Everybody loves to eat and eating becomes even more pleasurable when the food is hygienic, healthy and safe. It becomes even more attractive when it comes to your knowledge that the food is prepared and managed by sophisticated and the best quality machinery and it is ready to eat instantly. No doubt, people would love such kind of food that makes cooking and eating a pleasurable experience. This is where the ‘food processing industry’ takes a lead from the normal food industry. Food processing makes food very easy to cook and eat. In technical terms, food processing is known as handling raw foodstuff by various scientific methods to make it something which is ready to eat.If seen from another perspective we will see that food processing is a system of preserving food which has been used for hundreds of years now. Earlier, common methods such as use of salts and sugar and sun-drying were used to process cooked or raw food. But now the process of food processing has evolved into complex procedures like cleaning of food, removing unwanted things like bones from meat, adding preservatives to make it stay fresh for a longer period of time, preserving them in cold storage, adding ingredients that make that food rich in nutrition and excellent in taste and last but not the least, packing them in containers that keep them eatable for a long time. This whole procedure also includes steps like making arrangements so they reach to their customers safely. The most general aim of the food processing industry is to make food tasty, ready to eat but still maintaining its nutritious value and no compromise on the quality. Every possible effort is made to keep chemicals that act as preservatives to minimum.The food processing industry is blooming very fast because they are also making processed food for people suffering from different diseases and health problems. Processed food such as sugar free food for diabetic patients and those with high level of sugar, less oily and zero oil food for obese and heart patients, pregnant and old people. All procedures of modern food processing use a high quality of hygienic and appropriate equipments that are made germ-free prior to use. Machines like dryers, machines used for pasteurization, containers used for storing, conveyors, mixers, deep fryers, slice making machine, fillers, choppers, cutters, automatic loading system and quality examining machines are used for food processing. There is no compromise at all when there is a question of maintaining quality and hygiene of the food.The procedure of food processing includes food material like grains, cereals, fish products, dairy products and meat products, many types of oils and all these are changed into a product called ‘processed food’. The different examples of food processing includes minced meat, boiled milk, roasting, steaming, baking, making fruit concentrates, canning, drying etc. Some very popular processed food are flavored yogurts, organic food, health drinks, juices, bakery products, biscuits, chocolates, instant and flavored teas and coffees and even flavored water, ready mixes, ice cream mixes, custards and jellies etc.
Food Pumps are mechanical devices, and are widely used within the food and beverage industry. There is a wide range of food pumps available to the catering industry, and these can include, centrifugal, diaphragm , air driven, and rotary lobe food pumps. These pumps are all manufactured with the highest quality materials, to ensure safe, and hygienic food processing. Rotary lobe food pumps are very commonly used within the food processing industry, because they offer good sanitary, high efficiency, and excellent clean and steam in place characteristics. Food pumps such as the rotary lobe pumps, are often used in food processing applications, and they can process solid foodstuffs, without damaging the product.A very popular type of food pump is the air operated double diaphragm pump. The air operated double diaphragm pump provides an alternative to centrifugal, and positive displacement pumps and are ideal for applications where it is impossible or dangerous to use electricity. These types of pumps are self priming, can run dry with no damage, and do not require electricity to power them. They are powered totally by compressed air and can be used in a number of applications where electricity is not available or must not be used.Rotary lobe pumps are used widely in the chemical food, pulp and paper, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. These types of pumps are popular in these industries because they offer reliability, high efficiency, sanitary qualities and good clean and steam in place characteristics. Rotary lobe pumps can quite easily manage a variety of liquids and solids. They work in a similar fashion to external gear pumps, in that fluid flows around the interior of the casing, but unlike external gear pumps, the lobes do not make contact. Rotary lobe pumps are commonly used in food applications, as they can handle solids without damaging the product. The flow in rotary lobe pumps is relatively independent, so output is constant and continuous.Industrial food pumps vary in design and some of the different types can include Positive Displacement
o Self Priming Centrifugal
o End Suction Centrifugal
o Hygenic and Multi-usage pumps
o Domestic pumpsMany of these pumps may have a range of applications and these may include Food and Beverage
o Pharmaceutical & Chemical
o Biotechnology & Personal Care
o Paper & TextileThese types of pumps play a large part in the processing of many different food-stuffs and materials, and are widely employed in all kinds of industries for various applications.