​​​​​​Don’t get blinded by complicated features

Complex machines can do wonderful things. But on the downside, they may require a large investment, trained personnel and time-consuming cleaning and adjustment procedures. Comparing a complicated two-step chocolate sprayer to a high quality single step sprayer illustrates this well.

Every ice cream cones producer wants a sprayer that provides an even layer of chocolate inside the cone to isolate the biscuit from the ice cream and prevent it from getting soggy. Many manufacturers have convinced ice cream producers that two-step spraying is the only safe and reliable way to reach a high quality result. But is that really the case?

The two-step systems are, without a doubt, superior to the simplest spraying systems that lack volumetric dosing and use compressed air to do the job, causing both messiness and lots of chocolate waste. But there are also single step sprayers available that do the job just as well as the more complicated systems. And besides doing the same job at a considerably lower investment cost, these sprayers also offer a number of other advantages. ​With volumetric spraying and the right spraying profile at the right position, it is possible for a single step spray system to achieve a perfect spraying result. Creating a wave inside the cones ensures an even layer of chocolate that completely covers the inside of the cone without over-spraying.

The obvious technical advantage of the single step spraying system is that it requires only half the number of nozzles as a two-step system. This makes adjustments, cleaning and service, as well as product changeovers quicker and easier. In addition, the entire spray unit is less complicated and has fewer moving parts, since no additional up and down movements are required for a second step spray inside the cone.

The bottom line is that a less complicated solution not only does the job just as well, it also considerably reduces investment cost and the need for qualified operators, while increasing uptime – all contributing to a highly competitive total cost of ownership.