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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The Different Uses of Stainless Steel Bulk Storage Tanks

  Stainless steel bulk storage tanks are a versatile and durable solution for storing a variety of substances. They are used in numerous industries due to their corrosion resistance, longevity, and ease of cleaning. Here are some of the different uses of stainless steel bulk storage tanks, focusing on bulk farm tanks, raw milk storage, […]

Why Your Processing Company Should Attend FISA 2023

In the rapidly evolving world of hygienic processing, staying ahead of industry trends and networking with like-minded professionals is crucial. One event that offers these opportunities and more is the FISA Annual Conference. Here’s why your processing company should attend the FISA 2023 conference. Premier Educational and Networking Event The FISA Annual Conference is recognized […]

Why Choose Welding as a Career?

In the vast landscape of career opportunities, one profession that often goes unnoticed but holds immense potential is welding. A welding career can open doors to a variety of industries, from automotive to construction, and even the arts. If you’re considering a career change or just starting out, here’s why you should consider welding jobs, […]

How to Purchase Equipment for your Microbrewery

Congratulations on your decision to start a microbrewery! As you begin the process of setting up your brewery, you will need to purchase a variety of equipment. While it can be tempting to go for new equipment, it is worth considering purchasing used brewing equipment as well. There are many benefits to purchasing used microbrewery […]

5 Benefits of Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy coatings are a popular choice for a variety of surfaces, including stainless steel. But what exactly is epoxy coating and what are the benefits of using it on stainless steel? Here are 5 benefits of epoxy coatings: Durability: Epoxy coatings are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. When applied to […]

Dairy Industry Events to Attend in 2023

dairy industry is constantly evolving and it’s important for professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends. One way to do this is by attending industry events and conferences. Here are some of the top dairy industry events to attend in 2023: International Dairy Show: This annual event, held in Chicago, Illinois, brings […]

Hiring a Trucking Company to Transport your Equipment

If you own a business that requires the transportation of heavy equipment, you know that it can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to worry about the safety of the equipment during transport, but you also have to ensure that it gets to its destination on time. This is where hiring a […]

Uses of Stainless Steel Tanks in Various Industries

Stainless steel tanks have a wide range of applications in various industries. They are a popular choice due to their durability, corrosion resistance, and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Here are some ways that stainless steel tanks are used in the chemical, food and beverage, and other industries. Stainless Steel Tanks for the Chemical Industry […]

Food Processing Trends Expected in 2023

Increased automation: Many food processing facilities are expected to continue to invest in automation to improve efficiency, reduce labor costs, and improve food safety. This may include the use of robots for tasks such as sorting, packaging, and inspecting food products. Focus on sustainability: Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to both consumers and food processing […]

316 vs 304: Choosing the Right Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an incredibly versatile and durable material that is commonly used in a wide range of applications, from kitchen appliances to medical equipment. Two of the most popular types of stainless steel are 304 and 316, but what are the differences between these two alloys, and how do you choose which one is […]

Importance of Proper Drainage in Food Processing Equipment

Drain sanitation is a crucial aspect of food processing equipment. Proper drainage ensures that food products are not contaminated, which can lead to illnesses and other health issues. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper drainage in food processing equipment and how it can prevent contamination and protect the safety of […]

Positive and Negative Displacement

In fluid mechanics, displacement refers to the movement of a fluid within a system or container. This movement can either be positive or negative, depending on the direction in which the fluid is moving. Positive Displacement Positive displacement occurs when a fluid is pushed or moved in a specific direction, such as when it is […]

Types of Elastomer Choices

Elastomers are a type of polymer material that are known for their ability to stretch and return to their original shape. This property, known as elasticity, makes elastomers useful in a wide range of applications, from automotive parts to medical devices. There are several different types of elastomers available, each with its own unique properties […]

The Advantages of Butterfly Valves: Fast, Efficient Flow Control

The Advantages of Butterfly Valves Butterfly valves are quarter-turn, rotary valves that are used in various industries to control the flow of fluids. These valves are named after their distinctive disc-shaped closing mechanism, which is shaped like a butterfly’s wings. Butterfly valves are known for their simple and compact design, making them an ideal choice […]

What is Cleaning out of Place (COP)? How does it differ from Cleaning in Place (CIP)?

Cleaning out of place (COP) and cleaning in place (CIP) are two common methods used to clean industrial equipment and machinery. While these methods may seem similar at first glance, there are actually some important differences between the two. In this blog post, we will explore what COP and CIP are, how they differ, and […]

What is Line Shock?

Line shock is a condition that affects electric utility workers who are working on power lines. It occurs when a worker comes into contact with a live electrical wire, causing a potentially dangerous or even fatal electric shock. Line shock is a serious concern for electric utility workers, as it can cause severe burns, muscle […]

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 […]

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