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When you browse Chemseal’s website for all of your sanitary stainless steel fitting needs and integral solutions, you’ll probably notice that many of our products have ‘3A’, ‘SMS’ or ‘DIN’ regulations somewhere present in the product description. What do these regulations mean, and why do we place so much importance on them? As a premier integral solutions provider on the sanitary stainless steel fittings market, we have to make sure that our sanitary fitting products meet or exceed certain hygienic regulations and specifications for multiple industries that we serve. These industries include food, beverage, dairy, biotech, and pharmaceutical.

Today, we wanted to go over the history of 3A sanitary standards, what Chemseal’s place is within these sanitary stainless steel standards, and what the future of sanitary fluid processes may look like years down the road.

Context

3-A Sanitary Standards Inc., or 3-A SSI, is an independent corporation that is dedicated to the education and mission to promote the highest food safety standards through hygienic equipment design, such as that of Chemseal’s Trynox sanitary stainless steel products.

3-A SSI leads the development of standards for equipment and accepted practices for processing systems through a modern consensus process based on ANSI requirements. ANSI is the American National Standards Institute, a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the United States.

Additionally, 3-A Sanitary Standards Inc. represents the interests of regulatory sanitarians, equipment fabricators, and processors in ‘Promoting Food Safety Through Hygienic Design.’ Essentially, Chemseal holds our products to the highest 3-A sanitary standards as possible, so that hygienic liquid processes is as efficient and hygienic as possible. Given the widespread potential for germination and contamination outbreak when it comes to food, beverage and other kinds of preparation, it is easy to see the need for stringent sanitary regulations.

Then and Now

In the 1920’s, the first standards for the hygienic design of equipment was introduced for initial use in the dairy industry. Eventually, these standards became known as ‘3-A standards.’ The ‘3A’ stands for the three ‘associations’ or interest groups that cooperated to improve equipment design and sanitation for all hygienic fluid processes: regulatory sanitarians, equipment fabricators, and processors.

Now, 3-A SSI consists of four main associations: American Dairy Institute, International Dairy Foods Association, Food Processing Suppliers Association and the International Association for Food Protection. 3-A SSI provides special knowledge resources on hygienic equipment design to enhance professionalism and to better serve public health. Above all else, public health is the main issue concerned when it comes to 3-A standards.

Additionally, 3-A SSI administers the Third Party Verification (TPV) inspection programs that are required for the 3-A Symbol Authorization, 3-A Process Certificate, and Replacement Parts & System Component Qualification Certificate to help ensure the conformance to these sanitary standards and accepted practices for equipment design and performance. Naturally, Chemseal and Trynox are companies that have received this Third Party Verification from 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc.

Sanitary Standard Objectives

It is 3-A SSI’s main goal to enhance product safety for the consumers of food, beverages, and pharmaceutical products via the development and use of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices. Since practically everyone and anyone consumes food and beverages, and millions of people consume pharmaceutical products out of necessity, 3-A SSI plays a very important role in making sure that the public stays healthy and that no one or nothing gets contaminated.

It is also 3-A SSI’s goal to be the foremost resource for hygienic design by developing the ‘best in class’ knowledge center for hygienic design and becoming the foremost resource for hygienic equipment standards. With proper 3-A standard oversight, sanitary stainless steel fitting companies like Chemseal can be assured that their products meet the highest sanitary standards, so that other hygienic fluid process companies won’t have to wonder about the sanitary certifications of the sanitary fittings that they’re using. Everyone wins!

Food Safety Modernization Act

A few years ago, 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. announced new equipment design criteria intended to help processors comply with the FDA’s new preventive controls rules. These rules are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which necessitates increased attention to design, maintenance and cleaning of equipment used in producing human food.

Essentially, this new equipment design criteria is even more strict than before in order to successfully comply with the FDA’s new preventive controls rules. A number of sections address food processing equipment and the most substantive requirements that involve equipment and utensils that are hygienically designed for adequate cleaning of various hygienic fluid processes equipment.

The FDA’s new rules place great emphasis on the storage, conveying and gravimetric and pneumatic systems that are to be constructed to maintain the highest sanitary conditions and not contribute to overall product contamination. Smoothly bonded equipment seams are necessary to minimize any contamination via dirt, food particles and organic matter, and non-product contact surfaces should be designed to be maintained in a clean condition. While seemingly technical and dry, these strict regulations are absolutely necessary to maintain the highest possible sanitation standards, because when it comes to people’s health, nothing less than perfect sanitary standards is acceptable.

Chemseal and 3-A Standards

With the power of Chemseal’s sanitary stainless steel tubing connectors, you’ll be able to place your tubing wherever you need it in order to get the right ingredients to your creation at the right time. You can also be assured that every sanitary fitting that Chemseal carries in our 3-A collection meets or exceeds the highest food, beverage, and pharmaceutical standards, thanks to our Third Party Verification from 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. Whether you’re looking for a process fitting, valve, or tube that needs to conform to 3-A standards, you can trust Chemseal’s selection of sanitary stainless steel fittings and other great products.

In addition to 3-A standards, Chemseal also carries stainless steel sanitary fittings that comply with other international standards such as DIN, AISI, BPE and ASTM standards. Chemseal’s commercialization of valves, pumps, tubes, and other stainless steel products with sanitary finishes make us a great option for your hygienic fluid operation. For further information on Chemseal and 3-A standards, contact us today!

If you couldn’t tell already, at Chemseal, we’re always very excited about everything related to sanitary stainless steel and other stainless steel fittings. Sanitary stainless steel fittings are at the core of what we provide for the integral solutions market, in order to make hygienic fluid processes work seamlessly for multiple industries, including the dairy, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Though stainless steel and other sanitary fittings made of stainless steel are generally well understood in terms of their application and purpose, there are still some myths that surround all the goodness that is stainless steel. Whether you encounter stainless steel in your daily life through your hygienic fluid processes or simply at home via your fancy refrigerator, we at Chemseal believe that it is important to make sure that everyone has a solid, accurate understanding of the nuances of sanitary stainless steel. Why? Because stainless steel affects every single one of us, especially in terms of how we get our food, beverages, prescription medications, and so forth. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the myths surrounding sanitary stainless steel. 

Stainless Steel Doesn’t Rust

We figured that it made sense to begin with a common misconception about stainless steel, that a lot of people still tend to believe. Though stainless steel is in fact designed to inhibit oxidation and be rust-resistant or even rust-free, that is not always the case.

In most practical applications under reasonable environment conditions, strictly speaking, stainless steel does not usually rust. Like most other materials, however, under the right conditions, stainless steel can be ‘attacked’ when it is in an environment that is too corrosive. Sometimes, when stainless steel begins to corrode, the product looks similar to the rust on carbon steel.

Layers Don’t Matter

Stainless steel has the ability to resist and withstand corrosion better than most metals due to a very thin, colorless ‘passive’ layer that forms spontaneously on the surface. If this passive layer of the stainless steel is breached, it will usually spontaneously form again. However, when subjected to aggressive, corrosive environments such as areas close to the beach, the passive layer may not be able to form on its own, and a good level of corrosion may take place. Corrosion of stainless steel is especially due to the concentrated presence of salt in the air.

Luckily, although the stainless steel piece may appear to be rusty, it will actually corrode much slower than most other metals, meaning that stainless steel will still be serviceable and usable to meet multiple industry specifications well after other common engineering metals have been deemed scrap metal.

It’s Not Magnetic

True, certain types of stainless steel, such as the most common ones - austenitics - are not magnetic. However, most other types of stainless steel, though less common, are magnetic. These other types of stainless steel include ferritics, martensitics, duplexes, and most precipitation hardening grades are magnetic. That being said, whether a particular grade of stainless steel is magnetic or not does not affect corrosion resistance. Rather, corrosion resistance depends on the amount of key alloying elements present - especially chromium and molybdenum.

Once the austenitic stainless steel metals have been deformed and worn down over time and use, they can also become magnetic to a certain extent. If you have a stainless steel sink, try putting a magnet in the corner of the sink. What you’ll notice is that at least a slight amount of magnetism can usually be detected.

Stainless Steel Is Always Expensive

It is true that sanitary stainless steel materials generally cost more than carbon steels, at least in dollars per ton. Considering the extra alloys present on the stainless steel, it makes sense that sanitary stainless steel is more expensive than other comparable metal materials.

However, the extra performance that you get from sanitary stainless steel fittings and other stainless steel components more than pays for the initial price difference. In other words, stainless steel is an investment, and probably a good one, depending on your industry.

Considering the durability and long-lasting qualities of sanitary stainless steel, it often works out as the cheapest way to do the job. With conventional carbon steels, you usually need to paint them periodically for corrosion protection. Even if carbon steel’s first installation cost is lower than that of stainless steel, this will no longer be the case if the carbon steel has to be repainted, which it almost inevitably will. Therefore, the overall cost of stainless steel in terms of dollars per day for the life of the job will be considerably lower.

There Aren’t Multiple Grades

Some believe that stainless steel only comes in one universal, one-size-fits-all kind of grade. The fact is that there are over 150 grades of stainless steel on the market today, and about 15 of those 150 grades are pretty commonly used.

There are even a number of systems that are dedicated for grading stainless steel and other steel materials. One of these grading systems is the US SAW steel grading system. With Chemseal’s sanitary stainless steel fittings, you’ll commonly see 304, 316, 304L and 316L stainless steel grades. Certain stainless steel grades mean that stainless steel of a given caliber is suitable for use in the sanitary fluid process industries, like food, beverage, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries that Chemseal specializes in. Having strict sanitary stainless steel grading guidelines is important to maintain the highest sanitation levels, which is critical for your health!

All Stainless Steels Have The Same Corrosion Resistance

Again, this is not a true claim about stainless steel. The corrosion resistance of various stainless steels mostly depends on the content of the alloying elements - chromium and molybdenum - plus a few other factors that depend on what the specific application is. For example, the type of surface finish and fabrication practice can have a considerable effect on the overall outcome of stainless steel’s level of corrosion resistance.

The 18/10 vs 18/8 Debacle

It is a myth that 18/10 stainless steel is better than 18/8 stainless steel. As it turns out, both of them are about the same. The most common austenitic grades contain about 18 to 20 percent chromium, and about 8 to 10 percent nickel. In Europe, this is usually referred to as 18/10 stainless, while in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., this is referred to as 18/8 stainless.

In other words, the ratio of chromium to nickel in stainless steel metal is relatively the same throughout the world, but different regions use a different name. There are minor differences between the standard stainless steel compositions in different parts of the world, but the performance of the grades is effectively the same wherever in the world they are made.

Chemseal takes pride in providing high-quality, durable and lasting sanitary stainless steel fittings, valves, tubing, and other essential products that enable your sanitary fluid processes to run as smoothly as possible. It is our hope that stainless steel continues to get the recognition and understanding that it deserves as a premier sanitary material that allows many different industries to operate.

Whether you’re appreciating stainless steel through the marvels of modern architecture, washing dishes in your stainless steel sink, or by wearing a sanitary steel piece of jewelry, we thank you for taking the time to keep your sanitary stainless steel knowledge in check. For any information on Chemseal’s great selection of sanitary stainless steel fittings or other stainless sanitary fittings, contact us today!

Chemseal is very excited about everything related to stainless steel, from the history of stainless steel, to the many practical uses of stainless steel, and now to various stainless steel facts. How could something seemingly mundane be so exciting? Stainless steel is everywhere! In our last post, our sanitary stainless steel fittings company looked at the history of stainless steel, which isn’t much older than 100 years. Now, we’ll take a look at some lesser-known facts about stainless steel, a cornerstone of our business and a material that we choose for our wide selection of sanitary stainless steel fittings.

1. Stainless Steel can Expand and Contract

Because stainless steel has a high temperature oxidation resistance, it is very valuable in the nuclear power and aerospace industries. However, while stainless steel has a significantly higher resistance than many other metals, it still expands and contracts when the temperature varies.

Construction industries have to account for various thermal expansion when creating a steel frame for a building due to stainless steel’s expansion and contraction properties. For example, The Eiffel Tower is approximately 984 feet tall during the summer. On a cold day in the winter, however, The Eiffel Tower is about six inches shorter than its normal height due to stainless steel’s temperature contraction properties.

2. Stainless Steel is Recyclable

As it turns out, steel is one of the most recycled materials on the planet. In fact, approximately 88 percent of the world’s steel is recycled, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Furthermore, two out of three tons of new steel come from old steel.

Steel byproducts can also be recycled instead of recycling whole pieces of steel. Various recycled steel byproducts include mill scale, processing liquids, and steelmaking slags. Additionally, steelmaking dust and sludge can also be recovered and reused to make other metals, including zinc.

3. Stainless Steel can be Made Into ‘Soap’

Could you imagine stainless steel turned into soap? Well, this probably isn’t the kind of soap you’re thinking of. Many reputable manufacturers produce stainless steel soap, which is basically a piece of stainless steel in the shape of a soap bar.

The reason that it’s called ‘soap’ is because you rub the piece of softened stainless steel on your hands, just like you would with a traditional soap bar. While stainless soap does not kill germs or other bacteria like regular soap would, stainless steel soap can neutralize strong odor on the hands. Like regular soap, simply rub the bar of stainless steel on your hands after handling something smelly, like garlic, onion, or fish - most of the smell should disappear. Although it is not entirely clear why the stainless steel eliminates odors, some researchers think that it’s because the stainless steel binds to sulfur compounds in various substances, which reduces odors.

4. Stainless Steel can Actually Stain

You might be thinking, “Really? But it’s stainless!” Though this sounds confusing, stainless steel isn’t impossible to stain. Stainless steel comes from a family of materials that resist oxidation and corrosion, which gives it the ability to resist rust and unsightly blotches. When stainless steel is exposed to oxygen and moisture, stainless steel produces a thin oxide film that coats the metal. Essentially, stainless steel has the ability to repair itself.

This protective thin oxide film will fade over time, however. Fading will lead to pitting and corrosion of the film. In order to properly maintain stainless steel, it is imperative to regularly clean its surface and ensure that the steel has an adequate supply of oxygen in order to maintain the film.

5. Some Stainless Steel can be Magnetic

In most cases, stainless steel is a non-magnetic material. However, certain types of stainless steel can, in fact, be magnetic. Its magnetic properties depend on its microstructure. For instance, martensitic stainless steels contain a certain combination of chromium, molybdenum, and carbon that makes the metal ferromagnetic. As such, martensitic stainless steel can exhibit permanent magnetic properties if it becomes magnetized during its hardening process.

6. Stainless Steel has Another Name

Stainless steel is also known as ‘inox steel’ or ‘inox’ from the French word ‘inoxydable,’ which refers to stainless steel anti-corrosive and antioxidant properties. Inox steel has many applications, including kitchenware and jewelry. The name time you see inox steel written out instead of stainless steel, fear not because they are the same thing.

7. Stainless Steel can be Worn

That’s right, stainless steel is officially the latest fashion trend. We’re not telling you to wear around metal all day, but it is interesting to know that stainless steel can be woven and worn. Stainless steel is incredibly ductile, which means that it can be drawn out into a thin wire without losing its relative toughness. As a matter of fact, many stainless steel manufacturers produce stainless steel mesh that is fine enough and pliable enough to wear.

More than a strange fashion trend, stainless steel clothing has practical applications, too. Stainless steel clothing is thermal and radiation resistant, so it is frequently used in the electrical and textile industries as safety clothing.

8. Stainless Steel Mimics Human Touch

Stainless steel thread is a key component in the tech industry and is often used in touchscreen gloves. Capacitive touchscreens can detect the presence of an electrically conductive object, like a finger. So, stainless steel gloves conduct electricity in such a way that it actually mimics a finger’s electrical current.

9. Stainless Steel can Minimize Static Electric Shock

Some manufacturers will intentionally weave stainless steel into carpet. The stainless steel prevents the buildup of static electricity, which reduces the chances of a shock occurring. The stainless steel is so fine, however, that you’d never feel it walking around on the carpet. Sometimes, the small things count.

Though we all know and love stainless steel as our refrigerator, stove, grill, cooking pan, or even that fancy new exhaust on your car, there are even more ways to enjoy and appreciate all of the versatility and utility that stainless steel offers. Chemseal’s array of stainless steel sanitary valves, sanitary stainless steel fittings, and stainless steel tubing makes many industries possible, and only adds to the limitless applications of stainless steel.

As far as the materials science world goes, it turns out that the invention of stainless steel is actually relatively new. In fact, stainless steel was produced only a little over 100 years ago. In comparison to naturally occurring metals, like iron, stainless steel is the new kid on the block amongst metal giants. Known as ‘the miracle metal’ by one prominent metallurgist, stainless steel would help shape the industrial landscape of the world from its inception to modern day.

At first, this seems hard to believe, given the prevalence of stainless steel in the modern era. Stainless steel dominates our kitchen as part of our refrigerators, ovens, sinks, and countless other surfaces. The ubiquity of stainless steel is certainly a testament to what an important breakthrough that it was - after all, your friendly providers of stainless steel sanitary valves and other stainless fittings here at Chemseal couldn’t manufacture and distribute our stainless steel sanitary fittings without, well, stainless steel. In today’s post, we pay homage to the modern, sanitary material we all know and love as stainless steel by outlining the history and origins of sanitary stainless steel.

Why Stainless?

Before we trace the outline of stainless steel’s history, what’s the importance of stainless steel? Well, the secret to the success of stainless steel lies in its incredible physical and chemical properties. Stainless steel has very high corrosion resistance, a heat resistance of up to 1200 degrees celsius, and superior weldability. Additionally, as most people know, stainless steel does not rust and is extremely durable.

On top of all these awesome stainless benefits, stainless steel does not readily react with many substances and is actually relatively cheaper than other specialized, non-corrosive alloys. It’s no wonder that the presence of stainless steel is so widespread in many products!

Humble Beginnings

The very beginnings of stainless steel can be roughly traced back to the discovery of ‘rustless’ steel, a durable material that wasn’t affected by oxidation. Though there were many prior attempts, in 1913, Harry Brearley of Sheffield, UK discovered this so-called ‘rustless’ metal. The first true stainless steel that Brearley invented contained a chromium content of 12.8 percent. Let our sanitary stainless steel fittings company stress that chromium is an extremely important aspect of stainless steel, as it acts as the resistance to corrosion. To get chromium in his rust-proof steel, Brearley successfully added chromium to molten iron.

Brearley stumbled upon this discovery during the early onset of the First World War, while trying to figure out why the internal surfaces of gun barrels were eroding so fast. Finally, it looked like Brearley had figured out a solution for rust-proof gun barrels, and eventually a host of other rust-proof items. With this seemingly simple addition of one metal to another, stainless steel would soon be on its way to becoming an industry-standard material with countless practical applications.

Improvements

After Brearley’s initial discovery of stainless steel, improvements to rudimentary stainless steel began to take place at a fairly rapid pace. Just six years after Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in 1913, Elwood Haynes obtained an official patent on martensitic stainless steel, which refers to a very hard form of a steel crystalline structure, or a crystal structure that is formed by diffusionless transformation, according to “The History of Stainless Steel” by Harold M. Cobb.

Ten years after Haynes obtained his martensitic stainless steel patent in 1919, William J. Kroll of Luxembourg was the first person to discover precipitation-hardening stainless steel, a heating technique used to increase the yield strength of various malleable materials. One year after Kroll’s discovery, duplex stainless steel, a microstructure material composed of roughly 50 percent austenite and 50 percent ferrite steel, was first produced in Sweden at the Avestra Ironworks. In a matter of less than two decades, stainless steel was already becoming stronger, more advanced, and more applicable to a variety of uses.

The Finer Things

In the early days of stainless steel, before stainless steel sanitary valves and other sanitary stainless steel fittings of today, stainless steel was often used to produce the finest, most durable and best-looking product that money could buy. In 1929, the Rolls-Royce automobile company was the first to use stainless steel on an automobile. They used stainless steel in the radiator grille of one of their models, and it produced the most striking grille imaginable for that point in time.

One year later, The Chrysler Building opened up in New York City. At the time, The Chrysler Building was the most ornate and tallest skyscraper on the planet. Sure enough, the top 100 feet of the tower was constructed with Nirosta stainless steel, which made it the most visible and prominent building in the iconic New York City skyline.

Metal at a Cost

Before the 1970’s, stainless steel was an extremely expensive material - costing roughly 15 times more than it’s traditional, ordinary steel counterpart. One metallurgist in 1970 discovered a process that would cut the cost of stainless steel in half and produce better, more durable steel.

However, this process was discovered in a lab, and the metallurgist found it difficult to reproduce on a larger, industrial scale. Although the process took twelve years, the process of stainless steel production was eventually optimized for large-scale production.

Different Grades

Over the last 100 years or so, about 100 grades of stainless steel have been discovered and eventually made commercially available. These grades fall under four main family groups: martensitic, ferritic, austenitic, and duplex. Ferritic and martensitic stainless steels are magnetic while austenitic stainless steels are nonmagnetic.

Different types of stainless steel have varying quantities of other alloying metals such as nickel, titanium, and copper, added to them. Generally, carbon and nitrogen are also added to enhance the overall characteristics of stainless steel.

A Greener Metal

Due to the durability of stainless steel, it has prolonged service life for many machines and products, and as such, it does not require frequent replacements and repairs. Stainless steel is also 100 percent recyclable and does not degrade when reprocessed, which allows for multiple life cycles. Compared to other steels, the sustainability of stainless steel is unmatched.

As the sustainability benefits of stainless steel become more widely known, the growth of stainless steel is likely to increase. Recently, researchers have even found that coating stainless steel with certain bio-inspired adhesives makes the surface anti-bacterial, which adds even more value to the long list of benefits associated with stainless steel.

Today

China is the largest producer of stainless steel in the world. Stainless steel has a massive range of applications, from the stainless steel sanitary butterfly valves and stainless steel sanitary ball valves that Chemseal provides, all the way to producing massive architectural structures, like the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago.

Stainless steel has no doubt revolutionized the modern world and has found many applications in nearly every manufacturing sector, including healthcare, catering equipment, automotive industries, construction, and naturally, stainless steel sanitary fittings. Without stainless steel, Chemseal would not be able to provide many industries with niche products like stainless steel pipe clamps, stainless ball valves, and other sanitary stainless steel tube fittings.

So the next time you’re in your kitchen or picking up some milk, or even taking your prescription medication, be sure to thank stainless steel for efficiently powering industries with sanitary tubing and non-oxidizing components for the past several decades. Though it might seem indirect, stainless steel makes our everyday lives easier and more efficient.

Chemseal manufactures and distributes a massive array of integral solutions, including products like fitting, valves, tubing, and pumps. Many of the products that Chemseal makes are also sanitary, such as our sanitary ball valves or sanitary butterfly valves. How can a piece of metal be sanitary, and why does it need to be that way? As it turns out, a lot of different industries require sanitary parts to help facilitate the flow of many liquids and fluids.

When people think of metals, they don’t typically think of metal as a sanitary material. Though stainless steel is extremely resistant to rust or oxidation, it is not fully stain-proof in low oxygen, high salinity, or poor air circulation environments. It is crucial, then, that stainless steel pipe fittings, valves, and other kinds of metal fittings for proper liquid flow are sanitary. In this blog, Chemseal explores this matter a little more deeply to give you a better idea of why sanitary processes are so crucial to our company.

Industry Applications

Typically, sanitary valves like our sanitary ball valve or sanitary butterfly valve are designed for use in applications requiring clean or sterile processing. Industries that typically require sterile or clean processing include the dairy, food, pharmaceutical, medical, and chemical industries. Thus, Chemseal sanitary valves are commonly used in these industries to ensure the highest possible levels of sanitation.

Common features of sanitary valves for these industries include easy and crevice-free cleaning and polished contact surfaces, which makes the valves easy to inspect and clean.

Various Types

Generally, valve types include plug, ball, butterfly, needle, knife or gate, pinch, diaphragm and globe valves. Butterfly sanitary valves are quick opening valves that consist of a metal circular disc or vane. It pivots at right angles to the direction of flow in the pipe, such that, when rotated on a shaft, seals against the seats in the valve body. Butterfly valves are typically used as throttling valves to control flow. Ball valves are known for providing tight shut-off and characteristic control - ideal for brewing beer or other highly pressurized applications. Ball valves have a high rangeability due to the design of the regulating element, without the complications of side loads typical of butterfly or globe valves.

Benefits

Regardless of the industry that a sanitary valve is used in, the advantages are clear. When your business or vertical needs a product that is formed authentic and pure, you can count on the benefits of the sanitary ball valve, sanitary butterfly valve, or many other fine sanitary valves:

  • Sanitary valves are crevice-free: this is especially important for the food and medical industry because crevices are associated with higher levels of germ contamination. Of course, if you go out to a restaurant or get surgery, you’d want everything to be as clean as possible, so you don’t get sick or hurt. Therefore, with no crevices in the sanitary valve, you’ll have no hygiene problems.
  • Sanitary valves are easy to clean: the health and hygiene of the food and dairy industries are especially important. Because these industries are already so busy with things like regulating the flow of the product, ensuring the right amounts of product, and maintaining a consistent temperature, it is crucial that cleaning work is not too cumbersome. Since sanitary valves are not stained easily, they are easy to clean.
  • Sanitary valves have smooth and polished surfaces: with a smooth and polished surface, a sanitary valve will not undergo the process of rust or corrosion. Preventing rust and corrosion is often a costly process for many businesses. Many businesses in the food, dairy or pharmaceutical industries save money by using polished stainless steel sanitary valves.

Mechanics Still Matter

Though modern technology has vastly advanced many different aspects of the workforce, there are still many industries that count on reliable, sanitary mechanical fitting products, like the sanitary ball or butterfly valves from Chemseal. If any parts break or become contaminated, this will disrupt the integrity of the entire system that the sanitary valve is a part of, which costs businesses time and money.

Even if the machines that these sanitary valves support are automated through computers, a computer cannot physically support the sanitary and mechanical aspects of a machine, and that’s where sanitary valves and related products from Chemseal truly shine.

Cleanliness is essential when it comes to brewing beer. That might sound strange to you, especially because beer contains alcohol, which naturally sanitizes things. When you’re brewing beer, sanitation is paramount to success because it is necessary for providing good growing conditions for the yeast in the beer, and it provides good growing conditions for other micro-organisms - especially wild yeast and bacteria.

In order to make sure these conditions are ideal, cleanliness and sanitation must be maintained throughout every single stage of the brewing process. This is why Chemseal is popular with many aspiring and professional brewers. Our sanitary valves and stainless steel fittings, including sanitary butterfly valves, ensure that your brewing operations will go without a hitch, giving you the best possible environment for bacteria and yeast to manifest into delicious beer down the road.

Cleanliness In General

Though the cleaning process and chemicals that a brewer chooses will vary widely from brewer to brewer and worksite to worksite, many factors play a part in this very important aspect of a brewing operation. Various chemical and equipment requirements are determined by the personal preference or training of the brewer, and can also be mandated by often strict health/workplace code requirements. At least with Chemseal’s sanitary ball valves and sanitary butterfly valves, you can trust that our equipment meets the strictest sanitation standards, regardless of your valve preference for your brewing operation.

When it comes to cleaning your workstation to brew, there is more than one universal, one-size-fits-all option. There are, however, three main variables that you can control to determine how effective your cleaning process is no matter what process or chemical you choose to use. These variables consist of time, temperature, and concentration. Being able to control and optimize each variable for your particular brewing process will largely determine how effective your clean-up efforts are.

Temperature

As far as temperature goes, cleaning is most effective above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but below 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like the brewing process itself, temperatures over 180 degrees Fahrenheit will cause organic contaminants to precipitate proteins, which can actually inhibit cleaning.

The adjustments you make to your starting temperature will allow you to maintain an optimal temperature range for the entire cleaning process, including those stainless steel ball valves.

Time

It is advisable to establish a minimum time for all cleaning procedures when it comes to your brewing operation. Unlike temperature and concentration, time is nice because you can increase it without serious consequences. Remember that not every piece of brewing equipment is created equal, however - size and extent of use matter. Adjust your cleaning time accordingly to each sanitary valve, stainless steel valve, or other pieces of brewing equipment.

Concentration

Concentration is a very important variable when it comes to the beer brewing process. A good rule of thumb is that more is not better. As such, a high concentration of cleaner, especially caustic cleaner, can create pitting in stainless steel surfaces and various sanitary valve components that Chemseal provides. This pitting can and will drastically shorten the useable life of that particular piece of brewing equipment.

You should know your concentrations by measuring. Don’t guess or assume that the ratio of cleaner to water is correct. In order to make sure that a concentration is what it should be, use test strips and/or a pH meter. You can ask your supplier what the optimal range is for your particular chemical and process. Many cleaners can be reused, as long as they are still in the optimal range of both pH and concentration. Often, a slight adjustment to the pH balance will correct your concentration if it is incorrect.

Get The Small Stuff

Your stainless steel sanitary valves, sight glass valves, faucets, and other small and often overlooked components of brewing equipment matter just as much as that giant keg in the corner. These small valves have even tinier parts and crevices that normal cleaning processes can overlook. These stainless steel valves and other small brewing components need to be removed, taken apart, and cleaned by hand, followed by a thorough visual inspection to ensure that they are as clean as possible. Don’t forget to fine clean your gaskets, pipes, and hose lines too!

Be Patient and Inspect

The brewing process is a long and patient one, especially if you’re looking to produce high-quality, delicious and satisfying beer. And what kind of brewer doesn’t want that? For quality control and cleanliness purposes, visual inspection is the only way to truly know that your equipment is clean. Open your equipment up and check it out.

Chemseal is proud to provide high-quality sanitary butterfly valves, sanitary ball valves, and other components to aid your sanitary brewing process. If you’re as thorough as Chemseal is when it comes to the quality, sanitation and overall customer satisfaction of our variety of stainless steel fittings, then your beer is sure to be a huge hit!

 

Welcome back, Chemseal blog readers! We know that you love to read all about our stainless steel sanitary valves, but we’ve also gotten requests to post more beer recipes! If you haven’t seen those yet, why not scroll through our previous blogs and give one of those recipes a try? Or, if you prefer, give today’s suggestion a try! We think you’ll like what you see.

Today’s blog’s beer recipe comes to us from Bad Mama Geny. It’s an Irish Stout that is sure to leave you satisfied and smiling.

Bad Mama Geny’s “The Boy’s Irish Stout”

  • 25 Lbs Light Dried Malt Extract
  • 12 oz Roasted UK Barley, crushed
  • 0 oz Chocolate UK Malt, crushed
  • oz Perle Hops
  • 1 package of Wyeast 1084-Irish ale yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar

Follow the rest of the instructions provided on Bad Mama Geny’s blog and two and a half weeks later, you’ll be thanking her for such a wonderful recipe. The end result is smooth, creamy, and delicious—just like a good stout should be!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe and we hear you loud and clear which means that we’ll be back in the coming weeks with even more great homebrew recipes for you all to try out. Be sure to let us know how yours turns out!

And, as always, check out our online store for all of the stainless steel sanitary valves and stainless steel tubing you could want. Many items are on sale, so place your order today!

Good news, stainless steel sanitary valve fans! This blog is all about your favorite topic—stainless steel sanitary valves! “Really?” you ask. “An entire blog dedicated to talking about stainless steel sanitary valves? Is that even possible?” The answer is…probably. But we promise to keep it relevant!

Regardless of the product you need to flow out of your tubing structures, you can control it with our stainless steel sanitary valves. Using it for liquid food? How about a beverage? Or maybe you work in the pharmaceutical industry. We’ve got you covered.

Grab a stainless steel sanitary valve during our summer sale!Allow us to recommend a few products that are going to make your life a little easier.

The Trynox Sanitary Butterfly Valve Handle matches with butterfly and sanitary ball valves of all sizes. How about a sanitary valve seal? Available in a number of different sizes and materials, they will get the job done. Or check out the Trynox Sanitary DIN Butterfly Valve.

There you go! Three products to use in conjunction with your stainless steel sanitary valves. Need free guides to help you design systems for industrial food and beverage manufacturing? We’ve got them right here. Want to learn a bit more about what makes us tick? Read all about us here or check out our video. Our team was formed nearly 20 years ago, so you can be sure that we’ve got the experience in making the best sanitary equipment. Our valves summer sale is currently underway, so check out all of our products and place an order today!

 

Summertime brings both the fun and the heat. Why not beat one while enhancing the other? In the span of four weeks, you can brew and enjoy a thirst-quenching concoction that is perfect for closing the sunny season. With the right equipment, brewing beer can be both a fun and rewarding hobby. In keeping with the theme of delicious recipes, we are bringing you the refreshment of Passionfruit-Mango Wildfire Wheat Beer.


This delicious beverage was featured in Zymurgy and, as usual, comes from the American Homebrewer’s Association. They hold a wealth of recipes and tips for brewing the perfect beer. Following the instructions for this libation yields 5.5 gallons of refreshment and requires:


  • 4.5 lb (2 kg) | Wheat malt
  • 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) | Two-Row malt
  • 1.0 lb (450 g) | Flaked wheat or unmalted wheat
  • 0.5 lb (225 g) | Munich malt
  • 0.5 lb (225 g) | Rice hulls
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) | Northern Brewer whole hops, 8% a.a. (60 min)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) | Mt. Hood whole hops, 3.2% a.a. (40 min)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) | Cascade whole hops, 6% a.a. (5 min)
  • American Ale yeast
  • 1 pint (475 ml) | Passion Fruit puree
  • 1 quart (950 ml) | Mango puree

Following the instructions listed from the above link will yield your fruity, summer beer. Don’t forget to carbonate! Serve it at parties and let the compliments roll in!


Whether you’re an entrepreneur in the food service industry or an avid weekend brewer, Chemseal has what you need in stock. We specialize in sanitary valves, fittings, and tubing. Our tubing meets DIN 11850 standards as well. From sanitary check valves to concentric reducers, we can help find solutions for your complex process needs. As always, feel free to contact us today with any questions!

In our last blog, we talked you through making an awesome pilsner from home this summer. We know our customers who love brewing professionally haven’t lost their appreciation for home brewing, which is why we’d like to give you another of our favorite beer recipes. Although home brewing isn’t all stainless steel tubing and industrial equipment, there’s a simple joy that comes from brewing a batch of beer from your home that you don’t quite get while you’re at work.

We know that stouts aren’t generally known for being summer beers, but hear us out for a second. There’s something really wonderful about sitting in your backyard on a summer night. Let us set the scene: you have some guests over, it’s gotten chilly and you’ve reached for your sweater, and now you need a beer to finish off the night. A good stout will do the trick just fine!

Stainless steel tubing is great at the office, but we suggest a stout to try brewing at home.

This oatmeal stout comes to you (once again) from the American Homebrewers Association and will yield 10 gallons:

  • 17.375 lb (7.88 kg) pale malt
  • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) flaked oats
  • 1.5 lb (0.68 kg) Victory malt
  • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) 80° L caramel malt
  • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) black malt
  • 0.75 lb (340 g) chocolate malt
  • 0.75 lb (340 g) pale chocolate malt
  • 4.0 oz Golding pellet hops, 18.5% a.a. (60 min)
  • WLP002 English ale yeast (2 vials)

There you have it! Trust us and give it a try when the temperature drops a bit one evening this summer. Once your home brewing urge has been satisfied, come back to Chemseal and stock up on the stainless steel tubing and other accessories you need to make your commercial brewery happy. Cheers!

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