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Tubing Material Solutions for Food & Beverage Dispensing
February 08th, 2017
Resistance Properties Critical to Performance of Food & Beverage Dispensing Tubing
From the ubiquitous hand-pump for ketchup on French fries or cheese on nachos to peristaltic pumps for ice cream and slushies, types of food and beverage dispensing equipment vary. Products dispensed by this equipment also vary and include everything from alcohol to soft drinks from dairy to juice and from coffee to condiments. Many of these product categories also feature highly specific and often diverse characteristics. For instance, wine and beer products contain ethanol – a solvent – which can be harmful to many materials. Yogurt, ice cream and milk can accelerate bacterial growth on tubing surfaces if not properly sanitized with cleaning chemicals.
Therefore resistance properties, such as chemical, corrosion, abrasion and pressure – in varying degrees – are critical to the performance of food and beverage dispensing tubing as well the equipment as a whole. And because dispensing equipment is used under varying levels of pressure as well as extreme temperatures, the durability of components is significantly important. Dispensing tubing, though a small component, can have a major impact on the overall effectiveness of both dispensing equipment and an operation. As a result, determining, designing and implementing the appropriate food and beverage dispensing tubing solutions is a critical step to ensuring the quality, consistency and safety of a product – not to mention it can help to reduce operational downtime and offer long-term savings.
Dispensing tubing materials must be carefully selected based on criteria for the specific application to ensure the tubing performs well over its useful product lifecycle. Tubing solutions made from a variety of high-performance polymers and other enhanced materials can offer a wide range of attributes – making them ideally suited for various applications.
There are several factors to consider when specifying dispensing tubing materials. For example, tubing designed specifically for use with solvents requires special properties in the inner bore to withstand negative effects to taste, odor and product purity caused by extraction from the tubing. Dispensing equipment that utilizes a pressurized pump to dispense the product requires a different material formulated to withstand higher pressure. Often times a multi-material toolset is needed to deliver the best solution.
For a complete article that lists materials used in food and beverage dispensing tubing as well as their key properties, click here.