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When it comes to thermal processing of food products, in order to enhance their shelf life, Retorting is one of the most popular technologies being adopted by Food Processing companies. Katha Food Pharma Solutions in association with its French partner – STERIFLOW has been offering the most advanced Retort Technology for the Indian Food and Dairy Industry since 2016.

Steriflow autoclaves are highly versatile and flexible to use.

Choosing a Steriflow Industrial Autoclave offers you the opportunity to upgrade your range of products and packaging without having to change the equipment. Our industrial sterilizers and the related accessories (baskets, racks, trolleys, etc.) can be adapted to any type of container, glass jars, metal cans, pouches, trays and cups (plastic or aluminium).

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Steriflow superheated water cascading sterilization process ensures that the appearance of the packaging and tightness are preserved, thanks to the perfect control of the counter pressure independent of temperature apart from also guaranteeing food preservation and microbiological quality.

Our range of autoclaves for Food Sterilization:

We offer a wide range of autoclaves for professionals in the agro-food business, with diameters set between 900 mm and 2,300 mm, their capacity ranging from 1 to 12 baskets. They are as under:

Static Autoclaves: No agitation
DALI Autoclaves: Gentle Agitation (Back & Forth), especially designed for Milk Application
Rotary Autoclaves: 360 degrees rotation of the baskets
SHAKA Autoclaves: SHAKA is an autoclave that was launched in 2009 and is a novel industrial product, which thanks to a shaking process ensures much better preservation of the food’s natural texture. Our technical department is available should you need any help in taking a decision that could fit according to your requirements.

Operating principle of superheated water cascading process:

Each cycle is completed automatically according to the settings memorized in the programmer fitted with an MPI Expert. The filled baskets are manually introduced into the STERIFLOW®. The door is closed manually and locked mechanically thanks to a pressure cylinder. After having possibly added water up to the ballast level (or filled during the first cycle), the pump is activated. The process water cascades onto the products to be treated at high flow rate. The hydraulic circuit in the STERIFLOW process is as follows: pump – Platular® exchanger – cascading manifold – onto the products – filtering – pump, etc. Throughout the cycle, the counter-pressure is controlled by injecting or bleeding compressed air inside the vessel using two automatic valves. Subsequently, the pump stops. A light signal indicates the end of the cycle, which means the door can be opened. The STERIFLOW is subsequently unloaded and is ready for a new cycle.

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Best Sterilization Solution for Cans, Jars, Pouches, Trays, etc.

At room temperature, bacterial growth is maximum. To avoid excessive waiting time that could lead to proliferation of microorganisms in the packaged product, the manufacturer would have to quickly start the sterilization process. The baskets are subsequently loaded either automatically or manually into the autoclaves. Once the door is closed, the sterilization cycle starts.

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In order to destroy all bacteria that is present and to sterilize the product properly, the treatment temperature must be kept above 100°C (average temperature observed for a sterilization cycle: 121.1°c) depending on the nature of the products.

The sterilizing value or FO to be achieved is defined by the manufacturer and will depend on the initial contamination of the product and its bacteriological characteristics.

To reduce cycle time, some manufacturers increase the temperature of the sterilization bearing or opt for industrial shaking sterilization systems (Rotary, Shaka). Shaking the product during the sterilization cycle increases the rate of heat penetration.

Once the sterilization stage is completed, the cans are cooled quickly by water runoff. During this phase in particular, control of the back pressure independent of the temperature characteristic of the Steriflow process becomes essential. This prevents leaks or deformation of the packages by avoiding the thermal shock. At the end of the cycle, the baskets are taken out of the autoclave. Canned food or jars are labelled, packaged, stored and are kept ready for sale.

Develop your products in our Retort Trial Facility:

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We have established a Retort Demonstration Centre in Indore, wherein, a multi-mode Steriflow Pilot Retort is installed along with all the necessary accessories required for cooking and packaging. This facility offers a great platform to our customers to compare the different processes that are offered and choose the one that will best suit their product or packaging.

FDA Approval:

More than 12 million of treated products by Steriflow are manufactured or exported in the United States each year.

In addition to the product development services, we also offer USFDA validation services. Our retorts are already 21CFR Part 11 compliant and we guarantee 100% success with the FDA approvals.

About this Article:
This Article is provided by Katha Food Pharma Solutions

Image 3For further details, please contact:
Ajay Dhiman
General Manager – Technical Sales
Katha Food Pharma Solutions
Email Id: info@kfps.co.in

 

Contact us for your requirements for a new retort plant. We also offer turnkey plants for Canning and other Ready to Eat applications.

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