Citrus Concentrate Chopper
The JBT FoodTech Concentrate Chopper is a versatile machine that quickly reduces frozen product to a flowable or pumpable condition. No longer must drums of frozen juice thaw for hours with resulting loss of quality. Instead, frozen concentrate, single strength juice or pulp can be processed soon after it is removed from the cold room.
A fifty-five gallon drum of frozen 45° brix concentrate can be processed in about 2-1/2 minutes. Fifty-five gallons of frozen single strength juice can be crushed in approximately 4 minutes and a ten gallon pail of frozen pulp can be processed in approximately 2 minutes. Containers of various sizes and shapes, up to and including fifty-five gallon drums, can be accommodated by the Concentrate Chopper.
Chopping plus heat
A 48" high, 13.9 cubic foot hot water jacket around the lower portion and bottom of the Concentrate Chopper tank complements the specially designed spiral blade. This combination rapidly chips and warms the product so that a flowable state is reached in a short time. In addition, a 1.9 cubic foot heating jacket lines the underside of the intake chute in order to assist in melting of product. The unique, heavy-duty spiral blade rapidly chips away frozen product for fast conversion to a flowable mixture. To further facilitate rapid melting, baffles below the spiral blade assist in thoroughly mixing the product.
The Concentrate Chopper tank is 3' 9" in diameter and 5' deep with a capacity of 300 gallons. The tank and all other contact parts are stainless steel. The tank bottom is conical to permit complete draining. The Concentrate Chopper is carefully designed to provide long life and efficient service. Its heavy duty chopper assembly consists of a large 3" diameter shaft with spiral cutter blades, and is driven by a 5 hp totally enclosed, 1800 rpm, 3 phase motor through a 200 to 1 speed reducer.
Key Water Jacket Information
- 190°F (87.7°C) hot water to the heating jacket
- Less than 15 psi (1.06 KgCm2) pressure