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Every soda, beer, or bottle of water that you have enjoyed has most likely been provided to you with the aid of reverse osmosis water technology.
Reverse osmosis water treatment contributes a substantial amount to the beverage production industry. Beverage production industries use reverse osmosis, because it is the most efficient method of purifying water. The process of reverse osmosis is effective in the removal of common water impurities, including salt forming ions, harmful bacterium, and just about any other contaminant. Generally, reverse osmosis will decrease the total dissolved solids to nonexistent.
Beverage production businesses must demonstrate consistency in their products in order to protect their brands and satisfy customers. Taste and other characteristics of the beverage are affected by water, because water is a main constituent in the production of beverages.
It is crucial for the water to meet a consistent standard in order to produce consistency of flavor and appearance demanded by quality beverages.
Unfortunately the quality of the primary sources of water, such as, lakes, oceans, and city water, is not consistent, and the water is not pure. Total dissolved solids in source waters is fluctuated within each source and is different from source to source.
City water is hard and contains large deposits of minerals which can form scale. Sea water is high in salinity, and other sources can be brackish, too acidic, too basic, or high in particulates.
Due to these variables, it is important to have a reliable process for converting water in any condition to quality purified water: Reverse osmosis water treatment is in great for this purpose. Purified water — of a consistent quality — can only be produced with standardized treatment processes.
Without consistent water quality, the taste and quality of beverages is affected. Reverse osmosis systems provide the consistency and quality needed for beverage production. And, the durability of reverse osmosis membranes is ideal for treating source water with high levels of total dissolved solids. In addition to their durability, reverse osmosis systems are also flexible and can be adjusted to match the filtration level needed for whatever the feed water. Reverse osmosis water treatment systems can filter all sources of water, including, fresh water, brackish water, city water or even sea water.
The membranes of a reverse osmosis system consist of dense polymer matrix layers. These membrane layers are carefully designed to filter out the smallest contaminants, which include bacterium of about 0.2 to 1 micron. Membranes can actually filter contaminants as small as 1/10,000 of a micron. Particulate that weighs as little as 150 daltons cannot even permeate reverse osmosis membranes. This eliminates the problem of both bacteria and larger dissolved solids in the water for beverage production.
Water hardness is another issue that arises in beverage production and that reverse osmosis can resolve through water softening. Reverse osmosis systems accomplish this by rejecting elements in water that create the properties of hardness. Hardness elements that reverse osmosis systems remove include copper, manganese, iron, calcium and magnesium. In addition to the ability to reduce hardness, reverse osmosis also rejects matter with a strong charge, such as anions, which create salt build up.
Beverage production companies also face water quality challenges in the process of cleaning bottles for beverages. Taking the same concept in the car wash industry, the purer the water the better it is to wash with. Hardness elements create scaling and react with soap to form troublesome soap curd. Decreased water hardness eliminates scale, spotting and soap curd in the finished cleaned product.
Related Markets and Applications
Using reverse osmosis to treat the rinse water provides these solutions, and less rinse water is needed. Producing soft drinks can also be made less costly. Soft drinks are created through mixing concentrated ingredients and sweeteners with water. The more pure the water, the less concentrate is needed to produce soft drink beverages. The versatility of reverse osmosis systems shows in the production of non-alcoholic beer and wine. Reverse osmosis systems are not limited to filtering salt ions and bacterium; they can filter out alcohol as well, contributing to the growing market for low- and non-alcoholic beers and wines.
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