OPTIMISE YOUR OPERATIONS WITH ELGi'S CUSTOMISED AIR COMPRESSOR SOLUTIONS FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
ELGi's OF and AB Series screw air compressors are certified to meet ISO 8573-1 Class 0 standards. This is the highest level of compressed air purity, ensuring that the compressed air is free from oil and other contaminants, making it safe for critical applications in food and beverage processing. ELGi's compressed air systems prioritise reliability and efficiency, contributing to seamless operations in food and beverage facilities.
APPLICATIONS OF COMPRESSED AIR IN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY INCLUDE
Product Handling: Compressed air propels products rapidly along the production line. This high-speed conveyance ensures a streamlined and efficient manufacturing process, reducing downtime and enhancing productivity.
Food Filling Machines: Compressed air is crucial in filling machines for baked goods, such as pies, cakes, and cookies. It assists in the even distribution of liquid fillings, ensuring consistent product quality and appearance.
Fluid Pumps: Liquid products involved in the production and filling processes are moved using compressed air-powered fluid pumps. This method offers precision and control in handling various food and beverage items.
Nitrogen Generation: Compressed air is filtered and processed to generate nitrogen, which finds application in the packaging stage. Nitrogen helps extend the shelf life of packaged products by displacing oxygen, thereby reducing oxidation and spoilage.
Air Knives: Compressed air is utilised for cutting and peeling tasks, particularly in preparing fruits and vegetables. Air knives provide a clean, precise, and efficient means of slicing or peeling produce, ensuring minimal product waste.
Packaging: The food and beverage industry relies on compressed air to operate the packaging lines, as well as for container cleaning, filling, conveying, labeling, modified atmosphere packaging, powering pneumatic tools, and maintaining hygiene, ensuring efficient and contaminant-free production.
BENEFIT FROM ISO 22000 CERTIFICATION FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
ELGi's production facility is ISO 22000 certified (Food Safety Management System – FSMS), confirming that the plant and the oil-free air compressors manufactured in the plant meet the most stringent requirements of the food and beverage industry. ELGi's food-grade certified compressed air solutions are designed from the ground up to offer efficient, contaminant-free air for food manufacturing processes. With the ISO 22000 certification awarded to our manufacturing plant, we provide our customers with an additional layer of reassurance to ensure that their products are safe for consumers.
The ISO 22000 certification offers a comprehensive approach to food safety and quality management, benefiting the food and beverage industry by enhancing safety, quality, efficiency, and reputation while reducing costs and waste. It is a valuable investment for businesses committed to delivering safe and high-quality food products.
Enhanced Food Safety: ISO 22000 provides a systematic framework for identifying, preventing, and managing food safety hazards. By implementing this standard, companies can significantly reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses and product recalls.
Improved Quality Control: ISO 22000 encompasses food safety and quality management. It helps companies maintain consistent product quality, ensuring that their consumers receive products that meet their taste, appearance, and texture expectations.
Efficiency and Cost Reduction: ISO 22000 encourages businesses to streamline processes and eliminate waste. This can lead to significant cost savings in the long run.
Legal Compliance: ISO 22000 helps food and beverage companies comply with food safety regulations and requirements. It provides a structured approach to meeting legal obligations, reducing non-compliance risk, and associated penalties.
Consumer Trust and Brand Reputation: Certification under ISO 22000 enhances consumer confidence. This helps food and beverage companies to assure their consumers that the company takes food safety and quality seriously. This is very valuable in the competitive food and beverage industry.
CHOOSING THE BEST AIR COMPRESSOR FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Air compressors play a crucial role in various applications such as packaging, bottling, cleaning, and even food processing in the food and beverage industry. When selecting an air compressor for the food and beverage industry, certain factors need to be considered to ensure compliance with industry standards and the specific requirements of the applications. ELGi integrates advanced air compressor technology to address the specific challenges of maintaining compressed air purity in food and beverage manufacturing processes. Here are some key considerations:
Oil-Free Compressors: Oil-free screw air compressors are essential in applications where compressed air comes into direct contact with the food or beverage product to prevent compressed air contamination. ELGi's oil-free compressor range ensures product purity and compliance with food safety regulations and reduces the risk of spoilage or contamination.
Stainless Steel Components: Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and easy to clean, making it suitable for applications where cleanliness is a priority. The ELGi AB Series oil-free screw air compressor uses FDA-approved stainless steel with a proprietary coating, eliminating corrosion chances.
Low Noise Level: In some food and beverage facilities, noise levels must be kept to a minimum for workers' comfort and to meet regulatory requirements. ELGi's AB Series silent air compressors provide easy serviceability at a low cost of ownership and Class ' 0' oil-free compressed air according to ISO 8573-1 standards.
Compressed Air Quality Standards: Compressed air in the food and beverage industry must meet specific quality standards. It must be ensured that the compressor has proper filtration and moisture removal systems. ELGi's AB Series oil-free screw air compressors offer efficient air-water separation with WSBIC and a custom-designed centrifugal-type moisture separator with an automatic drain that removes over 99% of bulk water from the compressed air.
Reliability and Maintenance: Downtime can be costly. Choose a compressor that is energy-efficient, reliable, and requires minimal maintenance. Our oil-free technology helps easy maintenance and reduces operating costs by providing clear access to the air components. Due to the optimised ELGi oil-free compressed air technology, pressure drops are minimised, ensuring high reliability of the compressed air.
Why Choose ELGi’s AB Series screw air compressor and OF Series electric oil-free air compressor for your food and beverage applications?
ELGi offers cutting-edge oil-free screw compressors-AB and OF Series, that are meticulously engineered to meet the rigorous demands of food and beverage industries that require high-quality, clean, and reliable oil-free compressed air. Focusing on energy efficiency and performance, ELGi's OF Series electric oil-free air compressor ensures zero contamination risk, increased energy efficiency, unmatched reliability, and long-term value.
OF Series Oil-Free Screw Air Compressor
ISO 8573-1, Class' 0' oil-free air
Our Oil Free Series has consistent oil-free air, meeting ISO8573-1 class 0 oil standards. The food-grade coating is done where air contacts the metal surface inside the compressor, ensuring consistent oil-free air without metal debris. Pipes have special e-coating, providing consistently clean and oil-free air and optimised rotor clearances, ensuring consistent air delivery.
Indigenously designed and manufactured air ends
ELGi is one of the few compressor companies to design and manufacture oil-free airends. With our in-house oil-free technology, the compressors are engineered to deliver maximum uptime and reliability. ELGi's unique η-V rotor design reduces pressure losses and increases stage efficiencies, leading to an optimised compressed air system.
PTFE air end coating for efficiency and long-term reliability
ELGi's air end rotors and housing are coated with PTFE-based food-grade PP coating to resist corrosion and endure temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius. This results in optimum long-term performance with no loss in efficiency.
AB Series Oil-Free Screw Air Compressor
Additionally to the above features of the OF Series, the AB Series provides the following features:
Corrosion-resistant stainless steel rotors
ELGi machines use FDA-approved stainless steel with a proprietary coating, eliminating any chance of corrosion.
Viable microbiological content complying with ISO 8573-7:2003
The compressors discharge air without microbiological contaminants, complying with ISO 8573-7 standards
Best-in-class maintenance cost
The efficient rotors with best-in-class performance, single-stage operation, low operation speed, and application-oriented design lower overall maintenance.
ELGi’s AB Series oil-free compressors come with a superior warranty. Beginning with its design, manufacturing, and quality testing, the compressor is built to ensure long life, reliability, and durability.
GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT ELECTRIC OIL-FREE AIR COMPRESSOR FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Selecting the optimal oil-free compressor for the food and beverage industry is a pivotal decision impacting product safety and quality. To navigate this decision-making process effectively, consider the following comprehensive guide:
Determine Required Air Volume: Calculate the necessary compressed air volume by understanding the required pressure and the size of the hose or pipe. Pressure requirements are typically available on the screw air compressor or air equipment, while hose or pipe sizes can be found in equipment specifications.
Consider Compressor kW Rating: Narrow down options by evaluating the compressor's kW rating, indicating the volume of compressed air it can produce at a specific pressure. Higher kW ratings signify the capability to deliver more compressed air, a crucial factor in meeting the demands of food and beverage processing.
Account for Product Specifics: Tailor your choice based on the specific products being processed, especially if stringent sanitation levels are required (e.g., meat and poultry). Opting for a certified ELGi AB Series or ELGi OF Series compressor designed for the food and beverage industry ensures compliance with industry standards.
Evaluate Available Space: Measure the available space and compare it to the dimensions of the electric oil-free air compressor. Some units may be larger and pose challenges fitting into restricted spaces. Ensure a seamless fit to optimise your operational setup.
Prioritise Company Reputation: Choose a screw air compressor from a reputable company that produces high-quality, energy-efficient products. Reputation ensures that your compressor meets and exceeds industry expectations for reliability, performance, and durability.
Check for Class Zero Compressed Air Quality Rating: Look for a compressor with a class zero air quality rating, this certification ensures the compressed air is free from contaminants, meeting the highest purity standards. Also consider if the oil-free screw air compressor was produced in an ISO22000 certified environment.
At ELGi, we offer an uncompromising, energy-efficient, oil-free solution ranging from 11-450kW, specifically tailored to meet the demand for contaminant-free compressed air in small, medium and large food and beverage industry operations. Our oil-free screw air compressors are meticulously designed to reduce lifecycle costs compared to prevailing oil-free technology, emphasising reliability, lower maintenance costs, and class zero certification for contamination-free air in sensitive industry applications. Trust ELGi for a no-compromise approach to oil-free compressed air solutions that elevate your operational standards.
CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORIES
An affordable and dependable air compressor is critical in today's competitive food processing industry. However, it's worth noting that not all stages of food and beverage manufacturing require oil-free compressed air. Powering pneumatic machines or conveyor belts can efficiently utilise an oil-lubricated air compressor. Even for such applications, using food-grade oil in the compression system is advisable to prevent accidental contamination. For a complete oil-free compressed air solution, ELGi advises to go for oil-free compressor technology.
Some examples illustrate how ELGi's energy-efficient compressed air solutions have benefited customers across Europe in their food and beverage applications.
ELGi AB Series Ensures High-Quality Compressed Air for Leading Organic Winery in France
With Class '0' certification and 100% oil-free compressed air, ELGi supports the sustainable production of more than 800,000 bottles of premium organic wine in the Languedoc region while maintaining a low lifecycle cost.
Established in 1868, Ollieux Romanis is one of the largest privately owned wineries in the Corbières, spanning 130 hectares. The nitrogen blanketing and wine bottling processes drove their essential need for the ELGi AB Series oil-free screw air compressor. With a cost-effective lifecycle, exceptional reliability, consistent air quality, and a superior return on investment, the ELGi AB Series ensures unparalleled air quality, adhering to ISO8573-1 and ISO8573-7 standards, ensuring zero traces of microbial contaminants.
Read the detailed case study here.
ELGi'S AB Series Powers Production of Premium Italian Pizza, Cake, and Bread Flour at Polselli, in Italy
Polselli, a prominent Italian flour milling company, opted for three cutting-edge water-injected ELGi AB Series oil-free screw air compressors with a 45kW capacity to facilitate their comprehensive pneumatic production and bagging needs.
The AB45 delivers unparalleled air quality in compliance with ISO8573-1 Class '0' for oil-free air and ISO8573-Class 7 standards, ensuring the production and packaging of more than 350 tonnes per day of 40 different flour varieties, meeting Polselli's exacting criteria for quality and dependability.
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ELGi EN Series Supports Business Growth at Boerschappen, an Innovative, Fair-Trade Food Company in Breda, the Netherlands.
Boerschappen, a fair-trade food company based in Breda, the Netherlands, sought to enhance the efficiency of packaging fresh food while upholding rigorous safety and quality standards due to the sensitive nature of food products. After assessing Boerschappen's production requirements and compressed air needs, ELGi, in collaboration with Channel Partner Techno Brabant, recommended the EN Series oil-lubricated screw air compressor as a reliable solution to support the company's expansion objectives.
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ELGi'S Turnkey Compressed Air Solution Enhances Food Quality for Fasolex, Poland's Premier Bean, Fruit, and Vegetable Producer
Fasolex, Poland's foremost bean, fruit, and vegetable producer, has implemented an ELGi energy-efficient compressed air system to support their bean sorting line in their new Sahryń, Poland plant. This ELGi-powered sorting line efficiently removes defective beans, ensuring the highest possible food quality.
ELGi provided Fasolex with a turnkey solution that included an EG18 VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) and an EG22 electric air compressor. ELGi also handled the setup and installation of the complete compressor room, incorporating the refrigeration dryer, buffer tank, oil-water separator, and ventilation.
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