Sanitary Pumps

What is a sanitary pump?

A pump used to move and meter slurries, solutions, or food products that must be processed according to certain cleanliness standards required either by law or a company’s own regulations. They are designed to meet regulatory requirements usually have to undergo on-site inspections from representatives the Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

How do they work?

Most sanitary pumps use one of two types:

1) centrifugal pumps, which use centrifugal force to increase the velocity of the fluid;

2) positive displacement pumps, which use rotating lobes to create suction and move fluid in and out of a fixed chamber.

All are designed to eliminate any crevices where bacteria can grow, are made of stainless steel that is polished or electro-plated to give it very smooth surfaces, and they're also made to be very easy to clean. Power sources are typically external, and there are a few types that can be powered by hand or foot.

Where are they used?

Sanitary pumps are used throughout many types of industrial and commercial applications. They're used in agriculture, brewing, distilling, food processing, dairy processing, food service, medical fluids, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and biotech applications.

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