Maximizing ROI: Cost-Effective Strategies for Evaporation, Filtration and Spray Drying Processes

In this week’s post, we’ll discuss approaches that plant managers can use for maximizing ROI on their processing equipment.

Evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying equipment are major investments for food, dairy and beverage processing facilities. Caloris prides itself on its track record of not only delivering best-in-class custom solutions for our customers, but also backing up this equipment with support that allows facilities to maximize the return-on-investment on these units.

Schedule a conversation with one of our engineers to discuss ways to maximize ROI in your facility.

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One method for maximizing ROI is implementing energy-efficiency upgrades. Optimizing efficiency reduces operating costs and enhances the sustainability of your facility,

Evaporators: MVR evaporators recycle energy from the evaporated vapors to heat the evaporator. This technology can significantly reduce energy consumption compared to traditional steam-heated units, using electrical power to replace steam consumption.

Membrane Filtration: Advancements in membrane technology can enhance separation efficiency, reduce fouling and lower energy costs. The selection of membranes with higher flux rates and resistance to cleaning chemicals can extend membrane life and reduce downtime.

Spray Dryers: Capturing waste heat from spray dryer exhaust air to regeneratively preheat ambient supply air can minimize dryer heating energy requirements, leading to substantial energy savings.

Process optimization is another means of maximizing efficiency and output. Caloris recommends several potential strategies including automation, process integration and predictive maintenance.

Automation helps ensure that the correct procedures and operating sequences are implemented every single run, no matter who is on shift or their experience level. This helps improve consistency and product safety, and reduces energy consumption and waste.

An example of process integration is using the waste heat from one process to fuel another. For instance, using the waste heat from a spray dryer to pre-heat the feed to an evaporator. This can improve the overall energy efficiency of your processing line.

Predictive maintenance strives to prevent equipment failures, reduce downtime and extend the life of your processing equipment.

The above strategies will be implemented differently in each facility depending on the configuration of your processing line, its components and your processing goals. Caloris can perform an assessment of your processing line to tailor recommendations that will work best for you.

Waste reduction initiatives are another method for maximizing ROI on your processing equipment. Strategies include resource recovery and other sustainable practices.

Resource recovery captures valuable by-products from waste streams, such as water and cleaning chemicals, for reuse. Caloris has a long track record of helping customers with various resource recovery endeavors.

Contact Caloris to schedule a conversation on how you can begin maximizing ROI on your processing equipment. Call Caloris at 410-822-6900 or send email to to speak with an engineer.

Stay tuned for a future discussion on further ways to maintain your processing equipment and extend its useful life. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to be among the first to be notified when the article is published.


About Caloris

Caloris transforms process systems design for the better with unexpected, future-focused solutions that solve real operational problems. We engineer efficient, dependable and productive solutions that also improve environmental sustainability where practical. Designed with the end user in mind to drive plant productivity. Caloris offers evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying process systems for food and dairy industries, as well as for water reuse and wastewater treatment applications. Both Caloris’ custom and pre-engineered packaged systems are designed to meet our customers’ specific concentration/purification needs utilizing the most cost effective and energy efficient technologies available. Whether concentrating dairy, food or juice products at a high-volume production facility, or processing industrial wastewaters to reduce transportation and treatment costs and recover re-usable water, Caloris provides a range of options and technologies.