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Pumps Used for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

By OTC Insights Team on November 14, 2022

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The food and beverage industry has specific needs, even unique requirements when it comes to pumps.

Pumps in the food and beverage manufacturing industry need to be able to handle a wide range of materials, including solids, liquids, and gases. They also have to be able to withstand high temperatures and harsh chemicals, while delivering the safe, clean, and efficient operation that the industry needs.

In this article, we will discuss the different types of pumps that are commonly used in the food and beverage industry, as well as their applications.

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Pumps for the Food and Beverage Industry

Pumps in the food and beverage industry are used for a variety of tasks, including moving materials from one location to another, mixing ingredients, metering and dosing fluids, and controlling process parameters. 

Pumps can be used in both food processing and beverage production. In food processing, pumps are used to move food products through the various stages of production, from raw materials to finished products. In beverage production, pumps are used to move liquids and gases throughout the brewing process.

Types of Pumps for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

There are many different types of pumps that are used in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Some of the most common types of pumps include:

  • Centrifugal pumps: Centrifugal pumps are one of the most common types of pumps used in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. They are typically used for transferring liquids from one location to another. Centrifugal pumps work by using an impeller to create a centrifugal force that moves the liquid through the pump. They are also utilized in the infrastructure of a food processing facility, such as spray wash or boiler feed services. 
  • Air-operated double diaphragm pumps: Air-operated double diaphragm pumps are another common type of pump used in the food and beverage industry. They are often used for transferring viscous materials, such as food products and liquids. Air-operated double diaphragm pumps work by using air to power the pump.
  • Peristaltic hose pumps: Peristaltic hose pumps are often used for transferring liquids and gases in the food and beverage industry. Peristaltic hose pumps work by using a series of rollers to compress and move a hose that is filled with fluid.
  • Progressing cavity pumps: Progressing cavity pumps work by using a rotor to move the fluid through a series of progressing cavities. They use less pressure when processing fluids, making it better for fragile, sticky or viscous materials.
  • Positive displacement pumps: Positive displacement pumps are typically used for metering and dosing fluids. Reciprocating positive displacement pumps work by using a piston to move the fluid through the pump.
  • Lobe pumps: Lobe pumps have sanitary mechanical seals and stainless-steel casing and lobes, and are efficient, reliable, and sanitary, making them an excellent choice for the food and beverage industry. Depending on the design, they can handle viscous liquids, fragile solids, and mixtures of air and liquid.

Each type of food and beverage pump has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to select the right pump for the specific application.

Contact OTC for the Best Food and Beverage Pumps

This list, while covering many of the most important pumps for the food and beverage industry, is not all-inclusive.

It’s important to discuss your needs and requirements with an expert in food and beverage pumps before making a purchase. The right pump can deliver superior results, higher efficiency, and lower energy consumption, providing a quick return for the extra consultation for a pump supplier.

OTC has experience in providing pumps for food and beverage processing. We can help you find the perfect pump for your needs or discuss your specific requirements if you already have an idea of what you need. Contact us today to learn more!

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