Consumers like their fruit juices and smoothies freshly prepared without preservatives but it is precisely these foods that are particularly susceptible to bacteria and microorganisms. Careful cleaning of the plants removes deposits that would otherwise be ideal feeding grounds for microorganisms and sources of cross-contamination. Strict hygiene during production and filling is therefore obligatory.
It all comes down to design
The trend in the food and pharmaceutical industries is towards automated cleaning processes. It must be possible to clean plant elements and components easily and thoroughly while installed, making hygienic design essential. Corners, edges, niches and gaps are ideal spots for deposits.
For this reason, hygienic designs are based on round, smooth surfaces and flow-favorable geometries. But the material also influences hygiene. Corrosion and contamination must not be given a chance which translates into electro-polished, hardened stainless steel and clean laser-welded seams.