Are microbes eating your sanitary process system?

Corrosion resistant alloys (CRA) are used for almost every equipment, machinery, or apparatus used in the food, dairy, and beverage manufacturing. Despite that, the maintenance costs due to corrosion in these kinds of equipment are surprisingly very high.

The current research in Corrosion Science and Engineering, tells us that microbes or bacteria have been causing corrosion problems in several other industries as well; from aviation fuels, to oilfields and pipelines, to nuclear waste. In the food, dairy, and beverage manufacturing industry, the same problem exists due to this microbiological issue. 

Two plants experience scenarios in this case study will demonstrate that Microbiological Induced Corrosion (MIC) on plant equipment can be identified by understanding the mechanism behind the development and propagation of MIC. By identifying MIC, its damaging effects can be minimized, if not eliminated. The accurate identification of MIC problems and applying preventive maintenance solutions can effectively reduce overall maintenance costs.

Click here to read the full article, published on LinkedIn. You’ll get to read 2 case studies of plants experiencing MIC, as well as recommendations to prevent this type of corrosion.

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