Here We Go Again!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I have started a new project, a 75 lb (34 kg) roaster, I have made some changes to this roaster that I am really excited about. The exciting part about the changes is that none of them are drastic changes to the basic design, but they add up to significant savings in terms of energy and electricity. With some simple changes to the geometry in the roast chamber we have been able to lessen the work that the blower is required to do which in turn lessened the amount of energy that the burner has to provide to the system. These change have increased the time that it takes for an individual bean to make one full cycle in the fluid-bed process, but only by about 0.4 seconds, which will not affect the quality of the roast. This is what is great about engineering, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make a better wheel. Sometimes you may have to or want to, but most times taking a critical look at your current system can make it work like an entirely new and more advanced system. This roaster is going to be built in our hometown of Portland, Oregon. While Australia was a great adventure it will be nice to be in familiar surroundings with familiar suppliers. I will be looking to travel again next year so if you are interested in a roaster and you want to hang out with me for a month or so you know where to find me. Please no inquiries about just hanging out with me no matter how much you are willing to pay. You have to buy a roaster, you can’t just pay me to come hang out with you, I am sorry but this is our policy and we cannot make any exceptions.

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