The system includes a DTA-series heat exchanger and BP8 and BP10 pumps. Overall, the fruit processing line will handle approximately 4 tons per hour of aseptic sliced and diced strawberry in syrup. The company reports this is their second time providing equipment to the fruit processor.
Industrial treatment of products that have particulates (such as whole or diced fruits can be challenging for food processors because the product is highly prone to damage. According to the equipment manufacturer, the heat exchanger and pumps will help minimize damage to the strawberries, maintain product integrity and help keep its shape.
The BP-series reciprocating positive-displacement pump is a hydraulically operated pump designed to deliver high flow rates and high-pressure drop. The hygienic design reportedly makes the pump especially suited for food processing applications, particulately for particulate and low shear rate products.
The heat exchangers, with large dimple corrugated tubes, also are geared toward food applications. The movement of the product generated by the corrugated tubes reportedly ensures the gentle agitation of the product through the tube and guarantees the thermal process without degrading the product and keeping the product intact.
According to Carlos Cobian, general manager for HRS Process Technology, chopped aseptically packed fruit and vegetables are becoming increasingly popular in food products.
“The success of our technology for fruit dices aseptic plants is based on our corrugated double tube heat exchangers, piston pump, and our aseptic filler,” he said. “Combining them makes it possible to process the fruit pulp and purée minimizing the undesirable thermal effects and get a reliable, hygienic and well-controlled filling process.”