Competing in the world of food and beverage manufacturing has evolved as new regulations, like the Food Safety and Modernization Act, entered the arena. The focus shifted from responding to contamination to preventing it. Sanitary design factors into every part of the process and on every surface of the operation, beyond food contact areas. Businesses are looking for smarter ways to comply with regulations and improve maintenance strategies. To ensure business success, process efficiency has taken center stage.
Low tolerance for contaminants has increased the use of wet cleaning techniques, including high-pressure, high-temperature wash, and the addition of acid and/or alkaline cleaning solutions. Cleaning to a microbial level, to reduce contamination hazards, now often includes ceilings, walls, and floors as well as equipment areas.
With a new eye on efficiency in every aspect of compliance, every piece of equipment, including submersible pumps, has to withstand more sanitation processes. Increased frequency of clean-in-place and washdown schedules increases the demand on your system below the floor. Pumps must handle the flow that food and beverage processing plants produce every day:
- High volume rinse water and runoff
- Oil, grease and animal fats
- Pits, skins, rinds
- High-temperature wastewater and solid waste
- Corrosive and abrasive fluids
- Caustic and acidic chemicals used for cleaning
- Unexpected plastic, metal, wood or rubber that find their way into their wastewater stream
Unscheduled Downtime Adds Unwanted Costs
Scheduled downtime for maintenance is a cost of doing business. Unscheduled downtime is a productivity and profit loss. In the food and beverage industry, a faulty pump leads to work stoppage, spoilage, and contamination. Profits drain away as workers sit idle waiting for the removal of a clog, the repair of a failed motor or replacement of a pump.
Downtime protection, engineered into a quality pump, assures reliable performance. With routine inspections, maintenance can be limited to yearly oil changes. If a seal or motor is moisture-compromised, you are alerted, so the pump repair can be scheduled.
When parts or replacement is needed, you need fast, responsive personal service and quick shipping from a team that is committed to being the best. Only then will your submersible pump for food and beverage be a robust workhorse in your plant.
For more than 35 years, BJM Pumps has been serving the food and beverage industry. We’ve taken our expertise and created the Food and Beverage Industry Buyer’s Guide for Submersible Pumps. Within the pages of this valuable guide, you’ll find:
- Details on our solids management, corrosion-resistant pumps and high-temperature pumps
- Range of pump specification resources for every model
- Case studies from current food and beverage industry users