Smart Machine Technologies designs and builds pasteurizers to help businesses in the food and beverage industry prolong the shelf-life of their products and ensure that they’re safe for consumption. Choose from various options for configurations, scale, and technical specifications. We will then build a pasteurizer that meets your exact operational needs.
PASTEURIZER APPLICATIONS AND INDUSTRIES
Commercial steam boxes and tunnel pasteurizers are widely used in the food and beverage industry. Many liquid and particulate products should be pasteurized to ensure they’re safe for consumption. Our industrial pasteurizers can process any liquid or particulate product without affecting the initial quality or flavor.
Products our machines can handle include:
- Salad dressing
- Baby food
- Canned goods
Pasteurizing these products requires carefully heat treating them just enough to kill off bacteria and pathogens—yet preventing loss of flavor or texture inconsistencies. At Smart Machine Technologies, we will custom-design a system to ensure the safety and integrity of your food or beverage products.
STEAM BOX PASTEURIZERS
We design our industrial steam box batch pasteurizers to treat large quantities of products at a time. These pasteurizers consist of a large chamber in which product batches can be treated all at once.
Simply place the palletized product inside the chamber, close it, and wait for the process to complete automatically. Steam will then evenly and safely heat bottled or canned products at a rate that won’t damage the packaging yet still ensure it’s safe to consume.
Our steam boxes use ultra-precise temperature controls to ensure the best results. This is because holding food and beverages at too high a temperature for too long can affect both the flair and quality. This is why it’s so important to keep the steam on for only as long as it takes to kill off potential pathogens.
There are several advantages to using a commercial steam box pasteurizer:
- Custom volume – Pasteurize products in batch sizes based on your production volumes
- Versatility – Process any type of product independent of production lines
- Reliability – Each of our pasteurizers is built to last
Tunnel pasteurizers are composed of a series of chambers that heat the product directly or indirectly. Steam, continuous water sprays, or hot water baths are used as the product gradually passes through each chamber. This process helps ensure proper temperatures are reached without damaging bottles or cans.
We can scale our industrial tunnel pasteurizers to match the volumes that pass through your production lines. This makes them ideal for recurrent manufacturing processes. The technical design and dimensions depend upon the container, product, and required output. Our tunnel pasteurizers can heat your food products indirectly or directly through internal or external heat exchangers.
Commercial tunnel pasteurizers are an ideal alternative to flash pasteurizers. We can manufacture them in many different dimensions, sizes, and technical specifications to ensure that they will meet the exact needs of your processing plant.
The several advantages of commercial tunnel pasteurizers include:
- Speed – Tunnel pasteurizers can rapidly process large volumes of product
- Continuous operation – Pasteurize product as part of an automated production line
- Reliability – A built-to-last system is vital when used as part of an automated line
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.
GET A CUSTOM-BUILT PASTEURIZER FOR YOUR OPERATION
At Smart Machine Technologies, we have the tools, materials, and skills necessary to build custom pasteurization systems. We will design tunnel and steam box pasteurizers to handle the types of products and volumes processed in your facility and then create a system that reliably facilitates your pasteurization needs.