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Smart solution to disinfect water in beverage plants

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WITH Grundfos pumps used extensively in breweries, distilleries, wineries and soft drink plants, the company also offers technology for disinfecting water in these facilities.

That’s according to associate sales engineer Raymond Makgoga who said the company’s offerings  includes the sophisticated Oxiperm Pro disinfection system, “A one-stop chlorine dioxide generator that facilitates effective and efficient cleaning-in-place (CIP) solutions”.

The system creates a diluted chlorine dioxide solution from sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid, disinfecting the water supply and allowing pipelines in a plant to be cleaned in between production batches.

Makgoga said the use of chlorine dioxide is able to render the water safe and hygienic without affecting its taste or smell – another vital element for success in this sector.

Dean Naidoo, lead key account manager OEM South Africa for Grundfos, said the Oxiperm Pro has been tried and tested in many food and beverage applications. It has even been used to provide high quality drinking water for corporate drinking fountains.

“The accuracy of the dosing system supports the responsible use of water when cleaning and sanitising the inside of pipes,” said Naidoo. “By ensuring the correct chemical strength, the user can optimise the water volumes that must be passed through the plant pipelines to remove microbes.”

Water can even be recirculated through the Oxiperm Pro at a higher strength if pipeline testing indicates that the sanitation standard is not yet achieved, he said.

The componentry of the Oxiperm Pro includes three smart digital dosing pumps, a reactor and controller. Designed to resist chemical corrosion, the system includes specially selected materials like Teflon, ceramics and polyethylene. Colour-coding is used to enhance safety and ease of use, with red specifying hydrochloric acid and blue for sodium chlorite – ensuring no confusion of chemicals.

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