Coperion was awarded the Food Safety Innovations Award for its CIP design WYK diverter valve at the 2015 International Dairy Show.
One winner was selected in each of five categories of innovation: food safety, ingredients/flavorings/seasonings/additives, packaging, processing, and sustainability.
Attendees of the show voted to select the winner of the Attendee Choice Award. “The winners of the International Dairy FA Innovations Awards are responsible for crucial developments in technology and innovative products and services that keep this industry on the cutting-edge,” said
Robin Cornelison, trade show director at IDFA. “We are proud to highlight the creativity of these six winning companies that are leading the way for the industry in 2015.”
The patent-pending design of the WYK diverter valve incorporates a retractable rotor assembly and is completely designed in accordance with European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines. This design permits the automatic cleaning of pneumatic conveying pipes. The valve is the first and only one of its kind available on the market.
The WYK Two-Way diverter valve is ideally suited for inline material handling of hygienic and difficult-to-handle powders, such as whey powder, lactose, dried milk powders, and infant formula. This valve can be used in pneumatic conveying systems, in order to divert transfer of the powder to different locations, and it is often used in return lines in spray drying applications. The fully automatic CIP cleaning design permits complete purging of all product residues after the automatic cleaning process.
Due to the retractable rotor assembly, the rotor can be pulled slightly out of the housing towards the rear of the valve, allowing the cleaning solution to rinse all product contact surfaces within the valve. In addition, specialty purge openings in the actuator plate enable an intense rinsing flow and complete discharge of the rinsing effluent.
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