Company: Baker Perkins, Inc.
Equipment Snapshot: Baker Perkins’ JellyCook is a flexible batch weighing, mixing, and cooking system for pectin and gelatin confectionery syrups. The system consists of an oil-heated stainless steel cooking vessel with a variable speed mixer/stirrer, a reservoir tank, and a support frame with operator platform.
The cooker is mounted on load cells, allowing the control system to monitor the addition of major ingredients. An intelligent, adaptive control system uses on-screen prompts to guide the operator through the process of preparing a batch. Active ingredients are added to the weighed batch at the end of cooking to ensure accurate dosing control. A standard, semi-automatic JellyCook cooker produces 30-kg batches, with an output of up to 50 kg/hour.
Scrapers mounted on the mixing assembly ensure product is moved away from the vessel walls, ensuring even cooking and preventing burn-on.
Mounted below the cooker vessel is a 45-kg reservoir tank. This stainless steel vessel holds the cooked product at a specified temperature to ensure it is easily transferred to the depositor. At this stage minor ingredients can be added manually and incorporated into the batch using the built in stirrer. From the reservoir tank the product can either be automatically pumped to the depositor or taken manually.