Whelk Processing Line
 


Whelk Processing Line

These pieces of equipment process cooked whelk in the shell to produce graded whelk meats. The cooked whelks are emptied into the feed conveyor and transported by conveyor to the whelk cracker where the shell is broken away from the meat. The shell and meat drop onto the meat shell separator to separate the meat, shell and gut. The meats then drop into the brine separator which uses a brine solution to remove small pieces of shell. A conveyor in the brine separator transfers the meats to a rotary washer for cleaning. After cleaning the meats pass over an inspection conveyor and then onto a vibratory grader which sizes the whelk meat into four grades. The equipment is fabricated from 316 grade stainless steel. The drives are TEFC gearmotors with variable frequency controller switches. All conveyors are supplied with food grade plastic modular belt.

The Whelk Processing System consists of a feed conveyor, a shell cracker, a meat shell separator, a brine separator, a rotary washer, an inspection conveyor, and a vibratory size grader.