Mepaco ® engineers equipment for the specific application in every project, providing high-performance equipment. The ThermaBlend ® Cooker has a lot of customization options to fulfill the production goals of the food processor. In fine tuning the specifications for a cooking solution, Mepaco ® provides a consultative approach to the parameters around production, operation, product, process, safety, and automation. Production Discussions around production goals will define the capacity and size of the unit. Other considerations that also factor into the capacity of the equipment are mixing time, cooling time, and how long it takes to load and unload the cooker. Mepaco ® will consider the total batch time and how many batches in an hour / day can be maximized for the new cooking solution. Operation Operational considerations are the physical requirements of the equipment. What equipment is loading the cooker? How is it loading and what is the loading height? Are there footprint limitations or existing plant requirements? Which configuration, the single or the double agitator, is best for the application? What equipment will the cooker discharge into and what is the discharge height? Product Mepaco ® has significant experience in many food processing industries which may influence application direction. Considerations also include product type and size, moisture, protein, density, viscosity, and composition. With new products, Mepaco ® encourages customers use our test cooker at their facility to determine the process and effectiveness of the ThermaBlend ® cooker. Process Next, Mepaco ® must discover the processes required for the cooking application. The ThermaBlend ® Cooker is a versatile unit that is capable of mixing, blending, cooking, cooling, searing, caramelizing, sautéing. The mixing or blending action and speeds are determined in defining the process. Also, scraper systems may be considered depending on the food product and process. The loading temperatures, cooking temperature, and unloading temperatures are all calculated to determine how the equipment will process the batch. Depending on the application, the process may require vacuum, cryogen, direct and/or indirect steam. Safety Under safety, Mepaco ® will collect food safety and personnel safety requirements for the system. Sanitary design and sanitation requirements are determined, as well as construction materials, exterior and weld finishes, and guarding needs are all added to the project scope. Automation After the equipment solution is determined, the controls and automation strategy can be developed. Controlled processes, recipe programming, steam, glycol, or water control, and certifications, if necessary, are planned for the controls solution. The ThermaBlend® Cooker is designed specifically for large-scale batch operations. All components from the tub to the agitators are custom designed to meet the needs of the application. The ThermaBlend® is designed with standard and modifiable options that include: A wrap-around steam jacket that provides up to 50% more heat transfer area than hemispherical kettles or other conventional jacketed cookers which results in highly efficient cooking cycles. Industry proven, application-specific agitator designs that provide quick homogeneous blending while minimizing shear. A durable, bi-directional scraper system that keeps the heat exchange surface clean, minimizing burn-on while optimizing heat transfer. The massive heat transfer area, highly efficient agitators and patent pending scraper system dramatically reduce process time over conventional batch cookers. Optional vacuum cooking and cooling can reduce process time. Reversing agitators w/VFD Speed Control from 6-30 RPM Start a conversation with one of our consultative sales managers for more information. Click here to download infographic above.