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A low-risk approach to proof of concept

08 June 2020

HRS has developed a range of portable and trial units, which allow clients to test a variety of equipment, including tubular and scraped surface heat exchangers, pilot evaporation plants and mobile piston pumps. 

The complexity of modern food production systems can make it hard to assess multiple options and small production runs. To help, HRS has developed a range of portable and trial units, which allow clients to test a variety of equipment, including tubular and scraped surface heat exchangers, pilot evaporation plants and mobile piston pumps.

The portable range of equipment can offer a risk-free solution to allow food processors to access the effect of changes in the way a product is produced or formulated, before any wholesale changes are made – for example, altering the temperature and time regimes for a pasteurisation process.

The HRS Asepticblock Mini series is designed for trial products involving pasteurisation and aseptic packing and enables production of a full-scale final pack, but using as little as 20 kg of product.

Another aid to conducting trials is the HRS BPM Series of reciprocating, positive-displacement pumps –  a mobile version of the standard BP Series pump, which is mounted on a mobile skid unit for easy movement, allowing it to be used across multiple production lines and locations. 

Another benefit of the R Series is its ability to recover product at the end of production runs. By running the unit in reverse a large percentage of the hold-up volume is recovered, with this function being demonstrated trials with viscous products such as pet food and custard. 

Investing in any new processing equipment not only represents a significant capital outlay, but results in inevitable disruption during installation, however by trialling equipment prior to investment both users and manufacturers can be sure that the best solution has been chosen. 


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