East Hills, NY (April 20, 2005) - - Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) is helping revolutionize the brewing process with its new automated clarification system that streamlines beer filtration without affecting taste or brand integrity. The PROFI? system combines centrifuge and membrane technologies to create a seamless filtration process, especially ideal for high-volume beer producers. The system also eliminates the use of diatomaceous earth (DE) from beer production, removing the labor-intensive filtration and maintenance activities associated with DE systems.
"The PROFI system is a leading-edge technology that changes the shape of the beer-making process and represents the future of modern breweries," says Ron Johnson, General Sales Manager, Pall Food and Beverage. "We are focused on bringing innovations to market that address both the production demands and the quality needs of today's breweries. We are also committed to providing filtration, purification and separation solutions that help breweries of all sizes protect beer character while saving time and money."
DE has been the historic foundation of beer filtration and clarification; it is used as a filter aid by roughly 98 percent of the beer industry today. However, the ongoing challenges related to DE disposal, warehousing and handling in large-scale operations led Pall to develop a cost-effective solution that would not compromise beer quality or taste. The introduction of a DE-free filtration system for the beer industry continues a trend in the beverage arena that began with the successful launch of a similar process in the wine industry.
With the PROFI system, beer is passed through a centrifuge and membrane filter where yeast and other particles are separated. It is designed to effectively operate in a 24 hours/seven days a week (24/7) production system, allowing for a continuous filtration process without the need for filter aids, operator or workflow interruptions. Since the environmentally friendly process does not utilize DE, breweries no longer have to be concerned about DE handling, disposal and the need to take up valuable warehouse space with DE storage. Other significant benefits include reduced energy consumption and substantially less product loss as compared to DE filtration.
"To gain a competitive edge, breweries need to incorporate technology and automation that maintains the quality and character of their beer," says Johnson. "Pall is helping breweries build on the traditions of the past while looking ahead to new, advanced technologies."
Pall Food and Beverage is the global leader in filtration, purification and separation technologies for the industry providing solutions for use throughout the brewing process from fermentation to packaging.
About Pall Corporation Pall Corporation is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separations and purification. Pall's business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, transfusion medicine, semiconductor, water purification, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal 2004 were $1.8 billion. The Company headquarters are in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world. Visit Pall at www.pall.com.
* PROFI is a registered trademark of GEA Westaflia Foodtec