It’s known in various places as Beggar’s Night, Trick-or-Treat, or just good old Halloween. Whatever you call it, many of us have fond memories of donning a costume and a mask and roaming the neighborhood in search of candy. Most of the grownups we encountered were only too happy to oblige our requests, in exchange for the opportunity to spend some time on the porch, enjoying a brisk autumn evening. We won’t talk about the times when it may have rained, snowed, or been unseasonably hot…like, in the 80F range (yes, I grew up in Ohio.)
As fond as those childhood memories are, I’ve built a solid arsenal of grownup memories too, both passing out candy to neighborhood kids, and escorting my own kids around the neighborhood…of course, I always “suited up” for the occasion…
It’s probably no great secret that candy manufacturers ramp up their production in preparation for the occasion. I had the pleasure of discussing an application with one of them recently – in fact, it was for some of the bite-size candy bars that they were about to be “Job One.” This particular treat is produced as a continuous “strand” of nougat that is extruded onto a conveyor. It’s then covered in peanut pieces and cut to size before being coated in chocolate. Now, because these are bite-size bars, they’re making 3-4 times as many cuts as their regular candy bars (you know…the ones you got at the “cool houses?”) there’s 3-4 times as many peanut pieces on the belt.
To recover these pieces, they got a Model 110254 54″ Aluminum Super Air Knife Kit, and installed it to blow a light “curtain” of air across the belt in the area where the cutting takes place. The excess pieces are blown into a trough on the side of the conveyor, where they’re cleanly and neatly recovered & recycled. They only need about 5psig of compressed air supply pressure to do this, and it’s timed to the indexing of the belt, so not only is it reliable & effective, it’s just about as efficient as they can get.
If you’d like to talk about Super Air Knives, Trick or Treating, or Halloween candy, give me a call. I know a LOT about all of those things.