In applications such as poultry or meat processing, where fresh meat is abundant, maintaining a sterile environment is critical. One of the solutions for preventing contamination is utilizing a vacuum pump to seal the meat before it loses its freshness. Here is everything you need to know about vacuum pumps for meat applications.

How does a vacuum pump work?

The principle behind all vacuum pumps is creating areas with low or no pressure within the chambers of the pump. From there, the gas within a contained area will try to fill what space remains until there is no gas left. These pumps operate much more like air compressors, and often use similar techniques.

Why Use a Vacuum Pump for Meat Applications?

Beyond sealing in the freshness, facilities can use vacuum pumps in a variety of applications throughout the production line. These pumps can remove the waste byproducts that might easily damage other pumps and even transport unusable parts to collection areas. Additionally, vacuum pumps offer easy transportation & packaging solutions. This reduces the mess and hassle that facilities can typically encounter with waste or even end products. Lastly, vacuum pumps can assist with marinating, tumbling, breading end products to maintain the right colors, flavors, and textures of the meat.

Our Vacuum Pump Products

Northwest Pump is proud to represent Atlas Copco’s vacuum pumps, especially when working with meat or poultry processing applications. Atlas Copco’s catalogue of vacuum pumps offers oil-sealed, liquid-ring, and dry vacuum pumps in both fixed and variable speed drives.

Whether dealing with evisceration or packaging & transporting meat from beef to pork, we recommend their rotary screw GHS series vacuum pumps. These durable pumps work well in the harsher, humid environments that these facilities tend to be. Its compact, simple design also means that these pumps will not take up more space than absolutely necessary.

For applications that deal more with processing poultry specifically, we recommend liquid ring vacuum pumps from Atlas Copco. These products will withstand the byproducts that could harm other types of vacuum pumps, in addition to working better in the harsher, humid environments that these facilities tend to be. For packaging and transportation applications, we recommend looking into vacuum pumps with variable speed drives to better control energy outputs and match demand as needed.

Next Steps

Find out how your facility can increase performance with vacuum pumps by reaching out to our team of experts here, emailing us at sales@nwpump.com, or by calling us at 1-800-452-PUMP. For service on your current vacuum pumps, you can reach our service division here, email them at service@nwpump.com, or call at 1-866-577-2755.