Choosing the Best Dairy Processing Equipment for Your Needs

The dairy industry processes all types of cow milk-based products, like cream, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and pasteurized and non-pasteurized milk. Like other food processing systems, dairy processing equipment must meet strict safety and sanitation regulations. Regardless of the type of dairy product you produce, you must use compliant equipment to fully optimize processing…

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All You Need to Know: Vat Pasteurization

Many types of consumable products require sterilization to ensure safety or enhance shelf life. To accomplish this, one of several types of pasteurization is performed to kill bacteria. Vat pasteurization is a common method of treating milk and dairy products. If you’ve ever wondered, “What is pasteurization?” or “How does pasteurization work?” this blog will…

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Homogenizers 101: Types & Applications

Homogenization is a useful technique for a wide variety of applications, including emulsification, particle size reduction, and more. This process can be performed using numerous types of homogenizer technologies, so it’s important to understand the various options to ensure you select the best homogenizer for your needs. What Is a Homogenizer? A homogenizer is a…

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Choosing the Best Tank Agitator for Your Application

At Highland Equipment, we specialize in providing clients with high-quality sanitary process equipment that’s the right fit for their business’s needs. We design, provide, and install systems that possess diverse capabilities and consistently surpass industry standards. Our design and production team can create skidded systems, complex pressure vessels, and customized tanks and equipment for businesses…

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Types, Uses, and Applications of Tanks & Vessels

Pressure tanks and vessels come in various shapes and sizes and are designed to hold gases, vapors, and liquids at high pressures, usually above 15 PSIG. Storage tanks hold various liquids. Each type of tank has a unique set of properties and applications, but all play an important role in the safe and efficient operation…

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Positive Displacement Pumps vs. Centrifugal Pumps vs. High-Pressure Pumps

Many industries rely on pumps for their daily operations, including the dairy, brewing, food processing, beverage manufacturing, and personal care industries. Highland Equipment supplies various hygienic pumps for a wide range of applications. In this blog, we’ll take a detailed look at positive displacement, centrifugal, and high-pressure pumps, including their suitability for certain processing applications.…

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A Guide to Stainless Steel Tank Fabrication

Highland Equipment has been building unmatched stainless steel tanks and equipment for various sanitary process applications since 1973. As the leading provider of sanitary process equipment, Highland Equipment has the tools and experience needed for various tank projects, from one-tank requirements, complex pressure vessels, skidded systems, and custom equipment to a host of customized tank…

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Considerations for the Custom Sales and Consultation Process

For nearly 50 years, Highland Equipment Inc. has provided stainless steel design and installation of sanitary process equipment for clients in a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, cannabis, cosmetics, brewing, and more. From complex pressure vessels to skidded systems and a variety of customized tanks and equipment, we approach each project with…

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Aseptic Mixing Tanks: Applications & Considerations

Aseptic mixing tanks help keep contents consistently free from contaminants using either a nitrogen barrier or highly pressurized air to maintain a sterile environment. Highland Equipment provides aseptic tanks tailored to the specific needs of your application. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the primary industries that use aseptic tanks, as well as…

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Electropolishing vs Passivation

Electropolishing vs. Passivation of Stainless Steel

The aesthetics or physical properties of metal may often see improvement by the application of various finishing techniques. For example, in custom metal basket applications, applying an appropriate finish will impact the functionality of the basket as much as the base material does. Two of the most popular finishing methods used for stainless steel include…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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The Continuous Protein Process Video

Highland Equipment Inc. has developed unique technology known as the Continuous Protein Process System (CPP) that produces various types of soft cheese requiring heat and acidification, as well as tofu and food grade casein products by a truly continuous method — resulting in substantial production efficiencies and cost savings. Interested in learning more about CPP…

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How Do Sanitary Valves for Stainless Steel Process Equipment Differ From Other Valves?

Sanitary valves are necessary in manufacturing processes where maintaining a clean, sterile environment is critical. Sanitary valves feature an absence of crevices or cavities where bacteria other contaminants can otherwise build up. Design and construction of a sanitary valve must facilitate easy cleaning-in-place (CIP) and circulate CIP fluids. Some industries and applications where sanitary valves…

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The Benefits of Mechanical Polishing

Mechanical polishing involves the utilization of processes such as grinding and buffing in order to remove scratches, gouges, and other damage appearing on the surface of a material. Mechanical polishing is done to improve the surface condition of a product for decorative or functional purposes — or both. Understanding the Mechanical Polishing Process There are…

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3 Key Design Considerations for Your Process Systems

The innovation driving modern-day production may be an art, but the optimization of the various processes involved is definitely an exact science. There are two ways to go about production. Some choose to go with a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach, in which things work sometimes, or most of the time, and when they don’t, it’s back to…

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Highland Equipment’s Continuous Protein Process System

Food processing is a complex undertaking. At every stage of production, processors need to follow rigorous safety standards to ensure that their products remain free of contaminants. At the same time, they need to heat, blend, and store every ingredient according to exact specifications to ensure the quality of the finished product. With so many…

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The Benefits of Dimple Jackets for Pressure Vessels

Used in a huge range of industries, from food and beverage processing to chemical and petrochemical manufacturing, fluid management is critical for ensuring smooth, efficient, and safe operations. In these applications, jacketed vessels are used for custom temperature control of containers’ contents, which may be hazardous or sensitive. Available in a variety of different designs…

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Benefits of Orbital Welding

In orbital welding, the workpiece is held in place while the welding arc moves around it continuously in 360° to melt and connect the two objects being welded together. Orbital welding may also refer to two 180° welders being used in tandem for the same purpose. This process addresses issues that can be challenging for…

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