More than 300 Brush-‘n-Belt dry peel removers have been installed since Royal GMF-Gouda started the development of this machine in 1975. Most of the machines are integrated in industrial steam peeling lines that may comprise a Royal GMF-Gouda Sepa-Stator steam peeler, a Brush-‘n-Belt dry peel remover, a peel waste pump and an after washer. In the steam peeler the product is subjected to an intensive and extremely short steam treatment.
The separation of the generated hot condensate water from the products is part of this system. The result is well peeled product with a minimal heat ring, high dry matter content of the peel waste and minimal peel losses. Having left the pressure vessel with the peel almost completely detached, the products and peel waste are transported to the Brush-'n-Belt dry peel remover via the metering auger.
The machine can be divided in three basic parts:
From the lower end, the products are moved upwards by the high speed brushes in an interchanging contact between the brushes and the belt moving in opposite directions. The distance between belt and brushes is always slightly more than the largest product diameter, so that the product is moved upwards in one layer. It takes only 5 to 10 seconds until the top is reached. The steamed peels are brushed off, the greater part being thrown against the belt, where it sticks to the surface. The remaining peel is thrown downwards.
At the top, the plastic scraper removes the peel waste from the belt to a cross auger, which discharges the peel waste in the waste chute. This chute collects all waste, including that slung directly from the brushes. The waste flows to a central discharge point. The clean belt enters the machine at the upper side, running down to the infeed of the machine. This counter stream principle, in combination with the high brush speed, achieves a separations efficiency of up to 95%.