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Flow meters and controllers in the food industry

January 22, 2019 Angela Puls
Filling line fast batch dosing

In the food industry there are many applications in which gases or liquids need to be measured or controlled. For example, these applications include the aeration process or the dosage of additives, like flavours and colourants. Indirectly, surface treatment applications like the sterilization of packaging is of high importance as well. Bronkhorst has published many stories regarding the omnifarious and demanding food industry and I would like to share some of these stories with you.

Application at Haas Mondomix
Application at Haas Mondomix

Additive dosing for confectionery industry

There is a huge variation in candy available on the market, each brand with its own taste, texture and appearance. Erwin Broekman had the opportunity to visit Haas-Mondomix, a machine builder that is specialized in equipment for the food industry. With ultrasonic volume flow meters, Haas-Mondomix measures the amount of additives - flavourings, colourings and acids - that are added to the main stream of the production process. Please read the blog to learn more about this application.

In the chocolate confectionery industry, there’s an ever increasing number of variations in flavours as well. Due to this enormous growth, mass flow meters and controllers find their way into the confectionery industry.  Coriolis flow meters in combination with a pump are an ideal solution for dosing flavours and functional ingredients. Read more about dosing flavour into chocolate.

Aeration within the production process of delicacies like ice cream and cake

Ice cream is made by freezing and simultaneously blending air into a brewage of fat, sugar and milk solids. Air makes up anywhere from 30% to 50% of the total volume of ice cream, so aeration is crucial during production. A side effect of adding air to ice cream is that it tends to melt more quickly. Thus, for attaining an optimal structure of the ice cream, it’s important to have a stable inlet air flow in the production process with a constant cream/air ratio. This can be achieved by using a mass flow controller. Read the blog about the production of ice cream, and get to know your favourite summer treat.

Aeration is also a crucial process in the production of whipped cream. This is done at Hansa Industrie-Mixer, a worldwide company that operates in the field of mixing machines and foam generators for the food and non-food industry. Hans-Georg Frenzel, technical director at this company, explains how mass flow controllers are important in the production of cake in his blog.

A Hansa Mixer installation
A Hansa Mixer installation

Steralisation of food packaging to reduce food waste

However, all that food production does have a downside; food waste. Globally food is lost or wasted at different points in the supply chain. One of the ways to reduce food waste is to improve the sterilization of the packaging that food is placed in, to reduce spoilage and increase shelf life. This is the point where Controlled Evaporation Mixing (CEM) systems come in the picture. James Walton explains Bronkhorst’s share in the extension of the shelf life.

ProSweets 2019

Hopefully you’ve learned some more about the role of flow meters and controllers in the food industry. Bronkhorst has a wide range of products for this particular industry, as can be seen on the ProSweets this year.
 

ISM and ProSweets 2019

Bronkhorst is present at ProSweets Cologne, from the 27th of January till the 30th of January in combination with the Internationale Süßwarenmesse ISM. Visit us at the ProSweets 2019, Hall 10.1, Booth A020!

Visit ProSweets 2019

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