Equipment in the food and beverage industry is in constant contact with water, such as soakers, conveyor chains, spray nozzles, pasteurizers, and sterilizers. Rust and corrosion necessitate closer maintenance checks, frequent repairs, and a shorter equipment life—all of which drives up costs. Due to potentially harmful effects, strong alkalis are prohibited.
Fortunately, borates is a solution. Borates’ resistance to change over a concentration range of 0.1% to 5.0%, in terms of its alkali strength, makes it less caustic and more suitable for beverage applications. The ability of borates in solution to maintain a constant pH over a wide concentration make them an excellent buffering and anticorrosive agent.