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Accurate blending of infant formula

When designing an infant formula production line, the key element is to ensure the correct content of all components in the premix mixture and the correct ratio between premix and carrier. Meeting the stringent requirements concerning infant food premix is one of the greatest challenges in mixing technology.

The challenge is to overcome the contradiction between the very low content of active ingredients (such as vitamins, salts and mineral complexes) and the very small doses of the final product on the one side and the relatively large batches with shortest possible batch times on the other.

Furthermore the focus should be on avoiding inaccuracies in the final packing, because there are serious consequences involved. For this aspect Hosokawa Micron feels the mutual responsibility together with their customers to provide infants with the best possible baby food powder.

Expert engineering in baby food blending

Over the years, Hosokawa Micron has supplied a great number of baby food mixers, with unusual combinations of CIP-or custom designed dry-cleaning provisions, high mixing accuracy, large volumes, low energy input and high production capacities. This requires flexibility, dedication and expert engineering.

Until recently, almost all these mixers were based on traditional, proven Nauta technology, very well suitable to reach the highest possible mixing accuracies without risk of segregation and product damage. Our latest development in infant food mixing equipment focused on reducing production costs and building height which led to the introduction of the Vitomix ribbon screw mixer.

The Vitomix features even shorter batch times, better accessibility for often manual dry cleaning while maintaining the highest possible mixing accuracy. Using two conical cantilevered screws, the net energy input to the product is effectively even lower compared to the already very gentle Nauta mixer.

Hygienic and safe design

We are constantly updating our product range to comply with the latest customer and industry requirements for hygiene, cleaning and prevention of dust explosions. Hosokawa Micron B.V. is an active EHEDG member and we always take current hygienic engineering guidelines, such as EHEDG and 3-A, into account when designing, manufacturing and implementing food processing equipment.

For blending baby food, the Vitomix features a high level of surface treatment, mixing screws in sanitary design, a large dust- and liquid-tight cleaning door in the wall, hygienic sampler and a ISEM ball segment valve, combining a short discharge time with a sufficient controlled output flow rate.

Try before you buy

At Hosokawa Micron B.V. we have our own testing and process development centre in Doetinchem, the Netherlands. It offers unique possibilities for testing your product to determine the most efficient process, system or plant prior to final design. We can provide laboratory-level as well as production-sized trials.

Whether you wish to test a single machine or a complete powder processing system, the same skilled and experienced staff are here to help ensure that your requirements are met, and that you are entirely satisfied with the results.

From pilot plant to production scale

We offer process equipment and technologies from individual units to large scale bespoke system solutions. Our principle is to deliver high performance yet affordable solutions that meet our customers' demands and long term challenges.

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Hosokawa Micron B.V. is a process machinery supplier, providing mixing, drying and agglomeration equipment and systems for the powder and bulk processing industry.