The dates are transferred into the washer through the belt elevator.
The washing operation carried out, the dates move to the re-hydration tunnel and regain their natural consistency through steam jets.
At the end of the tunnel, a specific screw elevator transfers the dates to pit remover to separate the pulp from the pit adding a small quantity of water.
The pits are evacuated into a container while the pulp is transferred to the malaxers through a mono screw pump
The malaxers, equipped with a heating system, treat the product up to about 18-22 BRIX degrees by adding a small quantity of water.
After the necessary malaxing time, the product is pushed to the decanter for the first separation carried out by mono screw pumps.
The decanter provides to separate the juice from the rough solid part, part that is usually recycled for food and feed animal sectors.
The juice is conveyed to the final separator for further and final cleaning; it is therefore filtered to eliminate all possible pectins and residues before its introduction into the concentration system where it is concentrated up to a maximum of 70-73 BRIX degrees, through the vacuum and steam heating.
The concentration operation completed, the molasses is discharged, packed and stored.
The juice coming from the separator is stored into tanks and specific enzymes are added for clarification.


FORMA equipment is designed to carry out standard batch productions in continuous or discontinuous mode. The crusher is mounted on the malaxer with separate discharge into the vats 1 or 2. The handling of oxygen at the crusher inlet is a very important factor allowing the formation of lipoxygenase, thus of flavours; also important for the final product quality is the thermic delta between the paste temperature when entering and when coming out of the crusher.

The malaxation is made inside closed malaxers in order to avoid paste oxidation and to ensure an effective temperature control. The paste inlet is operated through an auger and the outlet is made through a PSS elliptical piston pump put on each single malaxer. Cleaning is facilitated through the total opening of the higher cover, so that there are no areas for possible process wastes.

The horizontal decanter separating liquid from solid is designed in such a way as to obtain the maximum yield with the highest quality; the 2.0 auger is designed to get a cleanest possible product without adding any water; there is no temperature increase during extraction.

In conclusion we can state that the FORMA equipment allows extraction of a great product, of course with all the support that can be granted by our company during all phases of production: that makes the difference.