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Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

Eilersen is releasing a new series of digital load cells in a hygienic (aseptic) design for dynamic weighing, process weighing, filling, packaging and general weighing applications targeted primarily at food and pharma customers. The new hygienic design is unique without any exposed bellow grooves, facilitating easy cleaning to minimize the risk of bacteria and contaminants on the load cells, and thereby ensuring an overall high level of hygiene.

All Eilersen load cells are developed and manufactured in Denmark and based on a highly accurate and very robust capacitive measuring principle. This technology allows an installation without complicated, nonhygienic stay rods and overload protection devices, which are applied in most strain gage load cell installations and result in a non-hygienic final installation.

The absence of overload protection devices in an installation with the new Eilersen hygienic load cells further improves the existing design, and thereby provides an installation which is even more simple, easy to commission and hygienic.

World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

The new Eilersen beam load cell type BL is the world’s first beam load cell in a hygienic design and is characterized by the smooth bellow, which provides a clean, maintenance free installation and is unique for weighing systems using beam load cells.

Beam load cells in general are known for the difficulty when cleaning the bellows and the need for overload protection devices, both of which are not necessary when installing Eilersen beam load cells. The new hygienic design from Eilersen eliminates the difficulties in cleaning the load cell surfaces, and thereby reduces the risk of product contamination.

The new hygienic digital beam load cell type BL is produced in electropolished stainless steel, hermetically sealed (IP68) and can be supplied in capacities up to 1000kg with 0.025% accuracy. The load cell type BL is ATEX certified for installation in ATEX zone 1, 2, 21 and 22.

New Application-specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Provides Optimal Specifications

During development of the new range of load cells, the specifications have been optimized through a proprietary ASIC, which is manufactured for Eilersen utilizing the newest technologies.

Flexible Instrumentation

The new load cells can be supplied with the most common fieldbus interface options such as PROFINET, Profibus DP, EtherNet IP and Modbus TCP. In addition, the new hygienic load cells can be supplied with a range of digital weighing terminals that include standard firmware for most weighing applications or customized firmware.

Reliable Capacitive Technology

Eilersen has more than 40 years’ experience as experts in industrial weighing, with capacitive load cells that are known for a simple mechanical and simple electrical installation, reducing both the overall installation cost and minimizing customer’s maintenance costs. These characteristics are known and appreciated by satisfied users in more than 85 countries all over the world.

For further information contact: Eilersen Electric A/S, Kokkedal Industripark, 4 DK-2980 Kokkedal. Tel +45 49 180 100; E-mail info@eilersen.com; Web www.eilersen.com.

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Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

In the food and drink factories it is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to its impact wear.

With strict demands within the food and drink industry it is crucial to provide a highly hygienic environment to avoid all costs of contamination. The choice of material within a factory design is highly important to withstand the regular cleaning regimes as well as increasing the clean ability of the environment.

Aspen Stainless are the UK’s exclusive agent of Polysto hygienic wall kerb range. Each kerb is made from a very strong polymer with a smooth finish, the kerbing is designed to reduce the ingress of liquids and provide protection to walls, columns and the door edges from floor level.

To increase clean ability a Polysto rebated wall kerb can be installed with a resin floor to create a smooth curve. The rebated kerb eliminates the stand 90 degree angle which increases clean ability and decreases the risk of dirt traps.

When installed the wall kerb is sealed with a high quality silicone based food joint sealant, which contains a special fungicide to prevent build-up of bacteria. The high strength formula is ideal for food environments for its high humidity and temperature resistant attributes.

Accompanied with wall cladding and bump rails Aspen can provide a completely sealed hygienic surface between floors and walls. The added protection will support daily traffic and the potential loading bay collisions.

Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download and discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen Technical Team at +44 (0)115 986 6321; www.aspen.eu.com.

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Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.

Flowcrete UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety Management System and How Does it Relate to Flooring?to help food and beverage businesses learn about this preventive risk assessment tool and ensure that all facilities comply with its guidelines.

Flowcrete UK’s Managing Director, Kevin Potter, said: “We’ve worked with some of the world’s largest food producers at their most challenging plants and we’ve always ensured that the knowledge, experience and skills we’ve built up have been put to use creating floors that effectively meet the industry’s multifaceted demands.

“This white paper has been produced as part of our commitment to advise the food industry on best practice flooring, as it is essential to follow HACCP’s rules in order to ensure that the finish underfoot will provide the necessary properties for a food facility.”

As the white paper explains, being HACCP compliant is vital to fulfilling the increasingly strict requirements of industry regulators. This is exemplified by the Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 which reiterates Article 5 (1) of Regulation 852/2004 of the European Parliament: “Food business operators put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures based on the HACCP principles.” Parallel legislation is also in force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When combined with the fact that many nations will require food to have been produced according to the same or similar principles, this means that failing to meet the HACCP benchmark can stop businesses from trading both domestically and internationally. 

The HACCP process involves analysing food safety hazards and putting in place appropriate controls to eliminate or reduce contamination. Getting the floor area right is central to this, as failing to do so could put the facility at risk from unwanted and difficult to eradicate bacteria build-up which could easily infiltrate and spoil produce onsite. 

In the white paper readers will be able to find out what flooring characteristics and certifications they need to look out for in order to ensure that floors within production, processing and storage areas live up to the HACCP standard.

The white paper also examines how HACCP came to be created, the role it plays in the UK’s regulations as well as the product certification scheme HACCP International, which evaluates materials, equipment and services used within the food industry.

Getting ahead with HACCP is not an option, as the future of the food industry is towards ever more regulated use of due diligence programs. For example the FSA’s Foodborne Disease Strategy, a compliance and enforcement plan, aims to secure major improvements in public protection and health through an overall better and more efficient risk-based regulatory system.

If you’d like to learn more about this increasingly important topic then click here to download and read the white paper. To discuss specifying a HACCP International certified floor for a specific food and beverage facility then get in touch with Flowcrete UK’s expert team.

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Hygienic Drainage Design Within the Meat Processing Industry

In the meat processing industry it is vital to maintain high hygiene standards to ensure the fresh meat goods are safe for consumers. On a daily basis regular and thorough cleaning regimes are in place to avoid the risk of contamination.

There are a few factors to consider when designing a factory, which will help to contribute to a hygienic environment. A drainage system and the surrounding flooring needs to work together to provide an efficient rate of waste water removal. The flooring must provide appropriate falls, which are directed towards either a drain channel or a drain gully within a processing area, so the waste water does not start to pool.

During processing, the meat industry produces solid fats and skeleton waste, which are required to be removed from the area during wash down. It is important that any solid debris is filtered out of the waste water via a drain trash basket, which sits within a drain channel outlet or drain gully.

An anti-backflow valve can also be installed onto a drainage system to close off the drain outlet pipe in the event of a blockage. The valve therefore prevents any waste water re-entering the meat processing area, removing the risk of contaminating fresh goods.

To provide safety under foot for people working in the processing area amongst meats, oils and greases, an anti-slip stainless steel drain cover, in a ladder design with a scalloped edge, can work with the tread of a person’s footwear to prevent unnecessary slips and falls.

Aspen stainless steel products are designed to help achieve a hygienic environment, with removable components to enable all drainage parts to be easily cleaned. Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download, and discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen Technical Team today; +44 (0)115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk, www.aspen.eu.com.

 

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Hygienic Stainless Steel Environments Within Dairies

canalengineeringnovember2016In dairy industries it is vital that hygiene standards are kept to a very high standard. To do this, the choice of materials used in the construction of a dairy are required to cope with the daily processing and production demands.

Drainage and wall kerbing, which make up part of a dairy, are important products that need consideration. To reduce costs, many may opt for these to be made out of concrete, however over time concrete dries out and is prone to cracking. This can jeopardise a hygienic environment as unwanted bacteria will harbour in the cracks, no matter the size. Concrete is also a hard material to thoroughly clean as it is not impermeable and can absorb some moisture, weakening the structure. In time the concrete may therefore erode and cause construction issues within a dairy, which would disrupt the daily production of their goods.

Alternatively, drainage and wall kerbing can be manufactured from stainless steel. Stainless steel is resistant to caustic cleaning materials and lactic acid, which are common elements in a dairy. This resistance ensures that the stainless steel surface does not corrode, rust or weaken making it an excellent long term solution in construction.

As well as the material it is made from, the layout and design of a drainage system is also important. A drainage system will need the appropriate flow rates to cope with the volume of liquid waste water in the area. A drainage system also goes hand in hand with the flooring design so liquid waste water drains effectively into the channels or gullies. Doing this prevents any pooling or standing water, which is prone to bacteria build up.

A stainless steel wall kerbing system can also work with the flooring design. A seamless connection between the floor and the wall can be made by installing a resin wall cove onto the kerbing. This drastically improves the efficiency of cleaning by removing any creases or angled connections. In turn this reduces the amount of areas bacteria and small debris can harbour and grow.

With strict hygiene demands throughout the dairy industry, Aspen Stainless has the ability to provide a tailored product package to meet your specialist requirements using its range of drainage, wall kerbing and protection.

Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download and discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen Technical Team on Tel +44 (0)115 986 6321 or visit www.aspen.eu.com.

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Clean in Place (CIP) – Process Safety With the CombiLyz Conductivity Meter

By Stefan Blust, Business Manager Food & Beverage, Baumer

baumernovember2016The food and beverage industry is faced with continually rising quality standards, increasing cost pressure and strict hygienic regulations. As a result, requirements for processing systems and their efficient cleaning are growing. With an accuracy of 1% and a measuring range of 500 μS/cm to 1000 mS/cm, together with fast and accurate temperature compensation, the innovative CombiLyz conductivity meter has the ideal technical properties to support CIP safely and cost-effectively.

In order to guarantee food safety, production and filling facilities must be cleaned regularly. This is usually done using an automated CIP process (the cleaning of a process engineering system without dismantling it) and is part of a fully automated production process. In the food industry, the correct settings for a CIP process are very comprehensive, since the final CIP processes can often only be defined after the systems have been set up and meaningful tests have been carried out. There are as many requirements as there are cleaning programs. Some systems are cleaned with water only, while chemical cleaning agents like acidic or caustic solutions are used in others. Some systems recover the water from the last rinsing cycle and use it for the first rinsing cycle of the next CIP sequence in order to keep overall running costs low.

Optimum Interaction of Physical Parameters

For all cleaning processes, however, the optimum interaction of different physical parameters is critical. The exact concentration of cleaning agents, while taking into account flow rate, pressure, temperature and time, defines a reproducible process in which the CombiLyz clearly illustrates its superiority.

While the concentration of the acid or alkali is increasing, the conductivity meter controls the specified concentration of the relevant cleaning media. With precise measurements, it ensures no more chemicals are used than necessary. This saves resources and protects the environment. During the phase separation in the CIP return flow, the CombiLyz with its good temperature compensation quickly recognizes different media, even when temperatures fluctuate enormously. This reduces the losses of stored cleaning agents. After one cleaning cycle, the CombiLyz accurately measures the concentration of the remaining chemicals in the rinse water. With this information, the PLC can control the predefined media circuits exactly and reliably using valve nodes. This reduces the risk of food being contaminated by residual chemicals.

Robust Hygienic Design and User-friendliness

The robust sensing element of the meter is made completely of PEEK. In order to meet the requirements of different installations, it is available in lengths of 37 mm, 60 mm and 83 mm. Its compact design reduces the flow resistance in the line, since the pipe cross-section is only minimally influenced. Deposits and impurities can be more easily transported out of the system. The hygienically designed sensing element itself can also be cleaned very easily, which is confirmed by the EHEDG certification and conformity with the 3-A standards. Furthermore, its design is exceedingly durable, and is specially made for use in applications with frequent temperature shocks. This guarantees a long service life, reduces unnecessary downtime and thus increases system availability.

Thanks to its very user-friendly operation by touch screen and its modular housing, the CombiLyz is outstanding in its class.

The conductivity meter is available with or without CombiView. This large, illuminated display can be rotated 360° and can thus be read easily from all directions, even from a great distance. It allows different view options, for example the simultaneous display of conductivity and concentration values as well as fully customizable text (water, alkali or acid etc.). Alarms and configurations can be visualized on the device and can also be transmitted to the higher level controller. With its integrated relay, the conductivity meter can carry out simple control tasks, for example in microbreweries with a low degree of automation, where food safety is of great importance and where valves are to be addressed directly without a process control system. The same applies to retrofitting of systems being upgraded from manually controlled to partly automated processes.

The CombiLyz sensor is available as a compact and as a separate version. The latter is available with cable lengths of 2.5 m, 5 m and 10 m. If required in the application, the display and the sensing element can be installed separately. This offers maximum flexibility for optimum mounting positions.

A wide range of adapters allows hygienic installation in most standard process connections. This makes it the ideal solution for many CIP systems.

Further information visit www.baumer.com/CIP.

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Innovative Self-priming Pump Does Double Duty For Dairies

By Allan Bruun, Industry Manager, Dairy, Market Unit Food, Alfa Laval

Are you looking for a self-priming pump that improves energy efficiency and reduces noise levels, as well as meeting the latest hygienic design standards? Using airscrew technology, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime sets a new standard in self-priming pump technology.

Based on the Alfa Laval LKH premium range of centrifugal pumps the Alfa Laval LKH Prime is specifically constructed for pumping liquids containing entrained air, making it an excellent choice as a CIP return pump. The Alfa Laval LKH Prime is 40 percent more energy efficient and operates at noise levels 80 percent below conventional liquid-ring pumps. As all pumps in the LKH family, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime is EHEDG certified and authorized to carry the 3-A symbol.

Versatile and efficient, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime is therefore of interest to dairy owners and operators who are concerned with:

  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Improving the work environment
  • Reducing installation costs.

Reducing Energy Consumption

alfalaval1october2016compressedThe hydraulic efficiency of the Alfa Laval LKH Prime reaches over 50% (Image 1). This means the Alfa Laval LKH Prime offers an added advantage over liquid-ring pumps, which typically reach efficiencies of approximately 30 percent. Its high efficiency is easily attainable at a wide flow range, which translates into substantial savings no matter the duty point.

Improving the Work Environment

The Alfa Laval LKH Prime also contributes to a better work environment. It reduces the noise emission level by up to 80 percent compared to conventional liquid-ring pumps. With a noise level of a mere 74dBA, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime efficiently eliminates the need for these protective measures.

Reducing Installation Costs

While the Alfa Laval LKH Prime is primarily designed for CIP return duties, the hygienic design means it may also be used to pump dairy products. For instance, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime is a reliable pump for emptying milk tanks. Because of the pump’s ability to handle both CIP return liquid and dairy products, it is possible to eliminate the need for a separate liquid-ring pump.

The Alfa Laval LKH Prime combines the gentle product treatment and hygienic design of the LKH range with the liquid-ring principle. In many cases, this can reduce the number of pumps required for an installation from two to just a single pump.

Reducing the installation costs from two liquid-ring pumps to one Alfa Laval LKH Prime pump results in:

  • Lower capital investment, one pump instead of two
  • Lower piping, cabling and automation costs
  • Lower spare parts and service costs.

Service is a key element of any Alfa Laval offering and the commonality of spares, including the shaft seal, in the LKH range translates into reduced spare parts inventory and fast maintenance.

Working Principle

As the pump starts up, a liquid ring is formed in the pump head canister (image 2) and the recirculation pipe is filled (2), thereby achieving the initial prime. This liquid ring is formed in the space between the diameter of the inlet pipe, and the outer diameter of the offset canister housing the airscrew. The resultant liquid ring creates a water seal between the airscrew hub and the top of the canister (3).

alfalaval2october2016compressedAn air column is created between the airscrew hub and the liquid ring (1). The air column is separated into air pockets by the airscrew and then forced into the impeller’s suction stage. Some of the priming liquid re-circulates over the recirculation pipe (2). Air is removed until the content is just a few percent and no pockets are generated. The pump then acts as a traditional centrifugal pump, transferring the liquid from the suction stage (4) through the discharge (5).

When there is no air present, the canister and recirculation loop have no function and are completely filled with liquid. The liquid passes through the canister into the impeller’s suction stage. Here again, the pump acts as a traditional centrifugal pump, transferring the liquid through the discharge at a higher velocity and pressure.

Summary

alfalaval3october2016compressedThe Alfa Laval LKH Prime Pump delivers:

  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Improved working environment
  • Reduced installation cost
  • And have spare parts commonality with the Alfa Laval LKH pump range making it easy to service.

Allan Bruun is Alfa Laval’s Dairy Industry Manager, responsible for the heat transfer and fluid handling business. Allan coordinates commercial and technical market intelligence between sales channels, dairies and central Alfa Laval functions seeking to optimize the customers’ processes and increase the competence level of the organization. Allan holds university degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as business administration. Contact: allan.bruun@alfalaval.com.

About Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena. Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2015, posted annual sales of about SEK 39.7 billion (approx.4.25 billion Euros). The company has about 17.500 employees.

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Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

Restaurants with low food hygiene ratings are risking their survival, with 61% of consumers saying they’ll boycott such establishments, according to research from Checkit (http://www.checkit.net/). 18,379 restaurants, takeaways, sandwich/coffee shops, hotels and pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are at risk, as they currently have a Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating of two or below, meaning they require improvement to their practices and processes.

The study, carried out by food safety technology company Checkit, found that London is the city with the largest number of food businesses at risk (5,092), while Birmingham has the highest percentage (17%) of restaurants scoring two or below. It is followed by Leicester (14%), London (14%) and Manchester (11%). Overall, 7% of cafes, canteens, restaurants, mobile caterers, pubs, takeaways, sandwich shops and hotels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland fail to meet the hygiene standards that consumers demand.

Across the UK takeaways and sandwich shops are the sector in most danger of being shunned by diners, with 14% of themhaving a food hygiene rating of two or below. This figure rises to 28% of Birmingham and Manchester takeaways, and over half (52%) of those in the London borough of Newham. Given that 64% of consumers say they’d avoid takeaways with low food hygiene ratings, this will have a major impact on the sector’s revenues and individual business survival.

Also in the Checkit research, three quarters (75%) of consumers said they wouldn’t risk dining at a restaurant that had been implicated in a food hygiene incident, even if recommended by someone that they trust. Customers would even rather put up with poor service from rude and unhelpful staff than eat at dirty restaurants. 66% of respondents rated unclean or dirty premises as the first or second reason for not returning to a restaurant. Just 16% cited slow or poor service and 32% said rude or unhelpful staff would stop them coming back to a restaurant.

“The food business is incredibly competitive, with nearly 60% of restaurants failing in their first three years of operation,” says David Davies, Managing Director, Checkit. “Our research shows that good food hygiene is the number one factor in wherediners choose to eat – and that they simply won’t return to places where there has been a food hygiene incident. Yet ouranalysis finds that nearly 20,000 restaurants require improvement to meet basic Food Standards Agency standards. Owners of food businesses are risking their revenues and survival, as well as the health of their customers, by not taking hygiene seriously.”

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Hygienic Building Protection

In food and drink factories, hygiene is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products. It is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to impact or wear.

With light and heavy equipment and machinery travelling throughout the premises there is chance of collisions into the walls, columns or doors ways, or in worst cases the operatives working in the factory. The aesthetics of the building will therefore significantly decrease if there isn’t sufficient protection in place.

Aspen Stainless have previously worked with a well-known food processing company to improve the construction of their new factory. From the stainless steel range, Aspen installed their wall kerb, bump rail, guard rail and wall cladding.

The wall kerbing was fully welded in place and had its welds ground down to leave a smooth, seamless finish. The top and bottom of the kerb was then sealed with a resin compound, providing a completely sealed surface between the walls and floor.

CanalEngineering2June2016For added protection, low level bump rail was installed in front of the wall kerb to protect the main construction of the factory from vehicles and other collisions.

In the food production areas, high level guard rail was installed to protect the walls and columns from the food racking trollies, which also doubled up as a storage location for the racking when it was not in use.

With strict demands for hygienic plant and equipment in all food and drink industries, Aspen has the ability to provide a tailored product package to meet your specialist requirements using its range of drainage, wall kerbing, and protection.

Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download or discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen technical team; +44 (0)115 986 6321, www.aspen.eu.com.

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Safety Under Foot With Resin Flooring

Efficiency and safety under foot in a food factory is high priority when it comes to deciding a new floor. In addition, various types of daily traffic travels through the processing and packaging areas making it imperative for the flooring to be durable.

John Lord were commissioned to manufacture and install a suitable flooring for a well-known food factory, which had different requirements from room to room. In the processing areas the factory required a high anti-slip flooring grade for maximum safety under foot during their cleaning regimes and if any spillages occurred. In the packaging areas the factory required a smoother but durable floor surface than the processing areas, which allowed trolleys, crates and pallet trucks to move easily over while transporting the snack food product.

JohnLord2June2016The factory wanted to divide the processing and packaging areas, and create walkways around the factory to safely guide pedestrian traffic around the facility and importantly away from the machinery and operating areas. John Lord provided the factory with a range of bespoke colours to choose from to highlight these areas. The factory opted for a buff-yellow, green and terracotta, which created definition and reflected their company brand colours.

John Lord has a range of exclusive resin flooring products to suit your environment. For the food and drink industry, the Uragard polyurethane resin range is the recommended flooring option. Uragard provides excellent durability, cleanability, chemical and temperature resistance and has varying grades of slip resistance to suit your traffic requirements.

‘Specify Your Own Floor’ online to find the most suitable flooring system for your industry or contact John Lord’s technical flooring team to discuss your requirements and receive expert recommendations – +44 (0)115 986 6321, www.john-lord.com.

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No Flies on Rentokil – Innovative Trap Designed to Combat Pesky Flies at Commercial Food Premises

Rentokil has launched its latest innovation in pest management – the Rentokil Fly Box. Designed to be installed in or outside commercial food premises, the box contains a mixture of pheromones and insecticide to attract and eliminate flies from waste and refuge areas.

The Rentokil Fly Box’s unique design is underpinned by research from Rentokil’s Global Science Centre, which revealed that flies are attracted to areas of high colour contrast. Trialling several colour combinations, scientists found the contrast between black and white to be most effective, with 90% of flies migrating to a black box when set against a white background. Beyond attracting flies visually, the Rentokil Fly Box contains a mixture of appealing sugar-rich foods and lethal insecticide, which will extinguish most flies on entry. The box also replicates the pheromones produced by other flies to entice them.

Flies pose significant hygiene and reputational risks to food retailers and manufacturers. Their presence is off-putting to customers, and they are one of the most common causes of food poisoning, particularly the salmonella infection. To avoid falling foul of flies, food retailers and manufactures should have a comprehensive pest strategy in place, with numerous lines of defence. The new Rentokil Fly Box provides a business’ first line of defence, combatting flies before they even enter the premises.

Dr Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager UK, Ireland and The Baltics, describes the Rentokil Fly Box’s benefits: “Previously fly treatments for refuse areas have relied on insecticide sprays. The problem with this method is that removing the waste ends the treatment. The Rentokil Fly Box enables us to effectively fix insecticide to commonly affected areas, ensuring that flies are constantly being eradicated. Businesses will save money through reduced infestations, while ensuring their reputation for impeccable hygiene remains intact.”

Dr Moore continues: “It is vital that food manufacturers, retailers and restaurateurs take appropriate due diligence when it comes to flies. Typically, we see significant increases in fly populations during the summer months, as they enter the most prolific period of their breeding cycle. This year we can expect to see larger increases, and earlier, as we have had very little cold weather, which suppresses breeding activity and fly populations.”

“While the presence of flies can inflict reputational damage, it’s equally important that businesses are environmentally responsible in their pest control strategies. The Rentokil Fly Box presents a way of eliminating unwanted fly species while ensuring that unnecessary chemicals do not enter the ecosystem or impact non-target species.”

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Marel Poultry Uses Innovation to Tackle Topical Issues

Poultry producers are facing new challenges all the time. Key current issues are hygiene, food safety, sustainability and satisfying ever increasing demand for meat from the world’s growing population. How is Marel coping with these challenges? For Marel, there is only one way to go and that is to innovate.

Growing World Population

The worldwide increase in demand for meat protein requires new and innovative ways for producing the necessary volumes. As the global leader in poultry processing technology, Marel Poultry is intimately involved in making the additional processing capacity available. This means large scale industrialization, for which Marel Poultry offers the very best in automated high speed processing solutions, where the interests of both processors and consumers are always kept firmly in mind. To satisfy demand for the large volumes of poultry meat now needed, line speeds are increasing at an accelerating rate. Both capacity and performance need to increase too.

Sustainability

With innovative concepts which respect poultry, people and the planet, Marel Poultry is committed to the sustainability of its systems and solutions. The Stork AeroScalder is an excellent example. Traditional immersion scalding techniques use huge amounts of hot water. In the AeroScalder, products are not immersed in hot water but scalded using moisturized hot air which is blown onto them. This innovative concept saves up to 75% water and up to 50% energy. An additional bonus is that there is no cross-contamination during the process.

The “Robot with a Knife” concept is a process which maximizes product use and avoids give-away.

The “Robot with a Knife” concept is a process which maximizes product use and avoids give-away.

No Give-away, Maximum Value

Making the best use of product by avoiding costly give-away is part of the sustainability program. As each part of a processed product is highly valuable, losing just one gram of meat per product could mean the daily loss of 108 kg. That is why maximizing product use and avoiding give-away is one of Marel Poultry’s focus areas. Innovative technologies have been developed to give intelligent composite solutions such as the “robot with a knife” consisting of the I-Cut 122 Portion Cutter paired with the RoboBatcher Flex. The combination cuts strictly to customer order while the resulting offcuts are batched as valuable products in their own right.

Hygiene

As even the smallest localized incidence of bacterial contamination in the food chain can have much wider even global implications, hygiene has become of paramount importance for the food processing industry. Marel Poultry is keenly aware of this and offers solutions which help processors produce the safest possible food. Automation plays a key role here by doing away with the need for people to touch product. “Our maturation chilling system is a first-class example,” says Anton de Weerd, General Managing Director of Marel Poultry. “The cross-contamination of product with harmful bacteria is virtually eliminated. Product is fresher and shelf life significantly longer. The process both pre-chills and matures product to give very tender meat in a relatively short process time.”

Tracking the Food

Food safety and hygiene are closely related. A comprehensive tracking and tracing system is the best way for a processing plant to ensure food safety. Marel Poultry has developed just such a tracking and tracing system.  The moment a product enters the plant, the collection of data on it begins. Further data is added as it moves through the process. Data stays with the product, enabling retail consumers to check the origin and trustworthiness of what they are buying.

Innovative, accurate and reliable tracking and tracing would not be possible without a comprehensive software system. Marel’s Innova software has opened up new possibilities for effective poultry processing management. Today’s poultry processing plant can hold up to 40,000 broilers from beginning to end of the process. Innova software will register the weight, quality grade and eventual destination of each and every product in the process.  By using Innova to monitor and control production, poultry processors can significantly improve the efficiency and safety of their process.

For further information visit marel.com/poultry.

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3M – Optimising Food Safety, Quality and Productivity

3MApril20163M applies science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, 3M’s 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. 3M invests about 5.6 per cent of its sales revenue in research and development and is recognised as a global innovator1, producing more than 3000 patents each year.

3M’s 8,500 scientists around the globe apply science in powerful ways, developing ingenious solutions which improve daily life for millions of people. This is encapsulated in the company’s brand identity, 3M Science. Applied to Life™.

Science is at the heart of everything 3M does, including application of clever technologies which enable food manufacturers to optimise product safety, quality and productivity.

3M2April20163M’s Food Safety business offers a comprehensive range of food safety solutions: rapid hygiene management and allergen control; indicator testing, advanced pathogen testing; sample handling; end product screening; and supply chain product temperature monitoring.

With today’s increasingly stringent food quality standards, both laboratory testing and hygiene monitoring need to be reliable and consistently accurate for consumer and brand protection.

As a science-based company, 3M is constantly innovating, but recognises that ‘science is just science’ until it’s applied to making a difference to people’s lives. That’s what 3M’s Food Safety team has been doing for over thirty years – keeping consumers safe, improving lab and manufacturing efficiencies for customers and providing them with the highest standards of technical support.

More information about our food safety products can be found at www.3M.com/foodsafey.

References – 1) Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators. www.stateofinnovation.com.

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Mitigate Cross-contamination Risk With Hygienic Pallets

With food and beverage exports having doubled over the past decade, Jim Hardisty, MD of Goplasticpallets.com, provides examples of hygiene best practice in logistics.

According to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), there are nearly 30 industry groups such as the Food Storage & Distribution Federation, and the industry’s 400,000 employees feed nearly 64 million people every day from 9,500 manufacturing sites and factories.

In 2014, industry exports accounted for £18.3 billion¹ yet future manufacturing and processing industry growth prediction is set to exceed £113 billion² with over 105,000 skilled new recruits being needed by 2022.

In addition to the annual Food Safety Week campaigns, the government runs ongoing consultations within the food and drink manufacturing industry to improve food hygiene practices and consumer safety regulations. In this article we focus on hygiene best practice within the industry and the benefits of using plastic pallets and food containers.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning affects as many as 5.5 million people in the UK every year. Most manufacturers are already aware of these concerns, and thus are increasingly turning to plastic pallets and sealable plastic containers for the arguably more economical and secure transportation solution that aids safe storage of food ingredients and fresh produce and helps to reduce waste.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com.

Microorganisms can be introduced at any point in the food supply chain and are invisible to the naked eye, which is why it’s vitally important for food manufacturers to source the most hygienic pallets for handling and transporting their products. Plastic pallets are water-resistant and allow for high-pressure cleaning in between uses, which minimises the risk of infestation, odour, fungi, mould or harmful foodborne pathogens which may be found on wooden pallets.

Hygienic Plastic Pallets

Although all plastic pallets are hygienic when compared to traditional wooden pallets, at Goplasticpallets.com we offer a range of specially designed Hygienic plastic pallets that are ideal for use in food production areas and clean room environments. Our Hygienic plastic pallets are manufactured from food grade high density polyethylene (HDPE) which makes them fully compliant with EU safety legislation and suitable for food businesses to use as part of an HACCP plan. The smooth sealed surfaces of our Hygienic plastic pallets have no cavities, won’t absorb moisture and are tolerant of weak acids and alkalis.

Another great example of how our plastic products have helped to improve hygienic operations within food manufacturing is our collaboration with Forresters Chicken. The company ordered just over 2,000 of our GoS&N 64140P food containers to replace cardboard boxes used to hold products in factories and to transport chicken products to customers.

Versatile Range

Our versatile range of durable plastic stack and nesting containers are a perfect fit for the poultry company due to the smooth and straight walls for large internal capacity (10kg of product), perforations that allow for drainage and good airflow, as well as ease of cleaning.

Our Hygienic pallets have fully sealed non-absorbent surfaces and are available in a range of colours.

Our Hygienic pallets have fully sealed non-absorbent surfaces and are available in a range of colours.

Heidi Nickson, Director of Forresters Chicken said: “We are an A grade BRC approved food processing company. Top quality hygiene is key to our business success. Everything used in the factory must be food grade and either plastic or stainless steel ideally. From the moment we decided we needed plastic trays and contacted Goplasticpallets.com we have received good service from helpful staff with a product that serves our needs perfectly.”

Food Hygiene Scares

Food hygiene scares present a massive threat to food manufacturers not only in terms of the financial impact, but also in the damaging effect they can have on a company’s brand. Every day there are product recall stories in the news which can be detrimental to consumer trust and supply chain relationships. Professionals in the industry can help to avoid such negative experiences by making the decision to ’Go Plastic’ by using plastic pallets and boxes.

For further information – Tel 01323 744057, E-mail sales@goplasticpallets.com or visit www.goplasticpallets.com.

References:

  1. IGD – Key Industry Facts – igd.com/About-us/Media/Key-industry-facts.
  2. Food Manufacture – Food and drink manufacturing industry set for 3-4% growth – www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Manufacturing/Food-and-drink-manufacturing-industry-set-for-3-4-growth.

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Flowcrete Takes Food Safe Flooring Message to Food and Drink Industry

Flowcrete UK is taking its expertise on how to create floors that meet the highest food safety standards to several leading food & beverage industry events throughout 2016. The resin flooring manufacturer will be attending both the Foodex show at Birmingham’s NEC on the 18th April as well as the 6th Annual European Food Safety & Quality Summit, which will be taking place in Huis ter Duin, Netherlands from the 26th–27th May.

At these events, Flowcrete UK will be outlining the key flooring characteristics that food and beverage manufacturers need to be aware of to ensure that the floor will facilitate a clean and safe working space while simultaneously being able to withstand the complex challenges inherent to the industry, such as corrosive food by-products, frequent spillages, hot ovens, cold fridges, heavy equipment, foot traffic and more!

Attendees to Foodex can discuss flooring solutions tailored to meet the above demands with Flowcrete UK’s resin flooring experts on stand N219. This includes how to create exceptionally robust, seamless and impervious floor areas that can incorporate stainless steel drainage and be laid to a fall to ensure the highest levels of cleanability. Installing floors that meet these criteria will help to safeguard the site’s sanitary integrity and avoid contaminants infiltrating the produce or working processes.

Flowcrete UK will be joined at the European Food Safety & Quality Summit by the Managing Director of HACCP International EMEA, Richard Mallet, who will present a panel discussion entitled ‘How to Ensure Your HACCP Compliance’. The panel will look at upcoming HACCP regulatory changes as well as how businesses can prepare a successful strategy to meet HACCP requirements.

HACCP International operates a product certification scheme within which they evaluate materials intended for the food industry to identify food safety hazards and appropriate controls in order to reduce the risk of food contamination from those materials. This is now a key requirement of any due diligence process including the approved procurement of materials.

Flowcrete’s polyurethane flooring range Flowfresh has recently achieved International HACCP certification.

Flowcrete’s polyurethane flooring range Flowfresh has recently achieved International HACCP certification.

Flowcrete UK’s Managing Director, Kevin Potter, says: “With today’s intense focus on hygiene within the food industry it is critical that facility designers, owners and operators choose building materials that they know will be up to the task at hand. However the complexity of the modern F&B industry can make this difficult – as the regulations that each system has to comply with can be extensive! We’ve developed a considerable amount of experience providing floors that actively work to minimise the risk of contamination and we’re taking this knowledge to these shows so that we can share it with food industry professionals.”

Flowcrete UK’s polyurethane range Flowfresh has been HACCP International certified due to its ability to retain an ultra-hygienic finish and its ability to be an active part of a contamination prevention programme within intensive food production facilities. Many high-profile food producers around the world have utilised Flowfresh to protect the floor from the site’s operational challenges, including McVitie’s, Thorntons, Heineken and Unilever.

Every Flowfresh floor includes the antibacterial additive Polygiene®, a silver-ion based agent that is able to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria that comes into contact with the floor. The polyurethane system has been proven to meet the ISO 22196 standard, which measures the antibacterial effectiveness of plastics and other non-porous surfaces. The combination of HACCP International certification and ISO 22196 compliance proves that Flowfresh is uniquely tailored to meet the industry’s stringent hygiene demands.

Flowcrete UK has recently added to the Flowfresh range with Flowfresh HF LT. This system has an increased fluidity at lower temperatures, which makes it easier to spread and finish on construction sites that fall below 15°C. It is also produced without pine oil to limit odour during the floor’s installation and its resistance to water marking helps to ensure a high quality finish.

To find out more about food industry flooring, visit Flowcrete UK at either Foodex or at the 6th Annual European Food Safety & Quality Summit. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the resin flooring experts by calling 01270 753000, emailing uk@flowcrete.com or by visiting www.flowcrete.co.uk, where there is a wealth of information on flooring specification, installation and maintenance.

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Anti-Slip Flooring For Greasy Meats

In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

John Lord have a long-standing and successful relationship with the leading and innovative British supplier of premium, fresh and added-value food products. In previous years, John Lord have been involved in a number of flooring projects for this forward-thinking company, including their sausage, bacon and other meat factories in the UK.

On these projects, John Lord not only had to take into consideration the fresh meats and their greasy attributes, but also the daily cleaning regime. John Lord turned to their non-tainting, Uragard HT resin range, which was used throughout the factory’s processing and packaging rooms.

A polyurethane Uragard HT resin was seamlessly installed and then back-rolled to create an anti-slip profile, which was coarse enough to provide improved safety under foot but was also easily cleaned. A vibrant Buff yellow was the chosen resin colour to help highlight dark waste food on the floor during clean-up.

“We have been working with John Lord for well over 10 years now within the food industry. John Lord provide a one-stop resin flooring solution for our factories utilising their Uragard flooring. From site purchase to first production, the involvement of John Lord was an integral part of the project’s success,” say the Project Architect.

John Lord takes ‘Total Responsibility’ on every industrial and commercial project involving their exclusive resin flooring range. From floor design and manufacture, through to installation and after care, John Lord is committed to meeting your flooring requirements. Specify your own floor online or contact the Technical Sales Team for expert advice on the best flooring system for your business; +44 (0)161 764 4617, enquiries@john-lord.co.uk, www.john-lord.com.

Alternatively, meet John Lord at Foodex 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, stand H291.

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Durable and Hygienic Wall Kerb

In food and drink factories, hygiene and cleaning is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to impact or wear.

Recently, Aspen Stainless were commissioned to install their UK exclusive range of PolySto hygienic wall kerbing throughout a food factory. Being manufactured from very strong polymer composite with a smooth, natural grey finish, the kerbing is designed to reduce the ingress of liquids and provide protection to walls, columns and door edges, from the floor level.

Once installed, the wall kerb was sealed with a high quality, silicone based, food safe joint sealant containing a special fungicide to prevent bacteria and fungi build up. The high strength formula is ideal for food environments due to its high humidity and temperature resistant attributes.

Accompanied by stainless steel wall cladding for the doors, the PolySto wall kerb now provides a completely sealed and hygienic surface between the walls and floor, and provides added protection and support to the walls, from daily factory traffic and potential loading bay collisions.

With strict demands for hygienic plant and equipment in all food and drink industries, Aspen has the ability to provide a tailored product package to meet your specialist requirements using its range of drainage, wall kerbing, and protection.

Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download or discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen technical team – 0115 986 6321, www.aspen.eu.com.

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Hardwearing Stainless For Dairies

In food and drink factories, hygiene and cleaning is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality product daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to impact or wear.

Aspen Stainless were appointed as the manufacturer, supplier and installer for all the stainless steel wall kerbing and high level gantries in one of the largest dairies in the UK. Working closely with the Building Contractor, Aspen mapped out the processing rooms within the facility and installed thousands of meters of their hardwearing wall kerb. The wall kerb hosted the walling and accepted a brand new resin floor, which created the new processing rooms.

Once installed the seamlessly welded, stainless steel wall kerbing provided the optimum hygienic surface between the floors and walls, which in turn enabled an efficient cleaning regime preventing bacteria and debris from harboring in any cracks or crevices. Alongside the wall kerbing, Aspen also installed various high level gantries which hosted the dairy machinery on different levels to maximize space within the factory.

In addition to dairies, Aspen enjoys a close working relationship with their clients in the food and drink industry including; meat, fish, bakeries, snack foods, confectionary and more. With strict demands for hygienic plant and equipment in all industries, Aspen has the ability to provide product engineering solutions to meet your specialist requirements using its range of stainless steel drainage, wall kerbing and protection.

Browse the product range online, which has full technical data available to download or to discuss your bespoke requirements with the Aspen technical team – 0115 986 6321, www.aspen.eu.com.

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Durable Resin Flooring For Snack Foods

Efficiency and safety under foot in a snack food factory is high priority when it comes to deciding a new floor. In addition, various types of daily traffic travels through the processing and packaging areas making it imperative for the flooring to be durable.

John Lord were commissioned to manufacture and install a suitable flooring for a snack food factory, which had different requirements from room to room. In the processing areas the factory required a high anti-slip flooring grade for maximum safety under foot during their cleaning regimes and if any spillages occurred. In the packaging areas the factory required a smoother but durable floor surface than the processing areas, which allowed trolleys, crates and pallet trucks to move easily over while transporting the snack food product.

The factory wanted to divide the processing and packaging areas, and create walkways around the factory to safely guide pedestrian traffic around the facility and importantly away from the machinery and operating areas. John Lord provided the factory with a range of bespoke colours to choose from to highlight these areas. The factory opted for a buff-yellow, green and terracotta, which created definition and reflected their company brand colours.

John Lord has a range of exclusive resin flooring products to suit your environment. For the food and drink industry, the Uragard polyurethane resin range is the recommended flooring option. Uragard provides excellent durability, cleanability, chemical and temperature resistance and has varying grades of slip resistance to suit your traffic requirements.

‘Specify Your Own Floor’ online to find the most suitable flooring system for your industry or contact John Lord’s technical flooring team to discuss your requirements and receive an expert recommendation – Tel +44 (0)115 986 6321 or visit www.john-lord.com.

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Busch Introduces the First Hygienic Vacuum Pump

The first vacuum pump with hygienic design in the world has been introduced by Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems. This new rotary vane vacuum pump was developed specially for foodstuffs packaging with tray sealers and thermoforming machines, and is designed to be cleaned using steam jets and conventional detergents. The unit surfaces are smooth and slightly inclined, allowing water and detergent to drain away after cleaning to leave a residue-free finish.

Initially only the models RAH 200 A and RAH 300 A with pumping speeds of 200 and 300 m³/h will be available. The new vacuum pumps are based on the proven oil-lubricated Busch R 5 rotary vane vacuum pumps, which have been installed in many packaging machines and remote centralised vacuum systems. The rotary vane technology of the new hygienic vacuum pumps guarantees a permanent vacuum of 0.1 mbar and high pumping speeds for the entire range between atmospheric and ultimate pressure, allowing rapid evacuation and short packaging cycle times.

The vacuum pumps are water cooled, preventing heat emissions to the packaging machine and cooled packaging area. The packaging area temperature (a legal requirement, and important for food packaging operations) remains unaffected. In addition, cooling energy is saved. A water cooled motor may be ordered as an option to further reduce heat emissions. The heat energy from the cooling system can be reused elsewhere, resulting in an additional improvement to the energy balance of the vacuum system. The water supply is easily connected to the packaging machine cooling system. Installation of the unit is a simple process due to its compact dimensions and flexible vacuum connector.

For further information visit www.buschvacuum.com.

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Sweet Hygienic Resin Flooring

In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

Recently John Lord was commissioned to manufacture and install a suitable anti-slip flooring system throughout the Tilly homemade confectionary facility in Scotland. The production facilities differed from dry to wet processing where spillages occurred and a daily cleaning regime. Taking into consideration Tilly’s requirements, John Lord decided the best flooring to use was their Uragard HTAS, which was back-rolled to provide a sufficient compromise between a high grade, anti-slip profile and the cleanability of the floor. Tilly chose the bright ‘Buff’ yellow colour from the range to help differentiate from their dark fudge product.

British manufactured and installed throughout the UK and internationally, the Uragard polyurethane resin flooring range is ideal for the food processing industry. Each product has a different attribute offering a floor solution for any environment. In environments where meat, fat and grease is present, the most aggressive anti-slip grade floor is ideal and provides the vital safety under foot to all operatives in the area. In environments where dry processing and packaging is present, a lower grade of anti-slip is preferred decreasing cleanability times and providing excellent abrasion resistance for high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

John Lord takes a ‘Total Responsibility’ on every project involving their exclusive resin flooring range. From floor design, manufacture and substrate preparation, through to installation and after sales support, John Lord is committed to meeting your requirements. For advice on the best flooring system for your business, contact the technical sales team today; +44 (0)161 764 4617 or enquiries@john-lord.co.uk.

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Factory Protection for Food and Drink Processing

In demanding food and drink processing environments where constant pedestrian and vehicular traffic passes through, maintaining a hardworking and efficient factory is very important. One of the main elements in the food and drink industry is the construction and protection of the building. Having inappropriate or non-existent protection to the facility can be very costly in the long term.

With light and heavy equipment and machinery travelling throughout the premises there is chance of collisions into the walls, columns or doors ways, or in worst cases the operatives working in the factory. The constant wear of the factory will therefore significantly increase if there is not sufficient protection installed. The increase of wear and dents to a factory’s hygienic surfaces in turn increases the bacteria build-up in processing rooms making the cleaning regime harder. This could lead to product contamination.

CanalEngineering2June2015Recently, ASPEN Stainless has been working with a well-known food processing company by assisting with the construction of their new facility by manufacturing and installing wall kerb, low and high level bump rail and wall cladding from their durable, stainless steel range. The stainless steel wall kerb was installed to assist the construction of the various processing and packaging rooms while low level bump rail sits firmly in front to protect the wall kerb and walls against moving vehicular traffic and equipment. In the food production areas, high level bump rail was installed to protect the walls and columns from the food racking trollies, which also doubled up as a storage location for the racking when it is not in use.

Stainless steel grade 304/316 provides the ideal protection against constant impacts in hygienic conditions. The stainless steel surface has excellent cleanability and impact resistance, and provides a reduced maintenance solution to any industry looking to improve their facilities. Aspen Stainless manufactures their full range of stainless steel products at their manufacturing site in Nottingham, UK and has their own installation teams working throughout the UK and abroad.

ASPEN Stainless has their full product range available online at aspen.eu.com with full product technical data available to download. To discuss your stainless steel requirements for your food and drink environment, contact the technical sales team today; +44 (0)115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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Next Generation Hygienic Pallet Launched!

Goplasticpallets.com has introduced to its range a new, improved version of its Hygienic pallet, which has been optimised for superior performance in automated conveyor systems.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com, says: “Our Hygienic plastic pallet has been a popular favourite with the food and pharmaceutical industries since its UK launch in 2001, so we’re delighted to be able to offer this new version, which heralds the next generation of plastic pallet!”

The new Hygienic pallet comes with a number of enhanced features. Rounded corners on all sides ensure the smoothest transition through automated conveyor systems and minimise the risk of pallets getting trapped and damaged – as is often the case with wooden pallets.

A curved sloping ramp up and down the internal blocks prevents fork arms from misaligning the pallet.

A curved sloping ramp up and down the internal blocks prevents fork arms from misaligning the pallet.

Curved sloping ramps on both sides of the perimeter base allow pallet trucks to easily access and leave the pallet, even when it is empty. This feature is a huge safety benefit as it means that hand pallet trucks can more easily secure and move the pallet without dragging it across the floor.

In addition, special angles on each of the four corners make stretch wrapping palleted goods much simpler.

Manufactured from the highest food grade virgin HDPE, the new Hygienic pallet has totally smooth, sealed surfaces and is fully compliant with EU safety legislation. Free from joints, slots and other cavities, the Hygienic pallet has been specially designed to prevent the accumulation of dirt and dust, ensuring optimum hygiene conditions are maintained throughout the entire handling process.

Rounded corners on all sides ensure a smooth transition through automated conveyor systems.

Rounded corners on all sides ensure a smooth transition through automated conveyor systems.

The unique design also means that the new Hygienic pallet is quick and easy to clean. And, like all medium and heavy duty plastic pallets, it is strong and robust offering a reliable, consistent performance throughout its long working life.

The new Hygienic pallet measures 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) and is available in seven striking colours as standard – red, green, yellow, blue, beige, grey and white. Additional colours, including two-colour options and printed branding for personalisation are also available for large orders.

Be the first in the UK to experience the benefits of the new Hygienic pallet and call Goplasticpallets.com today on 01323 744057 or email sales@goplasticpallets.com.

Alternatively browse the UK’s largest range of plastic pallets at www.goplasticpallets.com.

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Protection For Food Processing

CanalEngineeringFebruary2015In demanding food processing environments where constant pedestrian and vehicular traffic is present along with an extensive cleaning regime, a hardworking and efficient factory is very important. One of the main elements in processing areas is the drainage system, which takes care of all the waste water produced throughout the factory. Having inappropriate or non-existent drainage in the factory can be very costly in the long term and unhygienic for operatives.

Recently, ASPEN Stainless has been working with a leading pie manufacturer renovating their factory with a brand new stainless steel drainage system. With heavy factory traffic passing through ASPEN chose their heavy duty drain channel and 2 bar support channel covers to withstand the weight passing over. The drainage channel was designed to stretch throughout the processing area and underneath the machinery for maximum coverage and increased water flow rates. In addition, outlets with removable trash baskets were installed to manage trapped waste in the drainage system preventing any blockages and increasing cleaning efficiency.

Stainless steel 304/316 is the ideal material choice hygienic conditions. The stainless steel surface has excellent cleanability and provides a maintenance-free, non-tainting solution to any food and drink industry looking to improve their facilities. Aspen Stainless manufactures their full range of stainless steel products at their manufacturing site in Nottingham, UK and has their own installation teams working throughout the UK and internationally.

ASPEN Stainless has their full product range available online at aspen.gb.com with full product technical data available to download. To discuss your stainless steel requirements for your food and drink environment, contact the technical sales team today; +44 (0)115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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Resin Flooring – A Long Term Relationship

JohnLordFebruary2015In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

John Lord has a long-standing and successful relationship with the leading and innovative British supplier of premium, fresh and added-value food products. Previously, John Lord has been involved in a number of resin flooring projects for this forward-thinking company, such as their sausage, bacon and other meat factories in the UK.

Taking into consideration the fresh meat products, possible greasy spillages and also the cleaning regime, John Lord turned to their non-tainting, URAGARD HT resin flooring range to cover all applications within the factory environment. In the processing areas the URAGARD HT62W polyurethane resin floor was installed and back-rolled to create a sufficient compromise between a high grade, anti-slip profile for safety under foot and the cleanability of the floor. A vibrant Buff yellow colour was the chosen resin colour range to help highlight dark waste food on the floor. In the packaging and storage areas of the factory, the URAGARD MT resin floor was installed due to its smooth surface, excellent cleanability and long-term durability against packaging machinery and factory traffic.

“We have been working with John Lord for well over 10 years now within the food industry. John Lord provide a one-stop resin flooring solution for the factories utilising their URAGARD flooring. From site purchase to first production, the involvement of John Lord was an integral part of the project’s success” – Project Architect.

John Lord takes ‘Total Responsibility’ on every project involving their exclusive resin flooring range. From floor design and manufacture through to installation, John Lord is committed to meeting your flooring requirements. Specify your own floor online or contact the Technical Sales Team for advice on the best flooring system for your business; +44 (0)161 764 4617, enquiries@john-lord.co.uk, www.john-lord.com.

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FloorTech® at the Forefront of Flooring Technology

FloorTech®  specialise in Trazcon® PMMA seamless resin flooring systems and are intimately familiar with the specific everyday challenges that the food and beverage industry is faced with. Being a HACCP Compliant company having served this industry for over 20 years, FloorTech® understands the paramount importance of hygiene, food safety regulations and litigation. They work closely with a panel of experts from Ireland’s food and beverage industry to continually advance their processes and application methods and their highly skilled installation teams receive regular training to minimize risk within food and beverage environments.

FloorTech® has over time implemented a range of critical control measures to ensure compliance with industry standards, such as:

  • Methodical sterilization of equipment and machinery following entry/exit of site to prevent cross contamination
  • Foreign objects and foodstuffs to be kept off site
  • On site equipment register
  • Improved techniques prohibiting the migrations of particles
  • Increased awareness of food safely legislation.

2014 has seen FloorTech® open its first Northern Ireland Office (Tel +44 (0)28 9073 5877), based at The Mount Business Centre, Belfast. FloorTech® decided to expand its operations into Northern Ireland following an increase in market share within the food and drink sector. This new Northern office will cater for the significant increase in demand for Trazcon® hygienic flooring systems in Northern Ireland and bordering counties. Since its official opening FloorTech® has won significant contracts with key industry players including Kerry Foods and Karro Food Group.

Recent Projects

Danone Nutricia: The primary activity in these facilities is the production of base powder that goes into every Danone baby-nutrition formula. It was imperative to the client that a sterile and safe environment was created. The Trazconâ Decór system 1 was the ideal solution due to its advanced hygienic, non porous, easily cleaned properties. The project involved adding a third processing and packing line, the construction of a major warehouse and facilities extension. Over 10,000 sq m was installed throughout both Danone Nutrcia Ireland production sites.

FloorTechPepsiJanuary2015Pepsi Project Evolve 2.0: Having worked closely with Pepsico over the past 20 years, FloorTech® were once again nominated to carry out works to a new manufacturing powder blending facility in Little Island, Cork. FloorTech® liaised with PJ Hegarty & Sons throughout the construction phase to ensure timelines were met during the tight building programme. 3600 sq m of Trazcon® Décor® systems were installed over two floors, including changing facilities, production, clean rooms and warehouses.

Liffey Meats, County Cavan: Liffey Meats chose FloorTech®’s Trazcon® Décor System 3 due to its superb hygienic properties, exceptional durability and rapid one hour cure time. The client required a flooring upgrade to their main boning hall to meet and perform to BRC Standards. FloorTech® installed a high profile finish certified for Slip Resistance and Food Conformity. The entire installation of 600 sq m was completed over one weekend and the plant was back in production immediately thereafter.

FloorTechLiffeyMeatsJanuary2015Developments For 2015

Indoor air quality has now become a significant issue at EU level within the work place. Poor air quality is known to contribute to illnesses such as “sick building syndrome”. Industry standards have now set required standards of 2004/42, “The maximum allowable VOC content in flooring systems must not exceed 500grm/litre”. Flooring systems such as laminates and vinyl can contain high VOC emissions. Companies and new building projects are now combating this problem by using more environmentally friendly low emitting materials.

FloorTech® offers VOC free flooring systems that contribute towards the improvement of indoor air quality and carry the German AgBB certification.

CL28 Deep Cleaning Floor Degreaser

FloorTech® now offer their own brand of environmentally friendly, solvent free, alkaline industrial floor cleaner and degreaser. BRC global standards now require regular deep cleaning to floors in food manufacturing plants. FloorTech®’s CL28 floor cleaner is specifically designed for The food and beverage industry, excelling in the breakdown of fats and acids which are common in most food industries.

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The Advantages of Resin Floors in Food and Beverage Facilities

The durable, customisable and hygienic properties of resin floors means that they can provide food and beverage facilities with a wide range of advantages that help site managers to optimise the working environment.

A common attribute of all resin floors is that they create a seamless and impermeable surface. Combining this hygienic finish with stainless steel drainage is a highly effective way to minimise the risk of contaminants, such as bacteria, fungi, mould and mildew, collecting in hard to clean gaps or being absorbed into the surface. Instead the site’s cleaning regime is able to quickly and easily remove grime from the area.

Food and beverage facilities also require a floor that is robust enough to cope with the rigours of a production environment, which could include heavy impacts, thermal shock, wear from frequent cleaning and exposure to harsh chemicals such as sanitizers, acids, lubricants and the foodstuffs themselves.

Flowcrete2January2015Resin floors are available that can withstand the abusive conditions within the most intensive industrial settings. The monolithic nature of a resin floor also means that the concrete substrate will be protected from substances that would otherwise damage this crucial aspect of the building’s structure.

To further enhance a facility’s hygienic credentials, the owners of food production and processing sites can specify systems tailored to the specific needs of their environment. For example floors with an antimicrobial additive homogenously distributed throughout the resin matrix can be installed to provide a finish that will actively target bacteria.

The safety of a plant can also be improved by installing an anti slip finish that enhances traction underfoot. This can be advantageous for many food and beverage sites where spillages and slippery floors are an unavoidable workplace hazard.

To talk to a resin flooring expert about the benefits and practicalities of installing a resin floor, contact Flowcrete UK on 01270 753000.

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Protection For Food Processing

In demanding food processing environments where constant pedestrian and vehicular traffic and equipment passes through, maintaining a hardworking and efficient factory is very important. One of the main elements in the food processing industry is the construction and protection of the building. Having inappropriate or non-existent protection to the facility can be very costly in the long term.

With light and heavy equipment and machinery being moved throughout the premises there are occasional collisions into the walls, columns or doors ways, or in worst cases the operatives working in the factory. The constant wear of the factory will therefore significantly increase if there is not sufficient protection installed. The increase of wear and dents to a factory’s hygienic surfaces can lead to an increase in bacteria build-up in the processing rooms making the cleaning regime harder and possible product contamination occur.

CanalEngineering2December2014Recently, ASPEN Stainless has been working with a well-known food processing company by assisting with the construction of their new facility by manufacturing and installing wall kerb, low and high level bump rail and wall cladding from their durable, stainless steel product range. The stainless steel wall kerb was installed to assist the construction of the various processing and packaging rooms while low level bump rail sits firmly in front to protect the wall kerb and walls against moving vehicular traffic and equipment. In the food production areas, high level bump rail was installed to protect the walls and columns from the food racking trollies, which also doubled up as a storage location for the racking when it is not in use.

Stainless steel 304/316 provides the ideal protection against constant impacts in hygienic conditions. The stainless steel surface has excellent cleanability and provides a maintenance free solution to any industry looking to improve their facilities. Aspen Stainless manufactures their full range of stainless steel products at their manufacturing site in Nottingham, UK and has their own installation teams working throughout the UK and internationally.

ASPEN Stainless has their full product range available online at aspen.gb.com with full product technical data available to download. To discuss your stainless steel requirements for your food and drink environment, contact the technical sales team today – +44 (0)115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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Durable Flooring for Pie Manufacturing

In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

Recently John Lord was commissioned to manufacture and install a suitable anti-slip flooring system throughout a pie manufacturer’s facility. The processing and packaging facilities involved different cleaning regimes requiring some areas to become very wet while cleaning waste. Taking into consideration the food manufacturing process, John Lord decided the best flooring to use was their Uragard HT62W. The polyurethane resin floor was installed and then back-rolled creating a sufficient compromise between a high grade, anti-slip profile for safety under foot and the cleanability of the floor. A vibrant terracotta colour was the chosen resin colour range to help highlight dark waste food on the floor.

The John Lord resin flooring product range is British manufactured and installed throughout the UK and internationally. In particular, the Uragard polyurethane resin flooring range is ideal for the food processing industry. Each product in the Uragard range has a different attribute offering a floor solution for any factory environment. In environments where meat, fat and grease is present, the most aggressive anti-slip grade floor is ideal and provides the vital safety under foot to all operatives in the area. In environments where dry processing and packaging is present, a lower grade of anti-slip is preferred improving cleanability times and providing excellent abrasion resistance for high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

John Lord takes a ‘Total Responsibility’ on every project involving their exclusive resin flooring range. From floor design, manufacture and substrate preparation, through to installation and after sales support, John Lord is committed to meeting your flooring requirements. For advice on the best flooring system for your business, contact the technical sales team today – +44 (0)161 764 4617, enquiries@john-lord.co.uk, www.john-lord.com.

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Improved Bakery Production Facilities

When maintaining a hygienic environment there are many elements to be considered by a contractor before any construction can begin. One of the main elements in the food processing industry is the drainage. Having an inappropriate drainage system in a processing room can lead to a number of problems that directly lead to bacteria build-up around the work place.

Recently, ASPEN Stainless has been working with Two Sisters Food Group to develop its long standing Gunstones Bakery in Sheffield. The site has changed somewhat over the years and to keep up with demand ASPEN manufactured and installed some bespoke structures and products from their hygienic stainless steel range.

In the chilled production facilities a small scale stainless steel gantry was erected which had a fully welded and insulated first floor to prevent the chill and moisture permeating. In their production facilities a brand new drainage system was installed throughout consisting of the wide Colorado drain channel and 3 bar covers for an increased drainage flow rate. The network of drainage systems creates a seamless finish as well as ensuring a safe and clean environment. In addition to a brand new drainage system, ASPEN installed their range of core drilled, stainless steel bump rail and engine swirl wall cladding to protect the building corridors against the daily traffic.

ASPEN has their full product range available online at aspen.eu.com where you can download the product technical data sheets. To discuss your stainless steel requirements, contact the technical sales team today; 0115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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Sweet Hygienic Resin Flooring

In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

Recently John Lord was commissioned to manufacture and install a suitable anti-slip flooring system throughout the Tilly homemade confectionary facility in Scotland. The production facilities differed from dry to wet processing where spillages occurred and a daily cleaning regime. Taking into consideration Tilly’s requirements, John Lord decided the best flooring to use was their Uragard HTAS, which was back-rolled to provide a sufficient compromise between a high grade, anti-slip profile and the cleanability of the floor. Tilly chose the bright ‘Buff’ yellow colour from the range to help differentiate from their dark fudge product.

British manufactured and installed throughout the UK and internationally, the Uragard polyurethane resin flooring range is ideal for the food processing industry. Each product has a different attribute offering a floor solution for any environment. In environments where meat, fat and grease is present, the most aggressive anti-slip grade floor is ideal and provides the vital safety under foot to all operatives in the area. In environments where dry processing and packaging is present, a lower grade of anti-slip is preferred decreasing cleanability times and providing excellent abrasion resistance for high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

John Lord takes a ‘Total Responsibility’ on every project involving their exclusive resin flooring range. From floor design, manufacture and substrate preparation, through to installation and after sales support, John Lord is committed to meeting your requirements. For advice on the best flooring system for your business, contact the technical sales team today; +44 (0)161 764 4617 or enquiries@john-lord.co.uk.

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Optimal Cleaning Solutions From JEROS

Danish company JEROS has accumulated more than 50 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing industrial washing systems for the food industry, including dish washers, utensil washers, crate washers, conveyor tunnel washers, tray cleaners and cleaners for multi-head weigher components. JEROS has developed an extensive range of high quality products to meet the rigorous hygiene requirements of the food industry, and also offers tailored solutions for individual customers.

The innovative company’s cleaning solutions incorporate the highest standards of hygiene with the lowest possible water, energy and labour costs. All washing solutions are available in various models to suit users of all sizes across virtually all sectors of the food industry.

One of the company’s most recent developments is the JEROS ACE, a flexible and efficient industrial cleaning system for multi-head weigher components.

The ACE system allows users to achieve a substantial reduction in the time needed for the cleaning of scale parts. It speeds up the production output by reducing the product change-over time, cuts labour costs, makes cleaning easier and ensures compliance with the most stringent hygiene standards. Indeed, the ACE system is a solution to the increased hygiene regulations in the food industry. Due to the rinse temperature, of approximately 85 C, the components are more or less pasteurized.

The ACE offers many advantages over traditional manual cleaning. One person can handle the complete cleaning procedure. While the components are in the washer, the operative is free to do the dry cleaning of the weigher centre. Indeed, the whole cleaning procedure with the ACE system takes only 20-30 minutes (depending on the number of components and wash cycles). This compares with 1.5 hours for manual cleaning with two people or more required for the job.

A JEROS ACE system was recently installed at Ishida’s headquarters, to show customers a practical solution for the quick and safe handling of weighing scales, whilst guaranteeing a hygienic wash with controlled temperature.

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Attractive Resin Flooring in Retail

Busy retail food and drink environments demand a resin floor that is durable and low maintenance, yet highly attractive to create a positive shopping experience.

John Lord offers a range of decorative resin flooring that incorporate an infinitive variety of coloured ‘flakes’ or quartz aggregates to create unique design opportunities. Along with the wide-range of benefits of resin based systems, a gloss finish creates a vibrant speckled effect that is easy to clean and always looks its best, even in the busiest of stores.

From small retail bakeries to large supermarket chains the daily footfall demands a flooring system that is hard-wearing that can ensure the safety of shoppers and staff. What’s more, the retail opening times makes it vital for new flooring systems to be installed quickly and efficiently, with guaranteed reliability to prevent any loss of trading time.

Recently, John Lord completed a retail bakery inWest Yorkshirethat was in demand of a new floor to replace the existing tiling, which looked very tired, unattractive and became slippery under foot throughout the day. After consulting John Lord on the best flooring system to use with regards to their specific requirements, John Lord specified their aesthetically pleasing Acrigard FK range. With a variety of flake and resin colour combinations to complement their brand, the bakery chose Storm for the majority of the floor alongside Slate, which was designed into a curved walkway from the entrance. Installed in the evening, the fast curing resin floor allowed the bakery to be open for business the very next day. The result, a very attractive resin flooring that has the ideal properties for customer safety and cleanability.

John Lord takes Total responsibility for the installation of resin floors in all retail environments. From floor design, resin floor formulation and substrate preparation, through to cleaning up and advice, John Lord is committed to meeting the unique requirements of every industry it works in. For the best advice and flooring system for your business, contact the technical sales team today; +44 (0)161 764 4617 or enquiries@john-lord.co.uk.

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Stainless Steel For Food Processing

Aspen Stainless by Canal Engineering Ltd has a long track record of providing safe, hygienic and long-lasting stainless steel products to the food and drink industry. Drainage systems, wall kerbing and protection from Aspen Stainless provide a total solution for demanding food and drink processing and manufacturing environments.

Aspen Stainless has the ability to manufacture and install high quality, durable, stainless steel products to withstand all types of traffic, machinery and equipment being used in the food and drink industry whilst complying with health and safety directives. This makes Aspen Stainless products ideal for bakeries, meat processing and convenience foods to dairies, breweries, bottling and other beverage facilities.

Recently Aspen Stainless was chosen to manufacture and install a complete drainage system and wall kerbing in a new bread processing facility for a top fast food chain. After the initial consultation to find out the facilities requirements, Aspen Stainless recommended their heavy duty Colorado drainage channel and covers, which is designed to withstand heavy traffic operating in the area. The drainage channel was accompanied by a number of outlets that trapped waste for efficient cleaning.

Further to the drainage system, Aspen Stainless manufactured and installed their double and single-sided internal wall kerb to create separate bread processing and packaging rooms that incorporated walling from others. During the installation, Aspen Stainless worked closely with specialist flooring manufacturers and installers John Lord. Providing John Lord with levelled wall kerb throughout the facility enabled their installation team to provide the fast food chain with a seamless resin floor. With no joints or crevasses between the wall and floor there will be nowhere for bacteria or debris to harbour creating the required hygienic environment for the bread processing.

Discover the full range of Aspen Stainless steel products online at www.aspen.eu.com or contact the technical sales team to discuss your bespoke requirements today; +44 (0)115 986 6321 or aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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Smarter Cleaning Solutions From JEROS

Danish company JEROS specialises in the manufacturing of dish washers, utensil washers, crate washers, conveyor tunnel washers and tray cleaners for the food processing industry, as well as for the retail and food service sectors. With more than 50 years of experience, JEROS has developed a wide range of high quality products to meet the rigorous hygiene requirements of the food industry, as well as offering tailored solutions for individual customers.

JEROS products and cleaning solutions are characterized by the highest standards of hygiene with the lowest possible water, energy and labour costs. All washing solutions are available in various models to suit users of all sizes across virtually all sectors of the food industry. Operating from its base inOdense, JEROS has developed a strong global network of experienced dealers and service organisations.

Utensil Washers

JEROS Utensil Washers have been specially designed for optimum handling. The lid opens fully to allow easy operation and loading without causing back-strain to operators. The machines are designed for easy installation even in the smallest production areas. Furthermore, the machine can be used as a sink when not in use as an automatic utensil washer.

JEROS Utensil Washers meet the highest hygiene standards, removing even the most persistent dirt. The fully automatic detergent dispenser ensures the optimum dosage of soap. The powerfull pumps and rotating wash arms provide a brilliant wash result. A constant temperature of 85 C during the entire rinse period ensures that sanitisation of the utensils is achieved. The high temperature rinse also facilitates fast drying of the utensils.

The new generation of JEROS Utensil Washers – the 9100 Series comprises a total of five new models: 9110/9115 with rotating wash systems and 9117/9120/9130 with wash frame system. Inside, the machines have been thoroughly redesigned, focusing on hygiene and easy cleaning. The 9100 Series offers energy saving up to 25% and all models include as standard an environmentally friendly ‘ECO wash’ programme for less dirty objects. Pushing ‘ECO wash’ means the machines wash with a reduced wash temperature and use less soap but still rinse with 85 C hot water to guarantee hygienic results.

Crate Washers

The compact JEROS Crate Washer Model 200 was specially developed and designed for small and medium sized companies and is specifically suitable for all Euro crates and comparable products. It is manufactured throughout in stainless steel.

Tray Cleaners

JEROS Tray Cleaners incorporate driving rollers that are precisely adjusted for a certain tray thickness to ensure a smooth flow of the trays through the machine. A pre scraper loosens heavily burnt deposits on the trays helping to prolong the life of the brushes and reduces the need for cleaning the machine. Two safety switches provide excellent operator safety and an auto-oiling feature is also included. The JEROS tray cleaner reduces labour costs and is capable of cleaning and greasing 100 trays in 6-8 minutes.

The new 9014 and 9015 tray cleaner models from JEROS offer the user significant hygienic advantages as all of the machine can be cleaned with water. Furthermore, the construction and new design help optimise noise reduction.

Customised Washing Solutions

JEROS designs customised solutions to meet the specific hygiene and cost saving requirements of its customers. For example, JEROS recently devised a comprehensive washing solution for Arla Foods’ white cheese cutting and packaging plant at Krusa. The washing system incorporates a JEROS 8160 industrial washer along with specially constructed trolleys and Multi-Washing-Insertions for cleaning conveyors and the removable parts of the cheese line.

Operating costs of the cleaning system have been minimized through the use of a sensor dosing system for detergents and thermostatically controlled heating elements. Other cost saving features incorporated into the system include adjustable wash pressure and temperature, drain pump, automatic start, self-cleaning programme and micro-steering by finger touch control panel. The system represents a multi-purpose solution as it is also used for other cleaning tasks at the cheese plant.

Cleaning Multi-head Weighers

JEROS has also developed an industrial cleaning system for multi-head weigher components. The JEROS ACE is a flexible and efficient cleaning system for scale parts. It speeds up the production output by reducing the product change-over time, cuts labour costs, and makes cleaning easier and more hygienic. The JEROS ACE system was also installed at Krusa.

A JEROS ACE system was recently installed at Ishida’s headquarters, to show customers a practical solution for the quick and safe handle of weighing scales, whilst guaranteeing a hygienic wash with controlled temperature. For further information on JEROS, visit www.jeros.com.

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Latest Product Innovations From ASPEN at Foodex 2014

In specialist food processing environments practicality is as important as maintaining the necessary hygienic conditions. Inappropriate working conditions directly affect the daily operations in food and drink processing, which develops health and safety problems that can stop operations in their tracks and lead to processing delays.

Recently, ASPEN by Canal Engineering Ltd has been working with one of the largest makers and suppliers of vinegars in theUKand Europe, Mizkan UK Ltd. Mizkan’s demanding daily operations left the factory in a critical condition, needing brand new drainage systems throughout the factory to cater for the continuous factory water flow and cleaning operations.

Using their British engineered stainless steel products, ASPEN manufactured and installed their Colorado 170 Drainage Channel, 3Bar Drain Cover and a number of Drain Outlets, accompanied by bespoke sumps for maintenance checks. The wider drainage channel option was chosen for an increased drainage capacity to cater for the water flow levels that occur during the cleaning processes around the factory.

Working across a variety of different industries, ASPEN has manufactured and installed many of their stainless steel products across the UK and abroad providing a lifetime guarantee on their service. This March ASPEN will be exhibiting at FOODEX, stand H289, and MAINTEC, stand M6G, where they will be displaying their latest product innovations at the NEC, Birmingham.

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New Hygienic Rooms For Fresh Food Processing

When maintaining a hygienic environment there are many elements to be considered by a contractor before any construction can begin. One of the main elements in the food processing industry is the flooring. Having an inappropriate flooring installed in a processing room that is in use and cleaned down on a daily basis can lead to a number of problems that directly lead to health and safety issues around the work place.

Recently, John Lord Specialist Flooring has been working with the fresh produce manufacturers, Natures Way Foods, who demand the highest standard of hygienic environments when processing their fresh food products for their retailers and foodservice companies.

Once briefed about the specific requirements for their new production rooms, John Lord chose the optimal flooring product to withstand the daily operations. Using their British made resin flooring product, John Lord manufactured the flooring components of their Uragard HTAS resin flooring and packaged them ready to be transported to site. The Uragard HTAS was chosen to meet the demands of the company’s safety requirements. With a high level slip resistance and a heavy duty performance, the daily operatives working in the area will have reassurance of safety under foot in even the worst working conditions.

To ensure that the water flow in the cleaning process was directed towards the drainage channels, John Lord worked closely with ASPEN by Canal Engineering Ltd to create the perfect floor fall design. ASPEN manufactured and installed specially adapted wall kerbing to assist the new floor design for the rooms and installed their wide stainless steel drainage systems for an increased drainage capacity to cater for the water flow rates.

Once ASPEN had installed the wall Kerbing, the John Lord installation team mixed and laid the fast curing, resin flooring to the bespoke floor design incorporating the specified falls towards the drainage channels ready for the new food processing rooms to be occupied.

Part of the same group, John Lord and ASPEN often work closely providing a high standard service spanning across a variety of industries. This March, both will be exhibiting at MAINTEC, stand M6G, and FOODEX, stand H289, where they will be displaying their latest product innovations at the NEC, Birmingham.

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Specialist Resin Flooring For Walkers Snacks

In different food and drink environments it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food and drink industry are a balance of durability, cleanability, chemical resistance and anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.

Recently, John Lord was commissioned to manufacture and install suitable flooring throughout the Walkers snack food factory in Coventry. The factory environments differed from room to room where liquids were present and spillages occurred to the dry packaging areas. With this in mind, John Lord decided the best flooring to use was Uragard HT62W, which was backrolled providing a compromise between the anti-slip profile and the cleanability of the floor. Using a number of floor colours throughout the factory, John Lord installed the resin flooring creating colour coded walkways and operational areas for staff and visitors to navigate around the factory with safety under foot.

John Lord has an extensive range of specialist flooring for many different industries. The Uragard polyurethane resin flooring range is ideal for the food and drink industry, each one with particular properties to provide the important solution. In environments where meats, fats and grease is present, the logical choice from the Uragard range is our most aggressive grade of flooring; Uragard HTAS. Providing a high anti-slip profile with chemical and abrasion resistance properties the Uragard HTAS is ideal for slippery and high trafficked areas. In other environments where daily operations are mostly dry with occasional wet areas, the logical choices from the Uragard range are Uragard HT62W and HT120W; providing excellent cleanability and an anti-slip profile.

British manufactured and installed throughout the UK and abroad by their installation teams, John Lord provide the ‘Total Responsibility Package’ being the only company you need to turn to. The technical sales team are ready to start working with your specialist flooring project; 0161 764 4617, enquiries@john-lord.co.uk.

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Stainless Steel Products For Hygienic Environments

In food factories and specialist dairy industries, hygiene is major factor when manufacturing, processing and packaging goods for distribution. In 2012, ASPEN Stainless secured a contract for a super dairy in Aylesbury to manufacture and install thousands of metres of their stainless steel kerbing range and several large, high level gantries. Working hand in hand with other companies to ensure a seamless installation in all of the specialist working areas, today the super dairy is now up and running, with its first distribution leaving the super dairy only weeks ago.

As well as the food and drink industry, ASPEN enjoys a close working relationship with its clients from many different industrial sectors including; industrial kitchens, pharmaceutical manufacture; health services, and general construction. With the demands for hygienic plant and equipment increasing and changing to meet regulations, ASPEN has provided countless product engineering solutions to meet the specialist requirements year on year.

Products by ASPEN are designed and manufactured in the UK and installed throughout the UK and abroad. By using their own installation teams, there is only one company you need to rely on. In addition to stainless steel kerbing and gantries, ASPEN boasts an extensive range of high quality, durable, stainless steel, industrial drainage systems, wall cladding, and protection products for a complete hygienic workplace.

For more information about ASPEN visit their website www.aspen.eu.com for a complete range of stainless steel products and technical data sheets. If you have a specialist project that needs an ASPEN touch, contact the technical sales team today; 0115 986 6321, aspen@canalengineering.co.uk.

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