SPX has added the APV Cavitator to its family of mixing and dispersing equipment specially developed for sanitary applications. The modular process technology in the system offers benefits for heating liquids without scale build-up as well as provides solutions for many of the most difficult mixing and dispersing challenges for food and beverage processing.
The APV Cavitator is named for the powerful effects of shockwaves produced from the collapse of ‘controlled cavitation’ bubbles and works by taking a fluid into the machine housing, where it is passed through a controlled cavitation field created by the reactor’s spinning rotor. The design uses the intense force of cavitation in a controlled manner, rather than typical impellers or blades to process materials, increasing the mass transfer rate and producing results claimed to be superior to those of many current mixing and heating technologies.
Additionally, the cavitation effects are achieved without damage to metal surfaces.
This advanced technology can be used for a multitude of sanitary applications ranging from pasteurisation to low-pressure homogenisation.
Benefits include improved process efficiencies (time, operating costs, and/or capital costs); enhanced product quality, yield and/or raw material savings; extended process run times related to scale-free heating; and elimination or reduction of process downtime from maintenance requirements.
The system has a smaller footprint than traditional technology and has been designed for easy disassembly. It is fully CIPable and manufactured to meet 3-A standards.
SPX has licensed the ShockWave Power cavitation technology from the Italian company Hydro Dynamics.