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A food-grade centrifuge is a specifically designed industrial centrifuge for beverage clarification. With a flow-through design, stainless steel food-grade centrifuges offer continuous processing. High centrifugal force (up to 10,000 g) separates beverages from fine impurities (1.0µ).
Food and beverage industry applications for food-grade centrifuges include:
A food-grade disc-stack centrifuge offers several benefits over conventional filtration or other gravity-based separation technologies. The following is a list of the main advantages.
Food-grade centrifuges are available in different configurations. These specifications are for the centrifuge described in the following case study.
|Centrifuge Model||Alfa Laval SSB-206 - Food Grade|
|Type||3-Phase, Manual Clean, Disc-Stack|
|Capacity||25 GPM on Mint Oil & Water Separation|
|Sludge Space||1 Gallon|
|Bowl Speed||8,500 RPM|
|Motor Power||7.5 HP|
|Weight||1,500 Lbs (Bare Centrifuge)|
|Size (Dimensions)||3' x 4' x 4' (H) (Bare Centrifuge)|
Most food-grade centrifuges have stainless steel as the primary material of construction. Some special applications with highly corrosive fluids may require exotic materials such as Hastelloy as the MOC.
The following table lists the construction material for the most common Alfa Laval food-grade centrifuges.
|Bowl Body||316 L Stainless Steel|
|Bowl Hood||316 L Stainless Steel|
|Inlet / Outlet Assemblies||316 L Stainless Steel|
|Centrifuge Hood (Top Cover)||Silumin or 316 L Stainless Steel|
|Centrifuge Frame||Cast Iron|
|Sludge Discharge Chute||Cast Iron or Stainless Steel (rare)|
|Separated Water Discharge||316L Stainless Steel or Cast Iron|
The following is a case study illustrating the use of a food-grade centrifuge for spearmint oil purification.
Mint oil is a widely used food flavoring agent. Many consumable products, such as toothpaste, chewing gum, soap, etc., use mint oil.
Crude mint oil contains moisture. This moisture removal is necessary before distillation to make the oil dry.
Large amounts of water in the oil can cause an unacceptable load on the distillation system. Trace amounts of moisture left in the oil lead to quality & shelf-life issues. An industrial-scale stainless steel centrifuge is the solution!
One of the largest peppermint oil producers contacted Dolphin Centrifuge to perform a feasibility study on their oil. The producer wanted to explore centrifuges as a remedy for their moisture problem.
Dolphin Centrifuge proposed a pilot-scale test of their mint oil as a proof of concept. Our bench-top, pilot-scale disc centrifuge is ideal for such testing.
Disc stack centrifuges show high liquid/liquid separation efficiency. We processed a 20-gallon customer sample through our test centrifuge.
The customer technician used a ‘freeze test’ to verify the dryness of the separated oil (pure mint oil). He would freeze a small volume of the oil in a refrigerator.
Clear oil indicated the absence of moisture in the processed oil. All samples taken from our testing centrifuge were clear post-freezing. The customer acknowledged the test to be a success!
Based on the pilot-scale test, the customer purchased a stainless steel centrifuge from Dolphin Centrifuge. Crude mint oil has no particle contamination. So Dolphin supplied a solid bowl-type disc-stack centrifuge for their production. It was stainless steel, food-grade centrifuge made by Alfa Laval.
After the oil centrifuge installation and initial production, the customer returned to Dolphin. The realized production volume from the first unit was as expected. The quality of oil produced was beyond expectations.
Based on these facts, the customer ordered multiple food-grade centrifuge units for their entire production volume.
Contact Dolphin Centrifuge for pricing information or to discuss your specific application. We have a large inventory of food-grade centrifuges for sale.
by Sanjay Prabhu MSME
Engineering Manager, Dolphin Centrifuge