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Maximise process efficiency through optimised flow management.

03 September 2017

Hygienic processes are becoming increasingly complex. Some of the challenges include higher volumes, increased efficiency, reduction in water and energy use. So, it is essential to optimise flow management without compromising flexibility, plant safety, product quality or hygiene. 

A valve matrix – also known as valve cluster – makes it possible to maximise process efficiency through optimised flow management. Each stage of the design and installation process is an important component to realising potential in s process by saving time and avoiding lost revenue associated with production downtime.
 
Compared to traditional flow plates, a valve matrix is designed to allow simultaneous circulation of liquids – including CIP – on several levels with the exact number of lines and rows to match the specific requirements of your process. The matrix ensures the flexibility to run multiple products to multiple destinations, while other lines are being cleaned.
 
Installing a valve matrix with Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof valves is said to rule out the opportunity for human error, which can occur using manual connection of lines and handling of swing bends.
 
Alfa Laval can provide pre-built valve matrices customised to meet specific, individual requirements, helping to ensure efficient flow management, using as few components as possible and dealing effectively with issues such as thermal cycling, cleanability, drainability and flow control.
 
Alfa Laval valve matrices can be supplied pre-assembled and pre-tested as well as fully wired and with all the necessary pneumatic tubing, junction boxes and control panels pre-connected. 


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