Solid State Cultivation Technology

Solid state cultivation technology that incorporates the skills of craftsmen

Rotary Type Automatic Koji Making Equipment

The most important thing in sake production is the koji-making process – whether the resulting koji is good or bad is the deciding factor for quality.Fujiwara Techno-Art has developed a wide diversity of koji-making equipment to serve as core technologies in fermentation. The centerpiece is our rotary automatic koji-making equipment, which brings together the cream of our technologies to achieve total automation of the entire koji-making process from spreading through to discharge.Able to handle processing capacities from small to large, this equipment achieves top-quality koji production through optimum temperature and humidity management using vector control in which the experience and skills of master brewers are rendered into programs.We have also completed an aseptic solid state cultivation equipment and developed it for practical use.

This equipment can carry out all the processes of koji-making – including spreading, turning and discharge – automatically in unmanned operation.Its important parts are made from stainless steel for high durability and cleanness.Its structure allows easy cleaning, washing and sterilization, right down to the intricate parts. If desired, it can be fitted with an automatic washing apparatus.

[Awards]

April 1983: 42nd Science and Technology Agency Director's Awards for noteworthy inventions (for rotary automatic koji-making equipment)

December 2004: 34th Award for Services to Food Industry Technology from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper (for package-type rotary koji-making equipment)

VEX Type Non-airflow Ginjo Koji-Making Equipment

Koji for ginjo and daiginjo sake is required to be of high quality, and so traditionally it was made by spreading koji into a layer roughly 3 cm thick, using manual labor (“futa koji method”).The concepts of this futa koji method were skillfully utilized to develop the non-airflow ginjo koji making equipment. The koji layer’s thickness was changed to 6 cm, enabling the moisture vapor to be discharged nearly evenly over the layer’s top and bottom surfaces, and the product temperature to be controlled via the moisture vapor’s latent heat.

[Awards]

December 2000: 30th Awards for Services to Food Industry Technology from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper (for VEX type non-airflow ginjo Koji-making equipment)

February 2004: 1st New Machine Promotion Award from Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry (for VEX type non-airflow ginjo Koji- making equipment)

September 2004: 7th Nisshoku Award for Outstanding Machinery and Equipment (for VEX type non-airflow ginjo Koji-making equipment)

Powder or Seed Mold Supplying Device

Dispersal of seed mold is an indispensable element in koji-making.This powder or grain seed mold supplying equipment can feed even small amounts of seed mold at a constant rate.Formerly it was usual to disperse seed mold at the cooling equipment outlet area, but we have developed a method for connecting pneumatic conveyance equipment so that seed mold can be fed to areas away from the body of the machine.By employing an air cleaning and dehumidifying unit, the equipment achieves stable seed mold supply and a clean environment.

[Awards]

November 2008: 38th Awards for Services to Food Industry Technology from Shokuhin Sangyo Newspaper (for powder or seed mold supplying equipment)


Fujiwara Techno-Art Co.,Ltd.

Fujiwara Techno-Art is a brewing machinery pioneer enterprise that broke the path to fully automated unmanned koji (rice mold) production for the brewing of soy sauce, miso, sake, shochu and similar. Our technological capability has won high appraisal ever since, to the point where our machines account for a roughly 80% share of the koji production capacity inside Japan.
With the global spread of Japanese food culture, we now export our products to more than 20 countries worldwide. Further, we have utilized our expertise built up in the field of brewing to develop machinery for filtering and powder sterilization. Striking out into the general foodstuff and bio industries, we are blazing trails to the affluent eating of the future with our outstanding plant engineering capabilities.