Success in the food industry means making sure your products are always fresh and safe for consumption.
At Smart Machine Technologies, we build custom-designed steam box pasteurizers to help you improve the shelf life of your products.
Commercial-Grade Steam Box Pasteurizers
A steam box pasteurizer allows you to pasteurize large quantities of product one batch at a time. It consists of a large chamber with a door, and the product can be placed inside after being packaged, palletized, or boxed.
How Steam Box Pasteurization Works
Steam is used to slowly and evenly heat the product to the right temperature, which kills off any pathogens that may be present. Once it has been held at the target temperature for the right amount of time, the steam is let out and the product cools back down.
Steam box pasteurization is a very convenient way to treat product after it has been packaged. With larger chambers, it’s possible to use a hand truck to place the palletized product inside the chamber, then close the door while it’s pasteurized. When it’s done, simply open the door and cart the product back out.
Pasteurizing product after it has been packaged is advantageous because it allows you to pasteurize both the product and its packaging. Whereas pasteurizing products before packaging runs the risk of bacteria and other pathogens being present on the bottles, cans, or boxes you use.
Precise temperature control is key to getting the best results with steam box pasteurization. Since it’s often used with packaged products, the temperature needs to be carefully controlled to keep bottles and cans from being damaged.
Also, holding food, beverages, and other types of products at a high temperature for too long can affect its quality and flavor, so it’s important to keep the steam on for only as much time as it takes to remove potential pathogens. A well-designed steam box pasteurizer keeps your products of a consistent temperature and quality.
Steam Box Pasteurizer Applications
Steam box pasteurizers are used in many applications within the food and beverage industry. Some of the items steam box pasteurizers are used with include:
- Beer, wine, and other hard beverages
- Salad dressing
- Baby food
- Canned goods
Custom Steam Box Pasteurizers
The team at Smart Machine Technologies has all the tools and experience required to build custom steam box pasteurizers for your processes. We build each unit to match your requirements, offering the following advantages:
- Units scaled to match your production levels and applications
- Expert engineering using modern processes
- Tough and reliable materials
- Solid construction
- Precise temperature control to match the types of products you process
- Full compliance with all applicable regulations, rules, and standards
- Rigorous testing and QC
- Skilled installation by our highly qualified team
Decades of experience in the industry coupled with a state-of-the-art facility and equipment gives us the capacity to build steam box pasteurizers of any size and design.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pasteurizers are a significant investment, with costs typically ranging from six to seven figures, depending on their size. These machines are designed to regulate temperatures using independent pumps, temperature controls, seam control, and chiller control, all of which are necessary features, regardless of the equipment’s size.
For those with smaller spaces, steam box pasteurizers can be a good option. They may require more labor to load and unload, but they’re less expensive than other options. However, they typically have a smaller output and operate more like a batch process, requiring you to load a pallet of products, wait for it to finish, and then take it out.
In contrast, tunnel pasteurizers can run continuously with minimal human interaction, aside from loading and unloading at the end.
Contact us to discuss financing options for pasteurizers.
When considering how much floor space an industrial pasteurizer will require, it’s important to keep in mind how long it takes to complete a cycle.
A cycle typically takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete, and the machine often features a long conveyor belt. Plus, the pasteurizer will typically be divided into six 15-minute zones to ensure proper processing.
To determine the appropriate size for your needs, you’ll want to consider how many products you need to process per minute, such as cans or bottles. For example, if you need to process 50 products per minute, you’ll need a machine that is 50×15, which will help you determine the necessary size for your operation.
The lead time for pasteurizer equipment can vary depending on the specific circumstances. Typically, it takes about two weeks to get the drawings submitted to a new client. Once the drawings are approved, it takes approximately 16 to 18 weeks to build the equipment.
When the equipment is ready, SMT employees will come to help with the installation and startup process to ensure that it’s working correctly and efficiently. They are available to travel anywhere in the US.
The most important thing is to keep pasteurizers clean to ensure proper functioning. They require very little maintenance, and if they are kept clean, they can be considered relatively maintenance-free.
It’s also crucial to keep the water in your equipment clean to avoid any problems with pasteurizers that could cause line stoppages and equipment failures.
Pasteurizers’ utility requirements include water, electricity, and possibly steam, depending on the type of pasteurizer you use:
- During startup, pasteurizers require a significant amount of water, but once they’re up and running, they operate with minimal water usage.
- The machines are equipped with six pumps, which means they use a relatively large amount of electricity.
- We calculate the heating and cooling needs of each customer based on the product being pasteurized. The specific needs vary from customer to customer and are taken into consideration to ensure that the equipment is tailored to their unique requirements.
If you don’t have a boiler or chiller, we can provide these components as part of our offering for added convenience. While we do not manufacture them ourselves, we are happy to provide them as an all-in-one solution for our customers.
Start Building Your Steam Box Pasteurizer
We have served the food, beverage, and brewing industries since 1975 from our Virginia-based 100,000 square-foot facility. That, plus our high-level expertise with the industry, allows us to handle any of your manufacturing needs, including steam box pasteurizers.
To learn more about what we can do for you or to get started designing the perfect steam box pasteurizer for your needs, contact us.