24 Jul 2024

Beer foam separator reduces water wastage

Atlas Copco's new beer foam separator

Atlas Copco, a leading brand in the beer industry for compressors and N2 generator systems, has announced it has introduced a new innovative solution for the beer bottling process – the Beer Foam Separator (BFS 900).

The company says built to be used in combination with its industry 4.0 ready GHS VSD+ screw vacuum pump, the addition of the beer foam separator is primed to improve energy efficiency, reduce lifecycle costs and lower the rejection rate of over and underfilled bottles in the process.

Atlas Copco says the beer foam separator was designed and developed in partnership with leading brewery customers and in direct response to the excess foam production that hampered the beer filling process. The high amount of foam generated at the end of the filling process would enter the vacuum line and disrupt the process leading to poor quality, reduced output.

Through innovative engineering and rigorous testing, Atlas Copco says its Beer Foam Separator (BFS 900) actively solves the foam issue with its smart features and easy to maintain design, providing full protection to the vacuum pump and saving on costs too.

“Like we always say we provide not just products, but solutions. Our new beer foam separator is an example of this. Our vacuum pumps and the systems we build, contribute significantly to maintaining quality, shelf life and ultimately, customer satisfaction. This also encourages more trust and reliability for consumers, vital for our valued customers”, explains Pamela Cateland, Marketing Manager West, Atlas Copco Vacuum.

The BFS 900 is fabricated from 304 stainless steel for high durability with an auto-draining tank and associated logic control system. When the excess foam enters the vacuum system, it is effectively collapsed in the foam separator by a calming section with a large diameter for foam settling. The rising liquid level is detected by appropriate sensors and an automatic separation process is initiated by an air lock consisting of electro-pneumatic actuators and a receiver tank to enable drain in continuous operation.

The separator is also clean-in-place (CIP) capable. A shower ball mechanism ensures reach to all internal parts, granting compliance to required hygienic standards.

“Addressing process concerns for the beer industry effectivity with our innovative capabilities and application expertise is a focus point for us”, said Alesandro Villa, Applications Manager, Atlas Copco. “That’s why we spent a lot of time perfecting this particular component for the beer industry because we wanted to design a system that would not only protect the pump but would offer a higher level of energy-efficiency and savings for our customers.”

The beer foam separator’s effective design delivers several benefits for manufacturers looking to make their beer bottling process more efficient and sustainable. Its prominent features include:

No water wastage
In comparison to other technologies, this system requires zero water.

Auto-drain function
Control valves are in place to automatically drain, vent, and isolate system components.

Durable design
The stainless-steel construction ensures better resistant to corrosion and contamination.

Energy savings
Coupled with GHS VSD+ efficient technology, it can deliver up to 40% energy savings versus traditional technologies.

Hassle-free maintenance
The system’s integrated cleaning cycle makes onsite cleaning easier.

Reliable sensors
Level sensors measure beer collected in the drain tank and radar type sensors measure foam level.

Company info: Atlas Copco UK