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.
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
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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