The Tetra Pak® Tubular Heat Exchanger is a tubular heat exchanger that has been successfully used by the liquid food industry for decades. Combining straight and corrugated tubes, it offers optimal performance, long production time and low maintenance costs.
A tubular heat exchanger for heat treatment of food products in a processing line
200 l/h – 60,000 l/h
Food products from low to high viscosity, with or without particles and products with fibres or pulp.
The inner and outer tubes and the connections in the heat exchanger are floating, not fixed or welded. This allows for thermal expansion or contraction in the tubes without the risk of cracking. It eliminates the risk of product contamination (due to expansion cracking), enables the inspection of all parts, and secures easy exchangeability of parts.
The frame, tubes and other components parts of the heat exchanger are assembled in such a way as to allow for easy dismantling and rebuilding. This makes it possible to customize the heat exchanger for different recipes, capacities, and to run different products. As a customer, you can choose what to focus on. It's not only about which product you plan to produce; the design also offers flexibility in terms of e.g. energy consumption vs. investment cost.
Protective panels built around the Tetra Pak® Tubular Heat Exchanger encapsulate the equipment and contain the heat. This gives up to 6% savings on energy consumption. With added insulation, savings go up to 11%. The panels also increase operator safety since they reduce the risk of contact with hot surfaces.
In this type of heat exchanger, product that has already been heated can be run past cold incoming product in order to pre-heat it. This reduces the amount of energy needed to bring the new product up to pasteurization temperature. It is possible thanks to the floating protection system, which eliminates the risks of cracks, and therefore cross contamination of product.
Our tubular heat exchangers with 6 meter tubes are the safest on the market. Their floating design makes it possible to offer compact and efficient heat exchangers without any risk of cracks in the tubes. The heat exchangers are extended horizontally, rather than being stacked vertically, which also enables easy access for maintenance.
A patented spring box holds the heat exchanger tubes in place without any need for inner dividers or similar devices. By removing these internal barriers, the spring box facilitates free product flow and eliminates potential hygiene blind spots. The spring box is ideal for products containing fibres, but works well for other applications too.
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