Food & Beverage
Crystar® membranes are an ideal alternative to titanium dioxide (TiO2) and other oxide ceramic membranes, to polymeric hollow fiber membranes, as well as Kieselguhr filters in the food and beverage sector. They offer enhanced retention of suspended compounds of organic and inorganic compositions combined with higher permeate flux, significantly reducing the turbidity of processed liquids for superior food and beverage filtration. Our Crystar® products have been used to make the clarification and stabilization of beer products more cost-effective and to enhance coconut water clarification.
Safe, Satisfying Food & Beverage with Crystar®
Filtration Membrane Technology Reliability and shelf life stability are both essential when it comes to manufacturing food and beverage products. Having a consistent and optimal filtration process allows for the production of valuable, safe, and shelf-stable products that play a valuable role in our ever-growing population and nutritional wellbeing.
Crystar® microfiltration technology outperforms more traditional titanium dioxide (TiO2) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3), ceramic membranes, as well as other conventional filtration technologies on several fronts. It comprises engineered layers recrystallized silicon carbide that yields inherent benefits such as improved microorganism retention efficiency, improved flux rates, and efficient and fast membrane cleaning procedures. These key differentiating features enable the production of safe and stable food and beverage products while reducing the overall CAPEX, OPEX, and footprint of the plant.
With a high removal efficiency of microorganisms and other unwelcomed components, Crystar microfiltration membranes offer a clear advantage to optimize your process during the clarification of food and beverage products, such as juice and beer filtration, while maintaining minimal impact to key sensory items.
More Efficient Cleaning to Optimize Your Process
As the demand for high-value and nutritional food products increases, being able to optimize your operation to maximize product yield and output become paramount to your overall bottom line. Eliminating downtimes during clean-in-place (CIP), as well as the frequency of CIPs, allows for higher productivity.
Crystar membranes exhibit the following to improve your cleaning cycles and minimize downtimes:
- Low organic matter adsorption on the membrane surface thanks to the inherent negative surface charge of silicon carbide allows for improved cleaning efficiency.
- High temperature (up to 300°C) and pH ranges (0-14) thanks to the unmatched chemical stability of Crystar membranes that allow for more aggressive and rapid cleaning regimes.
- Thermal shock resistance allows the ability to switch between production and clean-in-place modes more efficiently while eliminating the risk of membrane breakages.
Our Crystar crossflow membranes are an ideal alternative to TiO2 and Al2O3 membranes, as well as other conventional membrane technologies such as tubular and hollow polymeric membranes and diatomaceous earth precoat filters, providing superior results in an array of food and beverage filtration applications.
Food Contact Conformance: Crystar FT is certified for food contact under the European Regulations No 1935/2004 and deemed acceptable for food processing by the US FDA.
Crystar® FT’s proprietary crossflow technology uses multi-layered membranes of high purity recrystallized silicon carbide (R-SiC) supported by the most permeable carrier in the market, which is also made of porous R-SiC.
Crystar® FT’s proprietary dead-end technology uses multi-layered membranes of recrystallized silicon carbide (R-SiC) carried by a unique honeycomb monolith geometry, which is also made of porous R-SiC.
Provide a high productivity and cost-effective solution to reduce haze in the finished beer in order to ensure its visual quality and contribute to its stability.
Crossflow microfiltration is a key step to ensure the sensorial properties and stability of wines, which are of utmost importance to the product value.
Coconut Water Clarification
Coconut water clarification is a crucial part of the production process, due to the high turbidity and presence of microorganisms such as C. botulinum. Being able to reduce turbidity while removing micro-organisms plays an important role in the overall quality, safety and stability of the final product.