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Industry Spotlight: Air Compressors in the Food & Beverage Industry

June 01, 2016

Air compressors in the food & beverage industry are used often in place such as bakeries.

Compressed air is used in various industries in a myriad of ways. From cooling to sand blasting or even conveying materials through an assembly line, compressed air is a powerful and affordable tool when used correctly. We want to highlight one industry that uses industrial compressed air applications on a daily basis, the food and beverage industry. Air compressors in the food and beverage industry are an essential utility in supporting food packaging, food processing, and more. In modern production facilities, the use of compressed air is often critical to manufacturing processes and clean, dry, and reliable compressed air supply is essential to maintain safe food products in a cost efficient fashion.

Uses for Air Compressors in the Food and Beverage Industry

Cleaning of Containers Before Use

Many facilities used compressor air to keep containers and packaging clean during manufacturing. For example, The U.S. fruit and vegetable processing industry can, freeze, and dehydrate fruits and vegetables. And compressed air systems are used for air cleaning of containers before product filling.

Cleaning Excess Food Waste From Machinery

Bakeries are a great example for this use as they use compressed air to blow off any debris from the equipment used. This process keeps the machinery clean of any excess waste. The blow-off of compressed air, for example, cleans the bread on the factory line by blowing off any breadcrumbs, so in result, it cleans the product and equipment.

To Cut Down on Waste and Costs

Compressed air is also used to sort, cut, and shape food products. For example, many foods or pastries that use a filling used compressed air in addition to liquid components to ensure an even fill, every time. This precision cuts down on waste and the associated costs.

Challenges of Using Air Compressors in the Food & Beverage Industry

The Air Must be Contaminate Free

All compressed air used must be purified of any contaminants before utilization in the food and beverage industry. The contaminants are water vapor and moisture, solid particulates (including spores) and oil aerosols and gasses. Moisture is a large concern because it creates a habitat for microorganisms and fungus. Moisture may reside in the piping where compressed air comes into contact with food where organisms and fungus can grow and then be blown into food containers or the food itself. Therefore, the pressure dewpoints must be below -15 F (-26 C) to inhibit any growth and contamination.

Working Parts Must be Self-Contained

To prevent contamination of the products all small food particles must be kept from entering compressor machinery. Conversely, all of the working pieces of the compressed air system must be self-contained and filtered to prevent any lubricants or machine particles from contaminating the food stuff.

The Compressor Must be Reliable

Compressors must be dependable to prevent unwanted downtime on the factory production lines. Time is money and any moment lost to malfunctions and repairs are moments that can cost a company greatly. Food and beverage manufacturers not only need clean and contaminate free compressed air, it must be reliable to ensure that production lines are profitable lines.

If done properly to avoid contamination, compressed air efficiently supports the food industry. At Bi-state Compressor, we are well versed in installing and maintaining such applications. Will keep it up to code, running properly, and free of contamination. If you would like to learn more about how Bi-State helps to keep the Food and Beverage industry moving with affordable, reliable and clean compressed air contact us today.

Bi-State Compressor, Inc.
1571 Fenpark Drive
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Phone: (636) 349-8333
Fax: (636) 349-1411

Should the need ever arise, we offer 24 hour emergency service.

Rental units are also in stock, available for immediate hook-up.