Enerquip has been building sanitary heating and cooling equipment for the dairy industry since 1985. Top dairy producers, and the engineering firms that support them, trust in Enerquip for their critical heating and cooling needs. “The process and functionality of the equipment and people are World Class and MADE “ONLY” IN WISCONSIN. I have only compliments and satisfaction working with Enerquip.” – Jason Schultz, New Glarus Brewing Co.
With decades of experience, Enerquip’s resourceful team can provide you with sizing and design selection assistance to specifically meet your process needs. Enerquip’s skilled sales engineers use state-of-the-art modeling software to recommend the right equipment for each heating or cooling application.
Heating and Cooling Equipment for Food and Beverage
Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers – Heat exchangers are widely used in the dairy industry for various applications such as heating, cooling, pasteurization, and sterilization of dairy products.
Vapor Condensers – Vapor condensers cool a vapor to the point where it condenses back into a liquid. This liquid can then be recycled back into the production process.
Waste Heat Economizers – Don’t let valuable heat escape your facility. From increasing efficiency to conserving resources and reducing waste, waste heat recovery can make a big difference for your facility.
Thermal Fluid Heaters – In a closed loop system, these industrial heaters transfer heat energy to a target material or process.
Sanitary Bare Coil Tank Heating Coils – These coils are used to heat and regulate the temperature of tanks filled with stored materials.
Bayonet Heaters – These heaters heat product while being completely immersed in a tank fluids.
Steam Generators – Thermal fluid steam generators are a perfect solution for customers that need steam for their facility but don’t want to spend the capital for a large-scale boiler operation.
Heat Sensitive Products Require Custom Heat Exchanger Solutions
Heat plays a critical role in the food, beverage and brewing industries, affecting both food quality and taste. Enerquip’s experts can help you find the right exchanger for your heat-sensitive products. Our team knows which products require greater care and the best way to heat those products to avoid burning or crystallization, without jeopardizing taste and consistency.
When working with heat sensitive products, it’s important that your exchanger is sized properly for your system and application requirements. Food and beverage products require heat treatment for several reasons including inactivating bacteria and prolonging shelf life. In this process, heat transfer must be rapid to be effective.
To avoid damage to the taste and nutritional value of food during that rapid process, our sales engineers and design experts can help you customize your exchanger to the specific size your product requires, rather than purchasing by surface area alone.
Applications for Sanitary Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
Enerquip is a leading supplier of sanitary stainless-steel shell and tube heat exchangers, providing solutions for applications with the toughest operating and regulatory requirements. That’s why leading Clean-in-Place (CIP) suppliers in the United States have standardized on Enerquip’s heat exchangers for the cleaning systems due to our quality and ability to consistently meet their sanitary requirements and delivery expectations.
Whether you’re just getting started in the exciting world of brewing or are working to improve your existing operation, it’s important to ensure you’re using quality equipment in your processes. Our knowledgeable engineers can help you determine if a shell and tube heat exchanger can benefit your business, as well as help custom design a model specifically for your unique operation.
An Excellent Brew Starts with a Quality Brewing Setup
Quality food and beverages can only come from a quality setup. Just as using substandard ingredients may affect the flavor, color or scent of your final product, so can utilizing low-quality equipment.
To select a quality heat exchanger, you must first consider materials of construction. Stainless steel is a popular option for its sanitary properties, resistance to fouling and durability.
It’s also important to work with engineers who understand the importance of building equipment that complies with ASME standards: All of Enerquip’s shell and tube heat exchangers are compliant and ASME code stamped.
Product Heaters & Coolers
Enerquip heat exchangers are used in thermal systems for a wide variety of heating and cooling applications in the food and beverage industry. This includes the processing of liquids, creams, and yogurts, the warming of syrups, and more challenging applications like the melting of chocolate, production of whey protein concentrate and other viscous heat-sensitive products.
One common use of shell and tube exchangers in these industries is for pasteurization.
Pasteurization in the food and dairy industry is a heat treatment which reduces the presence of harmful bacteria in certain foods to make them safe for consumption as well as to extend their shelf life.
Products such as liquid and dried eggs, milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream and, in some cases meat, are often surface pasteurized with steam or hot water, using a shell and tube exchanger directly, or in addition to a hold tube in an HTST (high temperature short time) system.
The product is then cooled back down quickly to prevent a negative impact to texture or flavor, and to prepare it for packaging.
Why a CIP system in food and beverage?
To meet the necessary sanitation requirements, food and beverage facilities will often employ CIP systems in their process. The purpose of a CIP system is to remove product residues and microorganisms from inside tanks, pipes, vessels, and process equipment without requiring disassembly.
Food fluids (milk, sauces, etc.) that have been heat treated with equipment have to be thoroughly flushed from that equipment at the end of every processed batch with adequate cleaning procedures. If surfaces are not perfectly clean, future batches become at risk of cross contamination, and heat exchange efficiency will be compromised.
CIP systems rely on steam or hot water as a heating media for their solutions. Enerquip shell and tube heat exchangers heat this solution as it circulates through the tubes, typically to approximately 185F. The stainless steel CIP heaters are normally designed to the same sanitary standard and with the same surface finish as the equipment that is being cleaned.
CIP systems offer many benefits to the production process.
They ensure optimal cleaning results with the lowest consumption of water. In many cases, the solution from the final rinse can be used again for the next cycle’s pre-rinse. CIP systems also allow for the processing plant to maintain operation during cleaning. While one part of the plant is cleaned, other areas can continue to produce product. This process maximizes production and minimizes labor.Investing in a CIP heater ensures your plant’s cleaning operations are performed consistently in order to meet required degrees of sanitation.
Have questions about a thermal solution for your food and beverage processing application? Contact us or request a quote today.