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...

Pipetite Grommet Achieves UL IP64 Rating

Pipetite Grommet Achieves UL IP64 Rating

Jun 13, 2013

When dust and moisture get in the wrong places they can cause production downtime and safety concerns. To lower these risks, Pipetite Grommet brings a higher level of protection to penetrations where air and electrical lines enter a cabinet or control panel. These small, yet effective, flexible silicone escutcheons now boast an IP64 rating, also known as a UL Rating. This means that the Pipetite Grommet is dust proof and splash proof from all directions. Its dust proof characteristics can greatly help...

A Better Bridge to EHEDG

A Better Bridge to EHEDG

Feb 2, 2012

In a world where international trade is routine, American dairy processors are not allowed the same economic advantages as their sister plants in Europe. Factories producing identical products on two continents find that American dairy plants are required to operate with CIP devices that consume twice the amount of water to operate, and often take much longer to complete a CIP cycle. This creates a financial disadvantage for US dairy processors. American dairy processors adhere...

Passivation vs. Electropolishing – Part 2

Passivation vs. Electropolishing – Part 2

Jan 7, 2012

Is electropolishing actually necessary given that a 1.0 or greater Cr/Fe ratio can be achieved by passivation alone? The real question is, “Are we trying to only passivate the surface or are we trying to produce a corrosion resistant cleanable surface?” Chemical passivation will attain a chrome to iron ratio above 1.0 (Cr/Fe), without producing any measureable change in the finish characteristics of the surface. Electropolishing is designed to remove surface damage from mechanical polishing and produce a more cleanable, featureless, smooth surface finish. The need to electropolish a surface is dependent upon...

Passivation vs. Electropolishing

Passivation vs. Electropolishing

Dec 11, 2011

Is electropolishing actually necessary given that a 1.0 or greater Cr/Fe ratio can be achieved by passivation alone? The short answer? If a 1.0 Cr/Fe ratio is all you are trying to achieve, no it is not. Now for the long answer. First, the 1.0 or greater Cr/Fe ratio indicated in the ASME BPE standard is a minimal requirement. The best passive and corrosion-resistant surfaces will have a Cr/Fe ratio in excess of 1.5/1, again achievable by passivation alone. The pharmaceutical industry, in most cases, requires a 15-25Ra value typically achieved through a mechanical polishing procedure. It is this procedure that, in my opinion, causes many of the problems experienced today with the formation of the “gray residue” and Class 1 rouge that has plagued end users for years.

Need a Manufacturer’s 3-A Certificate?

Need a Manufacturer’s 3-A Certificate?

Sep 14, 2011

Do you need a manufacturer's 3-A certificate for equipment installed at your facility? The 3-A Sanitary Standards website is your portal for finding...