How hygienic butterfly valves service the food & beverage sector

In the food and beverage sector, each individual part of the wider system needs to adhere to the strictest hygiene standards. Which means sourcing the right tools for the job is imperative. In this article, PIF explores what makes butterfly valves suitable for the food and beverage sector.

What makes a butterfly valve suitable for the food and beverage sector?

With hygienic butterfly valves, there are several important elements to consider. Firstly, the sealing must be strong, perform highly with no leakage and ensure that it can’t be contaminated. It also must be made of a material that isn’t affected by CIP. In the food and beverage industry, CIP is often essential. Therefore, the integrity of the seal must not be impacted by the chemicals used. Sufficient seal technology will assist the butterfly valve in having a longer service life in demanding conditions.

For total hygienic reassurance, butterfly valves are designed to meet FDA requirements. Being FDA compliant ensures that your butterfly valve has been checked for its ability to function around food and beverage products, where contamination is possible. An FDA compliant butterfly valve is safe for use with food and in food production processes.  

Stainless steel butterfly valves are especially useful in hygienic applications, such as in the food and beverage industry. Not only is stainless steel one of the most hygienic metals available, but it also one of the most corrosion resistant – prolonging the service life of valves in harsh environments.

Hygienic butterfly valves for the food and beverage sector

The Series 900 from ABO is a great example of a hygienic butterfly valve designed squarely for the food and beverage sector. This valve delivers perfect tightness due to its three-stage sealing system,  providing complete reassurance and long service life in demanding applications.

It also comes with further options that help achieve the highest standards of hygiene for the food and beverage industry. FDA approved EPDM liner is available on request, specifically designed for applications in the food industry.

Other industries that benefit from hygienic butterfly valves

It is not only the food and beverage industry that can benefit from hygienic butterfly valves. Other industrial applications where hygiene is necessary also require butterfly valves that meet certain stringent standards. This includes the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical industries.  

For more information about butterfly valves in general, take a look at this recent article from PIF.

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