Sanitation improvements in conveyor system design

I have been working with foodprocessing plants for the better part of the last 30 years. In today’s meat and poultry industry, the sanitary condition of the processing machinery is constantly under scrutiny in order to combat Listeria, E. coli and other types of bacteria that can penetrate the food chain.

In addition to food safety, worker safety is atop the list of primary concerns in plants. Improving workplace conditions by removing safety hazards is paramount to overall plant safety. In taking these steps, a plant can also advance its equipment safety and smart energy usage — two other areas of importance to operations.

With regard to these concerns, the typical conveyor ranks among the primary attention-getting pieces of equipment on the plant floor. Over the past 20 years, the conveyor belt industry has made substantial improvements addressing sanitation, safety and energy efficiency. Belt manufacturers developed modular style belts that allow high-pressure wash-down cleaning agents to flow through the modular belt, enabling the removal of protein byproducts trapped in the belt and conveyor crevices

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