Whether you want to improve your diet or simply want to create a killer Bloody Mary, tomato juice can be a particularly popular drink. As a result, some companies are getting into the tomato juice business. Citrus World is Florida’s third largest fruit co-op, and they decided to throw their hat into the tomato juice production ring. Fortunately, Komax’s static mixers were there to help them do the job right.
The Juice is Loose
According to engineer Daniel Cronin who worked on the development of the new product, there were some serious problems in the mixing room when it came time to perfect their formula. Blending tomato paste and water may not seem like a tough thing to do, but in terms of mixing materials, they are challenging. None of the traditional methods in the large tanks were doing the job right. Side-mounted and center-mounted agitators were resulting in a product that was inconsistent and a process that was inefficient.
You Say Tomato, I Say Static Mixer
The solution, naturally, turned out to be the Komax in-line static mixer. The problem was with the tomato paste which proved to be far too thick to properly manage. The viscosity of the tomato paste as it arrives at Citrus World is around 10,000 centipoise. The paste is dumped into a massive 600-gallon holding tank. The paste and water are then brought together where the static mixer mixes them correctly. Once through the mixer, salt and other ingredients are added, and then it is sent for canning and packaging.
Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Tomato
Citrus World also discovered that this process improved their orange juice manufacturing as well, smoothing out some of the highs and lows in their production lines. Because most of their orange juice is sold as concentrate, evaporators have proven to be extremely valuable. So whether you’re sipping orange juice or slurping up some tomato juice, static mixers played a part in your tasty drink.