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Tapioca Starch

Efficiency in All Process Levels With Tapioca Starch Extraction

In addition to potato starch, wheat starch and corn starch, the tapioca starch, cassava or manioc gained importance in recent years. Tapioca contains no gluten, protein or fat, and consists almost entirely of carbohydrates. Tapioca starch is used in a wide variety of industries:

  • In the food industry as a sweetener or sauce binder
  • In the production of animal feeds as a source of carbohydrates
  • In the textile and paper industries
  • In the production of tablets as a binding agent

Save Production Costs in Tapioca Starch Production

Tapioca is extracted from the manioc root. This plant grows primarily in the tropic belts of Asia, Africa and South America. The extraction of tapioca starch is difficult and cost-intensive. About 4.4 kilograms of root tubers are needed for 1 kilogram of tapioca.

Manufacturers of tapioca starch are faced with the task of reducing their energy and water consumption, as well as their production costs. At the same time, a high starch quality is required. For this reason, the use of highly efficient plants is important in the production of tapioca starch.

Flottweg Industrial Centrifuges Are the Best Solution

Flottweg industrial centrifuges for the extraction of tapioca starch save resources, optimize loads and provide the highest quality. They support the processes of:

  • Separation of the fluid from the tapioca gratings
  • Dewatering and thickening of resulting pulps
Process for the extraction of tapioca with Flottweg centrifuges Process for the extraction of tapioca with Flottweg centrifuges

High Quantities of Tapioca Gratings in a Short Period of Time

Industrial centrifuges are used to separate the tapioca gratings from the fluid. The mixture of gratings and fluid contains a high quantity of solids. A powerful drive like the Flottweg Simp Drive® is therefore indispensable. It provides high differential speeds and automatically adapts to conditions during ongoing operations. The industrial centrifuge separates high amounts of tapioca gratings in a short period of time.

The efficient separation of the fluid increases the starch yield and the service life of the plant. In addition, it saves resources (such as water).

Efficiently Dewatering Tapioca Pulps

After extracting the starch, operators dewater the resulting tapioca pulps in order to reduce the transport and drying costs. Compared to screw presses, industrial centrifuges dewater with less space, and they are clean and efficient. The drier the dewatered pulp, the lower the quantity to be disposed.

Flottweg Is Your Partner for the Extraction of Tapioca Starch

  • Testing facilities and rental machines for extensive on-site tests
  • Efficient joint solution finding and consultation from the start of your process
  • Worldwide references from all known starch manufacturers
  • Reliable support when commissioning and optimizing your plant


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