Handling Delicate Food Products During Transportation

Several soda bottles on an assembly line | Food processing pumpLogistics is a critical aspect of food processing. The texture and thickness of food is not only an important quality parameter, but it also influences how it behaves during production and processing. While transferring these products from location to location, the food is exposed to numerous environmental variables. You need a better way to process foods and liquids of all temperatures so you can deliver consistent quality products.

One helpful tip is to make sure you have the right food processing pump for every job, especially when your food products are transported by trucks. The experts at Unibloc weigh in with their recommendations.

Transportation Risks to Food Products

Food products travel far and wide before they even get a chance to hit our grocery shelves. During shipment, these products often encounter sudden movements or vibrations, changes in temperature, and improper handling.

View of an oncoming semi truck on a highway | Food processing pumpThe transportation of food products is critical for meeting FDA guidelines, so what are important things to consider when storing and transporting foods? Be mindful of any additives that might interact poorly in this environment, set your truck to the right temperature, and secure all of your products to prevent disturbances from impact.

Challenges That Arise with the Wrong Food Processing Pump

There are many issues that can arise when you use food processing pumps that are not specifically designed for the given applications or conditions. It is also worth mentioning that it is not just simple liquids that can be pumped. With the right food processing pump, a range of food products of varying consistencies including powders, pastes, and mixtures of liquids and solids can also be pumped through this equipment.

Using the right valves, piping equipment, and bubble traps in your sanitation pump makes it easier to avoid contamination of products during processing. You also need to maintain processing temperatures, viscosity, and more. However, traditional pumps can be expensive to maintain, may have lower flow rates, create irreversible damage to the product, or result in a low-pressure drop.

Difficult Foods to Process

The risk of damage while processing can depend on various attributes of the food. High-value viscous products such as honey, treacle, custards, and creams will have several issues with improper transport. The viscosity of the products can be affected, resulting in issues such as runny or separated sauces or unwanted churning of dairy products. For materials containing solid pieces such as fruit mixtures, the wrong food processing pump can easily damage the solid fraction, lowering the quality or, even worse, making the product unusable.

A person dumping dairy products into a food processing pump systemAlthough the physical and behavioral properties of many foods are mostly all documented, it is necessary to fully understand the individual food product to be handled to specify the right pump for both the product and the process. It may be possible to do this with simple measurements on-site or laboratory analysis may be required.

Temperature is another important aspect because it can affect the physical properties of food. Viscosity is most often affected and has a major impact on which food pump will work best. These products could include anything from ground spices to whole fruits or pieces of meat, and everything in between. So, the chemical composition is also crucial information to ensure the right materials are used in manufacturing the pump.

Types and Brands of Available Food Processing Pumps

A top recommendation would be a lobe pump from Unibloc. The lobe pump has set the highest industry standard for many different applications. With a fully machined gearbox at its core, the compact design offers a solid foundation for durability in any environment. Their PD lobe pumps are available in a range of sizes and deliver smooth, low-shear performance. Unibloc’s signature seamless design and crevice-free pump interior form the cleanest CIP/SIP capable pump in the industry, making it an easy choice.

Unibloc Pump Logo | Food processing pump systems

An automated option from Unibloc is their gear pumps. With precision-machined gears, this gear pump is solidly constructed for worry-free dependability and uncompromising accuracy. Built with the same innovative design as our PD lobe pumps, the GP series also features signature QuickStrip® technology, requiring no tools for maintenance, making it the most serviceable gear pump in the industry.

About Unibloc Food Processing Pumps

Unibloc pumps are built and innovated to withstand the necessary conditions in pharmaceuticals, the meat, dairy, poultry, and brewery industries for food products that last longer, travel safely, and taste better. No matter what industry, ingredients, or environments you work in, Unibloc can build a pump for whatever needs to be done in your day-to-day world.

With Unibloc’s new headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia,  their highly trained technicians are able to work efficiently to build the best food processing solutions serving greater Atlanta and beyond. Don’t settle for low-quality food processing and brewery pumps. Get in touch with Unibloc today!

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By Published On: June 24, 2021Categories: Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

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