How is cottonseed oil made in cooking oil processing factory?
Cottonseed is a by-product of cotton manufacturing process, which can be used to make cooking oil. Its oil content is about 35%. In cooking oil processing factory, there are two kinds of technology which can be used to making cottonseed oil: pressing technology and solvent extraction technology. Here, Doing Company will introduce them for you one by one.
1. How is cottonseed oil made using pressing technology?
Firstly, the cottonseed need delinting treatment. The requirement of the cotton linter content is less than 3%. If your cottonseeds meet the requirement, this process can be skipped.
Secondly, the cottonseeds need to be cleaned by wind separator to remove the impurities.
The cleaning machines for cottonseed oil processing
Thirdly, clean cottonseeds will be cracked by crushing machine, whose purpose is to remove the cottonseeds shell. So after crushing, the cottonseed kernel and shell separating sieve and round play screen are used to separate the cottonseed and shell. Then, you can get clean cottonseed kernels.
Two kinds of cottonseed kernel and shell separating machine
Fourthly, the cottonseed kernels will be processed by flaking machine. The cottonseed kernels will become flakiness, which will make the oil yield rate increase.
The falking machine and cooking machine used in cottonseed oil pressing line
Fifthly, flaky cottonseed kernels will be sent into cooking machine to adjust the temperature and moisture, and reach the best condition for pressing.
At last, cooked flaky cottonseed kernels will be put into oil press machine. The cottonseed oil will flow out continuously. This oil is crude cottonseed oil, which should be filtered by leaf filter firstly, and then be sent into edible oil refinery plant to be refined into product oil.
Cottonseed oil press machine
2. How is cottonseed oil made using solvent extraction technology?
Using solvent extraction technology to make cottonseed oil also need pretreat the cottonseeds with some machines. The cleaning, shelling equipment is same as those used in pressing line. In order to improve the effect of solvent extraction, it also can add softening machine and puffing machine to process the cottonseed kernels.
Softening and puffing machine used to pretreat cottonseed kernel
As for the oil press machine, if using solvent extraction technology, it should be replaced by oil pre-pressing machine, whose residual oil rate is about 15%. Then the cottonseed cakes will be sent to cottonseed oil solvent extraction plant to extract oil out.
Cottonseed oil solvent extraction plant
Cottonseed oil solvent extraction plant is to use n-hexan to extract the oil from cottonseed cakes, and the final residual oil rate can be less than 1%. The oil you get is also crude cottonseed oil, which must be sent into edible oil refinery plant to be refined into product oil.
The above is the introduction of crude cottonseed oil processing technology in cooking oil processing factory. If you also want to know the crude cottonseed oil refining technology, you can see another article--Cottonseed oil refining process introduction
If you want to make crude cottonseed oil by pressing or solvent extraction technology, or want to refine the crude cottonseed oil into product oil, you can contact us directly.
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