Dough feeding systems

Dough feeding is the first step to manufacturing high quality products

Careful handing of the mixed ingredients through the feeding system ensures consistent quality and repeatable down-stream processing.

GEA offers a range of dough feeding systems in different sizes to meet the specific production requirements, capacity and product composition. Each system can be configured to handle different dough textures and viscosity and also to match the available space and plant layout.

Our engineering staff ensures that our dough feeding systems perfectly integrate with our production lines to ensure end to end performance is matched.

GEA is able to supply feeding solutions for soft dough cookies, hard biscuits and crackers. 

GEA dough feeding technologies can be designed to include ground-level tub-lifting and tilting systems. We can provide units that comprise an overhead hopper and a pneumatic guillotine, which are ideally suited to feed hard sweet biscuit or cracker dough, as well as soft cookie dough. We can also configure systems with pocket rollers that directly portion the dough. Options include metal detectors on exit conveyors to ensure optimal product safety and dough crumbling technology to break up lumps that may have formed in the dough during mixing. All GEA systems are designed to comply with the most stringent food safety and hygiene requirements.

Vertical tub elevator
Vertical tub elevator

The vertical tub elevator lifts the tub with the dough to a predetermined height and tilts it into the hopper of the dough feeding system which is located downstream.

Dough feeding systems for hard sweet-biscuit or cracker dough (but also suitable for soft dough cookies) comprise a tub tilting device, dough feeding machine with pneumatic guillotine and metal detector on the outfeed conveyor.

To optimize the production process it is possible to use a dough feeding system which is configured with pocket rollers to create dough portions prior to conveying to the forming machines.

dough crumbler
Dough crumbler

For rotary molded biscuits GEA provides a dough crumbler to break the dough to improve the processing efficiency of the rotary molder.

Sensors in the forming machine hopper monitor the dough level, enabling the control system to control the speed of the feeding conveyors and thereby adjust the dough flow. 

All GEA systems have easy access for cleaning and with high quality food grade materials used in all product contact parts.