The mechanical equipment of the rolling mill comprises the descaler for billets and blooms, 16 RedRing rolling stands, a 102 meter long cooling table
, straightener units and a cold cutting area.
He spreads the chocolate by hand on a marble cooling table
. Before the chocolate is completely solid, he uses a cutter to chop the chocolate into the needed sizes.
Optional equipment is on offer and includes: Ali stainless steel cabinet; Product drainage tray; Cooling table
with blower Continuous oil filter
Then it's on to the cooling table
, where the mix is flattened out like a pancake.
A sticky concoction of sugar and glucose syrup is boiled up in open copper pans to a temperature of 300F and then turned out onto a cooling table
. Sugar at this temperature takes no prisoners and John Wilkinson, sugar boiler in chief, showed me the scars of his office.
The sugar boilers then remove the pans from the fire and carefully tip the sticky mixture on to a cast iron cooling table
. The syrup spreads out to fill the table and forms an inch-thick slab (main picture).
"We still use traditional cast iron cooling tables
, pouring it out and letting it cool," says Dario.