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Why hygienic design makes a difference

30 September 2018

In the food product industry, product contamination presents a potential risk. Minebea Intec offers a wide range of hygienic weighing and inspection solutions to increase safety and efficiency where they are most needed. 

Hygiene is increasingly becoming a hot topic of discussion. In the healthcare industry, we are seeing an increase of micro-organisms, such as MRSA, becoming unaffected to multi-resistant drugs like antibiotics. This poses an incalculable risk to health and the only way to prevent these types of illnesses is through comprehensive hygiene practices. 

In food production, safety is also vital. Product contamination by micro-organisms such as bacteria or fungi presents a potential and omnipotent risk. It is critical to prevent any type of contamination and to facilitate its removal. Avoiding food contamination and increasing product safety are key objectives of all food producers.

What’s more, due to the steadily increasing globalisation and digital transformation of communications, an enhanced quality standard now goes hand in hand with the awareness of having to protect their own brand and sub-brands. A product defect can quickly gain international awareness and cause damage to the brand image, as well as a loss of profits.

These are why more and more facility and machine builders, as well as manufacturers of individual components of these, face the increasing challenge to provide hygienic solutions.  

What is hygienic design? 
Hygienic design relates to the design of structural elements, components and production facilities in the food industry to ensure any contamination is visible and easily cleaned. The principles mean all materials, surfaces and constructional elements can be comprehensibly cleansed. This has many benefits to both customers and industry:

• Boosts product quality and safety 
• Saves resource costs 
• Reduces energy and detergent costs

Hygienic design can also significantly contribute to quality assurance. It is important to exclude residues of contaminants, which result in the growth of micro-organisms. Hygienic design ensures that the equipment is easy-to-clean and there are no zones which are structurally difficult to clean. The result of this hygienic facility supports the food industry in its aim to sustainably increase product quality and safety.

Hygienic design can save resource costs. Increasing costs for wages, energy and quality assurance means that the daily cleaning of plant facilities and machines in the food industry is not an inconsiderable cost factor. In addition, the efficiency of production is reduced due to cleaning-related downtimes. The less contamination on machines and facilities, the shorter the cleaning times and downtimes, and so lower the total operating costs.

Changed thinking
Hygienic design supports companies in their efforts to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment. More and more production companies are changing their way of thinking when it comes to energy management and environmental protection (DIN EN ISO 50001). For production facilities which can be cleaned easily, quickly and effectively, the consumption of energy and cleaning agents can be reduced.

Simply put, hygienic design is the way to increased product quality and safety and lower costs. 

To find out more about the Minebea Intec range of hygienic design products and read the latest white paper on hygienic design, visit:

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