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EHEDG starts testing and certifying open food processing equipment

10 April 2022

EHEDG has developed a new test method to reliably assess the external design of open food processing equipment. This new EHEDG Open Plant Cleaning (OPC) test method brings the benefits of EHEDG certified equipment within reach of food industries that process their food in open plant environments, such as meat, fish, and bakery companies. 

It will enable food processing equipment developers to optimise their designs and support open food processing companies to mitigate food contamination risks and will also enable companies that apply equipment in open plant cleaning settings to assess the real world cleanability of their components exposed to exterior surfaces. 

EHEDG developed the new OPC test method in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute IVV (Germany), to comply with requests from EHEDG members. 

Because the method involves the use of a robotic arm, it currently allows EHEDG Authorised Testing Laboratories to test the external design features of machinery components with dimensions up to 0,6 x 0,6 x 0,6 m³.

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