The starch content of potatoes is an important quality characteristic. Potatoes come in different varieties. For waxy potatoes, a relatively low starch content is desirable (10-12%). For medium potatoes, the starch content should be around 12-14%, and for floury potatoes, it should be 15-18%. To determine these values quickly and efficiently, Bosche has developed the verifiable KSW potato starch scales.
A sample of properly washed potatoes is weighed when dry, and then again when under water. The buoyancy, and thus the underwater weight, of the potatoes varies in line with their starch content (dry content). The higher the starch content, the higher the underwater weight of the potatoes.
With this method, it is no longer necessary to weight exactly 5 kg of potatoes and to then compare the measured weight with reference values in a table. By determining the dry weight and the underwater weight, the starch scale automatically calculate the specific density. Based on standardised formulas, the actual starch content of the potatoes is determined.
Simply place between 4 and 7 kg of potatoes (or as many potatoes as fit into the basket) on the scale – the rest is done by the BOSCHE KSW.
With our optional printer, you can print tickets showing the starch content with date and time.
Advantages of potato starch scales
- Potato hydrometer - Determination of dry matter content
- Catering for variable potato sample weights – no need for time-consuming sample preparation
- No need to refer to tables – reducing likelihood of errors
- Automatic lifting and lowering of scale – for greater efficiency without back strain
- Ideal for professional weighing where accuracy and efficiency are essential
- Suitable for continuous operation during harvest time
Scope of delivery:
- Scales frame
- Stainless steel bucket
- Stainless steel basket
Starch content calculation procedure
Calibrating of basket underwater weight
Always first determine the underwater weight of the basket, as it must be taken into account for the determination of the accurate underwater weight of the potato sample.
This procedure only needs to be completed once. The weight is permanently stored in the scale, even when they are switched off. The underwater weight of the basket only needs to be determined again after the scale have been re-verified.
Calculating starch content of potato sample
The scale is ready for the next batch
|Type||Max. batch weight Max. batch weight||Accuracy, d||Display||Price in €, plus VAT|
Potato starch scale
|100 kg||2 g||KSW||3700,-|
|Printer||Preisgünstiger Bondrucker mit Cutter||320,-|
|Verifiable||Max. batch weight Max. batch weight||Verification value, e||Display||Price in €, plus VAT|
|Verified potato starch scale
|100 kg||50 g||KSW||3900,-|
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