August 3, 2007
Avure Technologies Announces 2-Liter Research-Scale High Pressure Processing (HPP) System for Food Processing and Bio-Science R&D
KENT, Wash., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer demand for freshness in products such as ready-to-eat meats, wet salads, dressings, juices, and packaged fruits and vegetables has led to a four-fold increase in High Pressure Processing (HPP) production capacity in North America alone over the past 12 months. Food manufacturers are increasingly evaluating the potential of ultra-high pressure for the pasteurization of packaged foods and the development of new products and preparation methods. Nearly two decades of research has proven HPP to be effective in preserving a food's natural flavor, nutrients and appearance without heat or chemicals and little or no change in organoleptic properties. HPP inactivates food-borne pathogens and spoilage agents, resulting in a safer product and an extension of microbiological shelf life.
To meet the research and feasibility testing needs of processors, universities and R&D labs, Avure Technologies offers the QFP 2L-700 Laboratory Food Processing System. It is a compact yet highly functional unit that closely replicates a high-volume production environment. The water pressure medium in the two-liter vessel can be pressurized up to 100,000 psi (690 MPa, 6900 bar), with temperature control from 10 degrees to 90 degrees C. This broad processing range allows for both microbiological and food functionality studies where the effects of direct and adiabatic heating can be evaluated. Results obtained are directly scalable to all of Avure's larger commercial food processing systems.The QFP 2L-700 features precise computer control of the full range of pressure and temperature parameters, with data acquisition for test cycle analysis and comparisons. Safety is enhanced with "leak-before-break" pressure vessel technology and threadless end closures. The complete system is available at an affordable price making it a justifiable investment for most food R&D activities.
About Avure Technologies, Inc.: Avure Technologies specializes in the design, manufacturing, installation, and global support of high pressure presses for sheet metal forming, densification of advanced materials and critical industrial parts, and high pressure pasteurization to keep food fresh longer and pathogen-free. The company has its headquarters in Kent, Washington (Seattle area), with significant operations in Vasteras, Sweden and Columbus, Ohio.
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