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Degumming

Degumming is the first stage in the oil and fat refining process. In this step the gums (phospholipids) that are insoluble in oil are hydrated and removed, as well as some metals and other contaminants. To this effect phosphoric acid and water are added to the oil either in the same vessel or in separate steps, and the mixture is intensified using our ultrasonic reactors.

Upon completion of the reaction a self-cleaning separation centrifuge is used to separate the phases. The gums can be used to produce lecithin, depending on the feedstock used, and are dried separately if required. The degumming systems can be installed on their own, or more typically in combination with a bleaching system, which increases the process efficiency.
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