Pasteurization is the process of eliminating microorganisms (pathogens) in certain packaged and non-packaged foods through mild heat that also extends shelf life. Smart Machine Technologies offers both tunnel pasteurizers and steam box tunnel pasteurizers designed to efficiently accomplish this task.
What Goes Into The Cost Of A Pasteurizer?
The cost of a pasteurizer can vary wildly depending on a number of factors. SMT can work with you to determine the best possible pasteurizer for your particular needs and deliver a machine at the best possible price.
All of these items will factor into the cost of your pasteurizer:
- The size and dimensions of the machine
- Projected volume needs and speed
- Number of temperature stages
- Temperature requirements
- Automation and other features
Cost Breakdown Of Tunnel Pasteurizers
Tunnel pasteurizers are ideal for companies that package consumable products in glass jars, bottles, or cans. Smart Machine Technologies can custom design a tunnel pasteurizer for your brewery or food and beverage company.
Tunnel pasteurizers utilize a conveyor belt, which allows products to enter a pasteurizing chamber in which they are heated with water or steam to kill pathogenic bacteria. Then the products enter a cooling chamber to be brought back to the desired temperature. The primary benefit of a tunnel pasteurizer is the large volume that the pasteurizer can handle.
Tunnel pasteurizers may be somewhat expensive to maintain, and they can also require a large amount of space. The good news with a tunnel pasteurizer is that you will not have to worry about over pasteurization because you will be able to control temperatures in each zone on a tunnel pasteurizer.
Cost Breakdown Of Steam Box Pasteurizers
Steam box pasteurizers are ideal for companies that need to be able to pasteurize items in large batches. An enclosed area is slowly heated up with steam, then allowed to cool back down after the items have been held at the desired temperature for the required period of time.
Steam box pasteurizers do not have the conveyor features associated with a tunnel pasteurizer, which typically makes a steam box pasteurizer a less expensive option than a tunnel pasteurizer.
The size of the steam box pasteurizer will have a big influence over the cost of the piece of equipment. These can be small enough that someone can stack a few crates into the box by hand or large enough that a user can wheel in an entire pallet to be pasteurized at once.
Why Should You Invest In Pasteurization?
Commercial brewers and other food & beverage manufacturers should invest in pasteurization for a multitude of additional reasons beyond just the simple taste concern. Pasteurization destroys pathogens and microorganisms to ensure products don’t spoil and get customers sick.
Freshness is also preserved through pasteurization, and the process also increases the shelf life of beer and other foods and beverages. Pasteurization can also reduce the need for refrigeration, allowing for pasteurized bottles or cans to be stored at room temperature for over 120 days.
Get a Pasteurizer Quote from SMT
Many food & beverage manufacturers are hoping to increase their production and reach an even larger audience than they already enjoy. It can be difficult, however, to determine the right steps to take when considering the pasteurization process.
Contact us, and we’ll help you explore all of your pasteurization options.