Valves in Food and Beverage Industry

Valves in Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry has above par requirement for excellent hygiene standards, and this has formed the basis of the requirements for zero tolerance for unkempt attitude in the handling of items used in a food and beverage environment. The food industry is vast, cutting across many facets of the society and touching every aspect of the food chain. It includes such industries as the milk and dairy, confectionery, food packaging, and other essential food processing related industries.

The valve manufacturer needs to appreciate the large clientele and the massive size of the industry to learn how much will be demanded in supporting the food and beverage industry. By understanding the complexities, it will be possible for the valve manufacturer to know what is required and what solution is to be, provided. To adequately serve the industry you need to know what your target end users want.

Needs for Vales in food and beverage processing

You need to consider many factors to serve your prospective client excellently. Some of the issues to consider are media temperature, pressure and viscosity and types of valves required to cope with the kind of environment they will be exposed.

Areas, where valves will be needed, are the following:

  • The industry requires valves activities for mixing, stirring, sterilizing and pasteurizing, filtering, dosing and ensiling. These functions apply uniquely to each sub-sect of the industry.
  • They need valves for filling, capping, labeling and shrink wrapping, case erecting and palletizing.
  • Infrastructure/utility. Valves are needed for boiler or compressor room to transport lines and comfort heating
  • Water/wastewater. There is need to install appropriate valves for water supply cleaning, and recycling discharged wastes water.

Valves Applications

There is need to sterilize the equipment used in the industry as well as provide relevant operational support for food processing. This is one industry with zero tolerance for component failure and whatever is put in place must meet such requirement. By providing dogged and reliable valves, the food and beverage industry is more than able to engage valves solutions in all its stages of processing. The reason is that margin in the industry is low, but high efficiency in production far more compensate for the low margin with faster and on-demand need for food items by customers.

The following are different valve applications in food and beverage industry:

  • Direct Contact Valves vs. Utility Service Valves. We have two classifications of use of valves in food and beverage industry: direct contact valves and utility service valves. The first is valves whose jobs bring them in contact with the food they help to process. Examples are milk, condiments, soda, and meat. Here, the kind of valve to use must not contaminate the foods and thus stainless steel is used for making the valves. As for utility service valves, they do not contact the food, and so such high hygiene requirement is not mandatory. Utility Service Valves are used in the steamer, water transportation, and non-food resources.
  • Solenoid Valves for Food Processing. Solenoid valves are resistant to corrosion and can withstand humid environments. They are made of stainless steel and are free of contamination. For this reason, the solenoid is widely used in food processing such as abattoir, fish canneries, salting and ready to eat food.
  • Sanitary Ball Valves for Beverage Processing. Where clean and sterile processing is needed, this valve finds a proper application. They don’t harbor bacteria and other microorganisms because of their non-crevice shape. The ball valve meets hygiene standards for beverage processing.

Valves in Food and Beverage Industry

In the design and installation of appropriate valves in food and beverage industry, it is best if the end user and valve application manufacturer work together to understand what is needed and explore available options to come up with the best solution for a food and beverage processing application.