With machines and systems in hygienic design and optimised cleaning processes, resources can be saved for cleaning, and system availability can be improved. The mixing and dispersion technology specialist ystral has developed different technical solutions for effective cleaning.

The rules of hygienic design aim for complete cleaning and emptying of a machine or plant with the lowest possible use of cleaning agents. ystral machines and plants are increasingly designed according to these rules: Every flange, every seal of a mixer or disperser has been designed in a way to enable easy and complete cleaning – without gaps, threads, or hidden zones. Even areas such as the underside of a mixer flange can be cleaned without shadows by means of special cleaning heads.

Disperser used as CIP pump

In order to render cleaning processes as easily as possible and limit the time needed for cleaning, ystral integrates CIP technology directly into the system, and the conveyor effect of the available machines is used for cleaning whenever possible – a separate pump is then no longer needed. An YSTRAL Conti-TDS dispersing machine operated in the circuit can thus not only be used for processes such as induction, wetting and dispersing of powders as well as pumping the complete product, but also for circulation of the cleaning medium. For GMP-suitable cleaning, the flow rate of the cleaning medium must be at least 1.5 m/s to prevent the formation of sediments and create sufficient turbulences. With ystral, independent of the size of the system, the flow rate is usually even2 m/s.

ystral also uses the conveyor effect of the YSTRAL Conti-TDS disperser for its tank cleaning machine TRM100, which compared to other cleaning systems enables a significantly higher liquid throughput – up to more than 50 m³/h. The system has proven itself in practice, above all for circulation of cleaning liquid in vessel sizes between 5 m³ and 50 m³as well as for users requiring high jet pressure for effective cleaning.

Cleaning with recipe components

So far, vessels have often been cleaned with cleaning agents at the end of a process. This takes time, and the cleaning waste generated must be processed or disposed of. An efficient alternative with technologies from ystral is cleaning with recipe components: One option here is the saving of liquid raw materials during the production of the batch, with which the system is rinsed into a letdown tank subsequent to pumping out. For example, pigments are left in the process directly and must not be separated from the cleaning agent.

In case of subsequent batches with similar raw materials, cleaning is integrated into the process and does not occur at the end in this case, but at the start of the following process. Residues of the previously produced product are utilised here in the subsequent batch. During filling, they are rinsed out under high pressure – not with cleaning agents, but recipe components of the subsequent batch. Cleaning waste, which must be disposed of and processed, is not generated here.

No surface drying of the product in the vessel

When powder is induced from the top into an open vessel, dust above the liquid on damp surfaces results in adhesions, powder crusts and contaminations on the vessel wall, cover, agitator shaft and all fittings in the vessel, the removal of which is time- and energy-intensive. However, in closed systems with powder induction below the liquid level, the cover space of the vessel can be kept largely clean.

Depending on the application, ystral also uses spray nozzles, for example to prevent water-based paints from drying when pumping out the product. Such a nozzle is used to finely nebulise the main liquid component in the vessel, thus creating a humid atmosphere above the product to reliably prevent drying. This is not possible with an open process.

Cleaning concepts for the periphery

ystral also developed cleaning concepts for the system periphery with the powder and liquid handling and the cleaning of pump-out lines. For example, a specially designed rinsing quiver is used for cleaning suction hoses. This quiver enables the suction hose, which is contaminated with the raw material internally and externally, to be integrated into the CIP cleaning of the system in a connected state and thus be cleaned simply and quickly, secured by a clamping clip.

Experiences from the food and pharmaceutical sector applied to other industries

In terms of cleaning processes, ystral uses experiences from industries with very high hygiene requirements, such as the pharmaceutical or food industry, for applications in very different industries. Therefore, an ystral machine, which is used for the production of paints and varnishes, can be cleaned just as well and quickly as a machine for the production of baby food or pharmaceuticals. For example, ystral installed a process system for a manufacturer of printing inks specifically designed for paint changes, on which paint changes from black to yellow can be realised within measurable contamination limits of 100 ppm.

In the production of varnishes and paints, systems with hygienic design also enable the production of water-based products with a significantly lower use of biocides. The consistent prevention of zones without or with low flow ensures that no germ nests can form.

Development of individual cleaning concepts

ystral solutions for the implementation of cleaning processes are always tailored to the specific system design and the respective application. For a manufacturer of fragrances, whose objective it is to implement cleaning processes energy-efficiently and with low use of cleaning water, ystral has integrated a flush water tank for example between two process systems, which is used by both systems. For cleaning an ystral system, the around 60 °C hot water is used from this tank for a pre-rinsing step, pumped out and the system is then cleaned in a second rinsing step using 80 °C hot water. After completion of fine cleaning, this water is pumped into the flush water tank, where it can be used for pre-cleaning in the next cleaning process. This way, the user could significantly reduce the water and energy requirement during cleaning.

What is also important for the fragrance manufacturer is that after hot water cleaning, the system can be fully dried within a short period. For this purpose, different valves are activated to blow out the residue of the cleaning medium in the system by means of compressed air. With hygienic design, a system can be dried automatically within a few minutes, only the manhole cover must still be dried manually.

Hygienic design as competitive advantage

Flexibility is vital today in many areas of the process industry: Manufacturers must be able to produce a large number of product versions and newly developed products order- and user-oriented, i.e. to realise frequent product changes. With an optimised system design and simple, fast, and resource-saving cleaning, users from industries such as the coating, inks or chemical industry in particular, in which systems have so far often not yet been designed according to the rules of hygienic design, can achieve a competitive edge.

Denis Hunn

Process and Application Engineering



Vancouver, BC, March 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The demand for a wide variety of flavourful, affordable protein options is rising across Canada. Today, Protein Industries Canada announced a new project to help meet the growing need for ingredients that will help meet this demand, with a co-investment with partners Burcon NutraScience, HPS Food & Ingredients and Puratos Canada.

Prioritizing functionality and taste, Burcon is increasing the value of each hemp and sunflower flour by extracting hemp protein isolate, sunflower protein isolate and sunflower protein concentrate. These first-in-the-market ingredients will meet the growing needs of food and beverage companies, as they work to provide Canadian consumers with a wide variety of nutritious, sustainable and flavour-neutral protein options.

“This Global Innovation Clusters project is another example of our commitment to fostering innovation in the development of plant-based products and technologies, recognizing their potential to drive sustainable economic growth and provide healthy food options to consumers,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “By leveraging hemp and sunflower proteins for innovation, Protein Industries Canada and its partners are helping strengthen Canada’s ecosystem and the economy.”

“Canada’s plant-based food and ingredients sector continues to be at the forefront of innovation. The development of these new hemp and sunflower protein ingredients will help strengthen our agricultural value chain and expand the number of plant-based food and beverage options available to Canadians,” said The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

“This innovative project will offer new healthy and sustainable food ingredient options to Canadians while supporting Canada’s economic growth by helping to secure domestic and international supply chains,” said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

In partnership with Burcon, HPS is assessing hemp crop varieties to determine which are best suited for the new ingredients, while also developing, commercializing and scaling the technology needed to process the hemp into the new ingredients. Further along the value chain, Puratos and Burcon will each focus on using the hemp and sunflower ingredients in new food and beverage products, particularly baking applications, beverages and meat alternatives.

“The development of new ingredients and food manufacturing is integral to growing and strengthening Canada’s agrifood sector. Increasing ingredient manufacturing can help diversify our agriculture sector and increase our productivity, creating new economic growth for Canada,” Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Greuel said. “Together, Burcon, HPS and Puratos are developing a line of ingredients, food and beverage products that will do this, while also bringing new, diverse protein options to market.”

A total of $6.9 million has been committed to the project, with Protein Industries Canada committing $3 million and the partners together committing the remainder.

“There is a significant gap between the needs of consumers today and the performance of plant proteins on the market,” Burcon Chief Executive Officer Kip Underwood said. “We are excited to launch new-to-the-world high purity hempseed and sunflower seed protein ingredients that exhibit superior taste, texture, colour and functionality. Better products start with better ingredients and Burcon has the proteins to meet this need.”

“HPS Food & Ingredients (HPS) is thrilled to be launching this pivotal project in partnership with Burcon, Puratos and Protein Industries Canada,” HPS Food & Ingredients CEO Marc van Burck said. “As consumers and brands continue to expand their knowledge of hempseeds as a leading superfood, manufactures will look to incorporate functional hempseed ingredients into their formulations. This project will fill a unique gap in processing for the industry, and will result in a portfolio of products customers have been seeking for years. We appreciate PIC’s support as we believe we are at a hempseed food inflection point and this project will be remembered as a keystone for the successful growth of the hempseed food industry.”

“Puratos Canada strives to move the planet forward by creating innovative food solutions for the health and well-being of people everywhere. We are thrilled to help further the development of plant-based proteins and look forward to bringing the applications of sunflower protein to life in multiple patisserie, bakery and chocolate products. This new ingredient has the potential to improve the overall quality of baked goods, while both reducing the reliance on animal by-products and increasing nutritional value,” Puratos Canada Vice President of Research & Development Julie Istead said.

Protein Industries Canada is one of Canada’s five Global Innovation Clusters. Protein Industries Canada and our members are working to embrace the $25 billion opportunity presented by Canada’s ingredient manufacturing, food processing and bio-product sector. Projects such as these add value to, and create new markets for, Canadian crops, generating local jobs and supporting new economic development in locations across Canada. More information can be found at



MARKHAM, Ontario, March 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alpha Controls & Instrumentation, a leading Canadian distributor in instrumentation, is excited to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Rice Lake Weighing Systems. This strategic partnership aims to increase Alpha Controls’ offerings and broaden its reach across Eastern Canada.

As Alpha Controls looks to expand the diversity of their portfolio of best-in-class brands, Rice Lake’s measurement and automated process control product assortment falls in line with their customer’s buying preferences.

“Alpha Controls is looking forward to partnering with Rice Lake,” said Marc Brand, Director of Sales and Service. “Two leaders, two family businesses, sharing a strong focus on quality and customer service, makes our businesses a natural fit. We believe this partnership will be extremely beneficial for not only Alpha Controls & Rice Lake, but for our customers as well.”

“We are excited to partner with Alpha Controls,” says Reggie Mabe, Rice Lake’s Regional Sales Director. “Rice Lake was founded on the principle of customer service; that philosophy is something that both Rice Lake and Alpha Controls share and practice regularly.”

Combining Alpha Control’s 45-year experience in the industry and Rice Lake’s progressive new technologies, makes this partnership a recipe for success. Alpha Controls is ideally positioned to service the growing needs of Eastern Canada and reinforce their commitment to being a leading Canadian distributor.



Regina, Saskatchewan, March 12, 2024 – The average value of Canadian farmland continued its steady climb in 2023, increasing by 11.5 per cent, slightly less than the 12.8 per cent increase reported in 2022, according to the latest FCC Farmland Values Report.

“Farmland prices have continued to increase at a rapid pace over the last couple of years, even when economic conditions suggested the growth should slow,” said J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief economist. “A limited supply of available farmland combined with a robust demand from farm operations is driving that growth.”

The highest average provincial increases in farmland values were observed in Saskatchewan, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario, with double-digit average increases of 15.7, 13.3, 11.1 and 10.7 per cent, respectively. Four provinces had single-digit average increases and were below the national average at 7.8 per cent in Nova Scotia, 7.4 per cent in Prince Edward Island, 6.5 per cent in Alberta and 5.6 per cent in New Brunswick.

British Columbia recorded an average decline of 3.1 per cent, yet the province has the highest farmland values on average.

There were an insufficient number of publicly reported sales in Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon to fully assess farmland value trends in those regions.

“The land market has shown to be very resilient,” said Gervais. “Purchasing land in the year ahead will come with careful consideration of the price and timing. Some operations will prefer to wait and see where land values will settle while others may move more quickly should adjacent land become available, or simply because it fits their strategic business plans.”

The number of farmland transactions in 2023 is estimated to have declined slightly relative to 2022 as farm operations exercised more caution towards investment decisions. “The expectation of weaker farm revenues and elevated borrowing costs and input prices are expected to stretch out this cautious environment for farmland transactions into 2024,” according to Gervais.

Gervais acknowledges that lower affordability of farmland is challenging for young producers, new entrants and those aspiring to grow their land base. This can expose some operations to more risk as they navigate higher rental rates and input costs.

Receipts of grains, oilseeds and pulses in Canada increased by 0.4 per cent in 2023 and are projected to decline by 13.2 per cent in 2024. “An important part of preparing for inevitable yet unpredictable economic changes is not only creating a risk management plan, but also updating it as those shifts in the economy unfold,” said Gervais. “Staying informed on the external factors like commodity prices and interest rates can help producers build in the necessary flexibility in their budgets.”

“The good news is that farmland value increases reflect a positive outlook for the demand of agriculture commodities and the quality food we produce in Canada,” Gervais said. “Producers have a long track record of making strategic investments in land. These long-term investments in food production have spurred growth and create a bright future for Canada’s agriculture and food industry.”

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FAMIX-Maschinenbau GmbH is using MasoSine Certa 100, 200, 250, 300 process pumps in its beverage systems around the world for the sinusoidal pump’s ability to handle different viscosities of syrup and drinks ingredients.

Pulheim, Germany-based FAMIX is a leading manufacturer of beverage machines and its customers include globally recognised soft drinks manufacturers. Small and medium-sized beverage production companies and beverage machine manufacturers are also users of FAMIX machines.

Since 2000, FAMIX has integrated MasoSine pumps, from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions (WMFTS), into its TurboDigi Mixer and TurboDigi S Mixer beverage systems, which are used for carbonated and non-carbonated drinks. Metering, mixing and carbonation are carried out in one operation by TurboDigi Mixer and TurboDigi S Mixer. Product changes, cleaning and sterilisation can be carried out quickly with the minimum of wastage.

Various models of MasoSine Certa pumps are used for the blending of syrup or other beverage ingredients with various viscosities. One MasoSine pump is used in the TurboDigi Mixer and three or four MasoSine Certa pumps are used in the TurboDigi S Mixer.

FAMIX uses Certa pumps for its ability to handle viscous fruit juice, for example, without any impact on pump speed. The gentle handling with virtually no pulsation of the Sine pumps is perfect for the metering of syrup with excellent CIP-capabilities.

FAMIX relies on MasoSine Certa process pumps in its beverage systems for these capabilities:

• Simple design with only one rotor

• Nearly no pulsation

• Low influence of viscosity in pump speed

• Gentle product handling

• Good cleaning facilities for hot and Clean-in-Place (CIP) processes, minimising downtime

Low cost of ownership for customers because of longer lifetime and less spare part and maintenance cost

Herbert Falterbaum, Managing Director of FAMIX, said: “The low influence of viscosity in pump speed is one of the reasons we use the Certa pump.

“Metering the syrup is a crucial step in the process as syrup is not only the most expensive raw material in producing mixed drinks, it is also crucial to maintain end-product quality and consistency.

“We chose MasoSine over the competition mainly because of the use of one impeller only. We also chose this pump because soft drink manufacturers want systems that can be adapted to mix formulas of different viscosities and systems that can quickly and efficiently switch between formulas. Especially the high demand for low and sugar free products makes it necessary to pump syrups with viscosity like water as well as high sugar syrups with 100 - 200 cP. Various viscosities can be handled with the one pump.”

As customer demands change, Certa’s versatility helps to ensure FAMIX meets challenges created by new trends in the market.

Herbert Falterbaum, Managing Director of FAMIX, added: “The number of ingredients is increasing and the dosing ranges for the pumps must be wider than ever.”

The small footprint of MasoSine pumps is also important for the space-saving construction of FAMIX’s systems, as is hygiene. Certa offers maximum hygiene for applications like this in the food and beverage sector. All contact parts on the pump are FDA and EC1935/2004 compliant. Providing EHEDG Type EL Class 1 Aseptic certification, Certa can be used in aseptic processes and is bacteria tight without requiring additional steam ports.

Certa also offers significant energy consumption savings compared to other less-efficient pump types.

Florian Walter, Product Manager at MasoSine Certa, said: “In the drinks industry, Sine pumps are used when viscous media needs to be transferred gently, with low pulsation and low shear. Whether it is transferring yeast in breweries, handling frozen fruit juice concentrate or metering syrups, MasoSine Certa pumps have many benefits for the food and beverage sector.”

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