Safe and sanitary food processing
Clean rooms have been used in the microelectronics, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors for many years, but they are being used increasingly within the food production industry. High quality clean rooms for food processing provide manufacturers with everything they need to ensure food manufacturing is safe and sanitary.
The production of food is a highly regulated process, and it requires stringent hygiene standards. The latest cleanroom technology from Standard Tech ensures bacteria levels are minimised and moulds are deprived of the moisture they need to grow.
The exceptionally high levels of cleanliness in our clean rooms STERIL-TECH® for food processing remove several opportunities for fungi and bacteria to contaminate foodstuffs. This minimisation of microbial contaminants will often remove the need for other treatment processes — reducing lead times and improving profitability.
Main applications of the clean rooms in the food processing field include meat, salami and cheese treatments, avoiding any possible contamination of the fresh products.
The main advantages of clean rooms for food processing
Processing food in a clean room deliver a range of operational and financial benefits. As well as minimising the chances of contamination, the practice increases the shelf life of certain foods, increases freshness for the consumer and increases yield. Clean rooms for food processing also allow manufacturers to produce safe foods for people with allergies.
Foodstuffs that are treated with micro-organisms are particularly susceptible to colonisation by various organisms that are present in the wider environment. These foods require additional controls, most of which can be delivered by the use of a clean room.
At Standard Tech we create quality food processing refrigeration systems that are environmentally friendly: Steriltech clean rooms, for any food and pharmaceutical industry.
Sized in compliance with ISO 14644-1:2015 and FS209 standards, they are built with entirely sanitisable Isostandard wall panelling and ceilings. Stainless steel doors with special seals guarantee pressure, are equipped with traffic light or interlocked access, and have viewing windows installed flush with the wall in material certified for contact with foodstuffs.
Based on the kind of filtration required, the type of filters to be installed and the potential of the machines is chosen; the filters are positioned progressively so that the lower efficiency ones are protected by the higher efficiency ones (the absolute filters, for example), preserving their life and deterioration. The systems are managed by entirely washable air treatment units, which are suitable to deal with:
- relative humidity (with low values for greater health);
- controllable air velocity;
- the pressure control system to avoid the penetration of potential external polluting agents.
Based on production line requirements, the air flows are:
- vertical unidirectional (particularly recommended for ready-sliced salami lines), in which the absolute filters are housed on a hood to concentrate the flow of outgoing clean air, and the air intake grids are located on the low parts of the room. In a pharmaceutical or hospital environment, laminar flow is guaranteed by a special stainless steel diffuser located directly above the operator.
- non-unidirectional, in which the sanitised working area is the entire production department, without the air flows being concentrated in a specific work area.
Particular attention regarding the size of a clean room is paid to access by operators and primary packaging materials, which must pass through specific rooms of reduced size fitted with specific air showers, in order to prevent direct access to the clean room.
The control parameters are managed by totally customisable PLCs connected to the Controltech 3000 remote assistance network and the air treatment units are equipped with sensors to detect filter clogging, which promptly indicate when they have to be replaced.
We offer comprehensive after-sale support to all of our customers, as well as remote control systems that keep things running smoothly at all times. We have been pioneering of innovative sterile processing room solutions for around 25 years, and our customers rely on us to deliver ideal environments for the processing and packaging of food products.
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