Food & Beverage


Food & Beverage

Industry At A Glance
Ambient air filtration Dryers Routing Screening Scrubbing Separating Silo venting Vaccum Ventilation Wet scrubbing
Filtered Materials
Combustible Dust Dust Fertilizer Fibres Flour Food Gas Grain & Seed Odour Powder Stockfeed Vitamins

The Food and Beverage Industry, also known as the Food Industry or the Food Processing and Packaging Industry, takes raw agricultural products and turns them into the food products we eat every day.   

Some common food processing applications include: 

  • Meat processing and preserving 
  • Fish processing 
  • Fruit and vegetable preserving 
  • Milling 
  • Baking 
  • Biscuit making 
  • Pasta manufacture 
  • Sugar processing and refining 
  • Chocolate making and confectionary 
  • Brewing 
  • Distilling and manufacture of other beverages 
  • Milk and milk products processing 
  • Processing of oils and fats 

Industry Challenges 

The process of food production creates several air pollution challenges in the work environment.  These challenges impact the health and safety of workers and increase the risk of an adverse event such as an explosion or unexpected plant shutdown.   

Common dusts created in the Food and Beverage Industry include: 

  • Cereal ingredients 
  • Spices 
  • Feed and raw grain agricultural products 
  • Eggshell and dust 
  • Sugar dust 
  • Allergens 
  • Flour 
  • Corn starches 
  • Hygroscopic dusts   

Several challenges that must be addressed include:   

  • Dried food ingredients, from coarse grains to fine spices and additives, require customized dust collection processes. 
  • Sugars, whey, and other sticky dusts also introduce their own unique challenges requiring high-efficiency filtration solutions. 
  • The buildup of combustible dust on floors and other surfaces is a fire and explosion hazard.  Dust collectors, if not designed correctly, can also become fire and explosion hazards. Flours, sugar dust, milk powder, peanut dust, soft-drink additives powder, cornstarch and other starches are highly explosive. 

Solutions Available 

Airtight Solutions has vast experience in all aspects of dust and fume control for food processing industries.  Some customizable solutions we offer include: 

  • Dry baghouse filtration.  These filtration systems perform well under the following conditions: 
    • High-temperature applications 
    • Sticky or wet particulate 
    • Heavy dust loads 
    • Small or large particulates 
  • Wet scrubbers are ideal when dealing with moisture in the airstream.  This includes: 
    • High-temperature applications 
    • Moist exhaust stream applications 
    • Remove both gases and particulate matter 
    • Can neutralize corrosive gases 
  • Steam, fume, and vapor filtration offer the following benefits: 
    • Remove hazardous gases from the work premises 
    • Create a safe working environment 
    • Provide significant energy savings 
  • Dust extraction systems may be a good option for source capture to help: 
    • Extract coarse dust at the machines 
    • Extract and filter fine dust 
    • Extract and filter aerosols 

We can also design and install integrated filter systems to return filtered products back into the process line.  

To address combustibility challenges present in food manufacturing applications, Airtight dust collectors can be customized to include: 

  • Fire retardant cartridges 
  • Sprinkler connections 
  • Explosion vents 
  • Suppression systems 
  • Backdraft dampers 

Additional services Airtight Solutions offers include: 

  • A range of high-quality silo venting dust collector options for most food processing applications. 
  • Custom designed ducting systems for all plant requirements including their modular range of quick-release ducting systems in both galvanized mild steel and stainless steel for quick and easy cleaning. 
  • Troubleshooting and auditing services for existing plants. 
  • Scheduled dust control plant maintenance and servicing. 

Client Benefits/Saving/Results

A reputable dust collection engineering and manufacturing firm will design and fabricate a safe, low maintenance solution that will help you:  

  • Maintain clean, healthy environment for workers 
    • Prevent dust inhalation 
    • Prevent slips and falls 
    • Remove allergens 
    • Avoid dust explosions 
  • Minimize electrical, heating, filter, and compressed air costs 
  • Minimize human error with automatic controlled releases 
Airtight Solutions engineered the perfect solution for this industry.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Pierre Westell
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Airtight make high quality products that are very simple to use. Having dealt with Airtight for a number of years I can certainly say the customer service from Glenn Nicholls and his team is excellent and they are very reliable. I Have recommended Airtight to other people and will continue to do so as they provide a very good service at fair price.

Phil Binder
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When we required the latest technology for our new plant in Mount Gambier, Glenn was able to not only supply the material but organise his competent crew to install the extractor on site during the Covid shutdown when we were experiencing very tight deadlines. We can highly recommend Glenn and his knowledgeable team.

Rachael Portsch
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Great products!!!! Love working with this team. Very efficient and reliable. In particular ….. Glenn Nicholls 🙂
Cheers from the team at Portsch Classic Furniture, Hendon SA 5014.

Matt Gabbett
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Good old fashioned reliable service. Glenn is always willing to go the extra mile to help, and you also get a top bloke thrown into the deal for good measure.

Caleb Wallace
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Nothing but good feedback for this company, Glenn Nichols runs a great operation with great service. The 3HG dust extraction system has been excellent, wouldn’t look elsewhere!

Steven Foote
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UWE Hay worked with Airtight Solutions at our export facility in Southern New South Wales for the installation of a fully integrated dust extraction system. The staff and leadership at the business were of the highest calibre and the professional approach was felt from the initial phone interaction to the onsite visit, to the cost effective quote of their fully customised solution and installation of the system within our facility. Prior to selecting Airtight Solutions our company discussed our requirements with several company’s however the outcome was there was only one choice. Airtight Solutions provided a highly professional package and after sales service and we would recommend their systems to any other businesses in the agricultural industry with similar requirements.

General Manager, UWE Hay – April 2017
Matthew Kitchin
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When I upgraded my underperforming cartridge dust collector, Airtight Solutions came highly recommended. My expectations were naturally high, but the system is everything they said it would be and the performance difference is unbelievable!
Airtight delivered a quality job and timely with minimal disruptions. The process was made easy and the communication was open and honest. I would recommend Airtight to anyone.

Director, Capital Design Works – May 2016
Tony Wright
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Glenn and his team have been consistently quick to respond with solid advice and service. Very happy with their support.

Nick Trolio
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Very professional and easy to deal with. Great products and great service.

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