Food and beverage dispensing applications vary widely from wine and beer products, which contain the solvent ethanol to dairy products, which can accelerate bacterial growth on tubing surfaces if not cleaned with aggressive chemicals. Such a range of product applications requires flexible tubing solutions with highly specific and often varying performance properties. Attributes such as flexibility, durability, chemical resistance and non-leaching attributes — in varying capacities — are critical to the success of the dispensing tubing and dispensing equipment as a whole.
Because so many factors must be taken into account when determining the correct tubing solution for food and beverage dispensing equipment, working with a trusted tubing solutions supplier is essential. Saint-Gobain has design and engineering know-how, as well as materials science expertise that can help food and beverage brand owners successfully manage this complex and vital step, specifying materials that exhibit the right performance properties to meet specific beverage dispensing tubing application needs.
Attributes such as flexibility, durability, chemical resistance and non-leaching attributes — in varying capacities — are critical to the success of the dispensing tubing and dispensing equipment as a whole. Below are the most common dispensing issues that can occur in food and beverage applications.
- Tainting: Integrity of flavor is impacted by substances that leach out of food contact materials
- Scalping: Loss of flavor due to sorption or permeation of critical beverage components into or through the tubing
- Permeation: Oxygen present outside of tube permeates into liquid causing oxidation
- Cross-Contamination: Re-use of tubing with new flavor causes absorbed flavors to impact quality of beverage
- Kinking and routing difficulties caused by tight spaces inside equipment
- Flexible tubing allows for easy installation on fittings
Chemical & Heat Resistance
Chemical compatibility with tubing cleaning chemicals is important for longevity
- HOT: Can cause tubing to warp, exacerbate permeability, flexibility, and taste issues
- COLD: Tubing can become brittle, causing stiffness, fitting retention difficulties, and rupture risks
Peristaltic Pump Performance
Tubing rupture due to fatigue or high pressure can lead to unforeseen maintenance
Flow rate reduction resulting from quality and material factors related to wear
Loss of prime in the pump due to loss of seal
Regulation compliance in the various countries that purchase and utilize beverage and food dispensing machines
Chemicals of concern and the perception that some chemicals are more harmful have caused the industry to self-regulate
- Bio-based solutions as brand enhancer
- Range of polymer technologies for optimum performance
- Manufacturing in France, Germany, China, India, Japan, US
- Flexibility, logistics optimization, supply assurance
- Global regulatory expertise and certifications
- Organoleptic expertise
- Accurate, and long-life pump performance
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