Compressed Air/Compressors

Food-grade compressed air for the sweet side of life

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, Waldenbuch, Germany, is family-owned in the third generation, and every family has its traditions... For almost 100 years, the Ritter family has kept a sweet secret- The recipe for success is to produce good chocolate: "square, practical, good". Their chocolate range, Ritter Sport, is now sold in about 90 different countries.

Optimisation of the production processes  in the  Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG required an improvement in compressed air quality. The problem was clearly defined: Com-pressed air for the pneumatic handling of cereals, cocoa powder and other primary matters in the production of chocolate had to be in accordance with the strict  requirements of the HACCP concept. This concept is a preventive system which ensures the safety of food for consumers. Developed in 1959 in the USA for NASA. Under German law, HACCP became a constituent part of the Food Hygiene Ordinance in 1998.  In the EU, it came into effect in 2006, together with the new hygiene regula-tions package.

Innovative solutions and a competent implementation were in demand.
The safest way to prevent clumping in the conveyor pipes, and microbial growth in the product is compressed air which is processed to a pressure dew point of -40 °C. Therefore, an adsorption dryer was the central component of the system. The BEKO processing and system experts convinced the customer with a system solution of fully aligned quality products. The central module being a heat-regenerated adsorption dryer of the EVERDRY© FRA-V 3400 C type. The function of the FRA-V series require no compressed air, either for the desorption process nor for subsequent cooling of the heated desiccant (ZERO PURGE). Therefore, 100% of the compressed-air volume flow at the inlet of the system is available for the application

EVERDRY – the concept
Aligned system components form a clear compact unit: a CLEARPOINT© pre-filter with a BEKOMAT© 14 condensate drain. A heat-regenerated adsorption dryer of the EVER-DRY© FRA-V 3400 C type. A water-cooled heat exchanger for the pre-reduction of the compressed-air temperature. An EVERSORP© EC 2600 oil vapour adsorber  to ensure the required freedom from oil contamination. A CLEARPOINT© after filter for the separation of particles. Finally, sterile filtration prior to introduction into the com-pressed-air system. Permanent monitoring of the residual oil content in the com-pressed air is implemented with measurement technology made by BEKO.

Everair GMBH becomes BEKO GMBH

Simultaneously with the change of name, BEKO TECHNOLOGIES GmbH becomes the principal shareholder of BEKO SYSTEMS GmbH. BEKO SYSTEMS GmbH will continue to act as an independent company with its own corporate management. Herbert Blauscheck is the former and the new general manager, filling this position since 1 May 2006.

The successful range of products and services of BEKO SYSTEMS GmbH also remains unchanged and will continue to represent an ideal supplement to the portfolio of BEKO TECHNOLOGIES GmbH, the parent company.

BEKO TECHNOLOGIES will now increasingly integrate the sales activities of its affiliated company into the optimally developed international BEKO sales and service network. With this, the compressed-air users and trading partners on all global markets will now benefit even more from the interconnected performance of both members of the Group.

Top Safety Accreditation for BEKO

BEKO Technologies, the compressed air specialists is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Bromsgrove based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

BEKO is principally involved in compressed air treatment solutions. BEKO has developed, manufactured and sold high-quality, reliable and efficient components and systems for compressed air processing and condensate technology.

The October edition of EMS magazine

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The October edition of EMS magazine is now available to read online in page turning digital format or PDF format. This edition contains articles on achieving best practice in condition monitoring and plant maintenance as well as the latest products, news and case studies.

KEEPING THE PRESSES ROLLING AT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PRINTING PLANT world's biggest printing plant is operated by News International, publishers of The Times, Sunday Times, News of the World and the Sun newspapers, and owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

The £650 million investment features 12 state-of-the-art colour printing presses, which cover an area the size of around 13 football pitches. As part of the project a complete compressed air solution, which included a dedicated moisture free air system for the sophisticated Agfa computer-to-plate (CTP) presses, was designed, supplied and installed by Airchannel.

BEKO and Airchannel Solve Problem For Imperial Tobacco Technologies have recently solved a major headache for Imperial Tobacco in Nottingham, England.The problem was caused when insurance inspectors condemned two old 10” flanged filters in the main plant room, the filters were in excess of 15 years old and suffered from significant corrosion.

However, simply replacing the filters with new standard items would have meant some fairly major and time consuming pipework alteration, and associated shut-down of the compressed air system. What was required were custom-made filters to fit precisely into the gap left by the old ones, which could therefore be exchanged in one shift, minimising downtime.

Condensate Replacement.

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METPOINT- the new measurement standard from BEKO. is everything in a competitive environment. BEKO Technologies, the market leaders in compressed air technology, boast a comprehensive program of systems designed to save energy and improve efficiency in the application of compressed air.

From BEKO’s perspective, one of the key areas requiring attention in most production fa-cilities is the acquisition and analysis of data regarding compressed air use. Indeed, many plant managers are simply unaware of how much air is used or how much each cubic me-tre of air costs.

Space-saving and powerful: New membrane dryer version DRYPOINT® M PLUS membrane dryers with an integrated nanofilter made by BEKO TECHNOLOGIES, Neuss, Germany, have proven themselves particularly useful when employed downstream of compressors (in satu-rated compressed air which is warmer than the ambient air).

However, there have up to now been restrictions regarding the employment of the DRYPOINT® M PLUS standard dryer, primarily in plant construction or in mobile sys-tems because of the limited installation height in certain applications.  

Airchannel provides clear benefits for Potters Ballotini meet new requirements, Airchannel has installed a new CompAir L132 SR Rotary screw compressor at leading technical glassware producer, Potters Ballotini, part of the global Potters Industries group.

As the world leader in glass bead impact technology, Potters is continually developing and refining its manufacturing procedures to ensure consistently high quality glass spheres, which are tested to conform to every market specification.