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Alternative proteins and food safety with Pall Corporation

The Pall Corporation’s innovations around proteins is helping to provide greater food security on a global scale.

Pall Corporation, experts in filtration, separation, and purification, for 70 years, continues to provide the Australian food and beverage industry with cutting edge solutions.

“Pall Corporation pushes the limits of science and technology, solving challenges that other customers believe are unsolvable,” said a company spokesperson.

“This is thanks to our ability to identify and solve complex customer challenges with our unique breadth and depth of application knowledge and a diverse product offering.”

Some of the key services provided by the Pall Corporation include research and development support, helping innovate new solutions, Global SLS support for customers before and after project execution, and a global team of experts servicing all regions.

‘Feeding more people, protecting the planet’ is a key tenet to how Pall Corporation approaches its business.

The plant-based protein sector has experienced growth in recent years, off the back of several factors including changing consumer demands, and Pall Corporation is well abreast of this trend.

Other key drivers behind the growth of this sector, and Pall Corporation’s role therein, include supporting customers working on the security of food supply on a global scale, providing environmentally sustainable solutions to help customers grow in the space, and the rise in the use of plants to produce food instead of feeding animals to produce animal proteins.

The last point directly addresses the rise in cellular agriculture, which has emerged as a viable solution in recent years but is still undergoing some key research and development.

Pall Corporation expects the cellular agriculture sector to continue to grow in popularity as it becomes a more viable solutions, specifically around creating greater food security.

“Pall provides comprehensive solutions for both upstream and downstream processes like bioreactors (fermenters) and, Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration systems, and final filtration (to reduce microbial load),” said the company spokesperson.

“At Pall, we are closely monitoring the expansion of the cellular agriculture industry and we are excited to support their growth.”

Pall Corporation also sees the benefits of cellular agriculture and the positive impact it can have on curving food security on a global scale.

“But cellular agriculture alone may not be the answer to global food insecurity,” said the spokesperson.

“It most probably must be supported by Cultivated meat, Fish etc. Produced using precision fermentation. Together they will contribute to eradicating food insecurity.

“All alternative proteins, including plant-based, will be needed to meet the daily dietary requirement of protein.”

As part of this push to help grow sectors which can help address food security concerns, the Pall Corporation offers several solutions.

“Pall can provide turnkey solutions, MF/UF/NF and even chromo if required, to protein manufacturers to produce highly efficient, multi-functional proteins,” said the spokesperson.

The Pall Corporation has a proven track record when it comes to helping innovate in the protein space.

“Pall has been the only one able to offer an economical, sustainable, and technologically viable solution to recover protein from the SIDE STREAMS of potato starch production with several installations across the globe,” the spokesperson said.

“The beer industry has also benefited from our Membralox Technology as well for the protein recovery from beer spent grains with ABI and the Everpro rich barley isolates beverage from Evergrain.”

Meanwhile, as the industry, and society as a whole, pushes towards more sustainable and efficient models of production, companies like Pall Corporation offer its expertise to help clients reach and exceed these new standards.

“Pall is perfectly aligned with these field needs in terms of sustainability, being

the only one who can offer such robustness with ceramic membranes that last more than 10 years,” said the spokesperson.

“These ceramic membranes have been manufactured by Pall since 1983 and Pall Systems, due to their conception enable low water consumption.

“Meanwhile, Pall food and beverage can offer studies to help customers improve their existing technologies and become self-sufficient in water consumption.

“Pall Systems will always try to recover all the streams at lower energy consumption.”

The inhouse manufacturing of its own ceramic membranes is a novel selling point for the company.

“The Pall Membralox GP membrane is designed for optimum soluble macromolecule transfer across the microfiltration membrane,” said the spokesperson.

“In conventional microfiltration conditions, the natural pressure drop creates asymmetric transmembrane pressure (TMP) from the inlet to the outlet of the flow channel.

“To correct this TMP decrease, Membralox GP membranes have a longitudinal permeability gradient built into the support structure without modification of the filtration layer.

“This is a key driver to ensure a stable microfiltration regime all along the membrane.”

Key Features

  • Precisely calibrated flux
  • Controlled selectivity all along the membrane
  • Hydrodynamically optimized
  • Proven long operational life
  • Meet the requirements for food usage
  • Fitted in standard housings
  • Uniflow directional membranes
  • Customised membrane configurations can also be proposed for the most stringent

Some of the application use for the above include Macromolecules fractionation, standardisation and purification, microorganisms removal, clarification, defatting Increased productivity, significant increase in yield, extended shelf life of filtered solutions, and selective separations between macromolecules.

Pall Ceramic GP membrane provides another clear example of the company’s innovation in the space.

“Pall Ceramic GP membrane has got a unique structure that enhances the Protein transmission performance compared to conventional membranes,” said the spokesperson.

“GP ceramic membranes are designed in such a way that Protein loss would be minimal along with higher flux rates and this has happened because of a more porous support structure which allows a Constant flux profile and result in higher Protein transmission.”

In addition to the above points, Pall has started ceramic systems manufacturing in India to support the APAC region and it will have a direct impact on customers to optimise their Capital Investments.

“Pall has dedicated Systems service support in the region to attend and service the system even after project Execution,” the spokesperson added.

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