Beer, whiskey, cider, and gin - the list can be long of the beloved beverages produced in breweries, distilleries, and other beverage manufacturers. For a high-quality end product, significant hygienic requirements are imposed on the flow process, which is why the optimal pump is crucial for successful alcohol production.
A hygienic pump, commonly pumping beverage, is a significant driving force in alcohol production. This sanitary pump also works excellently in other applications within the food industry and is designed to meet the high demands required in the manufacturing of the beverages we consume.
Even though the pump is the component mainly responsible for the flow, other practical solutions such as mixers, trolleys, and pulsation dampeners help facilitate alcohol production.
THE CORRECT MATERIAL IS SIGNIFICANT
The choice of material and design is significant for hygienic pumps as it helps optimize the process. Alcohol can be a volatile product, and examples of materials suitable for alcohol production are:
- Stainless steel. The most commonly used hygienic material.
- PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). The obvious choice for liquid-contacting parts, apart from stainless steel. High chemical resistance and low friction are some noteworthy properties.
- Custom design. Prevents liquid from getting trapped, avoiding contamination, and allows for easy disassembly for inspection and maintenance.
- Smooth surfaces. Polished surfaces that prevent dirt from adhering to irregularities and are easy to rinse off and clean.
- Compatible materials. Food-grade materials compliant with standards such as FDA, EHEDG, and EG 1935/2004.
In the vast majority of cases, alcohol is produced in environments with an explosion risk. An explosive environment requires equipment that can handle flammable liquid or vapor and is approved according to the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. Different equipment is suitable for different zones within an explosive environment. We can help you find a safe solution for your production.
The black carbon coating on Tapflo's plastic pumps indicates that the material is approved according to ATEX. The material is conductive and ensures that no electrical charges are generated in the pump.
Those who use an ATEX-approved Tapflo pump correctly can feel safe, without the risk of ignition and explosion.
THE PUMPS THAT MANAGE THE PROCESS
For a smooth and successful production, choosing the right flow solution is essential. Diaphragm pumps and centrifugal pumps play a central role in alcohol production, but depending on the requirements, they come in different configurations. Here are the pumps that contribute to a successful production depending on the application:
- Hygienic diaphragm pump. The diaphragm pump is an ”all-around pump” that successfully transports most liquids, even when particles are involved. ATEX-class alternatives are available.
- Hygienic diaphragm pump EHEDG approved. When the strictest hygienic requirements in material selection and construction is necessary.
- Hygienic centrifugal pump CTX H. When you need a truly high-performance pump.
- Hygienic centrifugal pump CTH. A simpler, smaller pump that provides excellent efficiency.
You can read more about hygienic flow solutions here.
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