The importance of commercial sieves is generally not on most people’s minds. Yet the production critical role of filters, sieves and strainers cannot be understated.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2014 alone consumers, businesses, and government entities spent $1.46 trillion on food and beverage products. Similarly, in 2016 more than $4 trillion was spent on prescription drugs. All of these consumables are required to be filtered, strained or run through sieves. Consider these U.S. food standards:
The need for filters, sieves and strainers to safeguard industrial sanitation and product hygiene is clear.
Filters, sieves and strainers are found across a wide range of industries processing an equally wide range of products. This is just a short list of examples:
Every day, millions of consumers choose products that have been through a filter, sieve or strainer. Chocolate must be quality inspected at every transition point to prevent contamination. Cereal manufacturers want to remove oversize and undersize pieces for a more consistent product while high quality citrus juice requires separating the pulp, seeds and peel membrane.
Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies use sieves to prevent contamination, ensure their products are safe for public consumption and adhere to occupational exposure limits for employees. There are two primary types of sieving: safety screening and grading.
Sieves are a critical part of the production process. Recalling a pharmaceutical product due to quality defects or safety issues can damage the reputation and bottom line of any manufacturer.
Sieves are manufactured from stainless steel (316L) although other corrosion resistant alloys can be used for handling highly corrosive fluids. Polishing them to a very low surface roughness provides excellent throughput and makes them extremely easy to clean. Sieves are broken down into three filtering categories:
For particles 500 microns and below, ultrasonic frequencies sent through the sieve mesh prevent particles from blinding or blocking it. Blocking reduces the useful screening area with a resultant loss of capacity.
To summarize the key points about filters, sieves and strainers:
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