TNA unveils brand new hydro cutting system for french fries at Anuga FoodTec 2024

The new tna conti cut with “switcher” technology boosts capacity, efficiency and uptime for customers processing french fries

TNA solutions has revealed its latest innovation in french fries processing, delivering greater efficiency, flexibility and consistency. The new tna conti cut hydro cutting system with “switcher” technology, was unveiled at TNA solutions’ stand at Anuga FoodTec 2024.

“With the global french fries market set to grow to over $40bn in terms of value by 2027, our customers require solutions that deliver maximum capacity and the highest levels of efficiency and uptime,” said Twan van den Berg, global sales manager of processing at TNA solutions. “The new tna conti cut has been designed to deliver against this incredible market growth, and we are proud to be displaying the innovative switcher alignment and cutting technology here at Anuga FoodTec.”

Switcher technology within the tna conti cut delivers many benefits:

  • Drive efficiency, productivity, reduced waste and uptime with designated alignment tubes and integrated knife blocks. Both are exchangeable, depending on the final product to be processed and potato size used;
  • Achieve the longest cut size possible when processing potatoes in high volumes through the alignment tubes;
  • Add flexibility with an interchangeable knife block, enabling potatoes to be cut into different shapes and sizes, such as: sticks, wedges, and slices;
  • Guarantee a smooth cutting surface with the tna conti-cut® hydro cutting system, resulting in less oil pick up compared to a mechanically cut surface, reducing oil usage and fat content;
  • A blockage is detected by means of a pressure transmitter or flowmeter installed in the switcher (eg broken knives / product stuck in knife block);
  • Maintain uptime as the switcher automatically rotates the revolver to a new alignment tube and knife block, allowing the operator to take out the clogged knife block and replace the knives.

“Compared with a mechanical cutter, where centrifugal force is used to drop potatoes randomly onto a high-speed rotating cutting head, the tna conti cut hydro cutting system uses the alignment tube within the switcher to ensure the potato is consistently positioned lengthways to produce a longer cut,” said van den Berg. “If we take strips as an example, this longer cut is vital when supplying customers such as quick service restaurants, that require the longest strips possible. The hydro cutter also creates a smoother throughput, which reduces oil usage, delivers a lower fat product and at the same time increases efficiency.”

Working with TNA to determine the correct configuration for a specific french fries processing line is recommended. The process and technical that the companycan provide, along with the customer’s knowledge of their operation, will ensure a satisfactory result.

“What we are demonstrating at Anuga FoodTec, in addition to this cutting-edge innovation, is our in-depth understanding of the balance required to satisfy consumers and retailers, while keeping brands profitable,” added van den Berg. “We use our capabilities, expertise and portfolio to deliver complete line solutions in partnership with our customers, drawing on our deep process knowledge to ensure any new technologies can be integrated with minimal operational disruption and maximum impact.”