The renewed Sormac SC-940 centrifuge is a great hit, as its introduction at Fruit Logistica in Berlin clearly showed. The SC-940NextGen – characterised by a dryer product and higher capacity – saves energy and is easier to clean, and met with a very positive response. The first machine is now up and running to the customer’s full satisfaction at Heemskerk fresh & easy in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands.
The SC-940NextGen is a further development of the current model of centrifuge for drying leafy vegetables. These centrifuges, which Sormac has marketed for more than fifteen years, have more than proven their worth. But some time ago, the market started to ask for a centrifuge with higher capacity and that could deliver a product that was even dryer. This formed the basis for the development of the SC-940NextGen. The renewed version of the SC-940 centrifuge is suitable for most kinds of cut and leafy vegetables and is ideal for delicate leafy vegetables.
The SC-940NextGen has several unique aspects:
- Higher capacity
The introduction of new motors has enabled the machine to accelerate and decelerate faster and run at a higher speed. This has resulted in a shorter and more efficient cycle with dryer product, thus increasing the production capacity.
- Energy savings
The energy released while decelerating the drum is fed back into the grid. In practice, this enables energy savings of up to 20%.
- Better hygiene, easy cleaning
The open design and improved accessibility has made the machine easier to maintain and to clean.
The responses at Fruit Logistica were very positive. It was even said that ‘the design direction of the SC-940NextGen deserves an A plus’. There is lots of interest from the market in this renewed machine. The first SC-940 NextGen is already up and running at Heemskerk fresh & easy in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands.
“The SC-940NextGen is truly a step into the future. We were very positive about the earlier versions of the SC-940. But the increasing optimisation of our production lines and their increased output expressed in kg/h called for a centrifuge with a higher capacity. The SC-940NextGen certainly meets this demand. Besides a hygienic construction, sustainability is also an important issue for Heemskerk and this machine fulfils all our wishes in this respect. Energy recovery is enabling us to achieve energy savings of approx. 20 percent. In short: the SC-940NextGen is another step forward for centrifuging delicate leafy vegetables and cut vegetables. We have faith in Sormac’s knowledge and skills. We can clearly see how Sormac is committed to continuous improvement,” said Peter van Kampen, Projects & Innovations Manager.
- Unbalance control
The risk of unbalance is inherent in all centrifuges. The SC-940NextGen has a patented unbalance control system that detects unbalance in good time and corrects it, leading to uniform drying results.
- Simple construction
The simple configuration and robust drive with magnetic bearing support ensure reliable operation. The smooth interior of the drum and the absence of a central shaft minimise the risk of the product being damaged.