The GEA Aquarius Coating line is the first in the world, complete line solution for forming, cooling, coating and wrapping of 3D shaped lollipops. With a speed up to 600 lollipops per minute it forms and powder-coats 3D hard candy lollipops which can also be center filled.
Double the fun, add a coating
Now you can produce imaginative and tasty coated lollipops inline - with the GEA Aquarius Coating Line. It creates perfectly formed 3D lollipops before coating them with powders to add different tastes, colors and flavors. The combinations are ample. The fully automated line also wraps the lollipops in sandwichwrap, so consumers can see the attractively coated lollipops inside.
Main applications include solid or center filled hard candy 3D lollipops in various shapes, inline coated with powders of your choice.
High quality. High speed. High performance
Easy to operate, clean and maintain
Durable, high-performance design
GEA Aquarius Coating Line offers a unique, completely automated line solution for coated lollipops. The coating process comprises of three patented* stages: wetting, coating and removal of excess material. It all happens completely automatically and smoothly.
This unique take-over transfer wheel ensures that each and every lollipop is transferred smoothly from former to cooler with the help of grippers. The design detail of the lolly can be retained and it is suitable for various shapes or diameters of lollies.
|Complete line specifications||GEA Aquarius Coating Line|
|Output||450 to 600 lollipops / min|
|Filling inside lollipop||15-20% non-fluid filling|
|Diameter/width lollipop (min to max)||22 - 32 mm|
|Minimum rim ball lollipops||4 mm|
|Minimum rim 3D lollipops||2 mm|
|Diameter stick (min to max)||3,2 - 5,5 mm|
|Stick length (min to max)||74 - 102 mm|
|Stick material||PVC, PP, Paper, Wood|
|Wrapping material||Cellophane, Polypropylene, PVC|
|Spot dimension||4 x 8 mm|
The GEA Aquarius Coating Line includes the following equipment:
The GEA Aquarius FlexFormer SC can produce virtually any shape of lollipop you require. Once the lollipops are formed, a unique (patent pending) take-over transfer wheel takes the lollipops out of the die set towards the cooling area. The design of the wheel also makes it possible to change between different shapes and diameters lollipops. To shorten the cleaning effort and time, a CIP unit (Clean-In-Place) has been added to the FlexFormer. This system is equipped with a number of nozzles which can clean the forming set in approximately 30 minutes.
After being formed, the lollipops are transferred by means of grippers directly to the PopCooler C for cooling. The grippers system is equipped with an automated chain to avoid deformations or loss of design detail. The lollipops circulate in the cooler for approximately 3,5 minutes before the take-over wheel transfers the lollipops automatically to the coating unit.
At the Aquarius PopMoisterer, the cooled lollipops are dipped in water and afterward automatically transported toward the PopCoater for inline coating with powders. Any excess coating is automatically removed to guarantee the desired lollipop weight. The system is also equipped with a water-circulation system for necessary freshness.
To avoid losing coating material, the lollipops are directly transferred from the PopCoater towards the PopDryer. In the PopDryer the lollipops are guided in line using chain grippers and circulate there for approximately 4,5 minutes. This ensures that the coating layer attaches well to the lollipop and that the absolute minimum of coating particles ends up loose in the packaging.
Once the lollipops are coated and dried, they are transported towards the GEA Aquarius SandwichWrapper. Thanks to the transfer grippers, each lollipop is positioned exactly between the bottom and top film. The sandwich wrap style gives you the opportunity to present your coated lollipops in transparent wrapping. The equipment also allows wrapping lollipops in strips up to 10/pack.
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