Company: Heat and Control Inc., Hayward, CA


Equipment Snapshot: Heat and Control’s new patented Unitized Vacuum Fryer (UVF) processes 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) of finished potato chips per hour, and accommodates a variety of support and auxiliary equipment, including a vacuum generation system, KleenSweep centrifugal oil filtration system, heat exchanger, fryer support module, PLC system controls, automatic heated centrifuge and fryer support platform. The unitized design eliminates an external vacuum chamber, so the fryer essentially is its own vacuum chamber. According to the company, this makes the fryer easier to maintain and clean, allows it to act like a “non-vacuum” fryer and means it requires less production floor space. The model fries products with high-sugar content, such as apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets and more, without overbrowning.