This article focuses on the cooking oil-making machine, its evolution through the centuries without forgetting the price, and how it has affected the market in Kenya.
The cooking oil-making machine, commonly known as the oil press machine, is a mechanical appliance that applies extreme levels of both pressure and heat to squeeze out cooking oil from green and other plant produce such as nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.
The Dutch invented the first cooking oil maker in the seventeenth century. It was applied exclusively for oilseed pressing until the nineteenth century when Joseph Bramah invented the hydraulic press.
The inception of the cooking oil-making machine in Kenya
Since the country’s advent of the cooking oil-producing machine, Kenya has witnessed a significant revolution in the agricultural sector. More and more agriculturalists are turning to the purely mechanical, chemical-free way of making oil.
Not only is the mechanical oil-making machine free of chemical additives in the extracted oil, but it is also economical, and the operation is easy. The farmer also has the freedom to produce any oil type; the yield is high and provides a pollution-free environment.
When dealing with any appliance, the price is determined by several factors. With the evolution of the cooking oil maker over the years, many models have been developed and different components altered to suit the users’ pockets. Factors determining the cooking oil making machine price in Kenya include processing capacity, capital investment, materials to be processed, model, operating costs, convenience and security of working, temperature control, filtration system, and material used.
Processing capacity: Most oil maker machines have a processing capacity that ranges from 100 kg per hour to five tons per day.
Raw material range: The processing materials of an oil press are categorized into animal and plant raw materials based on their types. Plant natural products include soybean, mustard, copra, cottonseed, sesame, rapeseed/canola, palm kernel, groundnut/ peanut, sunflower seed, flax seed, castor, and other green plant products.
Natural products include by-products from slaughtered animals such as hogs, sheep, marine mammals and fatty fish, cattle, and some fleshy fruits like olive and palm.
Oil makers capable of pressing all-natural products are undoubtedly more costly than those that are limited to certain products.
Model: Oil-extracting machines are divided into screw and hydraulic oil makers. The screw oil maker is more costly than its counterpart, for it is used for raw oil materials with massive quantities such as rapeseed, peanuts, and soybeans. At the same time, the latter is limited to nutrient-flavored oils such as cocoa beans. The former also has a greater output rate compared to the latter.
The material: The materials used in making the parts of an oil-producing machine are crucial to determining the price of the appliance. Oil-making appliances are either made using elastomeric or metallic fabrics. Devices with wear and tear-resisting properties are more expensive than those which suffer from friction easily.
Considering all these factors, we conclude that an oil maker machine’s price in any part of the world heavily depends on its quality and output.