Lyco Manufacturing’s Heating and Cooling Equipment increases recovery and yields better looking product with less damage in comparison to other industrial food cooking and cooling equipment. Achieve total consistency with uniform heating and cooling of food products. The result? A safer process and a colder final product temperature which increases shelf-life.


All commercial food processing produces waste by-products. Disposal of the sludge, particulates, and slurry is expensive and time consuming. Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. has a variety of equipment designed for waste disposal problems. Each piece of equipment in the liquid-solid separation line does a superior job of separating solids for a wide range of applications.


Lyco peelers have a simple, clean, robust design that delivers the highest peeling and washing productivity. The electric or hydraulic drive machines can handle more volume. Newly incorporated into the design is the 2-way flip top cover for ease of cleaning, maintenance, and roll change-out. Lyco peelers are available with electric or hydraulic drives.

Product Testing & Simulation Lab

Find out how your product cooks in our food processing equipment!

We welcome customers to send us product. Lyco’s specialist staff will test different processes and methods to ensure you arrive at the correct recipes and machinery sizes for your specific application.

food-processing-simulationLyco’s Test Facility is a 5,000 square foot laboratory designed for testing blanching, cooking, pasteurizing and cooling processes. We can test processes with hot water or direct steam heat and cool with 33 Degree chilled water. In addition to full size production machines we also have Simulators available.

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Lyco Turns Wastewater Stream Into Revenue Stream

New Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Sold Separator Further Reduces BOD

COLUMBUS, Wis. Micro Drum Screen— Food processors can reap the benefit of hidden assets and potentially avoid hefty fines by improving waste stream recovery with the latest innovation from Lyco Manufacturing. The new Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Solid Separator system reduces industrial waste using screens with mesh sizes two-and-a-half times finer than secondary screening systems (200 microns compared to 500 microns). This equips the operator to recover extra product during initial processing stages for foods ranging from vegetables to proteins such as beef or poultry. The additional product capture represents significant potential income that processors are currently—literally—washing down the drain.

“The Micro Drum Screen™ fills a definite gap between the offal screen and the DAF (Dissolved Air Filtration) system,” says Kevin Hansen, product line manager at Lyco. “There are several ways food processors can improve their return on investment (ROI) with our new drum screen. The first is by recovering prime offal for sale or use as a high-quality nutrient in animal feed products, representing a secondary revenue stream,” he continued.

“Secondly our system helps operators reduce the amount of chemicals used in the DAF, saving thousands of dollars. A cleaner wastewater stream also helps reduce municipal chargebacks or fines. These fines can amount to tens of thousands of dollars per month in some cases.”

And finally, but no less important is the fact that a cleaner wastewater stream is better for the environment as it protects the nation’s waterways. “The benefits of the Micro Drum Screen™ certainly speak to sustainable and green business practices,” said Hansen.

Savings by the numbers
Specifically the Micro Drum Screen™ reduces BOD* (Biochemical Oxygen Demand), TSS* (Total Suspended Solids) and TKN* (Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen). Production run tests in a poultry processing facility show results of up to 24.4 percent reduction in BOD, almost 30 percent TSS and 14.79 percent TKN. The amount of BOD in wastewater often has the largest impact on a company’s chargebacks or fines imposed by local water municipalities. In addition, processors can realize up to 30 percent savings on sludge removal and handling.

While potential fines from BOD levels vary from one processor and municipality to another, the secondary revenue stream from recovered materials is evident. Depending on the processing speed and type of mesh used in the screen, recovered material amounts can range from 600 to 1500 lbs/hour. What would otherwise be waste or wind up in sludge is captured and available for sale or use, while reducing the organics in the water.

Reducing organics in wastewater cuts back on the amount of chemical needed in a DAF system, where chemical costs can range anywhere from $250,000 to more than a million dollars per year. “Even a 15 percent reduction in the stream being produced is a payback for the food processor,” says Hansen.

Minimal maintenance
Lyco designed the Micro Drum Screen™ for low-maintenance operation. A complete screen change out can be done on the same drum takes a few hours and requires just two employees, using standard tools. In addition, the screens do all the work; there are no bags or parts that have to be changed out.

As an additional maintenance innovation, the Micro Drum Screen actually cleans itself with its own water. Operators can preprogram a cleaning cycle that lasts 5 to 15 minutes as needed, recycling its own water through the CIP system. These features cut machine downtime and cut operator costs. Hundreds of interchangeable screen options create a versatile machine, adaptable to many types of food processing applications requiring wastewater treatment.

*About wastewater acronyms
BOD—Biochemical Oxygen Demand, or a measure of the amount of oxygen required to neutralize organic wastes.

TKN—Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, or the total concentration of organic nitrogen and ammonia.

TSS—Total suspended solids gives a measure of water turbidity, with TSS values commonly expressed in ppm (mg solids per liter of water).

Lyco Rolls Equipment Display to European Food Processors Front Door

lyco-display-truckManufacturing, Inc. is taking its’ food processing equipment and latest innovations on a European road tour. Similar to Lyco’s mobile equipment display used in the U.S., the newly built European display is designed for stopping at customer’s plants for visits by factory personnel. The equipment can be unloaded from the truck to allow testing of customer’s products onsite, utilizing Lyco’s full size plug-and-play production machines. Equipped with the latest automated controls, the customer will be able to easily set their recipes for blanching, cooking, and cooling.

Steve Hughes, CEO says, “The rolling display is another way that Lyco continues to innovate, inform, and serve customers with the latest ways they can improve their product quality, increase yield, save labor, reduce water consumption – by seeing and using the equipment first hand.” By bringing the equipment to the factory, more people are able to give suggestions, and ask Lyco’s experts about the latest processing methods. Many who do not attend trade fairs get the advantage of Lyco’s mobile display stand coming directly to them.

Lyco’s mobile display will include Lyco’s continuous Clean-Flow® Cooker, which is designed to reduce product changeovers and sanitation time from hours to minutes. Clean-Flow ®is one of the most automated, effective rapid clean in place commercial cooking systems available. Lyco’s Easy-Flow™ Cooler will also be displayed on the truck, which is capable of reducing blanched or cooked product temperature to 5˚ C (41˚ F) in 21 seconds. Lyco’s Easy-Flow TM Cooler is the most efficient food processing product cooling system on the market.

lyco-display-truck2Tom Surmiak, International Sales Manager for Lyco, knows that response to the traveling display in the U.S. had been phenomenal.

This year alone Lyco will bring the equipment technology mobile display to over 100 food processing production facilities. Surmiak says, “It’s not unusual for 20-25 people to come out and see the mobile demonstration – production, engineering, maintenance, sanitation personnel, company owners, and managing directors. They all seem to really enjoy the show.”

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Lyco Expands Technical Sales Team with Promotion of Eric Jameson

Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. announces the promotion of Eric Jameson, Territory Sales Manager. Jameson is responsible for customers in the central, southwest, and southeast United States, where Lyco serves some of the top food processing market leaders.

"We’re thrilled to have Eric on the Lyco sales team, because of his background in engineering and applications, said Chris Ewert, National Sales Manager for Lyco." Ewert stated, "Eric understands customer processes and his experience in Lyco’s Applications Testing Lab will really be a benefit, as he serves Lyco customers in his new sales role."

Jameson worked for Lyco as an intern while attending University of Wisconsin, Stout. Steve Hughes, CEO commented, "During that time Eric proved to be a very motivated individual with a passion for design engineering. After graduating he went to work as a design manufacturing engineer with a local machine shop. When Lyco had an opening in our engineering group we went after Eric, to hire him as a design engineer."

In the three years that Jameson has been at Lyco he has worked in the position of Design/Project Engineer for Lyco’s heating and cooling product line, and for the last year has been in the Sales Application Engineering position.

Jameson, commenting on his new position says, "It’s exciting to have this new opportunity, and I look forward to meeting each customer, listen to their challenges, and work together to apply Lyco equipment solutions."