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Finding the Right Pumps for the Food Processing & Packaging Industry

Have you ever taken time to think about how your choice of pumps can affect the wellbeing of your clients and impact your immediate environment? Well, yes, it is the responsibility of the pump manufacturer to ensure that. But also, you have a role to play here, which, primarily, should include confirming that you are getting the best quality of pumps. And, that should be irrespective of your industrial application. But, talking of quality of pumps, you know pretty well how much that the food industry has stringent food safety requirements for equipment, which you must meet for your food products to pass industry quality standards.

Therefore, when choosing food-grade transfer pumps, consider the following checks:

Easy maintenance

Well, there is no denying it; commercial food-grade pumps come with hefty upfront costs. Therefore, to counter that, it is best that you choose pumps that have minimal maintenance costs. Such pumps also attract less costly insurance fees. That is because the insurance company will read minimal maintenance as equipment that will hardly have operational complications or breakdowns. Best still, find food-grade pumps that will not require hiring a professional to maintain the pumps. It will save you the associated expense and inconvenience if your employees can handle the maintenance by themselves. In this case, all that you will need from your pump supplier is creating the maintenance schedule that you should follow.

Quick replacements

How often should you expect parts of the pump that you are buying to breakdown? Will simple maintenance do to fix the breakdowns, or you will require replacing the parts. How much will it cost you to replace the worn out or broken parts? Will you also need to call in your pump supplier to replace the parts, or you can do it by yourself? How fast can the replacing of the parts be for that not to inconvenience your food processing activities? These are just but among the many issues that you must address when considering replacing parts of your food-grade pump.

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Quality materials

Unlike other pumps, food-grade pumps should be of a material that will not contaminate the foods that you are processing. Well, yeah, being rust-proof is critical here. But also, ensure that the pump material allows easy and quick cleaning. It also should dry fast and clean to prevent the buildup of bacteria on its surface.

In most cases, finding the right food-grade transfer pump will require you consulting other customers that have bought and used similar pumps like the one that you are planning to buy. Inquire about the useful service life of the pumps and whether they require minimal maintenance. Also, confirm that the pumps that you are buying are of high-quality material. A material that is not only rust- and dust-proof but also scratch- and stain-resistance. You want a pump that will not expose your food products to any form of contamination. Therefore, also insist on a pump that is easy to maintain and replace worn out parts. In conclusion, find a food-grade pump that will work for you while meeting the food industry’s quality standards.