USA — Reading Bakery Systems (RBS) has introduced a flexible, reliable, and more efficient system to make pita chips and a variety of other baked crisp products.

With a growing trend for health-conscious eating, product innovation relies on flexible equipment to perfect bakery products.

RBS, has added to its Portfolio of Healthy Baked Snack Systems a new automated solution to make pita chips that offers snack manufacturers that flexibility.

“We are really excited about this new production process, as snack manufacturers are always seeking equipment flexibility to maximize production capabilities,” said Shawn Moye, vice president of sales at RBS.

According to RBS, the new fully automated pita chip production system builds on the RBS Multi‐Crisp Technology with an additional multi‐pass proofer, pita dicer and a high heat application during the baking process.

In addition to Thomas L. Green sheeting equipment, the new system also incorporates a convection oven and dryer.

These, together with the multi-pass proofer, create an efficient solution that delivers consistent quality within a relatively small space.

Beyond pita chips, this line can also produce other multi-crisp snacks by bypassing the proofer and pita slicing steps.  The System is modular with a capacity of up to 1,000kg/hr depending on the number of oven zones.

The standard system includes a 3-Roll Sheeter, Gauge Roll, Optional Rippled Gauge Roll, Rotary Cutting Station, and Spectrum Oven and Dryer System.

Additionally, the system is available with batch or automated continuous mixing systems depending on the level of automation needed by the snack manufacturer, RBS said.

The developer’s Multi-Crisp system also has the flexibility to integrate batch or continuous mixing thus minimizing the time between the mixer and sheeter.

This is ideal as, minimal time between mixing and baking is critical for consistently thin crisp production.

“We’ve developed a new way to produce baked pita chips on a system that can also create multi‐crisp products. It’s a gamechanger for manufacturers that want to innovate their snack portfolio,” Moye added.

 The RBS Pita Chip System promises to keep their customers in a position to capitalize on consumer trends, as well as help maximize their operations.

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