Table-top homogeniser built for test runs

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Viscosity

A table-top homogeniser allows food and dairy processing companies
to test products in the laboratory or at pilot plants to achieve
optimal efficiency before ramping up to full scale production.

The S2002H Twin Panda can be used for feasibility testing and process development in the food, food ingredients, and dairy industries, said Niro Soavi, its Italy-based manufacturer.

Homogenisation is a process to reduce particle size in products such as milk, juice and sauces. Homogenisation of a product, usually dairy-based, is often done under pressure to stabilise the fatin the product and prevent it from separating from the rest of the liquid and rising to the top.

However food processors are using homogenisers to mix and evenly disperse solids, including sugars and flavorings.

The high pressure and temperature requirement for dispersion, turbulence and acceleration has high energy demands. Hence, manufacturers' try to find the best high-pressure and temperaturecombination using as little energy as possible.

The unit allows food companies to test homogenised products before beginning production.

The unit processes small volumes of liquids and pumpable fluids at pressures up to 8700 pounds-per-sq in. The internal design has special features permitting the homogenizer to handle feeds at highviscosity up to 20,000 cP and at temperatures up to 90°C (194°F) without any feeding pump. cP is used as a measure of viscosity.

The Twin Panda 600 homogenizer comes with an analog pressure gauge that reads up to 600 bar. The feed system is by gravity through a feed funnel, without any feeding pump.

For high viscosity products a pneumatic feeding system with jacketed stainless steel feeding hopper is available. The jacket can be used both for cooling and heating the test product.

The machines has an integral stainless steel casing. A toothed direct drive belt incorporates an AC high-duty motor which is supplied with a main switch including magnetothermic motor protection.

The Twin Panda can be dismantled for maintenance and cleaning by the laboratory operator.

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