Process Skids Make Heat Exchange Solutions Easy

September 22, 2020 Categories: Environmental - Food - Opinion Piece

Modular process skids have become popular in the food industry due to their ease of transportation and installation. HRS Heat Exchangers has produced skid-mounted versions of numerous products and systems, for a wide range of applications including pasteurisation, cleaning in place (CIP), aseptic packing, heating, and cooling to name a few.

What is a modular process skid?

A modular process skid is a processing system contained within a frame, making it easier to transport and install. Individual skids can contain anything from a single heat exchanger and ancillaries to complete and complex systems where the skid typically contains process equipment, controls and monitoring equipment, and ancillaries.

Process skids provide a ‘plug & play’ solution and multiple skids can be combined into larger systems.

Benefits of process skids

Some of the reasons that process skids have become so popular include:

  • Ease of installation
  • Quality of construction
  • Ease of transport
  • Small footprint
  • Testing and approval can be carried out off-site

In addition, process skids provide a combination of flexibility and robustness and skids can be supplied in multiple sizes, from a standard pallet, to a full-size shipping container.

Examples of HRS process skids

HRS is experienced in producing skids for food and beverage use using high quality stainless steel and frequently supplies systems built around process skids. Some recent examples include:

  • An orange juice pasteurisation system for a Mexican company which is comprised of a series of skid-mounted units which together form a turnkey pasteurisation, cooling and aseptic filling solution.
  • Spanish social enterprise Nutripeople turns surplus fruit and vegetables into finished highly nutritional food pouches for use by organisations such as UNICEF and Oxfam. HRS provided the company with a new production line which includes tanks, mixers, pumps, a homogeniser and R Series scraped-surface heat exchangers for pasteurisation. These elements were supplied on process skids which were combined into a finished production line at Nutripeople’s factory in Murcia.
  • Ready Foods, a US food company producing sauces and marinades commissioned a turnkey cooling system to process up to 90 tonnes of marinade a week. The solution included pumps, a pre-cooler for the cooling water, two Unicus Series heat exchangers to cool the product, as well as valves, controls and a cleaning-in-place (CIP) system. Key elements were supplied on process skids to facilitate quick installation and ease of operation.
  • The HRS AF Series of aseptic fillers are supplied skid mounted as standard.
  • HRS has a range of trial units from heat exchangers to pilot plant evaporation skids, which are available for clients to prove the suitability of a particular model or technology prior to full system design. These are all skid mounted to enable easy transportation and quick set up on site.

Whatever type and size of system you require, talk to us today about how skid mounting your process solution can save time in make installation and operation easier.

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