The CAPSTAR 100 fryer is a continuous, bulk deep fryer employing a variable speed conveyor carrying the product to be fried through a thermostatically controlled oilbath. The unit is easy to operate and the drive for the conveyor allows an infinitely adjustable speed setting, to a minimum frying time of about 30 seconds. The conveyor is powered by a drive unit incorporating a 1.5 kW geared-motor coupled to a hydrostatic drive variator. The conveyor is easy to clean as it can be manually raised above the oilbath by means of counterbalanced gas-springs mounted within each of the four legs of the unit. The conveyor itself consists of two chains carrying slats of stainless steel, with every fourth slat designed as a pusher slat to ensure smooth passage of the product through the oilbath. The conveyor is inclined both at the inlet end and the outlet end so that the product is not immersed when handling before and after frying.
The oilbath has capacity for approximately 140 litres of oil that is heated to the required temperature by means of two banks of immersion heating elements giving a total output of 42 kW. Temperature is set and maintained by a TCL temperature controller adjustable between 100°C and 200°C. In addition, the CAPSTAR 100 is also equipped with a safety, high-limit temperature controller factory-set to cut-off heating at a temperature above 200°C (cooking oil may become combustible above 210°C). Each temperature controller is coupled to an independent accurate thermocouple in direct contact with the oilbath.
The entire unit is constructed of 304 stainless steel, and the oilbath is provided with removable double lids to contain oil spray, but permitting process vapours to escape. The oilbath can be drained by means of two outlet valves, located underneath the oilbath near the centre. All electrics are complete in the unit and the electrical control box is situated at low level beneath the drive and cladded to help prevent oil vapours from clogging the controls. A 3 phase power supply is required to operate the fryer.
Power Requirements: 3x380 V AC + N + E; max. 44 kW
Recommended Cable Size: 16 mm², 4 core, armoured PVC
Conveyor Width: 218mm
Conveyor Immersed Length: 2040mm (up to about 2250mm, depending on oil level)
Oilbath Capacity: approx. 140 litres
An Optional top conveyor can be fitted for products that are buoyant during the frying process.