HRS meets food processors’ waste reduction and smart technology demands

February 19, 2019 Categories: Food - Opinion Piece

HRS Heat Exchangers, West Building – Stand 698, ProFood Tech 2019

HRS Heat Exchangers will showcase a number of solutions to key issues facing food producers on its stand (# 698) at ProFood Tech in Chicago, IL in March, including tackling waste and incorporating smart technology. Having created a range of aseptic fillers, including the HRS AF Series and the new Asepticblock Mini Series, HRS now offers food and drink manufacturers a full production solution from pasteurization or sterilization, through to the finished pack product, with appropriate integrated control, traceability and cleaning systems throughout.

Waste minimization and process automation are current industry priorities, and 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 maximize their output.

A practical example is the HRS Product Recovery System, which measures a physical or chemical property (such as product Brix, pH, viscosity, or density) and automatically alters the treatment of it, should it falls outside specified parameters. This reduces the amount of wasted product 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 pasteurization or sterilization has been carried out.

Maintaining the safety, integrity and quality of food and drink products after pasteurization or sterilization is vital, so HRS BP Series of reciprocating positive-displacement pumps feature 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 come into contact with the product. The pumps are capable of flow rates between 52.8 and 5,280 gallons per hour with a pressure drop of up to 435 psi, 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 698 in the West Building at ProFood Tech 2019 in Chicago from March 26-28, 2019.

ProFood Tech 2019 is THE processing event for the North American food and beverage industry and takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from 26 to 28 March, 2019.

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