Food processors and agribusiness facilities must manage numerous conditions that cause or contribute to foam formation and air entrainment within their processes and products, including such things as high pressures, 强烈的混合和搅拌, 化学反应, 气体的形成, 细胞溶菌作用, 和杂质. These conditions often generate elevated levels of starch, 蛋白质, and/or other organic compounds that can rapidly create problematic foaming events.

Excessive levels of foam can lead to a host of adverse effects on facility operations, such as:

  • 产品缺陷或质量问题
  • 减慢或停止处理时间
  • Overflowing tanks, flumes, packaging and trucks
  • Pump cavitation issues and equipment malfunction
  • Inefficient or incorrect container-filling
  • 不安全的工作场所的危害

To prevent these risks and control costs, facility managers in the food processing and agribusiness industries leverage a wide array of antifoam agents. As one of the nation’s leading producers of food-grade antifoams, Applied Material Solutions (AMS) helps food processors find the best foam control products to optimize their process efficiency and product quality.


Many different applications within the food processing industry require the control and/or prevention of foam build-up, 一些例子包括:

  • Grain processing and mill separations
  • 发酵(e.g. 乙醇、酵母、酶、氨基酸)
  • Fruit and vegetable washing, transport and preparation
  • 肉类和家禽加工(e.g. 渲染,拔毛,腌料)
  • Dairy products, beverages, brine systems, and more

例如, apples are soaked in specialized preparations to prevent oxidization of the fruit’s skin. Antifoaming agents are added to this liquid solution to control foam during the recirculation of the drench water. This is just one example of the many hundreds of ways that antifoams are used to control foam from the farm to the factory.


Selecting an appropriate antifoam or defoamer for a given food application requires an understanding of the right type of chemistry for the job. This transcends just controlling the foam, which can be a challenge in its own right, and requires an understanding of the food contact regulations associated with the particular product or application. AMS is well versed in matching an antifoam to its intended application, and we routinely work with our customers to ensure that all of their regulatory requirements are addressed, including the myriad supplier and raw material approval documents that are the norm in 今天’s environment of food safety protocols.

Some examples of the different types of food-grade antifoams that we manufacture include:

  • 有机硅消泡剂: These liquid processing aids contain hydrophobic silicone polymers and inorganic silicates, and are typically presented in the form of a water-based emulsion. They are limited by federal law to extremely low application levels in most food products, 通常10 - 100 ppm, and are designed to be inert and organoleptically imperceptible. When controlling foam as a process aid, they do not normally contribute any functionality to the food itself.Some examples of AMS products of this type include the following:
    • TRANS-10A (10% active, kosher certified)
    • TRANS-20A (20% active, kosher certified)
    • TRANS-30K (30% active, kosher certified)
    • TRANS-100PK (100% active, non-aqueous, 逾越节 certified)
  • 非硅消泡剂: This very broad classification of antifoam agents encompasses a wide variety of chemistries. Products of this type can be water-based or entirely non-aqueous, and usually contain components that include such species as vegetable oils, 矿物油, 合成聚合物, 天然蜡, 酯类, 和硅酸盐, 或其组合. 经常, these products are emulsions that incorporate surfactants to improve their dispersibility within the foaming medium.Some examples of AMS products of this type include the following:
    • Mineral oil-containing products (TRANS-4031 and TRANS-227K)
    • Vegetable oil-containing products (TRANS-400 and TRANS-4062)
    • Synthetic polymer defoamers (TRANS-205RM and TRANS-396)
    • Organic food processing defoamers (TRANS-O 580)
  • 粉末消泡剂: This class of antifoams is typically chosen for incorporation into powdered products (e.g. a beverage mix) that may foam upon reconstitution with water.
    • TRANS-2112 is a 20% active silicone powdered antifoam

Prevent Foam Build-up with AMS Products

Our team at Applied Material Solutions specializes in the development and manufacture of innovative antifoam and defoamer products that perform in a variety of direct and indirect food contact applications. We manufacture an array of products representing the whole suite of foam control chemistries used within the food industry. Our products are sold in packages ranging from individual gallon jugs to bulk tank wagons.

AMS is GFSI-compliant (Global Food Safety Initiative) and is ISO FSSC 22000 certified. EVO真人厅生产犹太, 逾越节, 和清真产品, as well as defoamers that are approved for use in organic food processing. 非转基因选择是可行的.

To learn more about Applied Material Solutions’ full range of food-grade antifoam agents, please EVO真人厅的团队 今天.