The Little Champion
The Champion range of machines is completely hand operated (little and medium sizes) and can produce up to 400 shells per hour depending on diameter and depth. Higher capacities can be met with semi automatic machines from the John Hunt range with capacities up to 2400 shell per hour. The hand operated machines are simple to use, so even completely unskilled staff can carry out blocking operations. Change over of dies, for different shapes or pie lids can be carried out quickly and also requires no skilled knowledge.
A wide variety of dies are available for use with hand operated or semi automatic machines. so that an infinite variety or shapes and sizes of pastry product or pie can be made. Electrically heated hot process dies are spring loaded to prevent "sticking" of containers in the blocking operation.
To improve the presentation of products and at the same time increase production we have designed a number of inexpensive but really useful facilities that can be added to the standard machines.
1. Compressed air release system (requires inexpensive compressed air) The air system fulfills two purposes. First it helps release the container. Secondly (particularly with aluminium foil, card or paper containers) it prevents the underside of the container being distorted through suction. It holds the base of the container flat, which obviously improves the baking characteristics.
2. Container ejection system. Again using compressed air the container is raised from the base to make it easier to remove by the operator thereby increasing productivity.
3. Little Champions can press shells up to 195mm in diameter.
All in all, the Champions provide a range of cost effective, easy to use and highly versatile machines
Watch the videos of this machine in the Gallery above. Please contact us for full technical specifications arid price listings.