Citrus World, Florida’s third largest fruit co-op, recently expanded its product line to include tomato juices. In doing so, the Lake Wales based processor ran across a difficult blending problem.
Daniel Cronin, engineer on the project, says the co-op tried various vessels and mechanical mixing devices, in attempts to blend viscous tomato paste and water. None proved adequate, including side- and center-mounted agitators in holding tanks.
The solution turned out to be a Komax in-line static mixer . The 3-inch diameter, 42-inch long stainless steel mixer was installed vertically between holding bins and final blending tanks.
Says Cronin, “Using the mixer, we deliver a manageable, readily mixable solution to our blend tanks. Without the mixer, we could end up with blend tanks that stratified because the paste is so viscous, it won’t break up.”
With its successful tomato juice line, Citrus World has increased the output of its facility, and smoothed out the highs and lows of its orange juice lines.