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Food safety and hygiene

Consumer trust is critical in food production, and food safety is a core market value. Whatever ends up on the table must be produced cleanly. For that you need smart system design and food-safe components that support the production process—simply, efficiently, and reliably. Festo offers the right automation solutions, along with industry expertise, for the production of safe food items.

Important aspects of food safety

The two main aims of hygienic and efficient automation in food production are to protect the consumer and it protects the manufacturer's brand. These are the most important aspects of food safety in our view:

Machine design without edges or corners

In the production of grocery items, the standards and directives for design and materials must be implemented - the regulations are particularly strict for the sensitive area of food production. The hygienic design of machines and components is all important. When designing our automation components for your machines, we pay strict attention to factors that promote hygiene, such as smooth surfaces and wide-radius curves.

We have compiled the most important points about food safety from a machine design perspective into a white paper, together with a range of practical tips. It provides an overview of the relevant standards and design regulations and explains hazards, material selection, and cleaning.

White Paper Food Safety (PDF)

Clean design components

In the production of grocery items, the standards and directives for design and materials must be implemented - the regulations are particularly strict for the sensitive area of food production. The hygienic design of machines and components is all important. When designing our automation components for your machines, we pay strict attention to factors that promote hygiene, such as smooth surfaces and wide-radius curves.

We have compiled the most important points about food safety from a machine design perspective into a white paper, together with a range of practical tips. It provides an overview of the relevant standards and design regulations and explains hazards, material selection, and cleaning.

White paper food safety (PDF)

Cleaning: thorough and fast

For manufacturers, keeping out foreign particles that could enter and expand to harmful quantities is a top priority, whether it's bacteria, chemicals, or corrosive particles. It is important to achieve optimum hygiene with the minimum amount of cleaning agents and time—the downtime of your systems should be kept as low as possible, and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) should be as high as possible.
When cleaning a machine or system, four factors are critical:

  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Mechanical action/force
  • Chemical industry

Many sources of hazards can be eliminated in the design stage. At Festo, we understand that the automation components in food production must not react to cleaning agents or disinfectants. That is why our products are made to be resistant to corrosion and are mechanically and chemically stable. Our electrical components are reliably protected from the entrance of fluids and foreign particles. This reduces the number of unforeseeable failures and increases the availability of your systems.
We have compiled a white paper that summarizes the legal regulations regarding cleaning, and the degrees of electrical protection from IP65 to IP69K. It also contains practical information about the ease of cleaning and corrosion-resistance of system components, plus the correct selection of cylinder seals, pneumatic tubing and hoses, and other components.

White Paper Cleaning (PDF).

Clean design valve terminal MPA-C

For manufacturers, keeping out foreign particles that could enter and expand to harmful quantities is a top priority, whether it's bacteria, chemicals, or corrosive particles. It is important to achieve optimum hygiene with the minimum amount of cleaning agents and time – the downtime of your systems should be kept as low as possible, and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) should be as high as possible.
When cleaning a machine or system, four factors are critical:

  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Mechanical action/force
  • Chemical industry

Many sources of hazards can be eliminated in the design stage. At Festo, we understand that the automation components in food production must not react to cleaning agents or disinfectants. That is why our products are made to be resistant to corrosion and are mechanically and chemically stable. Our electrical components are reliably protected from the entrance of fluids and foreign particles. This reduces the number of unforeseeable failures and increases the availability of your systems.
We have compiled a white paper that summarizes the legal regulations regarding cleaning, and the degrees of electrical protection from IP65 to IP69K. It also contains practical information about the ease of cleaning and corrosion-resistance of system components, plus the correct selection of cylinder seals, pneumatic tubing and hoses, and other components.

White paper cleaning (PDF)

Food quality and compressed air quality

Great care has to be taken whenever compressed air comes into contact with food items, because compressed air is not clean by nature. A carefully designed system for air treatment is therefore necessary—also because you need different qualities of compressed air treatment at different points in the application. And every food item has special requirements for its production.
The parameters and quality classes of the following are important for correct and energy-efficient compressed air treatment in automation for food production:

  • Solid particles
  • Water content
  • Total oil content

Our white paper on compressed air treatment describes the compressed air purity classes and also shows filter cascades for typical applications.

White Paper Compressed Air Quality (PDF)

Air quality particles

Great care has to be taken whenever compressed air comes into contact with food items, because compressed air is not clean by nature. A carefully designed system for air treatment is therefore necessary – also because you need different qualities of compressed air treatment at different points in the application. And every food item has special requirements for its production.
The parameters and quality classes of the following are important for correct and energy-efficient compressed air treatment in automation for food production:

  • Solid particles
  • Water content
  • Total oil content

Our white paper on compressed air treatment describes the compressed air purity classes and also shows filter cascades for typical applications.

White paper compressed air quality (PDF)

Who should hear about this?

Food safety starts with the planning of the machine or system and continues all the way through to the consumer. Solutions from Festo ensure safety right from the start—for you and everyone involved, from food production to consumption. Share this page with this link.