In various food and beverage manufacturing sector, the requirements of various kinds of valves can be little complex as compared to any other kind of process industries.
In these kinds of industries, the first thing that needs consideration while choosing sanitary valves is hygiene as well as microbiological safety. The quality of your product will largely depend upon proper selection of valves.
Nowadays, there are plenty of regulations in force on food and beverage sector. Therefore while selecting these items you need to comply with these regulations too.
Valves to be used in food industries can be categorized into 2 main categories as follows:
- Direct contact valves
- Utility service valves
The direct contact valves will need very strict hygienic requirements and hence their selection is much more critical as compared to utility service valves.
There are large ranges of valves available, which can be both manual as well as automatic and few of them are as follows:
- Angle valves
- Ball valves
- Special design valves
- Diverter valves
- Butterfly valves
- Plug valves
- Globe valves
- Rotary valves
Direct contact valves
You can understand from the name that this valve itself, will remain in touch with your food or drink item that will flow through the pipeline or the tank.
These valves will be regulated by certain international standards. They are manufactured by using certain special materials, which is nontoxic and also corrosion resistant.
Usually, stainless steel is the most popular choice as a material.
Utility service valves
These valves normally do not get in touch with the food and drink but are meant for handling the supply of water, steam or any other resources that may be needed for the manufacturing process.
There are few standards necessary to maintain in various food and beverage manufacturing industries, for instance, safety is one of the most important concerns. Often there is a need of quality steam that may come in direct connection with the product.
Essentially there are there kinds of steam are preferred:
- Clean steam
Clean steam can be generated from purified water, which has to be transferred to the food product by using stainless steel pipe line.
- Filtered steam
In many processes often filtered steam is used, so that it cannot infect the product. This is needed in order to main required level of hygiene that is demanded in this type of industry.
- Plant steam
Industrial steams that will be generated are usually of lower grade, which will never come in direct touch with food and beverage products.