faster to achieve
smaller equipment footprint
IFS, a Techstars backed company, helps food and beverage manufacturers improve efficiency and expand production with on-demand precision heating equipment. We harnessed electromagnetic energy to create the first scalable, precise, and efficient in-line heating solution for a wide range of fluids, including high viscosity and particulate foods. Our in-line heating platform displaces boilers, combustion emissions, and the complexities & costs of conventional steam heating with smart, sustainable solutions.
Scaleable electric heating solves industrial-scale problems
Conventional steam-powered heating is inefficient, difficult to manage, and imprecise. Plus, it limits a plant's ability to expand production and is expensive to install, maintain, and operate.
Generating heat right in-line with a production process lets manufacturers focus on making quality food & beverage products instead of spending time and resources maintaining a central steam utility. We give manufacturers all the benefits of an 'instant water heater' for any kind of fluid heating on an industrial scale, especially high viscosity and particulate fluid foods.
How it Works
IFS uses a coil & core design to heat fluids from the middle, out. Solid-state electronics convert power to usable electromagnetic energy. An external coil focuses that energy to an insert inside the process tube, generating heat that is conveyed to the flowing fluid. Heating flowing fluids from the middle-out is faster, more precise, and more efficient than conventional methods.
Where it's Used
IFS' heating tech gives manufacturers a better option for their essential processes,
from critical food safety controls to water heating.
Our in-line heating systems improve:
UHT processing, HTST, Pasteurization, Evaporation, and Process Temperature Regulation.
Low acid beverages, sauce/soup/purees, high-sensitivity and high protein liquids, breweries
Why Choose Induction
Customized Solutions We match the right sized system for your startup or expansion needs
Smaller System Our system takes up less room than a traditional boilerhouse
No Down Time For Installation Our system quickly fits in to your production schedule
Cutting Edge Technology IFS is the first magnetic heating system of its kind, thanks to funding from NASA and the USDA
Sustainability Our system is energy efficient, reducing your business’ carbon footprint -- we have zero on-site emissions
Heating on Demand IFS systems provide heat on demand instead of running around the clock. Simply use it when you need it, making ops a breeze and easier to maintain and manage
Proudly made in the USA, based in North Carolina.
Uses and Applications
Syrup processing and packing
In-line heating allows expanding maple syrup processors to heat high-sugar products in-line without costly steam infrastructure.
HTST and hot-fill beverages
Fast time to temperature keeps more of the plant-based flavors in the product instead of cooking them out. Near instant time to temp from a cold start helps a production lines with high changeover avoid non-productive warm-up times between runs, turning downtime into finished cases out the door.
Functional RTD beverages
By increasing turbulence at the heating surface IFS units get 50% more run-time compared to comparable tubular system. Fewer foul-outs means big gains for uptime and yields with your high-value product.
Expanding production with boiler heating is more expensive than it seems. A plug & play electric alternative avoids a boiler upsize, boiler room expansion, new feedwater system, installation downtime, and permitting.
GREEN & CLEAN
California is a great place for food & ag. IFS tech reduces a plant's carbon footprint and criteria pollutants. In some cases IFS tech can get plants under the emissions cap or exempt them from carbon reporting all together.
FOOD STARTUPS &
You want to keep the quality that launched your product and need to scale production efficiently to meet demand. We've been there, too. Email us if you want to talk about heating solutions for your expansion or new build.
IFS IS A TECHNOLOGY START UP COMPANY.
We proudly got our start from NASA and USDA funding to explore ways to make food processing smaller and more efficient. What we found is a way to improve industrial heating to make better quality and better efficiency the new normal in manufacturing. IFS is based in the US with offices near Chicago and the Research Triangle in North Carolina.
Francesco Aimone, CEO
The company builder
Food entrepreneur, healthcare bground
George Sadler, PhD, CSO
The technical genius
Food scientist and chemist