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Sanitary Food & Beverage Processing Equipment

Brewery Room TankThe global food and beverage industry is booming, driven by population growth, food safety concerns, pharmaceutical industry growth, biotechnology advancements, and urbanization. These factors translate to a growing demand within the industry for a reliable and compliant fluid-handling equipment partner as an integral part of your organization’s success.

At Crane Engineering, we understand that food safety is a top priority, and collaborate with top sanitary pump and valve manufacturers to design custom systems that solve your engineering needs and meet the highest hygiene standards. 

This page provides an overview of:
  • Common challenges in the food and beverage industry
  • How Crane Engineering supports the food and beverage industry
  • Crane Engineering’s sanitary capabilities
  • Benefits of a dedicated sanitary pump, valve and processing equipment supplier

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Common Challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry 

People working in a beverage plant doing maintenance.Food and beverage processors and manufacturers face many challenges in day-to-day operations.

  • Maintenance
  • The growing cost of downtime
  • The cost of sanitation, and staying ahead of changes in regulations and requirements
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Equipment efficiency

Processors and manufacturing are looking for equipment that offers flexibility to run multiple products with more up-time and proven efficiency in performance and cleaning—Crane Engineering can help find the right equipment for your application that meets all of these requirements. 

With a focus on service support, a strong engineering foundation, and a highly stocked inventory of spare parts, Crane Engineering delivers quality at every stage of the process.

Emergency? We can help with those too. Read more about how we helped a cheese plant in Wisconsin.

How Crane Engineering Supports the Food and Beverage Industry

Crane Engineering brings over 85 years of experience to the table with a strong engineering background and a focus on exceptional customer service. From beverage to food to dairy, we can help you reduce operating costs, improve overall efficiency, and increase sanitation. 


Beer bottles on an assembly lineThe beverage industry covers a diverse array of products, including:

  • Beer
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Specialty health beverages
  • Spirits
  • Juice production, and more!

Each beverage production facility faces unique challenges, including sanitation, process efficiency and wastewater treatment. Manufacturers must navigate these complexities while adhering to stringent quality and environmental standards. 

Crane Engineering leverages its fluid technology expertise to help beverage producers reduce operating costs and enhance efficiency, ensuring they meet these challenges head-on.



dairy_pump_equipmentCleanliness and sanitation are pivotal for ensuring product safety and quality in the dairy processing industry for products like:

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Whey, and more!

Crane Engineering provides advanced dairy processing equipment and systems, complemented by corrosion-resistant floor coatings designed to simplify cleaning and shield concrete floors from erosion. This comprehensive approach supports dairy facilities in maintaining the highest hygiene and operational efficiency standards.

Read this case study that describes how a 7000 square foot packaging room at a local food manufacturer was made FDA compliant. 


Cookies getting decoratedIn the food processing industry, where meeting government regulations is just the starting point, Crane Engineering excels in assembling processing systems that go beyond compliance to fulfill your performance objectives. Our expertise spans food production and wastewater treatment, enabling you to save energy, enhance reliability and boost efficiency with a single solution.


Sanitary Equipment in the Food and Beverage Industry

SanitaryThere are several types of sanity equipment used in the food and beverage industry. Take a look below as we review the most commonly used equipment. 

Sanitary Pumps

Sanitary pumps are mechanical devices designed to move fluids, playing a crucial role in the fluid transfer process. Sanitary pumps can be easily disassembled for sterilization or cleaning, and they provide reliable and long-lasting service.

How do you find the right pump? Take a look at our blog, offering a complete guide to pump selection in food and beverage processing.

Sanitary Valves

sanitary-valvesSanitary valves provide effective flow control and prevent contamination of products. They maintain the integrity of the product by facilitating easy cleaning and sterilization, which is crucial in industries where hygiene is a top priority. 

Browse our available valves

Sanitary Skid Systems

Skid systemSanitary skid systems are pre-engineered, integrated systems designed to meet the demands of food and beverage applications. Sanitary skid systems offer efficient and precise chemical mixing and delivery, water treatment, and water pressure improvements, all essential requirements in industrial applications.

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Sanitary Cleaning Systems

Food sanitation workerSanitary cleaning systems are designed to ensure hygiene and cleanliness and may include tailored clean-in-place (CIP) systems for:

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Dairy
  • Cheese
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Specialty foods, and more!

These systems are designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of cleaning processes, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. CIP systems also bring additional benefits, including the ability to: 

  • Optimize water usage
  • Speed up the cleaning process
  • Increase efficiency
  • Improve safety
  • Avoid cross-contamination
  • Provide higher product quality

If you're unsure of how well your CIP system is functioning, it may be time to complete a Clean-In-Place system audit. A CIP system audit is an effective method to evaluate the energy and time consumption of your existing system. Our audit can reveal any mechanical and process adjustments needed to optimize performance and improve cleaning efficiency, saving you thousands of dollars each year. 


Efficiency improvements can include:

  • Energy savings
  • Water and chemical usage reduction
  • Overall cleaning time reduction
  • Safety risk reduction

Crane Engineering has the experience and expertise to help you every step of the way. From system design to analysis, CIP audits to improvements, and even controls integration and start up support. We are leaders in CIP system design to meet your unique needs. 

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Corrosion-resistant Sanitary Flooring

Sanitary flooring in a factory settingSanitary flooring is designed to withstand heavy industrial use while maintaining a clean, safe surface. It's typically non-porous, resistant to chemicals, and easy to clean, making it ideal for food and beverage environments where spills or contamination might occur.

See how Crane Engineering helped Emmi Roth Dairy Plant install more than 40,000 square feet of new, custom flooring, winning Sika Flooring’s 2023 Project of the Year award for Food and Beverage Flooring.

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Crane Engineering Sanitary Capabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry

Our expertise extends to a comprehensive range of services, including maintenance and support for pumps, valves, mixers and blenders, and Clean-in-Place (CIP)/Clean-Out-of-Place (COP) systems.

24/7 Service Support

Our service team offers round-the-clock availability, with customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to ongoing assistance, we offer comprehensive outage and shutdown support.

See how a beverage plant in Kenosha, WI, used Crane’s turnkey service team to repair 200 valves and 12 pumps during a planned summer shutdown. 

eStore For All Of Your Needs

Our eStore provides a user-friendly and efficient shopping experience, featuring a comprehensive selection of sanitary wear parts. Our online store helps you quickly find and purchase the necessary components, ensuring minimal operational downtime and maximum productivity.


Sanitary Brands We Represent

Crane Engineering is a proud distributor of products from reputable manufacturers.

Fristam Logo

Fristam Pumps is a leading domestic manufacturer with more than 100 years of experience. Fristam maintains its high-quality fabrication through in-house control of the entire design and manufacturing process, delivering reliably constructed and promptly shipped products, including:

  • Durable sanitary pumps.
  • High-performance stainless-steel pumps.
  • High-quality and consistent mixers and blenders for brine, injection and ingredient mixing.
  • Transfer, CIP, recirculation centrifugal pumps and heavy-duty positive displacement pumps in both CIP and COP designs.

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Sudmo, a product line from Pentair, provides advanced technologies for the brewing and beverage industry. These technologies improve operational efficiencies, product consistency, and capacity expansion and including:

  • Membrane filtration brewing technology that positively impacts operational costs, product consistency and quality.
  • High-gravity brewing technology that can increase capacity without significant capital investments.
  • Valve technology for improving operational performance with easy maintenance and optimized cleaning capabilities.
  • Efficient water deaeration and advanced process water distribution technologies.

Flowtrend Logo

Flowtrend is an international leader in designing and manufacturing cost-effective, reliable alternative fluid-handling products for the food and beverage industry, offering:

  • Cost-effective, reliable aftermarket fluid-handling products
  • Service kits
  • Replacement components for pumps, valves, and scraped surface heat exchangers

Graco Logo

Graco is a leading manufacturer in products for industrial, manufacturing and processing equipment, including:

  • Liquid finishing
  • Sealants and adhesives
  • Lubrication
  • Sanitary pubs and accessories
  • Fluid transfer equipment
  • Chemical injection equipment

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Sani-matic manufacturers high-quality, off-the-shelf and specially fabricated components to meet clients objectives in the food and beverage industry, including: 

  • Hygienic components and systems
  • Washdown systems
  • Strainers
  • Process tanks
  • Clean-in-Place systems
  • Boosted pressure systems.

Pyromation Logo

Pyromation produces a number of temperature sensors for the food, beverage and dairy industries. Many of these sensors are sanitary CIP (Clean In Place) for convenient washdowns and are 3-A approved. The unique systems can be used in a variety of applications, including:

  • Brewing
  • Bottling
  • Fermentation
  • Emulsification
  • Canning
  • Pasteurization

Benefits of A Dedicated Sanitary Pump, Valve, and Processing Equipment Supplier

Processing EquipmentAn equipment supplier should focus on safety as a top priority in the custom design, installation, use, and maintenance of your fluid processing system. 

Establishing a relationship with a dedicated sanitary pump, valve, and processing equipment supplier also offers several benefits to food and beverage industry clients:

  • Engineering expertise: We understand the specific needs and challenges of the food and beverage industry and can provide expert advice on selecting the right equipment for your application.

  • Selection: We offer a wide range of sanitary pumps, valves, and processing equipment from various manufacturers. This helps us recommend the best solution for your needs and your budget. 

  • Compliance: We stay current on regulatory compliance, ensuring that your equipment meets all applicable food safety regulations.

  • Integration: We can guide the integration of new equipment into your existing system with the least disruption.

  • Shorter lead times. With a fully stocked warehouse of equipment and spare parts, we can deliver what you need to get up and running or back in action faster. 

By taking a comprehensive approach to our solutions, Crane Engineering helps our clients save energy, increase reliability and improve the efficiency of their food and beverage operation. 

See how Crane Engineering created a turn-key system to replace a failed prototype pasteurizer, resulting in a self-cleaning system designed to manage hundreds of slurry food products.

At Crane Engineering, we offer decades of expertise and an unparalleled commitment to excellence. We invite you to experience the Crane Engineering difference and see firsthand the benefits of our top-tier engineering solutions.


The following value-added services are currently available to our customers:

  • Free training events like Tech Expo and Tech Tours
  • Educational resources, including our blog and eBooks
  • Quick and easy access to MRO products on our eStore

For more information or to discuss your needs, contact our team of experts today.