The Food and Beverage industry is described as growing, canning, dehydrating, and freezing fruit and vegetables, corn processing, dairy, and meat and fish products. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Energy Efficiency Improvement Guide, over $200 billion worth of product is produced annually. The report states that 20% of the energy used to produce these results is consumed by pump systems.
The entire food chain in the Food and Beverage industry uses a number of systems while making it from the farm to our table. As a result, each step requires a tremendous amount of water and sanitizing fluids. It takes 600 gallons of water for a pound of cheese, a can of beer uses 30 gallons of water, and up to 700 gallons of water to process a gallon of milk. Steam and hot water distribution systems, and waste collection and treatment systems support all of these operations. Additionally, the Department of Energy (DOE) says that 20%-30% of all power consumed in support of these operations is for pump systems. In short, it takes a tremendous amount of energy to support all of the systems.
In the Food and Beverage industry, product is made in a variety of ways, in batches that are seasonal or under a continuous process. The PIPE-FLO® advantage is the ability to simulate either type of system along with the required support service, i.e. cooling water, hot water, steam distribution, compressed air, and waste treatment to ensure that food safety and environmental standards are met.
With PIPE-FLO®, the design engineers can simulate the various processes along with the support and waste treatment systems. By having a clear view of the entire plant's operation using PIPE-FLO®, plant engineers are able to optimize each operation to minimize energy usage by fine tuning the system according the current needs. The ability to store each operations model and make adjustments for different plant demands allows plant managers to plan ahead and schedule resources to further reduce operating costs and increase profitability.
Once in operation, PIPE-FLO® is a valuable asset to optimize the system ensuring trouble free operation, plant turnovers, schedule maintenance, and have a clear view of how system changes affect your operation prior to making an actual change.