With more than three decades of successful automation projects under our belt, we are sharing nine key considerations for designing and installing automation in the cold environments of food processing plants, such as for the meat, meat substitute, seafood, dairy, and fresh pet food industries.
There are many challenges to designing and installing automation in temperature-controlled environments. Temperature-controlled environments refrigerate and/or freeze perishables during production, packaging, storage and shipping. The process design, equipment, and installation provide unique challenges. Low temperatures and washdown or food-grade ratings impact nearly every part of the automation design.
Key Design Considerations
- “Washdown” vs. “Food-Grade”
- Cleaning Process Considerations
- Wiring and Cable Connector Considerations
- Impacts on Mechanical Design – Pneumatics and Robotics
- Material Handling Challenges with Product Variations
- Better Pallets Equal Fewer Problems
- Product Challenges with Factory and Site Acceptance Tests
- Equipment Needs Versus Wants
- Installation Challenges
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