How FDA Approved Products Set Themselves Apart from the Competition in the Food and Beverage Industry
The past year and a half can be best summed up in one word, CHANGE. From stay-at-home orders put in place, to an increase in work Zoom meetings, to an all-around overhaul of how we live and work in our professional and personal lives. Nowhere have these turbulent changes been felt more noticeably than in the food and beverage industry. As one of the most affected industries in all this pandemic that we have had to deal with, the food and beverage industry has taken a huge hit. From dine-in restrictions to people discovering their newfound love of bread making, it cannot be denied that the food and beverage industry has taken hit after hit. Now, there is a light at the end of this long tunnel. As vaccines roll out, and cities and towns start to open back up, the pent-up demand for an ice-cold soft drink as you walk through a park to a nice hamburger from your favorite corner spot is about to explode.
Manufacturers have been anticipating this surge in demand and have been getting ready to ramp up production to meet their customer needs. But when you work in the food and beverage industry you can’t just pick up and use any old off-the-shelf part in your operations. The food and beverage industry places extreme standards on hygiene and cleanliness when it comes to the products used in their systems and facilities. From the machines used in the manufacturing of the food and beverage products down to the packaging that the products go into, the strict guidelines put in place to govern hygiene, cleanliness, and corrosion protection have a large impact on what processes and products can and must be utilized.
Specifically, these components must be designed with several unique features. They must also meet several strict FDA compliances to be able to be used in food and beverage manufacturing. These features and compliances include:
- Use of V4A stainless steel housing and plates to increase the longevity of the product and make it resistant to corrosion from harsh cleaning agents, UV radiation, and exposure to ozone.
- A light jacket color makes the detection of foreign bodies such as dirt, grime and bacteria, and other contamination easy to spot.
- When it comes to connections, an Ingress Protection rating of 69K can withstand the high-temperature and high-pressure washdown of equipment that must be done on a regular basis without allowing the intrusion of water.
- Maximization of smooth surfaces that avoids food and germs from penetrating and contaminating the cable entry plates.
- Designed to EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) hygiene regulations.
- Ecolab® tested and certified.
- Acid and Alkaline Solution Resistance.
- H2O2 (Hydrogen peroxide) Resistance.
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