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Process Improvement Tip—Injected Products: yield declining during a shift?
We're often called into a plant to perform an audit because customers tell us that as a shift progresses, the targeted pick-up is declining and they think it has something to do with the brine or marinade mixing.
If we consider that an injector “pumps” by volume, but we judge our pick-up by added weight, then when the density of the brine/marinade changes because of entrained air or settled solids, so will the pick-up.
Huh? Think about it. If you make a good brine or marinade in the mix tank with minimal air entrainment you should be good, right? But consider what happens to that fluid by the time it goes from the mix tank to the injector needle and into the protein. Any amount of entrained air or foam in that brine or marinade will reduce the density (pounds per gallon) and give you reduced pick-up.
What are some things to look for?
- Loose or missing gaskets on the piping from tank to tank or from tank to injector
- Misaligned piping connections on suction side of pumps that suck in air and micronize it
- Vortex in the mix tank that’s too deep and mixes for too long a time period at higher speed
- Splashing on recirculation loops and transfer or in the saddle tank causing foam
- Running a rotary filter whose speed is set too high
Want an easy check?
Weigh a measured cup of marinade in the mix tank and with the same cup, measure samples at various points downstream especially in combos or injector saddle tanks. If the downstream sample is lighter, you have your culprit and can then use that same test between 'narrower' places in the process.
Mechanical Quick Tip—Why do high speed brine/marinade mixers fail?For years, the industry has demanded 3450/3600 RPM mixers in mix tanks to eliminate lumps and get the ingredients fully functional to get maximized, consistent yields.
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