PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., November 04, 2009 - SUPRApak™ filters, Pall Corporation’s (NYSE:PLL) new alternative to conventional sheet filters, provide distilleries with production benefits at lower cost. The technology minimizes product losses while meeting the highest standards for purity and clarity.
Over 20 billion liters of distilled spirits are produced around the world each year. From chill filtration in brown spirits, to activated carbon treatment in white spirits, to final filtration in low alcohol beverages, virtually all spirits require some form of filtration or separation.
“To produce visually clear and bright spirits, contaminants must be removed while quality enhancing components are maintained. The balance of purity, quality and clarity is essential,” said Nicole Madrid, global marketing manager for wine and spirits at Pall. “With SUPRApak filters, distillers can achieve this balance as they increase yield and minimize labor and downtime, thereby reducing overall operating costs.”
Distilleries have traditionally used “plate and frame” sheet filters to clarify spirits. These filters are open to the air and can potentially expose the product to contamination. In contrast, SUPRApak filters utilize fully enclosed housings. As a result, they eliminate filter sheet disadvantages such as product losses, hygiene concerns and frequent maintenance. Further, with their compact, high surface area construction, SUPRApak modules reduce the production equipment footprint and are easy to set up and change out.
Finally, SUPRApak SH-grade filters release low levels of calcium and magnesium and negligible levels of iron and copper, preventing precipitation in alcohol or the final product. This characteristic makes them ideal for spirits filtration.
Earlier this year, in a typical example, a distillery in Europe converted two production lines from a plate and frame filter process to a four-module SUPRApak process. The customer realizes savings of more than 20 percent in production costs by eliminating drip losses and reducing labor during change outs. In addition, product quality has been improved.
Pall Food and Beverage is the global leader in filtration and separation solutions for the food and beverage market. It serves the needs of the beer, wine, spirits, dairy, soft drink, bottled water, enzymes, food ingredients and associated industries. The Company’s products are complemented by incoming water and waste water treatment systems, providing a complete approach to fluid management throughout the production process. Pall's solutions help to ensure product quality and protect consumers while lowering operating costs and minimizing waste.
About Pall Corporation
Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing Total Fluid ManagementSM solutions to meet the critical needs of customers in biopharmaceutical, hospital and transfusion medicine, energy and alternative energy, electronics, municipal and industrial water, aerospace, transportation and broad industrial markets. Together with our customers, we foster health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. The Company’s engineered solutions enable process and product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation, with total revenues of $2.3 billion for fiscal 2009, is an S&P 500 company with more than 10,000 employees servicing customers worldwide.Pall has been named a top "green company" by Newsweek magazine. To see how Pall is helping enable a greener and more sustainable future, visit www.pall.com.