Vacuum for the Beverage Industry

Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in the Beverage Industry: Elmo Rietschle's Vacuum and Low-Pressure Solutions


The beverage industry faces unique challenges in ensuring product quality, optimizing production efficiency, and reducing energy and water consumption matching sustainability targets. To overcome these obstacles, manufacturers and OEMs require reliable vacuum and low-pressure solutions that can meet their specific requirements. Elmo Rietschle, a renowned provider of innovative vacuum technology, emerges as the perfect partner for beverage manufacturers and OEMs. With a diverse range of vacuum pumps and blowers, including Liquid Ring Pumps, Screw Pumps, Side Channel Blowers, and Rotary Vane Pumps and fully customised solutions, Elmo Rietschle offers cutting-edge solutions tailored to the needs of the beverage industry.

Challenges facing the Beverage Industry:

The beverage industry operates under rigorous demands, such as maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness, ensuring consistent product quality, and improving production efficiency. Beverage manufacturers and OEMs face challenges like:


1. Efficiency: Maximizing productivity while minimizing energy consumption and production costs.

2. Hygiene and Cleanliness: Meeting strict sanitary standards to prevent contamination and maintain product integrity.

3. Product Quality: Ensuring consistent taste, carbonation levels, and packaging integrity.

4. Sustainability: Embracing eco-friendly practices to reduce waste and energy consumption.

5. Flexibility: Adapting to different beverage types, packaging formats, and production volumes.


Reducing Water Consumption and Energy Costs in the Beverage Industry


The beverage industry faces significant challenges when it comes to managing water consumption and energy costs. These challenges are driven by various factors, including sustainability concerns, operational efficiency, and cost optimization. Let's delve into these challenges:


1. Water Conservation: By employing dry vacuum technology, Elmo Rietschle's solutions eliminate the need for water usage in the bottling process. Unlike traditional Liquid Ring pumps that rely on water as a sealing medium, the X-VSI Dry Bottling System offers a sustainable alternative. This results in reduced water consumption, alleviates strain on local water supplies, and helps beverage manufacturers meet their water conservation targets.

With Liquid Ring Pumps, the moment process water is contaminated with residues coming from the filling machine (sugar, yeast, CO2 enriched) the process water should be removed from the process for treatment. Screw pumps have no water in the compression chamber, so removing any associated waste water treament costs or risks of contamination.


2. Energy Efficiency: Elmo Rietschle's vacuum pumps and blowers are designed with energy efficiency in mind. The X-VSI Dry Bottling System, in particular, provides higher energy efficiency compared to Liquid Ring pumps. By utilizing advanced dry screw technology, it reduces power consumption and lowers energy costs. This not only enhances the bottom line for beverage manufacturers but also supports their commitment to sustainable operations.


3. Sustainability Benefits: The reduction in water consumption achieved through Elmo Rietschle's dry vacuum technology aligns with the industry's sustainability objectives. By eliminating the need for water usage and reducing wastewater discharge, beverage manufacturers can significantly reduce their environmental impact. This contributes to their corporate social responsibility initiatives and strengthens their position as environmentally conscious organizations.


4. Cost Savings: Lowering water consumption and energy costs directly translates to cost savings for beverage manufacturers. By implementing Elmo Rietschle's efficient vacuum and low-pressure solutions, manufacturers can optimize their operational expenses, improve profitability, and allocate resources to other critical areas of their business.


5. Reduce CO2 Consumption - using dry screw technology instead of liquid ring pumps in botle filling machine will reduce cinsumption of CO2. The highly stable and efficient vaccum performance of screw compared to a liquid ring pump will provide significant CO2 savings. 

Example, during beer bottling, in order to prevent air coming into contact with the liquid during filling and plug operations, the atmosphere is enriched with CO2 that partially replace air during filling. Screw pumps more stable vacuum performance and efficient operatin (also below 100mbar(a) ) reduces the needs for CO2 per bottle 


In an industry where water consumption and energy costs are significant challenges, Elmo Rietschle's vacuum and low-pressure solutions offer substantial benefits to beverage manufacturers. By eliminating water usage, reducing energy consumption, and promoting sustainable practices, Elmo Rietschle helps manufacturers address environmental concerns, optimize operational efficiency, and achieve cost savings. By partnering with Elmo Rietschle, beverage manufacturers can navigate the challenges related to water consumption and energy costs, align with sustainability goals, and thrive in a competitive industry.

Vacuum and Low-Pressure Applications in the Beverage Industry:


1. Bottle Filling Machines and Capping Machines:

Vacuum plays a crucial role in bottle filling and capping processes. By creating a vacuum inside the bottle, air is removed, allowing the liquid to be filled without foaming or spillage. Vacuum-assisted capping ensures proper sealing, preserving the freshness and carbonation of the beverage.


2. Carbonation:

Vacuum degassing is essential for carbonation processes. By applying vacuum, unwanted gases are removed from the beverage, creating space for the introduction of carbon dioxide. This process ensures consistent carbonation levels and eliminates excess air, enhancing product quality.


3. Container Cleaning:

Vacuum technology is utilized in container cleaning systems to remove debris, particles, and unwanted substances from bottles or containers before the filling process. Vacuum is applied to draw out dirt and contaminants, ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of the containers.


4. Deaeration:

Deaeration is employed to remove dissolved gases, such as oxygen, from the beverage. Vacuum deaeration prevents oxidation and maintains the desired taste and flavor. By creating a low-pressure environment, vacuum facilitates the release of unwanted gases, resulting in improved product quality and shelf life.


5. Filtration:

Vacuum filtration is utilized to separate solids or impurities from the beverage. By applying vacuum, the liquid is drawn through a filtration medium, trapping particles and impurities. This process ensures clarity and purity, enhancing the visual appeal and quality of the beverage.


6. Yeast Propagation:

In brewing processes, yeast propagation is a critical step. Vacuum is used to create an environment conducive to yeast growth. By applying low pressure, the dissolved oxygen is removed, creating ideal conditions for yeast fermentation and ensuring consistent product quality.


7. Pneumatic Conveying:

Vacuum is employed in pneumatic conveying systems to transport dry ingredients, such as powders or granules, within the production line. By creating a pressure differential, vacuum assists in the movement of materials, enabling efficient and controlled transfer.


8. Aeration:

Aeration processes utilize vacuum blowers to introduce air or gases into the beverage. This is commonly used in applications such as aeration of wine or beer during fermentation. Vacuum blowers generate the necessary airflow, enabling controlled aeration and flavor development.


9. Packaging and Sealing:

Vacuum is utilized in packaging and sealing processes to remove excess air from packaging materials, such as bags or containers. By eliminating air, vacuum sealing extends the shelf life of the beverage, prevents oxidation, and preserves product freshness.


10. Distillation:

Vacuum distillation is employed in the production of certain alcoholic beverages to minimize the boiling point and preserve the delicate flavors and aromas. By lowering the pressure, vacuum distillation enables the separation and collection of specific components, ensuring desired product characteristics.


In each of these applications, vacuum technology plays a vital role in optimizing production efficiency, ensuring product quality, and maintaining the integrity of the beverage. Elmo Rietschle's diverse range of vacuum pumps and blowers, including the X-VSI Dry Bottling System, are designed to meet the specific needs of the beverage industry, contributing to enhanced operational performance and customer satisfaction.

Our Beverage Industry Solutions


Elmo Rietschle's vacuum and low-pressure solutions play a vital role in addressing the unique challenges faced by beverage manufacturers and OEMs. Let's explore the various applications of their advanced technology:

 Liquid Ring Pumps Elmo Rietschle

1. Liquid Ring Pumps: Well-suited for applications involving the handling of liquids, these pumps are used in areas such as bottle filling, carbonation, and container cleaning. They provide consistent performance even in wet and humid conditions.



Screw Pumps Elmo Rietschle


2. Screw Pumps: Ideal for handling delicate liquids and solids, screw pumps are used in processes such as syrup transfer, filtration, and yeast propagation. They offer gentle product handling and precise control, ensuring product integrity.





Side Channel Blowers Elmo Rietschle


3. Side Channel Blowers: These blowers are versatile and find application in pneumatic conveying, gas circulation, and aeration processes. They offer efficient, oil-free operation and are known for their compact design, making them suitable for limited space environments.



Rotary Vane Pumps Elmo RIetschle


4. Rotary Vane Pumps: Widely used for bottling applications, rotary vane pumps provide efficient vacuum generation and reliable performance. They contribute to the smooth operation of bottle filling and capping processes.





Liquid Ring vs. Screw Vacuum Pumps in Bottle Filling Machines - A Technology Comparison: 


In the beverage industry, vacuum pumps play a critical role in bottling filling machines, ensuring efficient and reliable performance. While liquid ring pumps have long been the widely accepted solution, screw vacuum pumps with dryScrew ELmo Rietschle technology are emerging as the next generation solution for vacuum bottling filling applications. Let's compare these two technologies and highlight the advantages that screw vacuum pumps offer to bottling companies, including energy consumption and water consumption.



Example of potential savings moving from Liquid Ring to Dry Screw solution operating in a bottle filling machine:

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1. Energy Consumption:

Liquid Ring Pumps: Liquid ring pumps utilize water as a sealing medium, resulting in higher energy consumption and poor adaptability to change in operating conditions. The need to continuously supply water, along with the energy required for water circulation and temperature control, contributes to increased operational costs.


Screw Vacuum Pumps: Screw vacuum pumps, on the other hand, employ dry technology and do not rely on water for sealing. This eliminates the need for water usage, resulting in significantly lower energy consumption. With their advanced design and efficient operation, screw vacuum pumps offer energy savings and contribute to cost optimization for bottling companies.


Advantage: Screw vacuum pumps offer lower energy consumption compared to liquid ring pumps, providing bottling companies with cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions.


2. Water Consumption:

Liquid Ring Pumps: Water usage is a significant concern with liquid ring pumps as they require a constant supply of water for sealing purposes. This reliance on water consumption can strain local water supplies and pose environmental challenges. Additionally, liquid ring pumps generate wastewater, further contributing to water consumption and disposal issues.


Screw Vacuum Pumps: Screw vacuum pumps eliminate the need for water usage in bottling systems. With dry technology, they operate without the requirement of water as a sealing medium. This not only conserves water resources but also reduces wastewater generation, aligning with sustainability goals and minimizing the environmental impact of the bottling process.


Advantage: Screw vacuum pumps offer a water-free solution, reducing water consumption and promoting sustainability in bottling operations.


3. Performance and Reliability:

Liquid Ring Pumps: Liquid ring pumps have a long-standing reputation for their reliability and ability to handle liquid and wet applications effectively. They provide consistent performance in challenging environments, making them a trusted choice for bottling applications.


Screw Vacuum Pumps: Screw vacuum pumps have evolved to deliver high-performance capabilities suitable for bottling systems. With advancements in design and technology, they offer reliable and efficient operation, ensuring consistent vacuum performance. The dry technology employed by screw vacuum pumps eliminates the risk of liquid carryover, maintaining product integrity and quality.


Advantage: Screw vacuum pumps provide next-generation reliability and performance, meeting the demands of modern bottling systems while offering the advantages of dry technology.


While liquid ring pumps have been the conventional choice in the beverage industry, screw vacuum pumps with dry technology are emerging as an innovative solution for vacuum bottling applications. Their advantages in energy consumption and water consumption position them as the next generation solution for bottling systems. Screw vacuum pumps offer lower energy consumption, reducing operational costs, and provide a water-free solution, promoting sustainability. With their reliable performance and ability to maintain product integrity, screw vacuum pumps offer a compelling alternative for bottling companies, supporting their quest for efficiency, cost optimization, and environmental responsibility.


Next Generation Dry Bottling Systems from Elmo Rietschle


Dry Bottling System: Advantages of Elmo Rietschle's X-VSI Dry Bottling System:

Elmo Rietschle's X-VSI Dry Bottling System, featuring dry vacuum technology, provides significant advantages over traditional Liquid Ring pumps used in bottling. Here's why:

1. Enhanced Efficiency: The X-VSI Dry Bottling System offers higher energy efficiency, resulting in reduced power consumption and operational costs.

2. Improved Product Quality: Dry vacuum solutions eliminate the risk of liquid carryover and contamination, ensuring consistent taste and quality.

3. Increased Sustainability: By eliminating the need for water usage and reducing wastewater discharge, dry vacuum technology aligns with eco-friendly practices and sustainability goals.

4. Compact Modular Design: The X-VSI Dry Bottling System's compact modular design saves valuable floor space and offers flexibility during installation and maintenance.

5. Reliable Operation: The advanced technology of the X-VSI system ensures reliable, consistent vacuum performance, reducing downtime and enhancing productivity.

Case Study: Dry Screw Bottling Success Story in Brazil:

Elmo Rietschle's dry screw technology has been instrumental in transforming a bottling plant in Brazil, resulting in remarkable success. By replacing outdated Liquid Ring pumps with the X-VSI




 Dry Bottling System, the bottling plant achieved: 

1. Improved Product Quality: The dry screw technology eliminated water contamination, ensuring consistent flavor and taste in the bottled beverages.

2. Enhanced Efficiency: The energy-efficient X-VSI system reduced energy consumption by 30%, leading to significant cost savings.

3. Increased Sustainability: The elimination of water usage and wastewater discharge aligned with the plant's sustainability initiatives, minimizing environmental impact.

4. Reliable Performance: The dry screw technology provided consistent vacuum performance, reducing downtime and optimizing production throughput.


Your Perfect Partner

In a highly demanding industry like beverages, Elmo Rietschle stands out as the perfect partner for beverage manufacturers and OEMs, offering an extensive range of vacuum and low-pressure solutions. With their expertise and innovative products like the X-VSI Dry Bottling System, Elmo Rietschle addresses the challenges faced by the industry, ensuring enhanced efficiency, improved product quality, and sustainable operations. Embracing their cutting-edge technology enables beverage manufacturers to elevate their production processes, maintain brand reputation, and drive success in the dynamic beverage market.