Powdered Gluten Processing

Company Name: Roquette

Location: Corby, Northamptonshire, UK

Eclipse Product Installed: Bespoke double row magnet unit with track system

Industry Process Type: Powdered gluten processing

Application Background

Roquette is a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins. Currently operating in over 100 countries, the company has a turnover of around 3.3 billion euros and employs 8,400 people worldwide.

As a global leader of natural-based ingredients for the Food, Nutrition and Health market space, Roquette aims to improve the health and well-being of millions of consumers around the world. Working with different stakeholders, Roquette offers the best of nature to respond to an increasing Global demand for Food, Pharmaceutical and Industrial applications.

The Challenge

Roquette supplies gluten to a variety of blue chip food manufacturers. As a commodity ingredient, powdered gluten is often used as an additive in baking to add elasticity to flours that would otherwise be low in gluten, such as whole wheat flour or rye.

As part of ensuring the highest standards of food safety and product quality, Roquette must pass the powdered gluten product over an offset double row magnet with a minimum strength of 8000 Gauss. Roquette needed to find a company that would be willing and able to ensure that the highest standards of safety and quality would be upheld, whilst meeting strict design criteria for an application with limited headroom and space. A double row of magnetic bars, which were not only withdrawable, but also easy to clean were required to meet Roquette’s company quality standards.

The Solution

Eclipse Magnetics supplied Roquette with a bespoke double row magnet unit with track system as part of a new sifter installation for the powdered gluten. The unit has been installed at the end of the process, before the product is filled into tankers or tote bags.

The unit consists of a double row of magnetic bars which can be easily withdrawn from the body of the unit so that they are easy to clean. A catchment tray was also included to effectively contain any residual gluten which can be dislodged from the bars as they are withdrawn for cleaning. This residual product is then collected in clearly marked bags and disposed of.

Foreign body removal systems from Eclipse Magnetics contain magnetic cores which can be pulled from stainless steel tubes to ensure that contamination falls away. They are extremely efficient at removing fine iron contamination from dry free flowing products such as sugar, grain, flour, granulates and powders.

The magnetic bars require no power and no maintenance (except for cleaning) and are quick and easy to install. Eclipse Magnetics often supplies custom designed and engineered solutions to suit specific requirements, as is the case with Roquette’s application. All product contact parts are manufactured using food quality 316 grade stainless steel, are fully sealed, and supplied with test certificates.

Comments

Ian Aunger at Roquette said: “The result is an aesthetically pleasing system, which is effective in trapping metal contaminants and is easy to clean. Although the design of the magnet system was not easy because of the limited headroom and space, Eclipse Magnetics were willing and able to meet all of our design criteria.”

Find out more about Separation & Detection   or contact us for more information  

"We were delighted with the service provided by Eclipse Magnetics; from the initial site survey through to delivery."

Adrian Seeley, Production Supervisor at AB MAURI UK & Ireland

"I cannot begin to tell you how much it has helped our operation, the magnetic filtration unit has been a real problem solver it has surpassed all our expectations. Its cured a 30 year plague!"

Maintenance Manager at EXL Tube (Steel Ventures)

"This technology is economical, reliable and efficient. I believe that magnetic filtration technology is the future."

John Smith, MMTCI

"Magnetic filtration has dramatically cleaned up our fluids and improved the surface finish we can offer. It extracts around 50Kg per day of ferrous waste."

Facilities Manager, Milacron Machines (Sub-Contract Machining)

"We chose Eclipse Magnetics to supply our housed grid because they are a respected and well-established brand. They offered us a very competitive price, and the process of ordering and installation was straightforward and reliable."

Pat Richards, Chief Engineer at Simpsons Malt

“We are delighted with the Automag installation; it’s solved all the problems we were having previously with downtime and maintenance costs. The filter means that we are able to use recycled water, which is saving us £1000 per week!”

Kenneth McRae, Principle Engineer at Vallourec

"Here at Qualflow, we base our business on a philosophy of make the product simple to use, reliable and cost-effective. Eclipse Magnetics’ neodymium magnets offer the strongest magnetic performance, and are nickel plated, making them a cost effective.."

Justin Lawler Ph.D. MBA, Chief Technology Officer at Qualflow Systems Ltd

"The Ultralift Plus magnetic lifter from Eclipse Magnetics is the perfect solution for the pick-up and transportation of the ultrasonic calibration blocks in our facility"

John Crossley, NDT Technology Lead at the Nuclear AMRC

"The result is an aesthetically pleasing system, which is effective in trapping metal contaminants and is easy to clean..."

Ian Aunger at Roquette