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ARC machines 'meet demanding food standards'

14 August 2012

As the food and beverage industries move towards more demanding standards and practices for fixed process pipelines, automated orbital welding has become standard practice for the installation of process lines in order to ensure that they conform to industry standards.

There is an additional requirement to have CIP (Clean-In-Place) systems to sanitise process pipelines at regular intervals. The CIP piping allows cleaning liquids to be pumped and distributed around the process pipeline system. The focus has now turned to ensuring that the initial installation of all process liquid pipelines is correct, because if done incorrectly there is an increased future risk of cross-contamination.

For the welding of processing pipes and CIP or SIP (Sterilisation-In-Place) systems in food and beverage industries, Arc Machines (AMI) recommends its industry-proven Model 207 or Model 205 power supply with either the Model 9 or Model 8 narrow weld head, to provide smooth, crevice free welds to the highest of standards. These weld heads are able to provide a high degree of repeatability and consistency weld after weld.

Capable of welding short, sanitary ferrules and fittings to a high standard, with the Model 8 series weld head, installers can achieve nearly 100% access to welds located in process pipeline systems or CIP/SIP installations. This subsequently enables users to optimise their process systems by achieving full cleaning to ensure complete system sanitisation during CIP operations without the necessity to dismantle the system during production.

With increased scrutiny and demand for cleanliness the focus has switched to the initial system installation and it should come as no surprise that the food sector is now demanding higher quality finishes on all process pipework including welds to avoid potential contamination within a system.

Arc Machines' European vice president, Mike Allman, explained: "Our automated orbital welding equipment is known for producing consistently smoother, high integrity welds which significantly reduces the defect rates often experienced when using equivalent manual welding processes.

"The integrity of weld must ensure that no crevices are present that could create problems during the cleaning and sanitisation of the system."

CIP and SIP technology has been a huge benefit to the food and beverage sectors which often require frequent internal cleaning and sanitisation of process pipelines and related systems. CIP is faster, more efficient and less labour intensive, however, without the technology and involvement of companies like Arc Machines there has always been greater risks associated with installation of the initial process pipework.

At the heart of Arc Machines' solutions for solving the potential risks posed by poor orbital welding is the company's high performance Model M207 power supply. This sophisticated yet easy to use automated orbital welding power supply is a 100/150 Amp pre-programmed and programmable power source capable of welding process pipe systems that range in size from 0.375 inches to .500 inches diameter.

Capable of storing up to 100 different weld schedules in its memory for rapid access, the Model M207 comes equipped with a Diagnostic Fault Detection System which automatically checks the status of five internal functions, including gas flow and input power. Other features include a control panel with soft-touch, dust and moisture proof membrane switches compatible with cleanroom use.

With such a range of features it is clear that Arc Machines has taken automated orbital welding to a new level previously unachievable which further enhances the company's reputation in the often turbulent and extremely competitive food processing industry.

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