Company: PTL

Equipment Snapshot: Globally respected bar and chocolate machinery designer and manufacturer PTL have announced the launch of their latest chocolate melter, the PTL Melter V20.

‘’Our customers, especially the multinational brands we work with, were telling us they needed to make their production process faster and more flexible, as they were producing more SKUs with shorter lifecycles,’’ says PTL’s managing director Nick Halliday, 

‘’Product melting capability is central to this, so we looked at our melter from the ground up, with the aim of delivering a machine that could support increased production, lower costs and greater agility.’’

The result is the PTL Melter V20, which offers greater power and flexibility with a smaller footprint. 

"With a melt rate that is up to 125 percent higher than previous melters our customers can significantly boost their bottom line, achieving instant melting as well as continuous process supply, improving their downstream production rates.

‘’Changeovers are an area that restrict production efficiency and the ability of our customers to be flexible, so we’ve addressed that in the V20 by transforming the changeover process. Masses/coatings can be quickly switched and wash down is fast and simple, with a focus on allergen cleanability. For example, all product contact surfaces are removable or accessible for cleaning.’’

‘’With up to a 45 percent smaller footprint and a self-contained, plug and play design, the V20 is easy to fit into any production area. It eliminates the need for a tank/kettle strategy and for long pipe runs, as it can be situated next to use-point,’’ says Mr Halliday.

Designed to melt multiple SKUs, manage allergens and minimize downtime, the Melter V20 is the result of research with multinationals and co-manufacturer customers throughout the US and other markets, and intense R & D by PTL’s expert team. ‘’We’ve been designing and manufacturing melters with our customers since 1994, and the Melter V20 represents another significant leap for the industry that will deliver real advantages to our customers.’’