Although the homogenizer is commonly considered a machine to process dairy products, it is an essential part of many industrial applications. Chemical, pharmaceutical, specialty food and biotechnology (cell disruption) facilities use homogenizers to emulsify, disperse, mix and process their products. Because of these diverse applications, the homogenizer, consisting of a positive displacement pump and homogenizing valve, has been designed to accommodate the demands required by these different processing protocols. Ongoing research in the mechanism of homogenization has brought new insight into how to design the most efficient homogenizing valve. High-pressure operation, sanitary design, sturdy construction, wear-resistant materials and automated pressure control are some of the elements incorporated into the modern APV Homogenizer.
Some of the food and dairy applications using the APV Homogenizer include; pasteurized milk, ice cream mix, UHT milk, evaporated milk, half-and-half, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, flavor emulsions, whipped toppings, infant formula, peanut butter, ketchup, soy beverages, salad dressings, and orange juice concentrate.
A choice of application-specific homogenizing valve assemblies include APV’s patented Super Micro-Gap Valve technology that makes it possible to process milk at up to one-third less operating pressure than a conventional valve. Depending on the flow rate, single-stage and two-stage homogenizing valve assemblies also can be specified in a choice of hydraulic or manual actuation.
Homogenizers can be supplied with aseptic design. All aseptic pump cylinders and homogenizing valve assemblies are designed for sterilization with steam or hot water at temperatures up to 300°F. APV’s sanitary in-line flow pattern eliminates dead ends to reduce cleaning and sterilization costs.
APV homogenizers offer precision-engineered products by the world’s leading experts in homogenization technology, with more than 100 years of combined application experience. Today, processors all over the globe continue to count on our renown Gaulin & Rannie emulsifying, dispersing and cell disruption technologies to develop new products and enhance existing products. They count on APV, and so can you!
APV is a leading supplier of high-quality process engineering solutions and automation to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and part of Invensys plc, the global leader in the management of production and energy resources. Invensys serves customers in the energy industry; power; chemical, oil and gas; food, beverage and personal healthcare; pharmaceutical/fine chemicals; and hybrid and discrete manufacturing.
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