If you work in food and beverage manufacturing, you know that the mixproof valve is an essential part of sanitary flow control systems. If you’re a stranger to this line of work, you might be wondering what a mixproof valve is.
What are mixproof valves and what are they used for?
Mixproof valves are valves designed to create a physical barrier between two fluids or product streams to prevent them from mixing together. They contain two independent valve discs and a leakage chamber that separates the two products. The design drastically lowers the possibility of a cross-contamination incident between the two fluids, even in the event of a seal failure. This function is especially important for products that need to be kept separate, such as milk and cream.
Mixproof valves are primarily used for product separation, contamination prevention, and flow diversion, primarily in the food and beverage, dairy, and brewing industries where the need for high levels of sanitation and product integrity is crucial.
Are there benefits to using mixproof valves?
These valves come with many benefits, one of which is allowing for the simultaneous production of multiple products without the risk of cross-contamination. They can also help reduce costs by eliminating the need for additional equipment, such as separate tanks or pipelines, for each product or fluid. They allow for faster product changeover times, which is critical in a production environment.
Mixproof valves also offer the added benefit of increased efficiency by reducing cleaning time. Thanks to the ability to clean the upper valve body without disturbing the product flowing through the lower valve body, these valves help maximize productivity while decreasing downtime.
How are mixproof valves maintained?
Mixproof valves require periodic cleaning and inspection to ensure they’re functioning properly as part of their ongoing maintenance. Some manufacturers offer self-draining mixproof valves which help reduce the risk of product contamination and make cleaning and inspection easier. The specific maintenance requirements may vary depending on the specific application mixproof valves are used for, but with the help of regular inspections, you can identify and prevent potential issues before they become major problems.
Mixproof valves are an important part of a successful sanitary flow control system. They allow for efficient and reliable separation of fluids and products while reducing the chance of contamination. If you’re interested in learning more about the valves, and other parts Flowtrend offers, reach out to our team or click here to get started today.