A radio frequency dryer designed for moisture-leveling and drying of shorter, smaller production runs of baked goods is headed to a major manufacturer of biscuits and crackers.
The dryer manufacturer, Radio Frequency Corp., Millis, Mass., created the Bantam Series dryers in 2014. The smaller, air-cooled radio-frequency drying systems are designed for smaller regional bakeries with lower throughput requirements. The smaller-scale system allowed the bakeries to gain advantages such as increased oven productivity, elimination of checking, and reduced water activity at a lower price than the company’s larger-scale Ultra Series.
The national biscuit and cracker manufacturer plans to use the post-baking dryer for specialty lines where the business case for radio-frequency drying was previously not as solid. Features of the smaller scale systems include no need for plant cooling water or heavy-duty electrical services.