The washing process
Potato washing is the first step in achieving a perfect end product. Tummers is continuously developing new, sustainable technologies for this purpose. The set-up of your washing process will depend on the pollution of your potatoes and the type of product you are intending to turn them into.
Step 1: Destoning
The Tummers destoner/washer is the result of our many years of experience in the field of potato processing. This combined machine is suitable for 24/7 operation, and guarantees you a perfectly clean final product. We often reduce the burden on this system by removing heavy soiling beforehand. Once the potatoes enter the system, upward water pressure pushes the product to the top. This causes clods and stones to sink to the bottom, where they are removed from the machine by a conveyor belt.
Step 2: Washing
After destoning, the potatoes enter the washing process, where blades push them, together with water, through a spinning drum. The unique shape of the washing drum ensures that the product remains in motion continuously. This causes the potatoes to rub against one another and the drum wall, which scrubs them clean.
Step 3: Separating floating matter
If your product is mixed with floating matter, this must be removed as with other foreign bodies. We offer a number of solutions for this, which remove the floating matter in stages. The potatoes first enter another bath, where they sink to the bottom, after which a specially-developed unit removes most of the floating matter. Finally, a pintle belt removes any green vegetation from the potato batch.
Step 4: Drying
The final stage in the washing line is to dry the potatoes. In this stage, the product is transported over the Tummers roller dryer, which consists of moisture-absorbing felt rollers. These rollers remove the excess water on the surface of the potato, and are squeezed out by pressure rollers on the underside of the roller dryer. This machine is designed in such a way that potatoes can be transported at high speed and dried without incurring any damage.
Sustainability through innovation
The Tummers washing lines are known for their innovative character in terms of sustainability (raw material consumption, energy consumption, water consumption) and quality (low failure rate, low maintenance and optimum efficiency). Our focus is on improving and making our process lines more sustainable, in order to work together with our customers on a better world.
We can deliver your washing line working from A to Z at your location. After commissioning, we can also train your employees in the operation and maintenance of the installations. Even after delivery, we are always there for you and we offer the best service to ensure that your production process runs as smoothly as possible.