Hygienic Products - Go with the Flow - Isolation
Go with the Flow - Isolation
At Valves Online we are increasingly seeing more and more requirements for controlling and sensing fluid flows, especially in the manufacture and processing of foodstuffs. By pursuing a more control orientated approach to fluid handling the customer can realise some important operational benefits that include:
- Increased Quality - accurate measurement and control, mean that set points can be met time and time again, and on the results of testing can be refined.
- Increased Repeatability - through sensors and controllers, variables and unknowns can be isolated and measured. This means that the process can take into full account what is going in and adjust accordingly so that the specific mix is always achieved.
- Increased Efficiency - through the use of accurate digital measurement and control, human error and overshoot associated with older analogue control methods can be eliminated resulting in less energy usage and reduced processing time.
- Reduced product wastage - control technologies allow more precise dispensing, more precise cooking/processing meaning that the batch wastage is reduced, reducing manufacture cost and improving efficiency.
With this in mind, we will be looking at various aspects of how to control fluid flows in our Go with the Flow series of blogs, this first blog is looking at how to Isolate the flow.
Isolating the Flow
Sanitary / Hygienic Ball Valves
A simple ball valve used to isolate the pipeline. Its main feature is the use of encapsulated seals, which deter product from forming behind the ball and thus offering a barrier and not a bug trap. In addition, it can be easily cleaned.
Valves Online / Hygienic Select, can offer ball valves with a wide range of sanitary end connections, in many sizes and suitable for various applications within the hygienic industry.
The valve can be easily actuated and is full bore.
The two main types offered are the Mars Ball Valve in stainless steel, 3-piece body with FDA approved PTFE seats, the ball valve is suitable for SIP and CIP cleaning. Or the Inoxpa Hygienic Ball valve again with FDA approved soft seats.
Operators are easily configurable including actuation and manual operation with feedback and control options.
Hygienic Butterfly Valves
Sanitary butterfly valves, are commonly used in most liquid product applications in the food processing, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
A very useful valve offered with various end connections to suit most hygienic pipe standards from weld end, to clamp, threaded connections to suit BS4825, ASME BPE, RJT, DIN and SMS among others. Sizes are offered up to 6” (ball valves tend to stop at 4”). In addition, the valve works equally well for both manual and automatic operation.
With regards to actuation, this valve has undergone major developments especially with the control top which fits onto the pneumatic actuator.
The standard unit houses a solenoid valve (24VDC) and micro switch, for remote indication which are all protected inside this IP66 housing.
In addition, there is a beacon fitted in this housing which illuminates when the valve is operated giving an optical indication of an open or closed position.
Aesthetically pleasing this valve provides reliability and looks. Spares are readily available and for more information look up the 4800 range.
For more information or to view and purchase hygienic valves, fittings and accessories from our range of Hygienic products please visit our Hygienic Select website: www.hygienicselect.co.uk
Alternatively, please contact us to discuss your hygienic applications and requirements in more detail:
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