Food processing: valve types in the industry

fredag den 31. juli 2020
Food processing: valve types in the industry

Food processing is one of the most relevant factors in the food industry due to the amount of activity generated to meet expectations in terms of supply and demand.

In this sense, food processing requires various systems, machinery, components, and processes, but it must also present full guarantees in terms of hygiene and health. Food processing is just the first step in a series of stages that end in the distribution and preservation of products.

For successful processing, specific requirements demanded by the industry must be met, which are determined based on the characteristics of the product to be developed, the temperatures that its processing requires, and the material that is necessary for said work.

When thinking about the food industry, it is necessary to consider the parameters of the different processes that are carried out within it; this involves several complex issues and requires high levels of responsibility and commitment from those driving the food industry. From a general perspective, these conditions can be appreciated in all areas of industrial activity. However, in the food industry, they occur to a higher degree due to the characteristics specific to this item.

Food industry: the importance of quality

First, food is a product consumed on a large scale and is the source of nourishment for millions of people. Therefore, the quality and state that they present at the time of being prepared and consumed directly influence consumers' health and quality of life.

In other words, they are products with a particular shelf life. It is possible to find dairy products, sausages, oils, fats, and liquids with other characteristics such as flavored waters, sodas, and alcoholic beverages.
All products must have their respective quality certification in terms of hygiene. It is for this reason that, for food processing, the industry requires particular and special mechanisms and systems for its function.

Hygienic pumps and valves

In most cases, the use of hygienic pumps and hygienic valves is used, which allows the manipulation and elaboration of the different products, guaranteeing safety, and health conditions.

One of these devices' main characteristics is that they are made of a specific type of material, which may well be stainless steel. In this way, the appearance of different agents such as viruses and bacteria that can affect and contaminate the fluid contained in the systems to a certain extent is avoided. Another aspect that becomes visible in these devices is that they are usually easy to disassemble, facilitating their cleaning and sanitization after specific operating processes.

Valve type

Each of the parties that work with food processing has to resort to different devices and components. The choice between one or the other is determined according to the tasks to be carried out, and the mechanisms that they imply. That is why there are different models of hygienic valves. One of them is that of relief valves, whose function is to prevent a specific installation from exceeding a pre-established pressure limit.

Another example is valves that regulate the passage of a specific fluid within the system's level. Within these are the ball valves, which completely open and close the passage, and the globe valves, which in addition to these functions, also allow it to be regulated through different degrees of opening. Besides other types of valves, there are also centrifugal pumps. They make it possible to pump hydraulic fluids and move them from one level to another within the same system by applying centrifugal force. Besides, they allow working with high flow rates and low pressures.

Beyond the operation and mechanical characteristics of hygienic valves and pumps, it is crucial to focus on the material they are made out of and all the factors that allow, through them, the handling and regulation of different types of fluids. In this way, basic hygienic conditions are guaranteed within food processing.

At Flowtrend, we have extensive experience in developing and distributing this type of parts and components. Our catalog, the number of years we have been in the market, and our clients' opinions are proof of this and the service we offer.