AKO has passed the certification Type EL - Class I, Type EL aseptic – Class I of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group EHEDG for its new air-operated pinch valves series VMCE.
The highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness are increasingly important in many areas of food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Frequent product changes and difficult product features require regular wet cleaning. Since pinch valves are often installed in hard-to-reach places, manual cleaning can be very costly. A fully automatic cleaning, Cleaning in Place (CIP) saves time and money.
The new pinch valves, available in nominal sizes DN10-100 (3/8"-4"), are characterised by an easy-to-clean (CIP), sterilisable (SIP-capable) and bacteria-tight design in accordance with EHEDG certification type EL Class I and type EL ASEPTIC Class I. Furthermore, the VMCE pinch valves are piggable (RIP).
Air-operated pinch valves are the ideal solution for isolating and regulating abrasive, corrosive and fibrous products. The pinch valve is being used more and more as an isolating valve or regulating valve for emulsions, sludges, dusts, gaseous materials, compressed air, powder, granulates, pellets, etc. Another advantage in the use of pinch valves compared to conventional valves such as butterfly valves or ball valves, lies in the almost wear-free and absolutely tight shut-off of the product stream.