Valves for the Food and Beverage Industry

Valves for the Food and Beverage Industry

Valve selection in food and beverage processing is essential for maintaining quality and consistency. Does the application require the valve to contact the product directly, or is it indirectly influencing the process? Does the valve require special cleaning procedures or located away from areas where contamination is a concern?

Food and beverage industry valves are used in a wide range of applications to regulate steam, hot water, refrigerants,  CIP cleaning media, or gases required for temperature control during sterilization, autoclaving, carbonation, or pasteurization of different products. They are also found in fermentation, smoking, cleaning, drying processes, freshwater supply, brine, or wastewater.

Schubert and Salzer manufacturers a wide range of valves used in food and beverage processing. Their products include:

  • Sliding-Gate Control Valves
  • Aseptic Right Angle Valves
  • Pinch Valves
  • Shut off Valves


For more information about Schubert & Salzer in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, contact Power Specialties, Inc., call them at (816) 353-6550, or visit their website

Probe Type Tunable Diode Laser Spectrometer TDLS8100

Yokogawa’s new TDLS8100 continues to house all of the industry’s leading features from the TDLS8000 but now only requiring a single-flange installation. An in-situ measurement with a probe removes sample extraction and conditioning requirements and is ideal for various aggressive process conditions.

Built upon Yokogawa’s second generation of TDLS analyzers, the platform still retains its improved reliability, ease of installation, and reduced maintenance requirements. Still, it now does so with a lower total installed cost for O2, CO/CH4, and NH3 measurements.

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(816) 353-6550

BLH Tank Mount Series

BLH Tank Mount Series

BLH Nobel introduced its new Tank Mount Series of weighing equipment for process weighing applications.  The new series includes three different fully standardized weigh modules with off-the-shelf availability in capacities up to 200 tons and various suitable junction boxes and instruments.  It is an integrated solution for accurate and repeatable weighing of materials for multiple applications such as large silos, vessels, small ingredient storage bins, and clean-in-place batching processes.

Tank Mount Series Markets: 

  • Chemical
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp and Paper

Known for its customizable, high-accuracy, smart weighing solutions, BLH Nobel is an established leader in process weighing.  The Tank Mount Series provides end-users as well as system integrators and OEMs a cost-competitive solution, consisting of two low and one high capacity range weigh modules with mV/V output:

With capacities up to 5 ton/tonnes, the metric TankMount weigh module and its imperial counterpart EconoMount weigh module are both well suited for general industrial applications that require retrofitting on existing structures or converting hoppers into a scale.  The weigh modules are rated IP 67 or better as a standard, with ATEX, FM, NEMA4, OIML, and NTEP, Class III, and IIIL certified versions available as an option.

With the KDH5 weigh module, the Tank Mount Series covers larger capacity needs up to 200 tons at accuracy levels of 0.075% of Rated Output.  Its compact and robust mechanical design features an integrated tilt guard for easy installation.  The weigh module is ideal for heavy silo weighing applications or weighbridges and offered as ATEX, IECEx, or FM approved versions at no additional cost.  Higher capacities and EN 1090 compliant versions are also available.

BLH Nobel offers various suitable junction boxes and instruments to provide complete weighing solutions in a one-stop-shop.  For example, the WIN5 weigh indicator is well suited for simple applications, which can benefit from its stainless steel enclosure, the high-contrast 6-digit LED display, and the operating pushbuttons are supporting tare weight zero settings of empty vessels.  The G5 DIN Rail Mount satisfies advanced process weighing and control instrument needs.  It is available as a DIN Rail version with an integrated display and functional keypad, easy navigation, and control directly at the production facility.  The G5 instrument family's modular hardware supports a wide variety of communication options via Ethernet, RS485, USB, Fieldbus, and analog output - for full flexibility.

Power Specialties, Inc.
(816) 353-6550

Airflow Control in Industrial Drying and Coating Processes

Airflow Control in Industrial Drying

In drying and coating processes in the chemical, petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage markets, millions of dollars are continuously lost in the operation of fluidized beds, rotary drums, flash dryers, kilns, and similar processes. Because of improper air flow and product feed rates, these devices' failure causes quality problems, causing downtime and loss of both goods and profits. When operating this equipment, it's vital to control airflow.

Challenges in Industrial Drying and Coating

1) Improving Production Efficiency and Quality

Precise control of airflow and air temperature is essential to maintain high product quality, reduce waste, and increase uptime. Any off-specification product must be recycled or wasted. This process is too costly. The performance of many processes would benefit from measuring the mass flow of process air.  Also, limited flow meter turndown often constrains operational flexibility - primarily when requirements cover a wide range of operating conditions.  

2) Dealing with Limited Straight Pipe Runs

Airflow meters incorporated into process equipment are often inaccurate due to the short upstream and downstream straight pipe run.  The installation of a good straight run can quickly become problematic in tight quarters, so other solutions are needed.

3) Reducing Plugging and Coating

Most process equipment designs do not include relatively dirty exhaust flow measurements, even though they can provide significant operational benefits. They are often not included because exhaust flow meters can become coated and plugged when particulates are present — reducing flow meter accuracy.

Products from Air Monitor
How can vital processes and equipment that need to work within tight tolerances over a broad operating range be supported with continuous air mass flow at a controlled air temperature?

Products from Air Monitor solve these issues by enhancing the reliability of your airflow meters by improving their accuracy over a wide range of flow rates, thus improving the process's efficiency, improving the product's consistency, and increasing production rates to reduce fuel spending.

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