The USDA defines Further Processing as “smoking, cooking, canning, curing, refining, or rendering.” Further processing is a broad group of activities that food processors use to add value to food products. If your end-product is ready-made meals, table ready breakfast cereals, cured meats, corned beef, sausages, hash browns, chicken nuggets, pet foods, or the like – we’ve got solutions that can help!
While there are too many different types of processed and packaged foods to count, further processing lines have one thing in common – water use. Sanitation is paramount for operational success. All over a plant, most further processing activities require water; production lines need continuous cleaning, product needs washing and conveying, cutting and processing equipment needs to be cleaned, the list goes on.
Further processors strive to maximize re-use and operational efficiency, with Zero Waste an increasingly common goal. Steps like optimizing pressure and volume efficiencies on spray systems, intermittent flows, cascading rinse processes, and condensate recovery all help. However, with all the water that is needed wastewater is inevitable.
Depending on the source, some of your plant water can be reused in applications where lower quality water can be tolerated. Solids in these flow streams limits reusability options as they will clog spray nozzles and impact distribution systems. Often flows from processes like cooling and canning can be re-used immediately upstream on processes that don’t require high purity if the solids have been removed.
Wastewater from further processing plants often requires expensive advanced downstream treatment to reduce Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) before the water can be sent to a sewer, a river, or land applied depending on level of treatment. Removing fine particles before it enters expensive processes like Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) maximizes treatment efficiency and sometimes can replace the need for some of the equipment in the downstream treatment system entirely.
To learn more about how the Hydro MicroScreen™ can help further processors check out these case studies.
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