Today’s modern food and beverage industry thrives on technologies that drive efficiency, quality, and yield. One such technology is the application of pulpers and finishers. Both pulpers and finishers have a broad spectrum of applications extending beyond their traditionally associated fruit products.

Pulpers and finishers offer remarkable flexibility, with a wide range of functions and mechanisms integral to pulping and finishing processes. They can handle a variety of products including watermelon, ginger, kale, apples, carrots, beets, celery, and kiwi. Moreover, these machines lend their capabilities to the production of various beverages, including coffee, tea, and many other products.

The Core Purpose of Pulpers and Finishers

Pulpers and finishers are key to any manufacturing process looking to extract juice or puree from fruits and vegetables. Sometimes referred to as “pulper/finishers”, these machines carry out the vital task of   physically separating solids from a final or semi-final product.

Regardless of the exact term used, whether it be “pulper” or “finisher”, the primary function remains consistent. That is to help achieve the optimal yield and quality from food products. They do this by effectively separating the desired juice, puree, or extract from the pulp, seeds, skins, or any other unwanted elements.

Finishers fall into two main categories, each bringing its unique capabilities to the processing table: Paddle Finishers and Screw Finishers.

Paddle Finishers, like the UPF100 and UPF200 models from JBT, employ a paddle mechanism on a rotating shaft to exert pressure on the incoming food product. This pressure forces the juice or extract through a perforated screen, leaving the large pulp and other solids behind. The clearance between the paddle and screen, as well as back pressure at the discharge point, can be adjusted to control dryness in the resulting pomace.

On the other hand, Screw Finishers, such as the UCF110 and UCF210 models, use a rotating screw mechanism to convey the product through a screen assembly. A key feature of this type of finisher is the use of a ‘plug valve’ at the discharge end. By controlling the air pressure at this plug valve, operators can manage the back pressure, and thus the dryness of the exiting pomace, ensuring a consistent product.

JBT UCF Screw Finishers

When comparing Paddle and Screw Finishers, it becomes evident that each type offers its unique benefits. Paddle Finishers excel at handling a broad array of product types and conditions, offering a great degree of flexibility with purees and juices. Conversely, Screw Finishers are noted for their efficient separation process and dryness control, making them ideal for applications where more precise control of the juice process is critical. When determining what type of finisher to use, it comes down to the type of fruit or vegetable being used and the desired end product.

JBT experts are readily available to assist you in this critical decision-making process. With deep industry knowledge and extensive experience, our team can provide comprehensive guidance to help you identify the right type of finisher for your specific application.

side by side screen sizes

Variety of screen perforation sizes

Beyond just advice, we can also facilitate practical trials using your own product, allowing you to test with a variety of screen perforation sizes and settings to determine which finisher will offer you the best results. This hands-on approach ensures a tailored solution that aligns with your operational needs and desired end product characteristics, optimizing your processing efficiency and product quality.

Regardless of the type of finishing equipment you employ in your processing line, the aim remains the same: to optimize the production process while ensuring the highest possible yield from your food products. By understanding the unique capabilities and functions of these machines, you can select the right equipment to maximize your processing efficiency and product quality.

State-of-the-art Pulping and Finishing Machines

Modern pulping and finishing machines are designed with advanced features to optimize the separation process, ensuring smooth continuous operation and high capacities. Finishers are crafted for flexibility, being able to process at a wide range of flow rates, and pressure options based on desired juice quality specifications. They ensure maximum sanitation and minimal floor space requirements, with easy access to valves and gauges for maintenance and options such as automated screen cleaning. The reduced downtime due to the unique dual spray ring option further enhances operational efficiency.

Finisher Screen Side by Side Comparison

Our Finishers offer multiple filter size options, catering to a variety of applications from juice finishing to recovery of soluble solids, core wash, and pulp packaging. Such machines are well-suited for processing all types of citrus fruit varieties and high-volume juice finishing, frozen concentrated juice (FCJ) production, and the recovery of secondary solids.

Versatility of Pulpers and Finishers in Handling Various Produce and Beverages

Pulping and finishing machines are versatile tools in any food and beverage manufacturing operation, catering to a wide variety of processing needs. Their capabilities span across various types of fruits and vegetables, along with other applications extending into the realms of coffee and tea production.

These machines efficiently process water-rich fruits such as watermelon, skillfully separating the juice from the pulpy flesh and seeds. They are also proficient in handling fibrous produce like ginger and kale, producing fine, particle-free juice or puree – an ideal solution for producing healthful shots or smoothies.

Final Product from Finisher of Blood Orange Juice

The efficiency of pulpers and finishers is equally clear when processing hard and fibrous fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, beets, celery, and kiwi. They expertly segregate the nutritious juice from the solid matter, proving particularly beneficial for producing fresh juices, smoothies, and fruit and vegetable purees.

Beyond fruits and vegetables, these machines exhibit their versatility in preparing coffee and tea extracts. They are particularly adept at removing fine particles that might otherwise affect the clarity and texture of the final product producing a beverage that is ready to drink.

Unleashing the Full Potential of Pulping and Finishing Machines

The food and beverage industry is constantly on the move, shaped by technology that not only refines processes but also enhances the quality and yield of the end product. Finishers are key pieces of equipment, capable of tackling a vast array of applications well beyond their traditionally associated fruit products.

From processing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables like watermelon, ginger, kale, and kiwi, to even advancing into the coffee and tea sector, finishers have a wide range of applications. Their integral contribution to a manufacturing operation is undeniable, effectively separating the desired juice, puree, or extract from the pulp, seeds, skins, or any other unwanted elements and optimizing the yield and quality of the final product.

Inside photo of finisher screen

The success of these machines isn’t merely just due to their capability to handle multiple applications, but also their adaptive nature. Whether it’s a Paddle Finisher or a Screw Finisher, each variant brings its unique advantages to the table, making them suitable for different applications based on the nature of the raw material and the desired output.

At JBT, we recognize that every business has unique needs. Hence, our team of experts are always on hand to provide informed guidance in selecting the right finisher to best suit your operation. Our Research and Technology Centers are also available to run trials with your product. This ensures that you choose the most efficient and effective finisher for your needs.

By harnessing the capabilities of these machines, you are taking a significant step towards maximizing your processing efficiency, enhancing product quality, and thus, propelling your business to new heights of success.

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