Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 46

Hidrostal’s pumps pass peas for Pinguin Hidrostal Hidrostal Ltd, the UK distributor for the major Swiss pump manufacturer, Hidrostal design and has provided an international proces- deliver innovative pump sor of fresh to frozen vegetables with solutions that deliver real the perfect pump for passing peas. benefits to your business. Pinguin Foods is a leading, internatio- We supply to all sectors nal processor of harvest fresh vegeta- but in particular the water bles priding itself on delivering fresh to and waste industry. frozen produce which are tasty, heal- thy and of the highest quality. Pinguin is an independent division of the major European Food Group, Greenyard Foods, which processes over 400,000 tonnes of product annually over 11 production sites. At Pinguin’s site in Boston Lincolns- hire, the company utilises a field to fork approach which encompasses the washing, de-stoning, separation, blanching and freezing of raw vege- tables. Hidrostal’s “F” type pumps, ideally suited for food processing, are employed to transfer the field har- vested peas directly with the use of recycled mains water as the motive media. Pea season typically runs from June until August where the produce is being transferred at a rate of up to 10 tonnes per hour per line during this period. The process involves peas picked fresh from the fields which are then put through an ongoing process to remove, silt, stones soil and loose pods and skins before entering the blanching and freezing process. This solution allows the vegetable 46 FDPP - produce to be pumped and piped to its destination in favour of an open belt conveyor system, which under these open environment circumstan- ces would be susceptible to conta- mination, debris and product loss. In addition it has the added benefit of allowing Pinguin to retain the main road through its premises and not affect the traffic and transport of pro- duct across its yard. The Hidrostal pumped option was selected due to its proven ability to handle and transfer delicate product with zero damage due to its low velo- city and low shear design hydraulics of the entire production cycle. Barry Cooper, Engineering Stores Ma- nager for Pinguin enthused: “Hidros- tal’s pumps have proven extremely reliable with minimal maintenance required. They need to be reliable otherwise production stops.” Hidrostal Ltd are delighted that their pumps have functioned so well for Pinguin and ensured the safe and speedy processing of peas from pro- duction to our plates! For further information please con- tact Lucy Ogden at Hidrostal Ltd. whilst retaining optimum efficiency and maximum energy saving. After Pea season the same pumps are then used to transfer cauliflower and broccoli florets with the same level of output and accuracy. These pumps are critical to the successful continuation WRITTEN BY Hidrostal PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hidrostal