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Process gas burner spcialist, Lanemark Combustion Engineering Ltd. has a long history of successful installations in the food and beverage sector – and a recent facility installed in South Wales highlights the performance and benefits behind the company’s equipment. 

Express Contract Drying Ltd. (ECD) is gaining from Lanemark technology on a series of drying facilities that need to achieve results which not only meet accepted industry standards, but that also help to maintain ECD’s leading reputation in the industry – the company is the largest toll sprayer in the UK. 

Nick Ball, Operations Director at ECD’s Ebbw Vale facility, one of two operated by the company in the area, explains the key role played by the Lanemark installations.

“We have built a leading reputation over 35 years for the supply of dried food flavourings and colourings, mostly for the UK snack sector,” he says. “This is centred on five process lines which handle a combination of water, a carrier such as potato starch and the added flavour, all of which are blended into an emulsion that is then transferred to one of the processing vessels.  Here, the action of the heat created by the Lanemark burner evaporates the water from the mixture to leave a powdered flavour that is then moved forward for packaging and despatch,” he said.

 “The installations at the ECD site feature our duct burner – or DB – design,” added Adrian Cadman, Process Burners Sales Manager at Lanemark Combustion Engineering.  “Each is fitted to a mounting plate that is bolted into the process air duct, acting as a transition box, with a fan then driving the heated air through connected ducting to the point where the emulsion is sprayed into the process.”   Importantly, the designs, which also incorporate a panel, booster and exhaust fan, ensure there is no direct flame impingement on the product itself.

Lanemark have installations on all five vessels, all include the process air fan, a modulating gas valve train, control box and elements of the stainless-steel ducting.

“It is also vital that we are able to closely control the heated air temperature to reflect variations such as volume, and type of emulsion involved,” adds Nick Ball.  “Each installation can deliver a required temperature level of, typically, between 180°C and 200°C, with excellent heat up and temperature stability characteristics.” 

The company also benefits from Lanemark’s BurnerCare service support package which includes a planned servicing programme that helps to ensure continuous plant operation.

The range of flavourings and coatings that can be produced at ECD’s Ebbw Vale facility not only reflects the versatility of the company’s operation but also the need for ongoing, reliable output.  The role played by each of the systems supplied by Lanemark Combustion Engineering matches this need and is an excellent demonstration of the suitability of the company’s process gas burner technology to deliver precise process heating objectives in specialist sectors of the food processing industry.

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