Linde’s LLC patented LIXSHOOTER injectors, which were introduced in the US just over a year ago, are said to be improving mixer chilling in the poultry industry and driving demand.
Erik Fihlman, Programme Manager, food industry, Linde LLC, explains, “Ground poultry is higher in moisture content than red meat and this poses a challenge: Mixer injector nozzles tend to get blocked more often with high-moisture mixes, resulting in inconsistent chilling and potentially longer mix times.”
He continued, “The new LIXSHOOTER® bottom injectors (BI) are specifically designed to keep the nozzle area clear whether you’re chilling blended poultry or any other wet product mix.”
The injectors are strategically positioned on the bottom of the mixer, blender or kettle to rapidly chill products with either liquid nitrogen (LIN) or carbon dioxide (CO2). They make a positive seal against the inside surface of the mixer to significantly minimise areas that could harbour moisture and food particles.
This advanced hygienic design goes beyond traditional injector nozzle technology and also reduces the time and labour required for maintenance and sanitation.
“Hygienic design must go hand in hand with performance and high productivity,” Fihlman said. “We are installing LIXSHOOTER injectors at major poultry plants and at multiple locations throughout the US.”
In addition, a dual-cryogen option makes it possible to switch between LIN and CO2 in a matter of minutes. “This gives processors more flexibility in production and greater reliability in cryogen supply,” Fihlman said.
The Linde food team customises every BI system to maximise productivity and minimise operating costs. The company offers decades of experience in BI mixer chilling technology and was the first to introduce LIN BI chilling systems to the US meat industry.
Linde LLC supports the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the advancement of food safety. Linde has a Food Safety Management System in place for all bulk CO2 plants and air separation facilities supplying the food & beverage industry in North America. In June 2012, Linde became the first supplier to certify all of its CO2 plants to a benchmarked GFSI scheme, FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification).