Container Sanitation – The use of aqueous ozone in the sanitation of containers (i.e. bottles and bottle caps, kegs, vats, tanks, etc.) is a common application of ozone. Ozone, utilized with proper protocols and CT values provides effective and rapid sanitation of containers and tanks(i.e. glass, plastic, poly, wood, stainless, etc.). In addition, when used in a recirculation mode, ozone can save hundreds of gallons of water during the sanitation process. The breakdown of ozone to oxygen does not result in container or tank damage as is often the case with halogenated chemicals including chlorine. No rinsing after the sanitation is required which reduces time and water usage.
Bottling Line and Filler Sanitation – Conserving water and energy and maintaining bottling line sterility are a major concern for the beverage industry. The unique "cold sterilization" ability of ozone, combined with its non-contaminating qualities and low water use, make it an excellent alternative to chemicals, steam and hot water. The expansion and contraction of bottling line components created by heat contribute to the long term stress and damage to bottling lines. The use of cold aqueous water eliminates these stresses resulting in less bottling line downtime and maintenance cost.
Processing and Transfer Equipment – Sanitizing processing and transfer equipment (i.e. cutting blades, sorting tables and bins, piping, pumps, etc.) is a primary concern in the food and beverage industry. Aqueous ozone can be utilized to quickly sanitize all food processing and transfer equipment to eliminate the movement of unwanted microbes within the facility.
Surface Sanitation – Sanitizing facility floors, walls, drains and aircleanother surfaces with aqueous ozone reduces microbes (fungi, yeast, and bacteria), maintains a sanitary facility, and eliminates background odors.
Air Sanitation and Vector Control – The use of gaseous ozone to control mold, airborne organisms and odors is a common practice in food and beverage facilities. Gaseous ozone has also been shown to control some insects (i.e. fruit flies) which are not only a nuisance but are also major vectors in the movement of microbes around the facility.