Category: Sanitary Pumps

Sanitary Pumps are a type of pump designed for use in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as other applications requiring hygienic conditions. Those pumps are designed to meet strict sanitary standards and regulations, and they are typically made from materials that are safe for use with food and other sensitive products.

Sanitary Pumps come in many different designs, including centrifugal, positive displacement, and peristaltic pumps. They are typically made from materials such as stainless steel, which is durable and easy to clean, and they are designed with features that help to minimise the risk of contamination, such as smooth, crevice-free surfaces and seals that are easy to replace.


  • Food & Beverage Production – Sanitary Pumps are commonly used in the production of food and beverages, such as milk, beer, and soft drinks, to move ingredients and finished products.
  • Pharmaceutical Production – To move and mix ingredients, and to transfer products from one process to another.
  • Cosmetic & Personal Care – Sanitary Pumps are used in the production of cosmetics and personal care products, such as lotions, shampoos, and body washes, to move and mix ingredients.


  • Hygienic – Sanitary Pumps are designed to meet strict standards and regulations, helping to minimise the risk of contamination and ensure the safety of the products being produced.
  • Easy-To-Clean – Sanitary Pumps are designed with features that make them easy to clean and sanitise such as smooth surfaces and easily replaceable seals.
  • Versatile – Sanitary Pumps can handle a wide range of fluids, from low-viscosity liquids to high-viscosity slurries, making them a versatile solution for many applications.
  • Cost-Effective – Sanitary Pumps are a cost-effective solution for many applications, providing reliable performance and long service life at a reasonable price.
  • Low-Maintenance – Require minimal maintenance, thanks to their robust design and durable materials.

Sanitary Pumps are an essential component in many industries that require hygienic conditions and reliable performance. They are a cost-effective and versatile solution that can handle a wide range of fluids and provide a long service life with minimal maintenance.


What should I consider when selecting a sanitary pump?
When selecting a sanitary pump, you should consider factors such as the type of fluid being handled, the required flow rate, the pressure and temperature range, and the installation and maintenance requirements. It’s important to choose a pump that is appropriate for the intended application and meets relevant industry standards.

How do I install and maintain a sanitary pump?
Sanitary Pumps should be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and any applicable codes and regulations. Maintenance typically involves cleaning and sanitising the pump components, checking for leaks, and replacing any worn or damaged parts. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations and perform regular inspections to ensure proper operation.

What types of surface finish do I need on my Sanitary Pump?
Food and Beverage are generally sanitary at a 0.8 ra finish. However, if your Sanitary Pump is required for Water for Injection (WFI) or purified water then this pump would be an Ultrapure Sanitary Pump. The ra finishes here could be up to 0.5 ra or even 0.38 ra and would require additional certifications for all materials (including seals) along with a low ferrite requirement.

Do I need my Sanitary Pump for CIP (Cleaning in Place)?
If this is required, then the sanitary pump should be able to draw from a vessel at low suction levels and high temperatures. This is an area that causes a lot of seal issues for most Sanitary Pumps, so ESI would recommend an Alfa Laval LKH Prime, lower low loadings and lower noise levels than the old liquid ring designs.

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