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 considerations for selecting an ideal solution.
Industries and Applications for Aseptic Mixing Tanks
A wide range of applications and industries use aseptic mixing tanks to keep contents sterile. The industries that regularly use these tanks include:
- Food and beverage
- Carton-based food products (broth, soup, alternative milks)
On a more specific note, aseptic mixing tanks are essential for mixing food-grade epoxy coatings and for blending vaccines.
What Is Aseptic Mixing?
Aseptic mixing entails blending disparate ingredients while protecting them from airborne pathogens, as well as the air itself. This process allows manufacturing companies in various verticals to remain compliant with any relevant standards and regulations while also increasing the shelf life of their products. Aseptic tanks facilitate sanitary mixing by closing contents off entirely from outside elements. Depending on the product, it’s also possible to install a tank with internal pressurization or vacuum capabilities to facilitate heating or cooling.
Aseptic tanks normally feature stainless steel construction and a vertical cylindrical shape. They also typically feature a conical or dished bottom and a cooling jacket fitting. With the right aseptic mixing tank installed, manufacturers can make sure their products remain safe to consume and resistant to the early spoilage caused by unexpected bacteria or contaminants.
Considerations for Aseptic Mixing
The versatility of aseptic tanks makes them quite versatile. In addition to safely storing certain products such as milk and other dairy products at proper temperature settings, aseptic tanks can also serve as surge tanks that work to neutralize pressure charges.
There are a couple of key benefits gained by implementing aseptic mixing tanks. These include:
Minimal Maintenance Requirements
Aseptic tanks require little effort when cleaning. Clean in Place (CIP) Steam in place (SIP) effectively cleans aseptic tanks, which helps ensure that workers don’t spend too much time on this task. The sterile nature of aseptic tanks further reduces the need to clean them. Mechanized and automated systems also minimize the need for general maintenance.
Users can tailor aseptic tanks based on their changing needs. For instance, tank systems can easily connect with other tanks to create a single, larger aseptic tank system that accommodates business growth. Aseptic tanks are also available with various valves, toxicity measurement gauges, alarm systems, and ventilation systems, among other modifications. Installers may also fit tanks with bottom-mounted agitators for products that tend to separate when still.
Reliable Aseptic Tank Designs from Highland Equipment
If you’re in need of high-quality aseptic tanks, Highland Equipment can provide you with the right solution for your specific requirements. We offer end-to-end project management, including design and fabrication of your custom system, integration with your existing systems, installation, and ongoing support services. Our aseptic tanks feature an innovative mechanical sealed design and provide mixing, storing, and packing capabilities for a broad spectrum of industries and use cases.