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New heat exchanger combines the strengths of plate and tubular technology

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Matrix Process Solutions introduced a new range of plate heat exchangers from Alfa Laval at the foodpro exhibition held recently in Melbourne, Australia. Matrix Process Solutions is a master distributor for the Alfa Laval portfolio within Australia.

Featuring a unique design with a truly open flow and no contact points, FusionLine, Alfa Laval’s new open flow plate heat exchanger combines the energy efficiency, accessibility and modularity of plate technology with the viscous and particulate-handling capabilities of tubular technology. Alfa Laval specialises in a wide range of heat exchangers for every food, dairy and beverage application.

Designed for the food and beverage industry, FusionLine open flow heat exchanger is recommended for processing viscous and particulate products such as juices, prepared foods, soups and sauces, which have traditionally been processed in tubular heat exchangers.

By offering the best of both technologies, FusionLine enables food and beverage manufacturers to optimise their processing performance without compromising on the quality, characteristics or economy of their end products.

According to Andrew Raine, Director and Projects Manager at Matrix Process Solutions, FusionLine plate heat exchangers complement traditional technologies by providing a new level of flexibility, helping to keep production costs down and end-product quality up. The addition of this technology completes the portfolio for hygienic process solutions within the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries in Australia.

Key features of FusionLine plate heat exchangers include 4-6 mm open channel on the product side, designed for CIP and full accessibility; open-channel design made possible by bonded plate cassettes on the media side; cassettes bonded with no joints using Alfa Laval’s patented AlfaFusion technology; use of thin plates to provide optimum heat transfer and maintain high resistance against product pressure; unique channel geometry ensuring gentle product treatment; plates easily added or removed, providing the flexibility to react to changes in production volume; and 30-40 percent smaller footprint than a tubular heat exchanger. 

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