Preventative Maintenance Integral To Safe Food Practices

Preventative Maintenance Integral To Safe Food Practices

Apr 14, 2015

Industry professionals have long recognized that a well-documented preventative maintenance program provides a company with significant cost savings. In the food manufacturing industry, it is also integral to producing safe foods, since well-maintained equipment reduces the risk of...

Maintenance and Profitability

Maintenance and Profitability

Apr 1, 2015

A continuous, uninterrupted manufacturing operation is the backbone of any successful producer. Businesses now face global competition, which adds pressure to lower price and increase quality. One way to reduce costs is to reduce downtime through regular maintenance. Maintenance costs may amount to as much as 35% of total production costs, particularly if you experience many downtime events. Downtime naturally lowers your

Poll: Does Stainless Steel Contain Iron?

Poll: Does Stainless Steel Contain Iron?

Dec 18, 2012

We are always curious about thoughts regarding stainless steel. Please take 30 seconds to respond to this poll.

Elastomers: A Beginner’s Guide

Elastomers: A Beginner’s Guide

Jul 5, 2011

Whether for a gasket, valve seat, or O-ring, the choice of elastomer might seem like a minor decision, but it can have a major impact. If a seal material is a poor fit for the application, you could run into any number of problems, from swelling, to peeling or cracking. Needless to say, these could be a big deal in a sanitary process. But how do you decide what elastomer to use?

How Long Should My Hose Last?

How Long Should My Hose Last?

Jun 14, 2011

A day, a week, a month—or maybe a year! What are your expectations? This is the most common question asked by customers regarding sanitary hose assemblies. The question itself is difficult (but not impossible) to answer due to the unique applications that vary from one facility to another. Some reasons for premature failure are...

Sanitary Air Blow Check Valves – Are They The Root of All Evil?

Sanitary Air Blow Check Valves – Are They The Root of All Evil?

May 18, 2011

For years, I have seen air blow check valves used on sanitary process lines, across many applications. They provide a very useful and sometimes necessary service: allowing a gas purge of process lines. However, they are also one of the most unsanitary devices allowed on a sanitary process line.