The food processing industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world. It is the major step between the grower and the consumer. We rely on the quality of the foods we eat which in turn makes the food processing industry a crucial partner to our welfare. Food processing uses high volumes of water for a number of different manufacturing stages.
A small contamination in any part of the processing can have disastrous consequences for consumers. It’s important to keep equipment and buildings meticulously clean so that bacterial levels stay within health code food safety guidelines. Another worry is allergens. When using the same equipment for allergen and non-allergen food processing, all traces of allergen protein residue must be removed.
The quality of water is also an important factor. All water used for sanitation must be potable, meaning fit for human consumption without further treatment. Having a steady, efficient source of hot water is imperative to running a sanitary food processing facility.
Other than sanitation, water is also used in many other steps in a food processing facility. Some steps can include heating evaporators, pasteurizers, and for cooking and drying food products. Milling products such as corn starch and the canning of fruits and vegetables also require hot water.
Our high efficiency, stainless steel hot water boilers are manufactured from food-grade 316/316L stainless steel, which exceeds the requirements of the food industry. Because of the high quality of steel, the water through the boiler does not pick up any contaminants from the heat exchanger. The high efficiency of our hot water boilers and the rapid temperature rise permits the use of tank-less systems with the volume of hot water limited only by the capacity of the unit installed. High turndown ratios also allow our boilers to run at a variety of capacities.