Beverage Mixing

Beverage Mixing

high pressure homogenizer beverage application

Emulsifying, dispersing, hydrating and dissolving are all critical processes in the manufacture of a wide variety of food and beverages globally. Sonic’s Sonolator High Pressure Homogenizer is frequently used for mixing beverages such as fruit juices, soft drinks, flavored milk and more. As well as to disperse and hydrate gums and starches.  The Food & Beverage industry emulsifies various components such as soft drink clouds, sugars and syrups. This is done by reducing oil droplet sizes and dispersing powders effectively to give a very smooth appearance.

Equipment customization is one of Sonic Corporation’s expertise. Suppliers of off-the-shelf mixing equipment force you to use their proprietary PD pump, whereas Sonic fabricates systems that employ Progressive Cavity pumps, Sanitary Rotary pumps, hygienic Twin Screw pumps and much more.  This gives the user complete flexibility. This makes our equipment very beneficial in that we can fit the right pump to your process. Our customized systems meet 3A and EHEDG requirements where necessary.

Please see our blog post on cereal coatings to learn more.

Ways Homogenization Improves Beverage Quality

  • Less Sedimentation & Separation. Raw materials are broken down into smaller particles.  The benefit from that is less sedimentation and separation.
  • Higher Viscosity. Some fruits and vegetables – like oranges and tomatoes – contain the natural stabilizer pectin. The process causes plant cells to rupture and release the pectin into the juice, increasing viscosity and stability.
  • Improved Flavor. Reducing the size of particles obtains a better taste and texture. Many flavors are contained in the plant cells, meaning that they, too, can be released and made useful – this is especially true in vegetable juices.
  • Improved Color. Color is a visual perception of bouncing light. Smaller particles from the process scatter light differently than larger ones, creating deeper color of the final product.

high-pressure homogenizer for beverages

beverage processing system

Multiple-Feed High Pressure Homogenizer Systems

The Sonolator can deliver the above benefits while saving on labor and cycle time costs through Multiple-Feed Homogenization.  This process feeds several streams, metered independently, into a mixing chamber where emulsions and dispersions are formed instantaneously.  No other mixing equipment company offers this capability and it makes Sonic Corporation truly unique.

We specialize in the customization of process systems, so designing and fabricating complex systems where many streams are brought together at high pressures with tight process controls is everyday business for us.  We specialize in design, fabrication and automated controls that allow for accurate ratio control and metering.

The system shown here is used to meter water from an independent source, reducing the amount of tank space used to manufacture large quantities of Soft Drinks.  Syrups and other liquid ingredients are fed from bulk storage using additional PD pumps.  The required pressure to mix the water with other ingredients was low enough that hygienic progressing cavity pumps were used for all 3 streams.  Operating at 100 GPM at 400 PSI.

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