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Automated pasta line.

Automated Pasta Line

The French company Afrem SA has developed a computerised and fully automated continuous production line for making pasta. Their lines can produce as much as 1000kg of pasta per hour. Computerisation means it can run on a recipe programme so allowing manufacturers to respond more effectively to market demands.

During the process, dough emerges from the mixing unit and is layered and pressed into sheets of even width and thickness, according to requirements. These sheets are then passed into a 'superheated' steam cooker, and after cooling they are cut into their sinal size and shape.

An advantage of the process of using 'superheated steam' precooking at 300 [degrees] C is that the starch completely gelatinizes and so is transformed into a product that is easy to cook and digest but still tastes like pasta.

For those needing more information, we should add that the makers address is 12 Quai du Commerce, 69336 Lyon Cedex 09, FRance, fax: (OIO 33) 78 64 87 77.
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Title Annotation:Afrem SA
Publication:Food Trade Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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