onto a buffer conveyor. The buffer conveyor makes sure the product is fed to an elevating conveyor evenly and gradually.

The feed hopper leads the products to the steam peeler. In the sealed steam peeler, steam is introduced to the products. The pressure in the vat is decreased rapidly which causes the peel to explode from the surface of the product. With this way of peeling, the products are all peeled evenly and there is minimal product loss. At the brush conveyor, the loose peels are removed from the product. For this process, the brushes and the sticky characteristics of the belt are key. The brush moves in the opposite direction of the product flow. The peeling waste is removed from the belt by a scraper and pumped into a buffer tank.

During the next step in the carrot processing line, a screw feeder and a feeder belt introduce the product to the washing installation. In the washing installation the product is cleaned thoroughly by a rotating drum. When the product leaves the drum it enters a vibratory dewatering deck to shake off the excess water from the product. The dewatered product then lands on an inspection conveyor where a worker removes the substandard products from the product stream. By using of a vibratory distribution deck, the product is divided between several cutting machines. The cut product is sent to the packaging department by means of flumes and pumps.

This processing line was developed to process carrots. But it is suited for other root vegetables and potatoes as well. Machines can be added or removed from this carrot processing line to make sure the line fully meets your requirements.