The Think Tank: Industrial Blog & Processing Equipment Resources

Whether you’re a dairy farmer, an industrial worker, the head of a processing plant, or just someone who’s interested in buying used equipment – you’ve come to the right place! The experts at Zwirner Equipment have decades of experience selling new and used processing equipment and providing industrial equipment services. Our resource section is here to provide you with our expertise and keep you up-to-date on everything relating to stainless steel equipment, dairy and food processing, industry trends, and much more!

Types of Pasteurization

What Is Pasteurization? Pasteurization is the process in which all disease producing bacteria is destroyed from a food or a liquid, as well as 90-99 percent of all other bacteria that may affect product quality. Pasteurization works to kill bacteria with high heat, helping reduce the transmission of diseases such as typhoid fever, tuberculosis, scarlet […]

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How To Choose The Right Tank For Your Application

One of the most common questions we get at Zwirner Equipment is “which tank do I need?” To help answer this question for our customers, we will break down the different questions that need answered to determine which tank is the right tank for your processing needs. We will touch on the space and shape […]

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Benefits of Epoxy Coating For Metal

What Is Epoxy Coating? Epoxy coating is a thick, protective material used to preserve carbon steel tanks from any exterior deterioration. Although Zwirner Equipment uses epoxy coating for carbon steel tanks, it is well known to be used for industrial concrete floors because of its extreme durability. How Is Epoxy Coating Made? Epoxy is created […]

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Sanitary Check Valves

A spring check valve is a type of valve that prevents the flow of liquid in a pipe. It can be used to close a process line by regulating the closing pressure. This type of valve uses a spring to exert pressure against the valve’s seat to stop the flow of fluids. The spring then […]

What Causes Pump Cavitation?

Cavitation in a fluid is a phenomenon that occurs when air bubbles in a solution suddenly collapse. This happens because the pressure inside the pump changes, which then creates shock waves. These shock waves cause the components of the solution to get eroded. When the net positive suction head is lower than the net positive […]

Overview of Process Instrumentation

Digital instruments are more complex than their analog counterparts. They rely on the conversion of the data into an electrical signal, which can be viewed on a monitor or other device. Depending on the type of instrument and its operation, digital flow meters can be categorized into various types. Some of these include devices that […]

What is CIP Cleaning?

CIP cleaning is a process utilized for cleaning the interior surfaces of various food and beverage equipment, including tanks, pumps, and homogenizers. This cleaning process is usually carried out using an automated CIP system. However, instead of cleaning the equipment, parts that cannot be cleaned-in-place are often cleaned-out-of-place. This method involves removing components such as […]

4 Types of Heat Exchangers and Applications

Have you ever been driving down the highway and seen smoke drifting up from a smokestack? The truth is, all that smoke is wasted energy that could be used for another purpose. That’s why heat exchangers exist. A heat exchanger allows the heat from a fluid (liquid or gas) to pass through a second fluid […]

3 Types of Homogenizers and Applications

A homogenizer is used in various industrial and laboratory settings to homogenize various types of materials. Many different models are available for different applications. There are many different names for the same equipment. homogenization is done by removing the organelles from the cell. This step is typically performed prior to the analysis of various biological […]

Centrifugal Pumps: Go with the Flow

Centrifugal pumps are used for transporting liquids or fluids. They are sub-class of turbomachinery that convert kinetic energy into hydrodynamic energy. The rotational energy that a pump produces comes from an engine or a turbine. In most cases, the fluid enters the pump along its rotating axis and flows radially outward. This is the reverse […]

What is a Plate Heat Exchanger?

Plate heat exchangers are used for transferring heat between two fluids. They work by covering the fluids with metal plates. This feature helps in the transfer of heat and provides a high temperature response. Plate heat exchangers are commonly used in combination boilers. The high heat transfer efficiency of a small plate heat exchanger has […]

What is a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger?

A shell and tube heat exchanger is a type of heat exchanger that works by having a set of tubes inside a vessel that’s designed to collect and transfer heat between two fluids. Both the shell and the tubes are designed to work together to provide heat. Application Two fluids, which are separated by their […]

What is a Double Tube Heat Exchanger?

Heat exchangers are devices that transfer heat between two streams of liquid or gas without mixing them. They are known to work by creating a gap between the streams and a physical barrier. A double pipe heat exchanger is a type of heat exchanger that works by using two pipes to carry out its work. […]

What is Vat Pasteurization?

Vat pasteurization, also known as batch pasteurization or the holding method, heats every particle of milk or cream in properly designed and operated equipment, at 145°F (63°C) for 30 minutes*. If the fat content of the milk product is 10 percent or greater, or a total solids of 18% or greater, or if it contains […]

Should Your Business Invest in Used Stainless Steel Equipment?

When you’re running a business, knowing when to invest in new equipment can be a challenge. You have to decide what your budget is, how to incorporate the equipment into your process and where you’re going to buy it from. There’s one more consideration that you have to take into account: Should you invest in […]

How to Pick the Best Heat Exchanger for Your Brewery

Beer brewing is a one-thousand-year-old tradition that got its start in Ancient Egypt. Now, there’s roughly 8,200 craft breweries in the United States alone. Most people can tell you their favorite breweries without even thinking about it. But what many people don’t realize is the amount of energy and heat it takes to create their […]

The Differences Between Dairy vs. Non-Dairy Milk

Did you know the United States produces around 217.5 billion pounds of milk each year? Many of the products we all love, like lattes and pancake breakfasts, use dairy milk. In recent years, though, dairy milk has had to make room for alternatives. Now when you order a latte, you have non-dairy choices like almond, […]

Why Should Your Business Use Stainless Steel Tanks?

Whether you run a brewery, are in the food processing business or part of the dairy industry, quality equipment is the backbone of your operation. However, it can be a challenge to decide what type of equipment is the best fit for your production process. While cement tanks have been the stable of the manufacturing […]

Why Your Business Should Consider Snack Food Production

From pretzels to chips and nuts, there doesn’t seem to be an end to snack food options available for consumers to purchase and enjoy. After all, everyone is guilty of enjoying their favorite snack in-between meals. And as a food processor, you may have been tempted to get into the snack food business once or […]

Why Choose Stainless Steel Dairy Equipment

If you’re in the dairy business, you know there’s no shortage of competition. After all, the demand for dairy products has been steadily rising. In the dairy industry, you need to capitalize on every advantage you can get your hands on. Many companies try to look for ways to experiment with the taste of their […]

Dairy Equipment and Manufacturing FAQ

At Zwirner Equipment, we specialize in helping dairy manufacturers find the right equipment to meet their needs. With decades of experience under our belts, we’ve heard our fair share of questions when it comes to the dairy industry. And since the demand for dairy products is growing, we’d like to share our experience. Whether you’re […]

The Difference Between Milk Pasteurization and Homogenization

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has forced many of us make a lot of adjustments in our daily lives. One of the easiest changes to spot is actually in your local grocery store where essential products like milk and eggs are in high demand. In fact, some stores have even placed limits on the amount you […]

How To Stay on Top of Dairy Equipment Maintenance

Have you or someone you know gone too long without getting an oil change? Although it can be a little bit of a hassle, getting your oiled changed saves you from major headaches down the road. The same principle is true for dairy equipment. Staying on top of all your dairy equipment maintenance needs helps […]

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