Protein

Ingetecsa and partner Andritz Gouda have a widespread reputation in the food industry and in the separation and drying of proteins for human consumption or pet food.

A protein is an essential parts of each organism and participates in virtually every process within cells. Many proteins are enzymes that catalyse biochemical reactions. Proteins are important for our body. These amino acids chains are a building block, a repair tool, it helps making enzymes for digestion, for hormone regulation, and much more. In other words, protein is essential. A protein helps the human body and animal to function by supporting much of its body’s cellular structure.

Protein examples

Until not long ago, in many products that were processed, proteins have been discarded and wasted. By reclaiming the proteins, we can recuperate valuable components for use elsewhere. Proteins may be purified from other cellular components using a variety of techniques. 

Drying technologies for protein

Ingetecsa and Andritz-Gouda have the technology and know how to convert your separated protein into a functional dried end product. We have a long history in drying both animal and vegetable proteins with various technologies.
Our two test centres can test your products, run demonstrations or produce samples for you for further (market) evaluation.

With our experience and reference we look forward to helping you so get in touch with us to hear how we can assist.

 

 

 

Different proteins, different applications

 

Animal based protein

Animal proteins from skin and soft tissue are extracted and dried for several decades now and our references go back quite some time. Also when hydrolysed, the processing of skin and soft tissue must be carried out as gently as possible without strong mechanical or thermal impact, and thus the use of high-quality equipment is of utmost importance.

Examples are
  (Hydrolised) pork, beef, veal, sheep to make collagen and gelatine
  Rind peptides, (mixtures of) lard
  Fish protein hydrolysates (FPH), lecithin
  Whey protein concentrate/isolate (WPC/WPI), casein
  Sweet whey powder

 

For liquid or pump-able products, Andritz-Gouda’s drum dryer is often used for this as it offers a rapid and intense drying phase while retaining the functional properties. The thin dried sheet is milled to a final powder for use in its final application.

The vacuum drum dryer is the ideal alternative for applications with extremely temperature sensitive products as it keeps drying temperatures very low while still continuous processing remains possible.
Marine/fish products often fall in this category.

Andritz-Gouda drum dryerRead more: Andritz-Gouda drum dryer for animal protein

 

 

Protein drying on a drum dryer

Animal protein dried on the drum dryer

Carriers

Sometimes a carrier is required to spray a protein on. Examples of carriers are milled soy or palm fibres, but basically carriers can be a lot of different products.
When a carrier is used for the protein, and the protein is sprayed in the dryer, Ingetecsa’s static fluidised bed dryer is the preferred technology.

The fluid bed dryer has the advantage of its gentle drying at low temperatures in combination with its plug flow motion.

After introducing the carrier in the dryer, it transports itself slowly towards to discharge side on the opposite end the machine. The spray system applies the protein to the carrier quickly after the carrier has been introduced. The dryer slowly removes the moisture from the protein while keeping the product temperature very low, in the range of 45-50°C. Once the protein is dried it has formed a strong bond to the carrier.

 

If the protein is applied to the carrier upstream, the Spiral Flash Dryer is an excellent alternative drying technology to consider. The Spiral Flash Dryer dries also at low temperatures, similar to the Fluid bed Dryer. On top of it can handle a greater spread of particle sizes. Excellent results have been achieved blending animal (dairy) proteins with carriers such as palm kernel extract (PKE) and drying these to a beautiful protein rich end product.

 

Visualisation of the fluidisation in Ingetecsa's
static Fluidised Bed technology

Plant based protein

Plant based proteins are not trendier than plant based proteins but the variety in its offering is greater: nuts, grains, vegetables, cereals, and fruits to name most of them. each variety with its unique profile.

Similar to animal based proteins, plant based proteins make use of the same range of technologies as these offer most gentle drying.

 

Drum dryer

If the protein feed is more a liquid, and pump-able, it is perfect for the drum dryer.  Proteins from cereals, tubers and nuts let themselves process easily on the drum dryer.

Some enzyme hydrolysed proteins can be very sticky and highly viscous. It makes processing on the drum dryer ideal.

Plant based proteins

The more temperature sensitive products can be drum dried under vacuum.

 

(Spiral) Flash dryer

When the feed can be well dewatered to a more filter cake or friable substance, convective technologies are preferable. They can process at slightly lower product temperatures.

Wheat protein (gluten), corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, okara, texturized vegetable protein (TVP) and textured soy protein (TSP) are a few examples where technologies such as the Fluid Bed Dryer, the Spiral Flash Dryer and the conventional Flash Dryer are successfully employed.

Our test units are available to demonstrate these advantages with your product.

 

Hemp protein powder

Hemp protein powder

Paddle dryer

Rice bran is also a good source of protein and fat. At present it is underutilized as a food material. The presence of the lipase enzyme in rice bran causes rapid deterioration of oil to free fatty acids and glycerol. Andritz-Gouda’s Paddle Dryer has proven to be a successful technology to deactivate the enzyme allowing a greater range of applications.

 

 

Rice bran treated in the paddle dryer to deactivate the lipase enzyme

Rice bran heat treated in the paddle dryer to
deactivate the lipase enzyme

How we can help

Have a look at our brochures at the download section for more information about the different thermal technologies described here above.

If you are interested how we can inform you with setting up or improving your protein drying process, please contact us.

We have experience with a huge range of different proteins from both animals as vegetables and we can conduct tests in our test centres to simulate or optimise your process. We look forward to sharing our experience with you.

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