Food and beverage industry
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Ongoing growth of the world’s population and rising personal income – especially in threshold countries – have led to increasingly greater demands for fresh and processed food and beverages. This development has resulted, in turn, in rising demand for the required process technology. One of the most important megatrends of relevance here is unabated urbanization. Today, more than half the world’s population lives in a town or city. The United Nations has assumed that by 2050 urban dwellers will represent more than two-thirds of the earth’s population – but on the basis of nine, and not currently seven billion people. Processed food and beverages, packed to satisfactorily suit the needs of consumers and provided by name-brand manufacturers, are now just as much in demand as are fresh products – especially among urban consumers. We are working at the key technological points along the product’s way to its consumers.
Vegetables, fruit, and other freshly harvested products must arrive at the consumer in fresh and crisp condition, regardless of the distance of their transport. Cooling is essential, but does not suffice alone: in addition, loss of liquid and vitamins must be effectively prevented. Finned tube heat exchangers from us set standards with respect to energy efficiency, air throw, and efficiency. These are critical aspects for facilities operators, since food distribution centers, warehouses, production halls, and supermarkets require tremendous cooling duty. Our engineers are at work without interruption on the sustainability of their products – by optimized finned-tube design for lower pressure loss and low energy consumption of the fans, by longer defrost intervals, and simply with installation and service friendliness. Hygiene and corrosion resistance are assured by effective selection of materials and coatings – in slaughterhouse operations, fish processing, farmers’-market halls, and the catering stands in athletic stadiums.
Shelf lives of the food products
One of the most essential factors in fresh food and beverages is their shelf lives. Since microorganisms cause the spoilage of food, pasteurization of milk and other dairy products is the method of choice to extend their shelf lives. During pasteurization, these products are heated, with this process followed by immediate cooling. Other beverages such as wine, fruit juice, and beer are often likewise pasteurized, or are manufactured from pasteurized constituents. Brief heating in combination with pasteurization can extend the shelf life of acidic products with low pH, so that cooling during storage is not necessary. This group of foods and beverages includes many kinds of fruit and vegetable juices and preserves, as well as lemonade and energy drinks. Our plate heat exchangers are outstandingly suited for such gentle processing.
The greatest advantages of plate heat exchangers are their flexibility and their cost effectiveness. In addition to pasteurization equipment, these systems are used everywhere in the food and beverage industry when products must be chilled, pre-heated, or heated: e.g., in brewing, in production of juices and cooking oils, in the sugar industry, and in the catering sector. offer for the customer’s selection an effective heat exchanger for virtually any process. We have additionally developed a leak test procedure that checks the tightness of heat exchangers in very little time.
In sensitive areas, our air filters also assure microbiologically pure supply of air.
Brazed or welded plate heat exchangers are used for heating vapor or media for cleaning and disinfection purposes. These systems are designed for high operational pressures. For steam power systems, We also offer its shell and tube heat exchangers.
Powders and granulates
Our finned-tube heat exchangers are used when products must be dried – primarily in the manufacture of powder or granule products. Examples in the beverage industry include powdered milk, instant coffee, and instant tea products. Our air filters assure pure air here: for example, in the production of salt, sugar, and spices.
Aquaculture is the controlled farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, crabs, and algae. Owing to the depletion of fish in the oceans, aquaculture is becoming increasingly important. Large shares of aquaculture facilities are currently being operated with closed-cycle water circuits, to maintain a maximum of independence from environmental influences and from great consumption of water. Our products provide highly efficient treatment of this water.
Water supply and disposal
Most production processes in the food and beverage industries require and consume water. For the treatment of drinking water and sewage, We offer solutions for sedimentation processes, i.e. for the removal of solids from water. Our fixed bed systems like trickling filters and hybrid reactors or moving beds are used in biological waste water treatment.
More and better-quality foods
Fresh, crispy fruit and vegetables, long-lasting and yet nutritious foods, as well as a generous selection for more and more people – Our technology plays a key role in meeting these challenges on the way to the consumer.