Reducing food waste with smart technology
HRS Heat Exchangers, Stand AL39, ProPak Asia 2019
HRS Heat Exchangers will showcase a range of solutions to key challenges facing food producers, such as tackling waste and incorporating smart technology into production lines, on stand AL39 at ProPak Asia 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand 12-15 Jun). Having created a range of aseptic fillers, including the AF Series and the new Asepticblock Mini Series, HRS now offers food and drink manufacturers a full production solution from pasteurisation or sterilisation, through to the finished packed product, with appropriate integrated control, traceability and cleaning systems throughout.
Waste minimisation and process automation are industry priorities, and both are closely connected with the Internet of Things (also known as Industry 4.0). This digital revolution is enabling manufacturers and operators to use automatic feedback monitoring to reduce waste and maximise their output.
A practical example is the HRS Product Recovery System, which measures a product’s physical or chemical property (such as Brix, pH, viscosity, or density) and automatically alters how it is treated if a reading falls outside specified parameters. This reduces the amount of product wasted at production changeovers or when implementing Cleaning in Place programs. Similar technology is employed in all HRS heat exchangers to ensure product safety by continuously measuring the temperature; for example, to ensure that full pasteurisation or sterilisation has been carried out.
Maintaining the safety, integrity and quality of food and drink products after pasteurisation or sterilisation is vital, so the BP Series of reciprocating positive-displacement pumps features a hygienic design which incorporates a separator between the piston and the hydraulic chamber, to ensure that there is no contact between the product chamber and the hydraulic oil. Once the pump is in operation, no part which comes into contact with oil can then come into contact with the product. The pumps are capable of flow rates of between 200 and 20,000 litres per hour with a pressure drop of up to 30 bar, and a range of specific models is available to cope with challenging materials from viscous sauces and gels through to whole soft fruit mixtures.
To see HRS’ full range of heat exchangers and food processing equipment, visit stand AL39 at ProPak Asia 2019 in Bangkok from 12-15 June 2019.