Komax Systems Inc. announced the creation of a world-class turnkey solution designed to improve processing in the food and beverage industry. These industries have exacting standards that must be met to provide efficient and uniform heating of liquids and slurries. Direct injection steam heaters provide a direct heating method that instantly transfers 100 percent of the heat from the steam to the product, while allowing precise control over steam flow and mixing turbulence, the company says. Within the food and beverage industries, there often is the desire to switch from batch to continuous processing, which keeps production going without interruptions and improves quality and consistency. Other benefits of Komaxs sanitary steam heaters are the ability to break the stream into smaller streams; the piston closes during shutdown to prevent a sudden steam collapse within the tube; and the fact that the piston modulates to maintain a steady differential between the water pressure and stream in response to changes in steam demand. At the core of the sanitary steam heaters, the static mixing module consisting of  six radially chambered static mixing elements produce and mix very fine steam bubbles into the stream to produce complete and uniform heating throughout the process flow. The sanitary steam heater operates on low steam levels, contains no moving parts, and provides for clean-in-place applications.

Komax Systems Inc., 15301 Graham St., Huntington Beach, Calif. 92643; 800/826-0760; komax.com.