Food & beverage
Maintaining a sanitary food preparation environment is not only a legal requirement, it is also a matter of safety and remaining financially profitable.
Unclean facilities can lead to contamination and health and safety risks. The impact of major contamination or risk to consumers in this sector would be a disaster for the local economy, which employs nearly one in five New Zealand workers, and also equates for over half of New Zealand merchandise export earnings.1
However, much of this can be prevented with Nilfisk autonomous cleaners, which remove the margin for human error from the equation.
Biological and contamination issues are a significant reason for food safety failures and can be introduced to the product from many sources including the food plant environment, employees, ingredients and equipment. Effective sanitation is one of the main tools food manufacturers can employ to ensure food safety and reduce or eliminate the risk in many of these areas.
Food processing guidelines are in place to protect costumers from contamination, including the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the facility.
In reality, the importance of sanitation and food safety goes well beyond just meeting any regulatory standards or guidelines.
“Nilfisk solutions are used by food companies to improve production efficiency, increase safety, and maintain the highest level of hygiene,” said John Toolis, Sales Manager – Nilfisk Floor Care. “By working with such a vast range of food production companies across the globe, our solutions really are driven by our intimate knowledge for the very specific sanitation requirements of different food production facilities and sectors. All of our solutions are ATEX certified and in compliance with GMP standards to minimise the danger of explosions and assure a healthier environment at the same time.”
There are various types of equipment that have been developed to be specific to unique industries within food production.
Three key sectors and the unique requirements they have for food safety and hygiene are highlighted:
BAKERY AND FLOUR PRODUCTION
Whether you are baking bread, biscuits, cakes or sweets, there are three basic needs that will ensure the results are of the highest standard, both in terms of product quality and hygiene – clean oven, production hygiene and maintaining facility performance.
1. Clean Ovens
Regular cleaning of the ovens is not only part of a best hygiene practice, it also helps to minimise fire hazards and unwanted smoke. It also promotes better food quality. The cleaner the oven, the better it will perform, as there will be no food spills or crumbs using the heat and impacting the taste and aroma of your food. ATEX, Hazloc, or IeCex Nilfisk certified industrial vacuums recover production waste to eliminate the risk of fires and explosions.
2. Production Hygiene
Burnt crumbs, flour or other production waste can contaminate your product. Nilfisk production line cleaners allow momentum to continue by continually collecting production waste, eliminating downtime and improving hygiene at every station. A constant centralised specialised Nilfisk vacuum system collects hazardous materials before they become a danger.
3. Facility Performance
The floor of any food processing facility is typically exposed to all sorts of food waste and by-products. Designed to maintain a high level of hygiene and quickly eliminate dirt, while also increasing safety, Nilfisk scrubber’s and dryers are ideal for the sanitation of the production facility floor, while Nilfisk combination machines clean large areas quicker than traditional machines.
Thousands of coffee roasting plants in the world have chosen Nilfisk pneumatic conveyors for handling powders and granules, says the company.
Coffee roasting plants need to safeguard the quality of the product, preventing the beans from breaking and the organoleptic properties of the ground coffee from being affected. Eliminating residues from the production line and optimising the movement of the powders and granules without affecting the costs is equally important.
Nilfisk pneumatic conveyors are designed for transferring powders and grains. Taken directly from bags, drums, big bags and other containers, the coffee is released at a certain distance, at the desired times and in the desired quantities.
For complete automation of the production line, Nilfisk offers an integrated system of conveyors for processing the coffee, from raw beans to roasted beans to coffee powder. The roasting, grinding and all the steps necessary to give the finished product thus take place reducing the product exposure to external agents, assuring the top level of hygiene. Nilfisk pneumatic conveyors are HACCP approved. Finally, having no moving mechanical components, they have low maintenance costs and can be easily and quickly cleaned.
During meat processing, cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation of equipment and tools takes place regularly and frequently. Nilfisk provides any machine necessary for cleaning floors and equipment after processing is finished. The use of the right tools for a deep cleaning and sanitising saves time, allows work in a clean environment, and comply with regulations.
Nilfisk industrial vacuum cleaners are designed to recover meat, debris and liquids in slaughterhouses and can separate solids from liquids. After recovery, liquids can be quickly expelled, and solid materials can be removed separately.
Local support with global backing, Nilfisk have spent over a century developing, testing and designing industry specific solutions. The above are just some examples of solutions for the food and beverage industry.
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