General Manufacturing Methods

Grinding of Olives to Paste

Stone Olive Mills

Stone rollers or wheels roll in circles on a slab of granite to grind the olives into a paste.

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Hammer Mill

A hammer mill has swinging arms which through centrifugal action push the olives into the sides of a rotating chamber, similar to a home garbage disposer. The mill may have one to several hammers.

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Oil Separation

Centrifugal Decanters

Spins the olive paste in a horizontal drum; the heavier flesh and pits goes to the outside and the water and oil is tapped off from the centre.

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Sinolea Method

Rows of metal discs or plates are dipped into the paste; the oil preferentially wets and sticks to the metal and is removed with scrapers in a continuous process.

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