Food production facilities need equipment that runs reliably, as unplanned downtown can result in lost production time and costly food waste. Perhaps more importantly, equipment
operating near the food stream must also have excellent
“cleanability” — the ability to be easily and effectively cleaned to
meet stringent sanitation requirements in support of food safety.
Motors with excellent cleanability have visual characteristics
that indicate they meet these requirements. These visual cues
can help food producers identify whether a motor is appropriate
to support their sanitation and food safety program.
The first is smooth, curved contours. Smooth finishes with
curved contours meet North American Meat Institute (NAMI)
guidelines for ease of cleaning, and allows water to be easily
shed from the motor, minimizing the chance of pooling and
harboring bacteria. A rounded conduit box, hardware (through
bolts, drain plugs, etc.) with smooth heads and nameplate
data laser-marked directly on the frame can also eliminate
contamination harbor points.
What is “missing” can also be important. Where possible,
the use of footless and non-ventilated motors can eliminate
areas on the motor that are more difficult to clean. For optimal
cleanability, all nooks and crannies should be avoided! But when
an application requires a foot-mounting, motors with independent
feet or a base with minimal contours should be applied. Designs
with independent feet minimize catch points and surface contact
between the motor and mounting structure, while allowing
increased accessibility to properly clean around the entire motor.
A final visual indication is how the motor is constructed.
The conduit box should be continuously welded to the frame,
eliminating a gasket and contaminant ingress path. On foot-mounted models, continuously welded bases or independent
feet provide gently curved corners to allow better cleaning access
Observing what your motor has, doesn’t have and how it is
put together is a quick
indication of if it is
built to offer reliability
and cleanability in food
Food and Beverage
Eagle’s RMI 400 X-ray inspection machine is specifically
designed for the poultry and meat industry. The RMI 400 allows
for superior bone and contaminant detection, with a design
that meets stringent NAMI standards and a construction that
withstands various challenges in meat and poultry settings.
Advanced Simul Task PRO imaging software inspects for
contaminants including bone, stainless steel, aluminum, glass
and stone. An innovative infeed and out-feed conveyor reduces
the number of surfaces with which products come into contact,
thereby lowering sanitation time.
Eagle Product Inspection www.eaglepi.com
STABIL Grippers are an innovative non-slip footwear product
that stretch and affix to the bottom of a worker’s footwear
of choice. The proprietary sole compound and tread pattern
dramatically enhances traction in slick or wet environments,
reducing the risk of slips and falls. They can be used time and
again after a cleaning in hot water to remove the day’s buildup. Plus, added padding provides greater comfort than everyday
shoes, reducing leg fatigue and increasing productivity.