Factory Acceptance Testing vs. Site Acceptance Testing

Both Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) involve extensive testing of systems or system components to determine or verify compliance with the preapproved specifications. While there are similarities between the two, they are distinct processes. The following blog post outlines the key differences between FAT and SAT. What Is a Factory Acceptance…

Passivation Methods to Preserve Stainless Steel Products

Passivation Methods to Preserve Stainless Steel Products

What is the Passivation of Stainless Steel? Untreated stainless steel has a chemically reactive surface and can rust over time. However, the process of passivation — chemically washing the body of a stainless steel part — protects the surface and results in a longer-lasting item that better resists corrosion and rusting. Passivation removes free iron…

Factors That Determine High Shear vs. Low Shear Mixing

Processing plants need rotating mixers that can handle different compositions and materials to meet a desired endpoint. When mixing impellers rotate in a batch, they generate shear, or stress, on the materials, to mix them together. The viscosity and other properties of liquids, as well as the presence of solids, determine the force needed to…

borescope

How Do Companies Utilize Borescoping to QC Fabrications?

Borescopes are optical instruments that facilitate visual inspection of hard-to-reach spaces, such as the inside of narrow pipes or tubes. They consist of a lens or camera on one end, a flexible, semi-rigid, or rigid tube and/or fiber assembly, and a display on the other end. Industry professionals utilize them to inspect a wide range…

Sanitary Welding

What Makes a Weld Sanitary? A sanitary weld is fully penetrated, which means the weld accesses the ID of the tube and that it creates a 100% structural joint. This type of weld has a smooth surface where it will contact any product, ensuring easy and reliable cleaning with no crevices or oxidation that could…

Automating Process Systems for Hygiene and Efficiency

At Highland Equipment, we specialize in the production of stainless steel processing equipment for food and beverage producers. These large-scale applications require thorough and reliable cleaning, which is done with the assistance of clean-in-place (CIP) systems. The CIP system is used to destroy the buildup of soil in machines that produce consumable products. Configurations in…

Understanding 3-A Standards

At Highland Equipment, we are a premier provider of sanitary process equipment and systems. Equipped with extensive experience and a wide range of capabilities, our customers know they can rely on us to provide individual units and complete turnkey process solutions that meet and/or exceed industry standards. One of the main sanitary standards our equipment…

Common Types of Mixers and Agitators in Sanitary Process Applications

Stainless steel is a durable, corrosion-resistant material that is used for a variety of sanitary process applications. From food and beverage processing to pharmaceuticals, chemical processing, and manufacturing, stainless steel is widely valued for its strength and high resistance to rust and corrosion. For this reason, it is the primary material used to manufacture mixers…

The Advantages of Skid Mounted Process Equipment

Skid mounts are portable platforms used for mounting industrial equipment to facilitate easy and secure transportation and storage. The skid mount may take the form of a frame, rails, or pallet. The machinery is permanently mounted onto a skid at the point of manufacture, which gives the machinery’s future users advantages in terms of mobility,…

Design Principles for Effective Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems

Clean-in-place (CIP) systems are an assembly of mechanical components and devices utilized to combine water, chemicals and heat to create cleaning solutions. These chemical cleaning solutions are pumped or circulated by the CIP System through other systems or equipment in order to clean them. As the name suggests, the intent of a CIP System is…