Fruit Juices and Beverages
Shell and tube heat exchangers for fruit juices and beverages processing
Since the beginning of its activity, SACOME has had a close relationship with the fruit juice & beverage industry. This is one the reason of our high level of expertise in the juices and beverage process systems. The corrugation in the inside tubes of our tubular heat exchangers increases the turbulence of the product that improves the thermal performance and gets lower running times, safeguarding the flavour, aromas and other organoleptic properties of the product.
SACOME corrugated tube heat exchangers are customised to handle a wide range of products from low viscosities (as fruit juices) up to high viscosities (as orange concentrate 65⁰ Brix).
Pasteurization to eliminate the presence of micro-organisms and extend the product shelf life, or cooling for aseptically filling are some representative examples of the typical processes to be carried out by our corrugated tube heat exchangers and process plants for fruit juices and beverages.
Moreover, to reduce the energy consumption (both for heating and cooling utilities) and the operational costs a pre-heating and a pre-cooling section can be designed up to high rates of regeneration. Some of the main products and applications of our shell and tube heat exchgangers and process plants are juices, soft drinks (carbonated or non-carbonated), orange juice 65⁰ Brix, other juice concentrates, purees, creams, nectars, fruit pulp, crushed cells to be defrost, smoothies, syrup and sugar solutions, wine must, grape mash, cider, beer, coffee and tea extract.
The importance of rheology in the design of any processing plant is crucial since the sizing of many of the elements composing it is very dependent on this “resistance”, also taking special relevance with food products: heat exchangers, pipes, valves, pumps, mixers, etc.
To design a heat exchanger it is necessary to have certain data, such as the process flow rate, the temperature and the physical properties of products.
Hairpin heat exchangers have a more efficient and economical design compared to a multiple pass heat exchanger when the process requires a temperature crossing between the cold and hot fluid.