The companies’ DTV system (Dirty Tray Vision System) claims to solve a problem that has troubled gummie manufactuers for decades: Jelly becoming stuck to trays or sticking multiple gummies together.
The pain of removal
“It’s a serious pain,” Luuk Hilhorst, managing director at LHT Consultancy told ConfectioneryNews.
“When this tray is not well-filled with starch and you deposit in the tray, you deposit the jelly in the bottom of the tray – that’s a bad thing because you can’t get it off.”
He said that when jelly became stuck to the tray it was painstaking to remove and was often done manually with a knife, which created a risk of contamination.
Hilhorst, who has served as production manager at various confectionery companies, said that the problem was frequent and no solution currently existed to fill the tray with starch that was 100% error-free.
He added that jellies may become glued together when a cavity was missing on the tray and was not spotted by the machine operator. “It will cost a manufacturer €50,000-60,000 a year,” said Hilhorst.