Under the strain of governmental and international legislation, food processing companies all over the world try to find solutions in any way possible. One of the major areas of concern is production lines in food plants. All components and equipment in these lines are screened carefully to improve food safety, microbiological detection and hygiene.
Manufacturers of equipment for application in various food industries constantly work on research and development to assist food producers in their effort to protect sanitation in economic ways. So do the manufacturers of parts for this equipment. They focus on the specific role of their products as part of the whole.
Implementation of measures to obtain food safety often start with cleaning on a regular basis. Downtime for cleaning and maintenance, or repairs from breakdowns is costly, and must be limited as much as possible. The role of the conveyor belt manufacturer is to offer products with features that simplify and reduce the cleaning process to achieve a perfect ratio between sanitation and efficiency.
Rydell and Ammeraal Beltech: technology for hygienic food production
As the leading producer of process and conveyor belting for the food industry and with the support of Rydell Industrial (Belting) Co who are their exclusive distributor, Ammeraal Beltech has made food production hygiene the cornerstone of our business. In focusing on this area, a number of products are presented to solve day-to-day problems in various industries, such as bakeries, meat and poultry processing, fish processing, confectioners, dairy producers, fruit & vegetables, agriculture and horticulture. Solutions vary from simple food grade belts for transportation, to reduction of bacteria growth by using anti-microbial belts. Rydell and Ammeraal Beltech product range is designed to support the implementation of HACCP/BRC strategies.
Process and conveyor belting for food processing
The food grade belting range consists of various materials with non-absorbent fabrics. Application possibilities are extended, from conventional green FDA belts for harvesting and packaging to thin belts with heat conductivity for cooling. All food belts have highly cleanable crack-free surfaces with different degrees of oil and fat resistance. The latest development in food belting is ULTRACLEAN, a belt cover with excellent high release and non-stick properties in potentially sticky food applications. For inclined transport food grade flights can be applied. For small drum diameters, a flight in a hygienic footless design is available. A complete range of belts in compliance with latest EU regulation EC 1935/2004 and directive 2002/72/EC is available. They meet international standards for processing of foods.
Identification of product contamination
One of the developments in the food range is the availability of the non-food colour blue. This technical colour makes it much easier to identify product contamination and impurities. It reduces eye fatigue and particles are easy to detect in the event of belt damage.
Keeping dirt and fluids out
In very wet and dirty circumstances, slit belt edges may not be sufficient to eliminate fabric contamination and ply delamination. Closed belt edges protect against all kinds of external influences. Rydell has available Ammeraal Beltech AMSEAL system of edge protection, which completely seals the belt on all sides and offers a totally encapsulated belt. In areas where AMSEAL cannot be used (e.g., small knife edges) we have available Ammeraal Beltech KLEENEDGE range. This concept prevents the pull out of fibres and minimises the problem of belt edge fray and wear and the associated contamination issues.
Fighting bacteria growth
The production of many food products with the emphasis on meat, poultry and fish asks for constant attention to eliminate bacterial growth on and in the belt. This feature is especially important in the case of possible belt damage resulting from processes like cutting, chopping and sawing. Rydell has Ammeraal Beltech’s antimicrobial belting range, which reduces bacteria counts using a unique permanent non-migrating silver ion technology.
Washing, drying, cooling, freezing
There are sectors in food production like the vegetable industry, bakeries and meat & poultry, where an open belt construction is essential for the process because of draining or airflow. In these cases, modular belting contributes to sanitation. The special construction of uni chains modules and sprockets prevents product build-up and is exceptionally easy to clean The uni chains Single Link belt reduces downtime cleaning by 70%. Rydell also has the unique AMFLIGHT for incline conveyors but accumulation or pushing off sideways are still possible.
Technology has moved on
The innovative design has greatly improved belt strength, allowing more bends, wider belts, less drives, higher loads and fewer replacements of damaged belts. Despite the solutions offered by technology, current cleaning and hygiene practices remain essential. Selecting belts of proper construction is a critical component of a successful plant sanitation, hygiene and food safety strategy.