You know the drill. In almost any container of popcorn…whether it’s a movie theater bucket, a microwave bag, a stovetop pan (if you’re old school,) or a campfire popper (if you camp with class)…there’s always going to be some un-popped kernels. And if you don’t pay particular attention to them, they might just activate your dental plan.
This is, unfortunately, an unavoidable inconvenience when dealing with freshly popped popcorn. For a company that makes pre-packaged popcorn-based snacks, though, un-popped kernels are a real quality issue. I just had the pleasure of helping a caller with this very issue: although they had a sifter device in place that took care of an awful lot of un-popped kernels, they still had enough getting through to merit a closer look. Since the popcorn already passed through the sifter on a conveyor, the idea was to “float” the popped kernels across a short break in the conveyor, and let the un-popped kernels fall through.
After a short discussion of their needs, I recommended a Model 110224 24″ Aluminum Super Air Knife Kit. By using the Pressure Regulator (included with the kit) to dial in the air flow, they’re able to keep the popped deliciousness moving on for packaging, and let the dental hazards to fall through, where they’re sent back for another attempt at proper popping. So, they’re not only improving the quality of their product, they’re doing everything possible to make sure no kernel goes un-popped.
At EXAIR, we’re all about safety when it comes to compressed air use in industrial and commercial settings. Now one of our products is helping protect peoples’ teeth while they’re eating popcorn snacks! If you’d like to talk about how an EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Product might be able to make things better for you, give me a call.