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December 25, 2019

3 Methods to Maintain Conveyors for Food Hygiene and Safety

In the food industry, hygiene and safety are their top priority. For this reason, they take strict measures in the production process to ensure every single aspect of it continues to maintain the best quality and hygiene level possible. These measures can be anything from purchasing only high-quality raw food materials and ensuring the food items’ processing method is top-notch. 

One of the most critical factors of safety and hygiene is the maintenance of equipment used to handle the food items. While this is important for every piece of equipment used in the food production process, the conveyor is one that is most vital. 

Moving large amounts of food items from one place to another means that the conveyor comes into contact with many foods. Any contamination here can spell the end of any company in the food industry. For that reason, you must maintain your conveyor if you are using one, and here is how to do that.

Manual Cleaning

For smaller food processing plants, manual cleaning can be an extremely effective method. In the process, professionals come around to regularly brush, scrub, rinse, wipe, sweep, and vacuum in, out, and around the conveyor. This ensures that every aspect of the conveyor is clean and spotless, ensuring that food stays fresh and clean throughout its travel. The best thing about manual cleaning is that it is comprehensive, meaning that individuals can clean parts that no machine can reach. 

The only downfall to manual cleaning is the effort and time it takes. Compared to other cleaning methods, manual cleaning consumes the most amount of time, growing exponentially large if the food plant is big. This is because they may need to be disassembled for thorough cleaning. 

Semi-Automatic Cleaning

For more extensive food processing needs, a semi-automatic cleaning method can suffice. Here, some cleaning aspects are done automatically, such as spraying, cleaning, and rinsing parts of the conveyor. However, other activities, like brushing and scraping, are done by people. The advantages of this cleaning method are that some aspects are done automatically, helping to save time. However, for those looking to save even more time, this may not be the solution.

Fully Automatic Cleaning

As the name implies, fully automatic cleaning is a cleaning method that cleans the entire conveyor using a process known as CIP (clean-in-place). This allows food processing plants to clean their conveyors with minimal disassembly, making this method an excellent time-saver. That said, the agents used by the CIP system must be the right agents. It can differ depending on what kind of food they work with and the goal the conveyor owner wants to achieve. For instance, if disinfection is the primary goal, the use of disinfectants can do the job.

Conclusion 

There are many ways you can clean your food conveyors to maintain a high level of food hygiene and safety. The most crucial part is that you do your research regarding the various methods in which this can be done. By figuring out your needs and looking for solutions that thoroughly satisfy it, you will be able to produce top-quality food items your customers can eat without worrying about an upset stomach.

Gough Econ is a provider of material handling solutions for various industries, such as food, metal, and more. If you need an innovative and high-quality solution to move your food products around, call us today!

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