Starch cookers have become a critical component in modern-day plants. Over the past decades, it has seen many technological improvements so that it is better for industries. Here is an in-depth look at the starch cooker.
A starch cooker is an industrial device used for the chemical processed of starch wet milling, grain ethanol production, and other starch processing applications in the manufacturing industry.
A starch cooker works in the method of direct steam injection using internal steam modulation with the means of a variable position steam plug, which accurately meters the mass flow of steam. We know this type of starch cooker as a jet cooker.
Another type is the continuous starch cooker, which often serves as an alternative to the jet cooker. However, the extra water that is introduced in steam injection instantly evaporated while it brings the cooked starch slurry to atmospheric pressure. When a starch slurry is cooked without steam injection, it is necessary to add more water, so that the product resembles the end result cooked in a jet steam cooker.
Steam cooking is an integral part of the industrial process. It is important to realize that starch is valuable to industries and facilities for production. Some examples of this are making bread and adhesives.
Many industries cannot produce without a starch cooker.
With its vast uses and so many facilities needing one, it has seen improvements within the design and technology. Komax understands the need for improved technology and has specifically improved upon the traditional design with improvements for advancement within industrial facilities. Not only for better production but for efficiency.
The design has minimal pressure drop on the slurry, allowing thorough cooking at a controlled temperature. With the cooker at love velocity, it reduces the mechanical shear of the starch granule. This is specifically a crucial factor in the making of cationic starches. It is an optimized, enzyme usage reduced, steam and energy-reduced, filtration improves, and therefore a decrease in rework item.
The small diameter model has proven to improve starch cooking as well. The most significant design is that is has eliminated noise and vibration. This invention is a major breakthrough in how liquid, slurry, and starch heating handling during the manufacturing process.
In an effort to maximize time and standards, its flow-through design provides for clean in place (CIP) or rapid disassembly for cleaning. Gone are the days of a disruption in production due to cleaning and reassembly of parts.
Komax understands the needs of plants and industries. They have applied their technology to over 100,000 installations worldwide. In addition to starch cookers, Komax specializes in static mixers, desuperheaters, and steam heaters. Whatever your plant facility needs, they will help you find a solution that will effectively get you the most efficient and cost-effective results.