Category: Quality Control

The Think Tank

Food Safety First: Upgrading Your Food Processing Equipment

A newly upgraded milk pasteurization system in a dairy processing plant.

If you’re ready to add a new piece of food processing equipment to your production facility, or it’s time to renovate your operations, there are many sanity standards and food safety considerations you’ll need to address to protect the integrity of your product and the safety of your personnel.

To upgrade your industrial food processing equipment and maintain your food safety standards, pay attention to the following:

  1. Impact of food processing equipment upgrades on traffic flow
  2. Use of food-safe equipment in all areas affected by the construction and renovations
  3. Potential impact on nearby food production lines not part of the retrofit

Stick around and we’ll dig into each of these important food processing equipment upgrade considerations in more detail.

1. Impact of Food Processing Equipment Upgrades Can Impact Traffic Flow

When renovating a food processing facility or installing new food processing equipment, expect the flow of foot traffic through the facility to change.… Read more

How to Prevent Food Processing Equipment Breakdowns

A worker records notes in her equipment maintenance log.

Stainless steel tanks. Centrifugal pumps. Filling and packaging machines. Heat exchangers. What do these types of food processing equipment have in common? They’re all susceptible to normal wear and tear. Some wear is cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance or the integrity of your product. Other wear, however, can be an early warning sign of equipment failure. In this post, we’ll share our easiest maintenance tips for preventing food processing equipment breakdowns and reducing costly downtime.

Routine Maintenance Beats Routine Equipment Failure

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your food processing equipment takes time out of your day. No doubt about it. And, while you may be able to skip a few spot-checks here and there, eventually it could catch up with you. So, the simplest, easiest thing you can do to help prevent equipment breakdown is to follow the manufacturer’s recommended preventative maintenance schedule. Often, that means regularly inspecting and lubricating parts, swapping worn components with new ones and keeping a detailed equipment maintenance log of what was done and when.… Read more