With end products that must be safe for consumption, the food and beverage industry relies on high-performance parts in its manufacturing processes to prevent bacteria contamination and to meet stringent FDA and USDA regulations. Additionally, systems within this industry must moderate the temperature and humidity of a product for safe processing and spoilage prevention. Sanitary check valves are well suited to the piping systems of the food and beverage sector due to their high-quality stainless steel and polished surface, tight seal, clean-in-place (CIP) ability, reliability, and longevity.
Sanitary Check Valve Features
Because they prevent fluid backflow and protect pumps and compressors, sanitary check valves are ideal for use in a processing or material distribution system. To avoid contamination, the valve will seal or otherwise prevent fluid from reversing its flow direction, making the system a one-way system. These valves are designed to prevent product accumulation or corrosion, as well as other potentially harmful impurities from going through the piping. When replacing or adding sanitary check valves to your facility’s processing systems, look for the following features:
- Smooth internal features. Sanitary check valves are made from 316L stainless steel that has a highly polished internal surface that won’t allow buildup to develop. There are no rough surfaces or internal edges where buildup or impurities can cling and begin to degrade the metal or break off into passing fluid. The internal design of sanitary check valves also won’t have any crevices where potential contaminants can become trapped and cause unsanitary conditions.
- Tight seal. For sanitary applications in food and beverage processing, the elimination of potential backflow needs to be absolute, and an extremely tight seal addresses this hygienic concern.
- Reliable construction. Sanitary check valves need to be able to last without frequent replacements, degradation over time, or failure. The material composition and design of these valves should ensure low maintenance with a long lifetime.
When you’re looking for the right sanitary check valves, also look for products that meet the material, pressure, and performance standards for your system to comply with governmental and industry regulations.
Benefits of Tri-Clamp Piping Systems
Tri-clamp fittings are a type of leakproof sanitary fitting component that can join endpoints together by clamping a gasket in between two flanged ends. These versatile fittings use external sealing capabilities to make installation, maintenance, and inspections easy, allowing for an array of vertical or horizontal system design configurations. Operators can quickly and easily disassemble the system and valve for cleaning, and this feature is paramount for industrial sectors like food and beverage.
DSV® Valves for the Food & Beverage Industry From DFT® Inc.
For over 75 years, DFT® has served industrial sectors with reliable, quality check valves to ensure efficient, safer operations. We maintain a full line of our DSV® Sanitary Check Valves, which we design, customize, and manufacture to help simplify maintenance and maintain compliance to production and sanitation standards for your organization. We build our sanitary check valves to meet 3-A quality standards and CIP criteria. We specialize in serving the food and beverage markets with food-grade valves for reliable processing applications to prevent reverse flow or bacteria buildup from contaminating products and equipment.
Read DFT”s eBook about the critical role of our DSV® Sanitary Check Valves in the food and beverage industry. You can also contact their team to find the right check valves for your facility or request a quote to start your order.