Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions Announces Aflex FaBLINE Hose for Food and Beverage Processing

Long-life PTFE-lined hoses boost efficiency for all fluid transfer tasks maximizing profitability

Food and beverage plants can now maximize production line profitability with FaBLINE, a new food-grade flexible hose from Aflex, part of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions (WMFTS). Developed to meet the latest hygiene standards, the patented PTFE-lined hose with standard 316 stainless steel braid ensures efficient product transfer and handling while simultaneously offering longer life than rubber hose alternatives.

Kink-resistant design and flexibility

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In addition to the benefits such as increased service life, reduced maintenance, less CIP downtime and lower processing costs, FaBLINE offers excellent liner flexibility in a kink-resistant design that requires less force to bend than competitor smooth bore products. Furthermore, the product carries up to twice the flow of similar-sized convoluted delivery hoses, providing a faster, more efficient processing solution.

Operating performance is also elevated. For example, traditional rubber hoses can block or burst in applications that involve the transfer of highly viscous media; FaBLINE’s low-friction construction minimizes back-pressure to avoid downtime and material losses.

Smooth operator

Eliminating the potential for any product entrapment or bacterial build up, FaBLINE’s smooth bore is one of many inherent hygiene design features. Moreover, as its construction is free of internal adhesives, the hose will not absorb product or cleaning chemicals that can leach into and taint subsequent product batches.

The PTFE lining further ensures cleanability with excellent chemical and heat resistance during CIP cycles. FaBLINE’s high temperature rating also makes it perfect for utility connections to steam and hot water systems, highlighting its versatility throughout food and beverage production processes.

Both PTFE-lined and non-lined end fittings are available with a laser-etched ferrule for traceability. A range of braid, cover and external protection options complete the offer.

First choice for fluid transfer

Food and beverage companies around the world have standardized on Aflex hose products as the best designed and most reliable choice for process fluid transfer. Now, taking into account the performance, longevity and hygiene advantages of FaBLINE, food and beverage plants are set to take their efficiencies to even higher levels – for less cost. When assessing purchase, installation and operational costs, the TCO (total cost of ownership) of FaBLINE is far lower than rubber counterparts.

About Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions is an award-winning, global leader in fluid management technology and for over 60 years has engineered components and systems for customers in the food processing and handling, pharmaceutical and industrial markets. The company is part of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, a FTSE 100 company. Learn more at www.wmfts.com or @WMFTS_news.