Confectionery Clean-Up -- Making a Switch to a Hose Pump from AxFlow

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AxFlow BV in the Netherlands has solved a sticky problem for one of its customers in the bakery industry by getting them to switch from a large air-driven vertical plunger pump to a Bredel SPX 40 hose pump for transferring jelly/jam from a closed IBC to the production line.

“Our customer has reported that the Bredel pump is a great improvement on previous methods of pumping as it is very simple and protects the integrity of the fruit,”

Dosing fruit jelly or jam in cookie production is hardly the most challenging of pumping applications, but where efficient production and economic product use is important then applying a little imagination can prove to be inspirational.

AxFlow BV in the Netherlands has solved a sticky problem for one of its customers in the bakery industry by getting them to switch from a large air-driven vertical plunger pump to a Bredel SPX 40 hose pump (in Dutch) for transferring jelly/jam from a closed IBC to the production line. The particular problem faced by the customer came at the end of each processing cycle when it became necessary to change over to another colour of jelly/jam as this required the pump to be thoroughly cleaned in order to avoid cross-contamination. As four colours were involved, the regular cleaning processes were time-consuming and expensive as a considerable volume of product went to waste each time the pump was cleaned out.

With the Bredel SPX 40 hose pump, the only part of the pump that needs cleaning is the hose itself and this is very simple and involves none of the product being wasted. At the end of the production cycle a cleaning ball or ‘pig’ is inserted into the suction end of the suction hose and pumped straight through the pump and into the discharge hose. This pushes any product remaining in the hoses and the pump out at the discharge side, leaving the hose without any bacterial problems being present and optically clean for the next jelly/jam dosing run. No additional cleaning fluid is required because the Bredel SPX 40 can dry run without damage.

The pumping action of the Bredel SPX results from alternatively compressing and relaxing the hose element between the pump housing and the compressing shoes. The fluid ahead of the shoe is pushed towards the discharge side while the rebounding hose behind the shoe draws in more fluid. With 100% compression at all times the pump does not slip, thereby providing high metering accuracy and pressure performance. Having few components, there are no seals, valves or seats, means that the Bredel SPX is simple to maintain and can handle high viscosity slurries and shear-sensitive fluids.

According to AxFlow BV, the nature of the jam/jelly – the viscosity can be as high as 100,000 cPs – is not a problem for the pump. There is also the added benefit that the gentle squeezing action of the pump does not cause damage to any fruit parts which may be present in the jelly/jam. Thanks to AxFlow BV, the customer is now achieving 100% product recovery and has reduced plant downtime considerably
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“Our customer has reported that the Bredel pump is a great improvement on previous methods of pumping as it is very simple and protects the integrity of the fruit,” says AxFlow Field Sales Engineer Anton Bentum. “The pump is providing them with higher levels of dosing accuracy and more economic use of the pumped product because less waste is incurred.”

About AxFlow:
AxFlow Holding AB is the holding company of the AxFlow Group of companies. AxFlow is active all over Europe and specialises in the marketing, distribution and provision of a complete sales engineering service for high quality, market leading fluid handling equipment. AxFlow´s high standards of technical competence, service and integrity have contributed to steady growth since its establishment in 1989 and form the basis for future development. AxFlow represents world leading manufacturers of pumps and other fluid handling equipment, and together we offer the highest value to customers. AxFlow´s philosophy is to continue to enhance the range and scope of services, and to offer customers full commitment and value from one source.
The AxFlow Group has an annual turnover of EURO 120 million and 400 employees and is a subsidiary of Axel Johnson International AB, Stockholm, Sweden, and part of the Axel Johnson Group of companies.

Axel Johnson International markets and distributes components, systems and customer related solutions to industrial companies, local distributors and agents. The company consists of five business areas: Forankra, AxFlow, AxIndustries, and AxImage. The group of companies has an annual turnover of SEK 7 billion and is represented in some 20 countries in Europe. Axel Johnson International is a part of Axel Johnson AB, owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson and family.

For further information, please contact:                                             
Olga Krejci Halkovova
AxFlow Holding AB                    
Wenner-Gren Center                    
Sveavaegen 166, Floor 14                
SE-113 46 Stockholm                    
Sweden

Email: olga(dot)krejci(at)axflow(dot)com
Telephone +46 8 545 476 79
Telefax +46 8 545 476 89
http://www.axflow.com

Issued by:
Bryan Orchard
Orchard Public Relations Ltd
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1420 588194
Email: orchard(at)primex(dot)co(dot)uk

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