Things to Consider when Choosing a Liquid Filling Machine

Your choice of liquid filling machine makes or breaks the efficiency of your production. If you’re looking for a model that can endure long, continuous hours of production or streamline the production process of your cottage business, there are various qualities to look into to find the equipment worth investing in.

Besides basic and practical considerations like budget, physical dimensions, tech integration and compatibility, scalability, and longevity, these factors will let you determine the most suitable machine for your needs:

Product viscosity

How fluid or viscous is your product? This is the first thing to think about when acquiring in-line filling systems of any scale. Runny liquid needs a different set of nozzles than thick, viscous liquid. There’s also the matter of product content: is it entirely fluid or are there particulates like beads in facial cleansers or bits of food in soup and batter?

The product dictates what kind of machine you need. A high-viscosity liquid filling machine with a piston filler, for example, is ideal for viscous products that need a bit of force to push them out of the dispensing nozzle.

Watery products don’t need a piston machine because the liquid can exit the nozzle merely by gravity. What they do need are leak-proof valves that ensure the correct volume of liquid is dispensed every time.

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Container or Receptacle

The container, specifically the shape of the opening, also matters when choosing a small liquid filling machine. Bottles have narrow mouths and can have narrow necks as well. These will need precision-controlled nozzles that fit perfectly into the opening.

In baking, the dispensing machine could deposit fluids into semi-finished food products like pie crusts or doughnuts. Each needs a different kind of filling machine.

For pies, a traditional piston filler with a wide-nozzled dispenser that pumps filling from above is a common choice. For doughnuts, a funnel dispenser with one or more thin, needle-like nozzles positioned vertically or horizontally is commonly used.

Degree of Automation

If your production line is mostly manual, a semi-automatic liquid filling machine will suffice. Take our example above for liquid filling machines for doughnuts. Bakeries that sell a hundred or so a day don’t need a fully-automatic system complete with conveyor belts.

The manual component might even be necessary, such as when you need the flexibility to switch from one product to another as quickly as possible.

Regulation Considerations

Liquid filling machines for the food industry must meet the FDA’s health and consumer protection guidelines. For example, the paths for the filling, soups, batter, syrups, drink, etc. should be non-corrosive, sealed, and designed to prevent moisture buildup. Machine fillers that dispense toxic or potentially explosive products should also adhere to the safety standards of the industry.

Take your time in choosing a liquid filling machine and consider all these factors carefully. (You might even have a few more to add to this list). Every piece of equipment you buy is an investment, and we’d be happy to help you make the most of it.

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Filling and Dispensing Nozzles Are Not One-Type-Fits-All

The manufacturing process is almost always unique to a product or brand. Companies that manufacture different products could use similar machines, but there will be different factors, like capacities, speeds, and sizes.

Even companies that make the same products are bound to use customized machines. It might even be necessary if they want to differentiate by creating different textures, colors, shapes, scents, ingredients, etc. They can still use the same machines their competitors use, but with a few modifications.

This is the reason dispensing nozzles are available in so many variations. A fluid piston filler, for example, may be able to dispense a wide range of liquids, like perfumes, beverages, and creams. But first, manufacturers must find nozzles or tips that can dispense each of these fluids quickly and evenly.

At Volumetric Technologies, we have dispensing needles and tips that are suitable for liquids of different viscosity levels. Nozzles for slurries, creams, chemicals, and thick food products like sausage meat are all different as well.

Here’s a closer look at some examples of dispensing nozzles for piston filling machines.

Kinds of Filling and Dispensing Nozzles

  1. Food grade dispensing nozzles – You’ll find many options of dispensing nozzles for food alone. There are dispensing tips for thin liquids and thick creams; and between them, there are different sizes and extra features like no-drip, laminar, anti-splash, and clean cutoff. As mentioned above, slurries like stews, sauces, and gravy also need different nozzles, as do ground meat, cheese, and dough.
  2. Liquid dispensing nozzles –We can treat these as a different category from food dispensing nozzles because there’s a wide range of liquid products that are dispensed in bottles, cans, sachets, and the like. Whipped cream, for example, has whip-it dispensing nozzles in their cans. Dispensing nozzles for milk should look different, but they might also be used for water, juices, and rubbing alcohol because these are all watery liquid.
  3. Adhesive dispensing nozzles- These are more commonly used in production and assembly lines where pieces of a whole are glued together. Unlike with the nozzles for food, which can dispense product with an aesthetic design or look (think of icing on a cake), adhesive nozzles are much simpler. The tiny amounts of product they dispense don’t have to look a certain way, so the main focus for fillers that use these nozzles are cleanliness, uniformity, and speed.
  4. Fuel dispensing nozzles– These are mounted on a handheld piston filler that’s connected to the fuel hose. These nozzles can endure the pressurized fuel that’s dispensed from the pump. Since there are plenty of applications in different industries (e.g. aerospace, motorsport, automotive), it’s likely that the manufacturers will also customize the fuel nozzles to match their different needs.

man filling up his car with fuel

These are just some of the different kinds of dispensing nozzles that are available to manufacturing and manufacturing lines. They may be tiny and unassuming as far as machine parts go, but they are one of the most important parts of a piston filler.

Volumetric Technologies can give you more information on the different types of dispensing nozzles and even recommend some. We design and build piston filling machines, so you can rest assured that our recommendations will be based on your needs, existing machines, and production targets.

Explore our website to learn more about our dispensing nozzles and their applications. You can also talk to one of our specialists for a consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Waste and Reduce Costs

Here’s some food for thought: every stage of the manufacturing process, from production to packaging, has the potential to generate manufacturing waste. It is customary to buy raw materials in excess. It is done as a precaution, in case some batches become unusable for any number of reasons.

Waste can also accumulate during the packaging stage if some of the inventory sustains minor damage due to inefficient packaging equipment. The wrong choice of dispensing nozzles for liquid products, for example, can lead to spills, splashes, and unequal amounts dispensed in the bottles.

It is nearly impossible to completely eliminate manufacturing waste, but you can reduce it with the following practices:

  1. Improve inventory management. As previously mentioned, acquiring extra stock of materials that are crucial to production is a necessary contingency. You can retain this practice but keep a close watch on your inventory and its movement through your production process. For example, apply the “first in, first out” rule when taking materials out of the warehouses and into the production lines. This is a more efficient use of resources instead of keeping the same contingency stock for weeks, even months, and risking that their quality will deteriorate while in storage.
  2. Invest in high-precision equipment for automation. Automation can do so much for manufacturing, but its maximum benefits can only be achieved when there is precision and accuracy. Machines for food assembly and liquid dispensing, for example, must be robust and can execute at high speed with impeccable precision. This way, you can increase the quantity you produce and keep the manufacturing waste, i.e., spills and QA rejects, to a minimum.
  3. Explore a closed-loop version of your production process. Manufacturers whose concern about manufacturing waste goes beyond reducing costs and extends to environment preservation should consider adopting a closed-loop production and supply chain. In a closed-loop system, manufacturers reuse the same materials into producing new batches of the product. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles are perfect examples of this. They can be recycled and reused for bottling the products they used to hold. Beer brewers can even adopt a closed-loop production process. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. or SNBC is an example. The company uses their manufacturing waste for organic composting, which then goes into their gardens for growing the barley and herbs. The produce goes back to the brewery to make beer.
  4. Conduct regular equipment checks and maintenance. Pre-empting damage may not save a machine from eventual retirement, but it will give you time to put contingencies in place so that there will be no interruptions to production. Sudden machine breakdowns might force your production to stall for days or weeks, during which your raw perishable materials will have started to deteriorate. Equipment maintenance is a precaution that can reduce not just waste but also unnecessary costs.

Takeaways

Manufacturers always look for opportunities to reduce costs and maximize resources. The need to keep expenditures within a specific threshold, however, sometimes leads decision-makers into focusing on how to shrink spending. Reducing the volume of raw materials or buying lower-quality products, however, can compromise the quantity and quality of the goods you produce. If there’s still a need to reduce costs, manufacturing waste is the one area you should definitely look into.

Improve the efficiency of automated manufacturing processes to avoid waste. Volumetric Technologies can help you achieve these goals. We manufacture quality filling and packaging equipment for a wide range of industries such as food, beverage, household products, and cosmetics production.

Contact us and inquire today.

The Benefits Auto-Dispensing Machines Bring to Health Care

Dispensing machines in hospitals and medical facilities typically contain food and beverages. This is by no means the full extent of what dispensing machines can do for the health care industry. These machines can have more important and vital applications, such as the non-manned dispensing of medications and inventory management.

Is now the right time to explore these applications of dispensing machines for health care? The short answer is yes. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that there is plenty of room for automation in hospitals. Data and patient management are the two areas in health care that often get the digital and automation treatment, but we at Volumetric Technologies would like to draw more attention to pharmacy services, specifically the application of automatic dispensing machines for medicines.

Enhance Pharmacy Services with Automatic Dispensing Machines

Let’s go back to how dispensers are utilized for selling snacks and drinks to visitors in hospitals. Automatic dispensing machines for medicines work the same way, except that there’s no need for payment and only the hospital staff would be able to use the machine.

Existing models of medicine dispensers work require pharmacists and other authorized personnel to input an authorization code or scan a key card to use the machine. They will input the dosage they need, as well as other information like the patient’s name, attending physician, and the like. The machine will then dispense the medicines in the quantities indicated by the personnel.

The Benefits of Auto Dispensing Machines

We’ve established that the use of automatic dispensers in obtaining medicines for patients is timely today. Here are more benefits that patients and hospitals can enjoy if hospitals invest in medical/pharmaceutical dispensing technology:

  1. Flexible, scalable, and customizable dispensing capabilities – Hospitals may customize dispensing solutions according to the types of medicines that they want to make accessible through automation. These machines can dispense pills and tablets only, for example, or include syrup bottles and ampules. Hospitals sometimes work with compounding pharmacies, too. An automatic dispensing machine with a fluid dispenser nozzle and a powder scale and dispenser can help make their work easier and faster.
  2. Fast and accurate dispensing of medicines – Speaking of making health care staff’s work easier and faster, automatic dispensers can cut down the time that it takes a pharmacist to go to the backroom and locate medicine that’s not displayed on the front counter. They can also reduce errors like giving the wrong prescription or dosage.
  3. Efficient inventory monitoring and management – There will be no need for pharmacists to manually record medication counts at the end of their shifts if they work with a dispensing machine. Manufacturers can enhance their reporting capabilities, so it’s possible for hospital pharmacies to get daily inventory updates like how many were dispensed, how many in stock are past their expiration dates, and which medicines are in short supply and need restocking.
  4. Monitor patients’ drug use patterns – The reporting features in pharmacy dispenser machines can also help physicians monitor their patients’ drug use patterns. Nurses, doctors, and pharmacists can keep track of how often a patient requested a refill, for example, and ensure that they are within appropriate levels.

hospital room

There’s more that automatic dispensing machines can do for the health care industry. Investing in these solutions can facilitate accurate and efficient monitoring as well as other capabilities for safer, high-quality health care.

Volumetric Technologies has served the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years. We understand your needs and are best-placed to offer solutions to your medical dispensing problems. Contact us today so we can discuss customization and the features you want to include in your dispensing machines.

Production Efficiency: How to Reduce Product Losses in Food & Beverage Manufacturing to Address Food Wastage

Food wastage is a massive problem in the U.S., with the country discarding roughly 40 percent of its food. Edible food is wasted throughout every stage of the food production and retail chain: during manufacturing, processing, and distribution, and in restaurants and homes.

Food and beverage manufacturing facilities play a crucial role in solving the country’s food wastage problem. Most waste in food processing plants is generated when paring and scrapping edible portions, such as crusts, peels, and skins from food.

Overproduction, spillage, product losses, product rejects, and defective machinery also contribute to large amounts of food waste. These production inefficiencies not only lead to food wastage, but they also affect the productivity and bottom line of food processing facilities.

Food & Beverage manufacturing facilities need to look at their processing and packaging operations and find opportunities to reduce their waste. Here’s how plant managers can increase food production efficiency and minimize product losses.

During Processing

Inefficient product flows often cause product losses in large-scale Food & Beverage processing facilities. Plant managers can look into their plant design to create a more effective production line.

Some product loss occurs when machines are cleaned. Usable product residue is left in the machines and is washed away during cleaning. One solution is to choose equipment pieces designed to run much longer between cleanings.

Product diversity also contributes to wastage in food processing plants. The larger the product range is, the more opportunities there are for food wastage. Producing various products means using different ingredients and processes, which requires multiple line changes and production cycles. The need for equipment cleaning also doubles.

Production lines should be designed in the most efficient way possible. The production floor should be compact enough to shorten the distance when transferring products from one line to another but wide enough to allow comfortable movement among the workers.

beverage manufacturing

During Packaging

You can significantly reduce product losses during the packaging stage by choosing the right equipment. Piston fillers, custom fluid dispensing nozzles, and other automated packaging machines improve filling accuracy, minimizing or eliminating accidental spillage and product losses.

Plant managers may also consider packaging equipment that fulfills more than one function to reduce the need for transfers between machines. These equipment types reduce the number of machines you have to clean, lowering your water consumption.

Apart from streamlining the packaging process and machinery, food manufacturing plants must design packages that prolong the product’s shelf life. Spoilage contributes to food wastage among consumers. Food containers that preserve the product reduce food wastage further along the food distribution chain.

Food manufacturing plants must consider their processing and packaging methods from a holistic perspective. How does their production process affect the rest of food distribution and consumption? Enacting changes and improvements benefit not only their bottom line and business but the environment as well.

Enabling Agile, Efficient Food Production

At Volumetric Technologies, we understand the need for high-performing equipment in food production. We specialize in accurate, custom filling and packaging machines for the food and beverage industry, among others. These products and solutions help improve your production efficiency, increasing your overall operational performance.

Contact us today for inquiries about our products.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Food and Beverage Packaging Requirements

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many drastic changes to consumer behavior. Buyers pay attention to product packaging now more than ever, with concerns for hygiene, disposability, and sustainability.

Before, consumers preferred brands with reusable food packaging as it helps them decrease their carbon footprint. But this trend overturned because of COVID-19. The pandemic drives demand for single-use packaging that’s easy to dispose. Buyers are scared that the packaging might harbor the coronavirus and possibly infect them.

The pandemic has a significant impact on product packaging, especially when it comes to food and beverage packages. Apart from the typical design considerations — cost, durability, and convenience — companies must meet the following packaging requirements:

  • Hygienic Material and Design

The National Institutes of Health confirmed that the coronavirus could stay on surfaces for days, although the duration of its survival depends on the material. The study found that the virus remains longer on non-porous, solid surfaces, such as steel and plastic.

On the other hand, porous materials make it difficult for the virus to survive. Paper and fabrics are therefore ideal for food and beverage packaging.

Design is also a critical factor in hygienic packaging. Consumers prefer easy-open packaging designs that won’t require them to touch the item more than necessary, which reduces the risk of virus transmission.

Single-flap carton boxes are an example of easy-open packaging made of porous material.

  • Agile Production

Production agility is crucial for the food and beverage industry, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Food shortages are imminent amid an economic recession, and the food manufacturing sector is a critical player in abating food insecurity.

Food manufacturing firms are expected to design new packaging solutions quickly without causing production downtime. Some companies have invested in liquid piston fillers, case folding and gluing machines, and other high-speed packaging machinery to boost their production. Others utilize digital printing technologies to generate new product packaging designs faster.

brown paper bag with note

  • Ship-Ready Design

Because of lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders, consumers have turned to online shopping for their necessities. The pandemic caused explosive growth in e-commerce sales, moving tremendous amounts of goods through virtual platforms.

This coronavirus-led e-commerce boom calls for ship-ready packaging solutions, especially for fragile or perishable food and beverage products. Packaging designs should prevent product damage and tampering, and withstand the conditions of long-haul shipments.

  • Sustainability

Even though consumers now prefer single-use packaging, they still favor brands with tangible, sincere sustainability initiatives.  With the prediction that face masks can cause a massive waste problem, consumers want to choose brands that will help them reduce their ecological footprint.

Businesses can balance the demand for sustainability and disposability by using biodegradable and compostable materials for their packaging. These break down after a short period and don’t clog landfills.

Manufacturing firms will have to quickly create packaging solutions fit for the new normal — hygienic, shipping-ready and sustainable — to continue to meet market demand, ensuring long-term business success.

High-Performance Equipment from Volumetric Technologies

At Volumetric Technologies, we understand the importance of high-performing equipment in your production. We specialize in filling and packaging equipment, specifically for the food manufacturing industry. Apart from improving operational performance, our machines help you adapt to changing market demands in the new normal.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about our products.

Automation’s Bigger Role in Post-Pandemic Production

One of the lessons the global pandemic has taught the world is that automation is becoming crucial in production processes. It offers a cost-effective and time-saving solution for increasing production demands that are becoming higher than what workers can accomplish without the help of machines. The need to produce goods by bulk while maintaining a high level of quality is another excellent reason for investing in automation systems.

Automation Is Proving its Value in this Pandemic

Today, health concerns and compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures join production targets and business goals as motivations for adopting automation systems. COVID-19 has a high transmission rate: it easily spreads when people who have the virus cough or sneeze without any form of face covering. The virus can also latch onto surfaces and survive from two hours to five days, depending on the material it contaminated. While the world waits for viable solutions to be developed and distributed, it is safer for everyone to practice social distancing outside their homes.

Automation helps prevent the spread of the virus inside factories and industrial facilities because it enables companies to execute production processes without having people do the hands-on work. The most that workers in a fully-automated production facility have to do is monitor the machines and make sure these are producing at the quality and rate that the company needs.

The importance of automation is particularly relevant in food production. As an example, using well-maintained piston filling machines to pump cream filling in pastries or puree in glass bottles instead of having workers do them manually. This achieves the following:

  • Compliance with on-site social distancing rules
  • Reduces human-to-human contact as well as human-to-product contact
  • Lowers the risks of transmission, especially from asymptomatic carriers of the virus

Other examples of industries that stand to benefit from automation systems are cosmetics, hair and skin care, fragrance, and packaging manufacturing.

Automation Promotes Upskilling

Much of the resistance against automation in factories is rooted in the fear that machines will replace people, and many will lose their jobs. These worries are legitimate but sticking to manual processes can be a hindrance to growth. For one thing, humans tire and need breaks and days off while machines do not. For another, resistance to automation boxes workers into roles that don’t challenge them to improve their skills or expand their knowledge.

By automating tasks that don’t require a lot of critical thinking, companies can focus on hiring employees with higher-level skills and competencies. Doing so would elevate their employee profiles and encourage creativity and innovation in-house. Alternatively, companies can provide training and certification programs for their current employees. A company that invests in its people, specifically by providing opportunities to upskill, is often rewarded with employee loyalty and commitment to help the organization reach its business goals.

The pandemic has shown that industries are moving towards automation — it’s inevitable. The progress of automation has accelerated in light of the ongoing situation. Industries that can adapt to the changes and automate their production lines early will have a better chance of achieving success.

Better Prepared: Understanding Occupational Hazards in the Food Manufacturing Industry

Based on a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees in the food manufacturing industry are more likely to suffer from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities than employees in other industries. This is attributed mostly to the industry’s diverse work environments which present several health and safety risks.

Common Occupational Risks in the Workplace

Most workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable. Understanding the causes gives you a better insight on how to address them properly. Protect your employees and discover how their health and safety contribute to improving business performance.

Slips and Falls

With several machines pumping out different liquids, food manufacturing plants are more likely to have slip-and-fall accidents. Addressing this problem will entail adopting better work practices and investing in the right tools and equipment. Ensuring all equipment seals are working properly, or a proper fluid dispenser nozzle, in particular, is a helpful tool in making sure there are no leaks or drips that can lead to slips and falls. Choose a design that best suits your needs to improve your machines for safety and performance.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Repetitive motion is often the cause of muscle sprains and strains. Even with different types of equipment available, some employees may still be required to carry out physical tasks. These may range from lifting and carrying packed items to bending over a conveyor belt. Reviewing your current processes will help you identify areas where you can adopt automation. Consider the initial investment in these innovations as a way to reduce employee absenteeism and improve operations.

Burns and Scalds

Food preparation can put your employees close to excessive heat, hot oils, and open flames. A simple mistake may lead to a serious injury when employees are not properly-geared or provided with safety tools. In selecting these items, make sure they protect the wearer completely from burns and scalds. Determine how these injuries occur and introduce new safety procedures to prevent them from happening in the future.

Cuts and Amputations

Employees in food manufacturing plants face the risk of getting cut or sliced by the tools and equipment they use. The worst-case scenario will be if an appendage is chopped off accidentally. Avoid these scenarios by understanding how they happen. Typically, dull cutting tools are just as dangerous as sharp ones because the employee will use more force than necessary. Make sure all tools and equipment are well-maintained to keep employees safe.

High-Performance Equipment from Volumetric Technologies

At Volumetric Technologies, we understand how high-performing equipment improves health and safety in the workplace. We specialize in filling and packaging equipment specifically for the food manufacturing industry. Apart from improving operational performance, these machines have helped employees improve procedures for better safety.

Discover how our range of innovative solutions are beneficial to your plant employees’ health and safety. Get in touch with our team to find out more about these products.

Solutions to Product Inconsistencies in Food and Beverage Packaging

Of all industries, the food industry calls for the most caution. Because of the direct impact on health, food products ;are highly scrutinized by shoppers, and when a major inconsistency or problem occurs, they will not hesitate to leave for another brand. To make matters worse, consumers are more likely to remember the negative publicity given to food companies compared to other products. Their well-being, after all, is at stake.

This is why product consistency is crucial in sustaining a customer base. McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, says product consistency (grouped under customer journey consistency) is one of the three factors of customer satisfaction. All it takes is one blunder to totally ruin any customer loyalty your company has worked so hard to build.

Even if you are using accurate liquid filling machines, there may still be small inaccuracies that lead to visible inconsistencies. Don’t wait for your customers or distributors to notice them — prevent inconsistencies and issues before your product heads out for shipping.

Valve and Piston Wear Causes Volume Inaccuracies

The advantage of a piston filling machine is that it fills packages to an accurate volume. It is highly accurate for high and low-viscosity liquids. However, even if they are built to last, liquid filling and depositing machines are not immune to wear and tear.

empty glass bottles at a factory

After thousands to millions of cycles, the valving and piston deteriorates, leading to leakage and less accuracy. Small volume differences may not be noticed by the average shopper, but it is best not to take chances. There are meticulous consumers and even more meticulous distributors who are wary of discrepancies. This is even more crucial if you have an expensive product where less accuracy leads to more product giveaway and therefore less profit.

Regular maintenance checks ensure that a piston filling machine is in good shape. If your equipment’s volume accuracy is reduced, your team can review the valving and pistons for wear and tear.

Broken Seals Cause Leaking, Dripping, and Inaccuracies

Leaking and dripping are signs that the seals in a liquid filling machine may be worn out. Even if dripping and leaking do not hurt product integrity, it will compromise the accuracy of product volume; something customers could notice. Moreover, it leads to product wastage, which over time amounts to profit loss.

In some cases, the inconsistency needs a simple solution — new seals. All Volumetric Technologies pistons fillers have easily replaceable seals. These are the most common, least expensive, and most overlooked wear component on piston filling equipment.

Product inconsistencies, even if they seem imperceptible, can drive a wedge between you and loyal customers and distributors. Maintenance should be performed with care and caution in order to keep producing consistently excellent products.

When you need to replace your liquid filling machines with more accurate models, browse our selection today.

Stainless Steel: The Key to Hygienic Production Equipment

 Production facilities, now more than ever, must ensure the use of hygienic equipment. Whether your facility makes food and beverage or skin care items, your machines need to produce clean products for public consumption.

To do so, your filling and packaging machines, such as servo depositor equipment, must be made of strong materials. Stainless steel is an ideal material for such machinery because of the metal’s qualities. These include an inherent resilience to corrosion, seamless surfaces, and easy-to-clean construction.

Corrosion-Resistance

The primary strength of stainless steel is its incredible resistance to rusting because it is partially comprised of aluminum. Aside from decreasing the efficiency of any machinery, rust is also a contaminant, and should not be anywhere near your products or equipment. 

Stainless steel is also resistant to chemical corrosion, meaning you and your employees can use more efficient cleaning chemicals to purify the machinery. Such cleaning chemicals help remove microbes and other biological contamination. It also protects your machinery from being damaged by acidic food, like tomato sauce and fluids containing citrus fruits.

However, resilience does not mean immunity. High concentrations of corrosive cleaners will eventually damage stainless steel, as will very abrasive materials. Monitor and use in moderation any chemical or material you use when cleaning stainless steel.

No Nooks and Crannies

Stains and smears left behind by fluid substances can lead to contamination, especially if they’re food-related. Bacteria, fungi, and other biological material can infest your equipment if these substances are not completely removed. Effective cleaning does not stop at simply removing the visible residue of your products.

On the microscopic level, there could be traces of these substances trapped or adhering to nooks and crannies on the machine’s surface. The rougher the surface of a material, the harder it is to scrub residual substances because of how many cracks there are on them.

Stainless steel can have smoother surfaces, with minimum roughness. Often, the materials directly in food-contact are specified to have a smooth surface finish. This makes it easy to remove traces of sauces or other fluids on a visible and microscopic level.

Easy to Clean

Clean steel

Because of the factors listed above, it is easy to clean stainless steel compared to some other materials. The smooth finish of its surface and its resistance to corrosion means you can thoroughly sanitize stainless steel machinery with less effort.

More importantly, some types of stainless steel machinery can be dismantled and reassembled easily. This allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas of the equipment, ensuring that every part of your production line is hygienic.

The ease of cleaning provided by stainless steel also means lower turnaround time for your business. You can guarantee that your machinery and the products you manufacture are sanitary without sacrificing your operational efficiency.

Today, prioritizing the health of both your customers and employees is paramount. Making sure that your production equipment meets the highest standards of hygienic manufacturing is one of the best ways to keep everyone safe.

Reliable Filling and Packaging Equipment

Volumetric Technology provides food product manufacturers, bakeries, and manufacturers in other industries with high-quality packaging and filling equipment. All our machines are made from FDA-approved materials and stainless steel proudly manufactured in the United States. Our proven designs ensure the easy and fast disassembly for cleaning with hygiene at the forefront of the design.

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