Industrial starch cookers are a standard piece of equipment in modern-day plants. Traditional starch cookers do not offer the same efficiency, capabilities, or meet industry standards. The industrial starch cooker technology has made major improvements over time and has improved energy savings.
We use starch cookers in chemical processes and starch processing applications. Specifically, they are used in starch wet milling, grain ethanol production, fructose, alcohol production, and in the manufacturing industry with starch. A starch cooker in direct steam injection applications.
There are three types of starch cookers that are used jet cooker, continuous starch cooker, and jet stream cooker.
A jet cooker is used in internal steam modulation by wat of a variable position steam plug which meters the mass flow of steam. The alternative to the jet cooker is the continuous starch cooker.
The jet steam cooker is best used when starch slurry cooks without steam injection and must have water added to the product.
Steam cooking is a major process within industrial applications.
The traditional starch cooker design needed some major technology upgrades in order to keep up with plant production. It also is important as starch cookers work with steam spargers and heat exchangers.
Plants are constantly looking for ways to improve production lines, cut energy expenditures, and reduce steam usage.
Komax saw that there were several areas that they could improve upon. The first improvement was on the controlled temperature needs. With minimal pressure drop, it allows for more thorough cooking. Cooking at a lower velocity reduces the mechanical shear of the starch granule.
Traditional starch cookers were extremely noisy due to the vibrations. Next was to focus on the noise and vibration. This noise was also apparent indirect steam heaters during the cooking and heating portion of the process. The new innovation eliminates the extra noise.
As production plants are diminishing in space, equipment needs to be more compact to fit into the real estate. The smaller design is perfect for decreasing the space needed.
Komax also factored in maximizing production time and standards with its flow-through design which offers clean in place (CIP). The disruption of cleaning and disassembling and then re-assembling to maintain cleanliness.
Komax has been helping municipalities solve their problems for the past 40 years. Besides starch cookers, Komax has applied its technological advancements to desuperheaters, static mixers, and steam heaters. The engineers can customize any equipment to it your specific needs.