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Simplifying fruit and vegetable waste systems

10 June 2014

Seepex has recently supplied several major fruit and vegetable processors with progressive cavity pump systems to automatically and hygienically remove process waste from high care production areas.  The products pumped vary from leafy salads, pepper cores and broccoli stalks to pineapple and melon waste, all of which can be handled by the seepex open hopper BTM pump.

This design enables a variety of food products to be chopped and pumped in a single hygienic unit. The open hopper pump, from the BTM range, features an integral variable pitch auger to transport the waste into the rotating knives which chop the waste. The pumping elements of rotor and stator can then move the waste through hygienic enclosed pipework over distances in excess of 100m without the need for any added water or air.
Grinders and/or macerators are not needed to produce a pumpable slurry and energy costs are lower than alternative blown air, vacuum or flume systems. Tote bins and their associated manual labour can be removed from the production areas, as the hopper design provides flexibility in feed methods. This allows automatic removal of waste from processing lines or hand feeding into the same system. In addition, the designs are ‘future proofed’ by enabling different waste streams to be pumped as range changes demand. 

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