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Reducing Contamination Risks of Compressed Air in Food Plants
Any modern food manufacturing facility employs the use of compressed air extensively in the plant. As common as this is, the potential hazards associated with this powerful utility are not obvious and apparent. Food hygiene legislation to protect the consumer places the duty of care on the food manufacturer. For this reason, many companies often devise their own internal air quality standards based upon what they think or have been told is ‘best practice’. This is no wonder, as the published collections of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that relate to compressed air are nebulous and difficult to wade through. Understandably this has led to a significant difference in the quality of compressed air used throughout the industry, with major differences even existing in plants owned by the same company. The goal of this paper is to help make sense of it all.
Analysis of Coalescing Efficiency in Replacemen Filter Elements
High efficiency coalescing filters are often specified when there is a need to protect sensitive equipment that is operated by compressed air. A high efficiency coalescing filter can tame the effects of oil, water, and particulates that are present in virtually all compressed air supply lines. A high quality coalescing filter element will typically have a rated filtration efficiency of somewhere 95% and 99.999+%. The required level of filtration efficiency is dependent upon the quality of the compressed air in the supply line, and the sensitivity of the equipment or process that is connected to the line. For example, when compressed air is used to propel paint to the surface of an automobile body, it is imperative that the compressed air be as pure as possible in order to avoid defects in the painted surface. Therefore, coalescing filters with very high efficiencies are often specified for critical applications.
When designing or executing a construction or renovation project, one factor is often overlooked: soundproofing. This is especially important in projects with multiple components; a factory floor with adjacent office space is an example. In this whitepaper, A M King Construction offers an understanding of how sound travels, and how careful planning during your project’s design phase can eliminate the need for later modifications and ensure each space in your finished project is comfortable, usable for its intended purpose—and doesn’t leave you saying, “Can you hear me now?”
Compressed Air Contamination in the Food Industry
Preventing Contamination - A guide to material selection for food and beverage equipment
Can your company afford the cost of a product recall? In the food industry, recalls due to contamination can be devastating, but typically can be completed avoided. All too often, simple steps in food safety protocol are overlooked, the result of which can lead to an overwhelming financial strain and even the end of the business. Taking initiative to ensure your company is not only aware of but effectively adheres to industry guidelines for food safety is of the utmost importance in maintaining a viable business.
Microbiologist Report: Food Grade Belt Sanitation
With increased concern over food safety, food handling and processing equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Plastic modular belts - designed in segmented, hinged configurations - allow for quick replacement and maintenance but the hinged design makes them difficult to clean.
Constructed of polyurethane reinforced with sealed aramid tension members, Gates Mectrol PosiClean® belts have minimal stretch and run on most plastic modular pulleys. The belting also features sealed edges and is typically welded endless or joined with PosiLace™, a single pin-fastening system.