The major objective of hygienic design is to avoid product contamination by microbes, particles and chemicals. European legislation is forcing machinery suppliers to design their machines which are used in the production of food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics according to hygienic design criteria.
The common objective of this is to make a machine cleanable. Therefore, all manufacturers of equipment used in the production of foodstuffs in the European Union are committed to following the basic hygienic design requirements defined in chapter 2.1 of the EU Machinery Directive.
The objective is to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contaminationduring storage, handling, processing and distribution. This is more than bright and shiny stainless steel installations in a facility, but also the application of design techniques that allow for all assets to be cleaned effectively and efficiently in order to minimise the risk of any kind of hazards.
It is not only limited to equipment, but the building design and infrastructure of the hygienic areas. The design of sealing is one major aspect. Sealing design should avoid accumulation of bacteria and should therefore be ‘gap free’ under all operating conditions. Even tiny gaps and crevices can harbour a large number of microbes and could cause contamination.
Machinery and piping design should ensure that all surfaces in contact with the product can be cleaned with a defined procedure. The design and construction of the equipment must ensure liquids, gases and aerosols deriving from foodstuffs of cleaning can be discharged, if possible in a cleaning or draining position, so there are no harbourage areas.
The equipment should meet the requirements specific to the type, nature and robustness of the product. For example, bakery and dairy equipment will have different levels of hygienic design expectations, as they food safety risks are not the same. It can be noted that it is not cost effective for low risk products.
All areas of the food industry require different hygiene standards, and Rittal has a solution for everything. From housing and the power distribution to the climate control with extra cleanliness guaranteed – everything is a perfect match. So if your customer demands hygienically designed equipment, you can use Rittals products to establish an operational and resourceful sanitary design.
If you are interested in finding more about Rittals Hygienic Design range, or any other Rittal products, please get in touch today on 01244 288138 or email [email protected].