Together with the implementation of haccp, the use of chlorine dioxide can make disinfection tasks more transparent and reduce operating costs, says Bernhard Baumgärtner, director Asia Pacific, Prominent GMBH.

Demands for food and beverage products are growing rapidly around the world and with consumer focus on shelf-life and hygiene, advances in packaging machinery can make companies more competitive and increase values of end product. By Vera Fritsche, head of packaging machinery, VDMA food processing and packaging machinery

The BX Eco-Wash Convection Oven range incorporates a high-end, totally integrated Self Wash system, providing a highly effective solution for baking, roasting and cooking a variety of foods without the fear of cross contamination of odours or flavours.

The convection oven provides the ability for manufacturers to switch between different product categories quickly and safely, e.g. from meat to sweets. This is ideal for many retailers and food-to-go outlets, especially those who need to respond to changing consumer demands throughout the day.

It also removes the risk of exposing staff to potentially harmful chemicals; the power max plus cartridge is sealed and only released when the oven reaches the right temperature.

Hygienic and efficient automation in food production are key to protecting the consumer and the manufacturer’s brand. These lie in the basics of design and material of equipment. By Alexander Wagner, head of sector management food industry, Festo AG & Company KG

Dealing with increasing standards and regulations, the need for high hygiene levels and the handling of allergens is key for food processing companies today. The right technology can revolutionise profitability and the agility of manufacturing. By David Newell, general manager & director, business development, Asia-Pacific, Matcon

The MPA-C valve terminal, part of Festo’s ‘Clean Design’ portfolio, meets the requirements for protection class IP69K and Corrosion Resistance Class 4 (CRC4).

It features several valve functions, and its modular sub-base design suppor ts max imum flexibility that enables it to expand to a maximum of 32 valves or solenoid coils.

The valve terminal comes with a redundant seal system, which allows trouble-free and intensive cleaning with highpressure jets or foam so terminals can even be installed even in locations with harsh environmental conditions.

Made with FDA-compliant materials and lubricated with NSF-H1 food-grade grease, the MPA-C is suitable for use in both food and splash zones.

Conveyor systems are an integral part of any food manufacturing plant, but they are susceptible to contamination without proper care. Modern design features can help ensure safety and reduce risks for businesses. By Peter Wood, process systems product manager, Key Technology

Food scandals can rock the foundation that food and beverage manufacturers have painstakingly built at the blink of an eye. With strict regulations and the capability to protect sensitive beverages, PET bottles can fulfil today’s safety requirements. By Sid Johari, executive VP for industrial operations, Sidel

Microbial organisms can metabolise selected ingredients of lubricants, but it is almost impossible to completely disinfect machine parts such as lubricated bearings. To avoid complications, H1 lubricants containing antimicrobial additives may be an ideal solultion. By Dr Martin Wünsch, head of research and development, Lubricant Consultant

The selection of mixing equipment is vital in maximising process efficiency without compromising product quality.  The introduction of ‘ultra hygienic’ designs has only amplified the demands further. By Chris Ryan, technical author, Silverson Machines

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