ELEA SMOOTHCUT™ ONE PULSED ELECTRIC FIELD BELT SYSTEM

Osmotic drying

Osmotic drying

Osmotic drying

Pulsed Electric Fields help with osmotic drying, too. Diffusion is enhanced and the dried fruits have a larger volume and better shape. Drying is accelerated with better sensory attributes and retained colour.

Osmotic drying

Beans

Beans

Beans

Opening the beans cell structure with Pulsed Electric Fields results in accelerated soaking time making the process faster and more energy efficient.

Beans

Cassava/Manioc

Cassava/Manioc

Cassava/Manioc

Using Pulsed Electric Fields in Cassava or Manioc production enables structure softening and improves peeling. Outcomes are better cutting with less breakage and huge energy and water savings.

Cassava/Manioc

Beetroot

Beetroot

Beetroot

By applying a Pulsed Electric Field treatment prior to making beetroot chips, the open structure enables better cutting, frying optimization and reduced temperature for great colour retention and taste.

Beetroot

Meat

Meat

Meat

Treating meat with Pulsed Electric Fields results in the tenderisation of the meat structure. The opened pores improve brining and a higher yield. A reduction in marinating time enables faster production.

Meat

French fries

French fries

French fries

A Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment enables structure softening and great cutting improvements for French fries production. Resulting in less feathering, less breakage, much longer fries and an even colour.

French fries

Asparagus

Asparagus

Asparagus

Pulsed Electric Fields treatment of hard structures such as asparagus means low energy cell disruption for texture modification and enables improved saponins release, too.

Asparagus

Freeze-dried fruits

Freeze-dried fruits

Freeze-dried fruits

Freeze-drying of fruits assisted by Pulsed Electric Fields enables extraordinary shape, colour and flavour retention. FD PEF fruits are healthy natural snacks, make a perfect ingredient in muesli or covered in chocolate.

Freeze-dried fruits

Apple

Apple

Apple

Drying apples after a Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment achieve a product of amazing flavour retention, shape preservation and retained colour.

Apple

Chicken breast

Chicken breast

Chicken breast

A Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment of chicken breast brings improvements in the tenderisation processes and a soft mouth-feel. Improved yield and reduced marinating time are great production benefits, too.

Chicken breast

Mango

Mango

Mango

PEF dried mango is extra rich in flavour and benefits from a completely retained structure with no shrinkage. A bright colour and drying process optimization results in a premium quality product.

Mango

Dried vegetables

Dried vegetables

Dried vegetables

A Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment forces structure opening and a better water release while drying enabling process optimization and energy savings. The result is a retained colour and great shape retention.

Dried vegetables

Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli

Pulsed Electric Fields treatment of broccoli opens the structure and makes the extraction of healthy compounds possible without extra heat. That means an energy saving process and improved extract quality.

Broccoli

Grass

Grass

Grass

A treatment with Pulsed Electric Fields can make grass as feed better digestible due to the cell disruption and therefore be more effective for animals.

Grass

Potato chips

Potato chips

Potato chips

In chips manufacturing, a Pulsed Electric Fields pre-treatment results in better cutting, less feathering and enabling more extreme shapes. Frying optimization and less oil uptake result in better chips quality.

Potato chips

Onion

Onion

Onion

PEF assisted onion drying brings great benefits to the production process including faster moisture release and drying process optimization. Drying acceleration enabling energy savings and less shrinkage.

Onion

Vegetable chips

Vegetable chips

Vegetable chips

For vegetable chips such as carrot chips, parsnip chips or beetroot chips, a Pulsed Electric Fields treatment of the raw produce results in better cutting, sugar release, less acrylamide and better quality.

Vegetable chips

Sugar cane

Sugar cane

Sugar cane

Sugar cane consists of very hard fibres and using Pulsed Electric Fields as a cell disruption method opens the structure. This results in increased sugar yield and aims for a low energy sugar extraction.

Sugar cane

Tomato

Tomato

Tomato

A Pulsed Electric Fields pre-treatment brings great achievements to tomato processing. The faster moisture release enhances peel removal. No heating step is needed meaning better colour and taste.

Tomato

Berry

Berry

Berry

Treating berries with Pulsed Electric Fields for drying purpose will result in gentle water release and excellent shape and quality retention. PEF treatment can also enhance juice extraction for juices or smoothies!

Berry

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

After a PEF treatment of sweet potatoes, the structure is much more pliable and cutting is improved. Water leakage enables sugar release, resulting in less acrylamide production while frying.

Sweet Potato

Carrot

Carrot

Carrot

Both, dried carrot snacks and fried carrot chips benefit from a Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment in smoother cutting, better processing performance, product optimization and overall higher quality retention.

Carrot

Potato

Potato

Potato

Structure softening with Pulsed Electric Fields eliminates the need for a pre-heater, allowing for energy and water savings. With the resulting smoother cut and starch retention, more product yield is achievable.

Potato

Sugar beet

Sugar beet

Sugar beet

Sugar beet is a hard tuber and using Pulsed Electric Fields for cell disruption means a low energy sugar extraction method with greatly increased sugar yield.

Sugar beet

The Elea SmoothCut™ One is a compact, single-unit system that still provides all the benefits of PEF including improved quality, greater yield and thrilling potential for new snack products.

We’ve taken the technology and intelligence of the traditional SmoothCut™ system and reworked it to create a compact, all-in-one system that’s an affordable and flexible solution for businesses looking for an output between 1 and 6 t/h.

The SmoothCut™ One optimises softening and cutting which allows our customers to find new product shapes that have never been seen before such as a spiral or twist, with much less fracturing. Crisp producers have found this particularly beneficial and are eagerly exploring these new possibilities.

This system benefits from the same quick start-up and low energy and water usage as the original SmoothCut™ system which improves processing efficiency, however, it has a much smaller physical footprint that slots seamlessly into the rest of the manufacturing process.

During the reduced-time deep-frying process, products treated by the SmoothCut™ One absorb less oil which results in an even and overall more attractive final colour.

Our state-of-the-art control system with touch screen panel means that the PEF process can be reliably and safely managed, and the operator has full control.

We’ve also built in the option to operate the SmoothCut™ One remotely, which means that maintenance and aftercare is a thorough service.

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SMOOTHCUT ONE SYSTEM SPECIFICATION

Elea SmoothCut™ ONE

Continuous Treatment Belt & Pulse Generator
capacity
Up to 6 t/h of potato in a potato water mixture.
safety standards
UL, ULc or CE.
water management
Automated level control, water conductivity and temperature measurement.
electrodes
Titanium.
dimensions
4121 x 1347 x 1599 mm (LxWxH).
tank capacity
Approx. 1500 lt. +/- depending on working level.
system weight
1000 kgs. – Empty.
power supply
Supplied from generator.
pulse shape
Rectangular pulses with high energy efficiency.
control system
Siemens PLC: Option of remote operation, maintenance and fault diagnosis. Touch screen operation. Display of processing parameters.
optional
Various types of platforms to integrate system into existing installations.
Services Required
power supply
400/415 V, 50 Hz (3Phase/Ground), 32 A Other options available.
water
Water supply to treatment belt.
compressed air
6 bar.
drain valve
DN150 Flange.

DESIGNED AND BUILT BY ELEA EXPERTS

Our SmoothCut™ One systems are manufactured in our Quakenbrück facility in Germany. Each of our designers, engineers and system builders is an expert in the field of PEF.

CONTINUOUS OPERATION

The high-quality build and solid-state typology of the SmoothCut™ One system mean that you can have peace of mind that it will be able to withstand 24/7 operation, as well as low-cost maintenance.

Our compact and single-unit SmoothCut™ One systems are built to last and withstand high usage with little to no downtime, and our range of service contracts can include around the clock technical support too.

TAILOR YOUR SYSTEM

Our SmoothCut™ One systems can be tailored to our clients’ requirements. Fully scalable, we can create a bespoke system based on your design, software programming and mechanics needs.

We’ll make sure that our experts are working with you every step of the way, so even if you need a products processing solution such as a split belt, we’ll be able to integrate it into your lines’s design.

BESPOKE PARAMETERS

We collaborate with our clients to ensure that they’re getting the most out of their SmoothCut™ One system and really unlocking the potential and benefits of PEF. You tell us about your product and application goal and we’ll develop a tailored treatment parameter.

Our SmoothCut™ One systems may be compact, but they’re also designed to work in conjunction with any standard processing control system and have been fully certified and accredited to be installed anywhere across the globe.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will we need a full-time operator for our SmoothCut™ One system?

There’s no need for a full-time operator, we design our SmoothCut™ One systems to be run without one.

What maintenance is required for the SmoothCut™ One system?

Every year your SmoothCut™ One system should receive an annual inspection from the Elea service team. We’re taking continual steps to make our service options as easy and hassle-free as possible, however there are some parts of the SmoothCut™ One system that may need attention due to wear and tear. In addition, we recommend that our clients carry out a monthly PPM on their SmoothCut™ One which should only take an hour.

Are parts of the SmoothCut™ One system that come into contact with the product food grade?

Every part of the SmoothCut™ One system that has direct contact with your product is made from either Stainless Steel or CE and FDA listed plastics. All of our systems are supplied with certification for your records and reference too.

Are the metal parts of the SmoothCut™ system passivated?

Certainly. We grit polish all the metal parts of the SmoothCut™ One system after welding, and every mental part is made from Stainless Steel 1.4301 or higher.

Can I download data and control the system remotely?

Can I download data and control the system remotely?

Is it difficult to replace any SmoothCut™ One system parts?

Our SmoothCut™ One system is a plug-and-go solution with no additional set up needed. In the event any parts do fail, they are quick and easy to replace.

Does the SmoothCut™ One system special have any special cleaning requirements?

Does the SmoothCut™ One system special have any special cleaning requirements?

What utilities are needed for the SmoothCut™ One system?

You’ll need electric, water compressed air and separate cooling water for the generator.

Do Elea offer training for SmoothCut™ One operators and maintenance personnel?

Not only do we provide training for operators and maintenance personnel during installation of your SmoothCut™ One system, but we can undertake additional training at our Quakenbrück facility too. We’ll also provide copies of training material and tailor your training to your specific system.

Can the SmoothCut™ One system work with floating products?

It sure can. Due to its unique design, the SmoothCut™ One system is able to process both floating and sinking products as standard.

In 24-hours, how many water changes are needed in the SmoothCut™ One treatment tank?

Although it essentially depends on the product volume and cleanliness of the product, you can expect to need between four and six water changes every 24-hours. However, as the SmoothCut™ One system automatically monitors and controls the water conductivity, it can drain small amounts of water from the tank and replace with fresh water.

Are all the electrical cabinets suitable for placing in wet areas?

Certainly. The electrical cabinets found on the SmoothCut™ One system are designed for this type of usage.

Can I use a closed loop water chiller to supply cooling for the SmoothCut™ One generator?

You can. Some of our customers prefer to use a closed loop cooling circuit for their SmoothCut™ One system generators using water or glycol with a minimum temperature of 15°C.

Will the SmoothCut™ One system treat my whole product evenly?

Yes, this is one of the main benefits of using PEF to treat your products. For example, every potato introduced to PEF in the water tank will be treated the same.

INSTALLATION, TRAINING AND AFTERCARE

Not only do we provide SmoothCut™ One system installation, but our team of technical and PEF experts provide a complete training programme, maintenance and support, no matter where in the world you are.

TRAINING

Ensure your SmoothCut™ One system is operating under ideal conditions and with high performance. Whether you’re learning about yield, settings, up-time or safety, it’s so important that your operators and maintenance personnel are knowledgeable about the system.

We can offer on-site SmoothCut™ One system training that’s specific to your particular system configuration to make sure your staff are experienced in the PEF process.

AFTERCARE OPTIONS

Depending on the level of service option you choose, we’re able to send our team of highly-skilled staff to provide full installation and maintenance as and when you need it, no matter your location.

We’re also able to monitor and run diagnostics on your SmoothCut™ One system remotely, so even if it’s the middle of the night, our Customer Service department can still offer our support should you require it.

MAINTAINING YOUR SYSTEM

Your SmoothCut™ One system can be tailored, so the maintenance programme can be too. We offer proactive and preventative measures to keep you up and running and able to concentrate on creating exciting new snack ideas.

We’ll also conduct inspections to enhance your maintenance schedule and can replace any SmoothCut™ One system parts if needed so production up-time can be maximised.

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ELEA’S CutControl™

Full crop, cutting and quality control with the SmoothCut™ One system and Elea CutControl™

INSTANT TEST RESULTS

Identify seasonal variations and effects quickly and easily so you can select the optimum PEF treatment conditions.

The Elea CutControl™ measures the cutting force of tubers before and after PEF treatment then displays the results instantly.

FLEXIBLE PROCESS ADJUSTMENT

PEF treatment using the SmoothCut™ system gets rid of seasonal variation in raw produce firmness to provide an even and consistent cut throughout the year.

The PEF treatment intensity can be easily monitored with the CutControl™ to identify the ideal parameters for the best possible product yield, quality and flexibility.

PORTABLE AND ROBUST

Elea’s CutControl™ is more cost-effective than a texture analyser and doesn’t need an extra computer to display results. It’s robustness and portability make it the perfect device for SmoothCut™ system process control in industrial production line.

The device comes with a range of cutting grids, sample preparation grid and a handy transport case too.

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D-49610 Quakenbrück
Germany

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