As a global technology equipment supplier to the food processing industry, JBT has
announced the launch of the new, electric version of its successful Stein TwinDrum
Spiral Oven, offering a range of features including simpler maintenance and
connectivity to JBT’s iOPS platform, as well as giving customers the opportunity to
better meet their green commitments.
The TwinDrum Spiral Oven is the latest spiral oven cooking technology from JBT that builds
on decades of oven engineering by adding a uniform temperature and excellent roasting
capabilities via an efficient two-zone spiral system. The TwinDrum spiral oven’s design
enables processors to increase their processing yield compared with existing ovens, while
at the same time ensuring consistent cooking of food items by uniformly distributing the hot
air flow across all tiers.
But with the introduction of the electric TwinDrum, JBT is offering customers a new way to
heat by foregoing gas and oil-based heating systems, and plugging directly into the grid,
according to Stefan Paulsson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream & Global Product Line
for Cooking & Linear Freezers. “Through the electric TwinDrum, we are offering a new
way to heat,” he said.
“We come in contact with a lot of new food producers in the world wanting to cook and fry
alternative proteins, but often, for these small scale start-up producers, investing in a thermal fluid system can be quite expensive. Having an electrically-heated fryer and oven is a
good and more affordable alternative for this group.”
Double savings
Until now, the TwinDrum was heated by an oil-based thermal fluid system that made use of
either natural gas or electricity to heat air inside the oven. With the electric TwinDrum,
Paulsson continued, customers are able to save twice: by having one single rather than
two heat transformations, and by not having to invest in a separate boiler and piping.
“Instead of having to pay for a thermal heating system, you just have cables that go directly
into the machine,” he said. “The electric heater is fixed in the machine, so it can be easily
accessed for cleaning and maintenance, while having fixed wiring means better
reliability. Electric heating also gives processors the ability to use renewable sources of energy that could help them to achieve their environmental goals or commitments.”
Temperature controls
Additional features available with the electric TwinDrum include proportional control for the
heating elements to achieve more accurate temperature control, plus built-in connectivity
with JBT’s own IoT (Internet of Things) platform iOPS, which enables the monitoring of
temperature fluctuations and energy consumption across systems, meaning areas where
energy savings can be made can be easily identified.
The Stein TwinDrum adds to a growing range of electrically-heated cooking solutions from
JBT, including fryers, Double D Revoband ovens and the Formcook Contact Cooker.
“The TwinDrum offers all the benefits of a thermal fluid-heated system: it looks the same,
it’s just electrically-heated,” Paulsson added.