Eccentric Disc Pumps Create Product Recovery Cost Savings

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As budgets tighten, operators of manufacturing facilities must implement new ways to meet established production quotas while spending less money. Improved
operational efficiencies can critically affect the profitability of food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic manufacturers, from the most basic productionline level through entire plant efficiencies, and even overall corporate performance.

One common solution for this has been increasing the focus to more energy-efficient, “green” operations. This has led to the incorporation of more efficient light bulbs or streamlining operations to reduce the plant’s consumption of electricity, which leads to a decreased carbon footprint. The ultimate goal of these lean manufacturing operations is to realize current or higher product yields while using fewer resources, resulting in a healthier bottom line. Many green initiatives, however, are not driven by sound economic principles. Focusing on improved energy efficiency and consumption in manufacturing operations is admirable, but many manufacturers have already maximized their energy efficiencies. Because of innovative fluid-transfer methods, greater savings than those realized in energy alone can be realized in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic/personal care industries.

Product waste is one area of hygienic manufacturing that experiences extremely high costs. The McKinsey Quarterly Food Waste Alliance reported that, annually, more than $120 billion of product is wasted worldwide. The Natural Resources Defense Council also estimates that the U.S. loses 40 percent of its food from farm to fork to landfills. Between farm and fork are the processing plants that manufacture some of these products. These plants are the focus of this article.

The term product recovery can refer to several different hygienic manufacturing operations—such as improper dosing and product lost through leakages or spills. However, this article will focus on product recovery as it pertains to either raw ingredients or intermediate/finished products that may remain in the suction or discharge fluid-transfer lines at the conclusion of production runs or between product changeovers.

Positive displacement eccentric disc pumping technology possesses the line-stripping and product-recovery capabilities necessary to help save hygienic manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars per manufacturing site annually. In turn, the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic

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