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» News-and-Events » News Archive » New Breading Line Decreases Product Damage, Improves Production Costs

New Breading Line Decreases Product Damage, Improves Production Costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2008 Chicago, Illinois, February 14, 2008 -

FMC FoodTech has revolutionized the homemade-style breading process with its Stein 5-STAR Homestyle Breader, a linear breading application system that offers food processors the same coating quality of a drum breader without the high risk of product damage.

The wheel design of the 5-STAR Homestyle Breader improves product orientation that discharges the machine as the product essentially maintains a linear orientation as it is coated in the machine. By reducing product damage and eliminating the time spent correcting product orientation, the 5-STAR Homestyle Breader reduces costs and increases accuracy while maintaining the appearance of a hand-breaded product.

“The key to the system’s breading quality is in its STAR wheel design,” says Jim Ehret, engineering manager for FMC FoodTech. “Once products received a top and bottom layer of breading, they gently descend through five STAR wheels, which simulate the manual breading process.” The multiple passes of the product through the five star wheels insures uniform breading coverage without the typical product damage that occurs in a drum breader.

The discharge height adjustment on the infeed conveyor enables food processors to easily adjust for product size, and an adjustable discharge belt flip conveyor allows for perfect alignment to the next transfer conveyor. Adjusting the speed of the star wheels and belt speed of the infeed and intermediate conveyors allows the required change of product pickup to meet the needs for a variety of product types.

The enclosed design of the machine, the gravity-locking side access doors and a full hood with dust-collection ports reduce the amount of dust expelled from the breader while in operation.

For convenient cleaning and maintenance, the 5-STAR Homestyle Breader has access steps on each side for adjusting the pressure roll; spring assists on the infeed clean-out door and discharge hood; and a secondary perforated guard for safety purposes.

For more information about the 5-Star Homestyle Breader, call (800) 447-2630 or visit

About FMC FoodTech

FMC FoodTech is a business of FMC Technologies, Inc., and is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., USA. A market leader in the supply of technology solutions for the global food industry, FMC FoodTech offers integrated solutions across the entire food processing continuum from meat, seafood and poultry, to fruits and vegetables, beverages, juice and milk and convenience foods.

Wherever food is cooked, frozen, packaged, portioned, preserved, processed, squeezed or sterilized, FMC FoodTech provides superior technologies and services to the world’s food processors—small and large. The company represents more than 30 highly respected product brand names, including Frigoscandia Equipment, Stein, DSI, Citrus Systems, Food Processing Systems and FranRica.

For more information on FMC FoodTech, visit the company’s Web site at