Food Processing & Food Manufacturing Ventilation Equipment
Food processing industries demand a level of reliability that only the highest quality industrial ventilation equipment can provide.
Ranging from food manufacturing and processing to food distribution, the processes are sensitive and require precise knowledge of the food industry to meet the strict requirements of AIB, USDA and other regulatory commissions.
This article discusses some of the basic ventilation equipment necessary for food processing and food manufacturing facilities.
Food Manufacturing Ventilation Considerations
Proper ventilation for the food manufacturing industries includes fans, blowers, make-up air, and air pollution control. We supply equipment that provides a quiet, clean and safe environment for the food and beverage facility as well as the surrounding community.
Factors that must be taken during the food industry process is:
If there is improper ventilation equipment placement of the air filtration system then the ventilation equipment will run less efficiently and reduce the lifespan of the equipment due to the aforementioned factors listed.
The level of air filtration required varies depending on what type of food product is being processed in the facility. One of many safety factors to consider with ventilation is negative pressure. When a window or door is opened unfiltered air is able to infiltrate the structure, allowing pollutants and contaminants to compromise food safety.
Air Quality in Food Processing
Maintaining proper air quality in food processing facilities is a primary goal. This entails the ventilation system to properly control humidity levels, and indoor temperatures while keeping contaminants such as moisture, mold, pests, and dust from infiltrating the food preparation area.
This is why fans and blowers are customized for the food processing industry. They assist in venting fumes, heat, and humidity that is generated by the food processing equipment and other food handling equipment in order to achieve regulated air quality standards.
Such equipment requires a unique solution to obtain regulated indoor air quality that typically supplements the HVAC system.
Air Curtains for the Food Manufacturing Industry
The food processing & food handling industries invite contaminants. Air curtains, or air doors, for food manufacturing prevent such contaminates from reaching the food.
Air curtains push a curtain of air down toward the floor to create an invisible barrier. Doing so allows doors to remain open, however, they prevent contaminants from entering.
A few contaminants that air curtains block in the food manufacturing industry include:
Washdown Duty Fans
Washdown fans are used to circulate air in food & beverage processing plants. Food & beverage processing facilities are corrosive environments due to the wet, humid, and moist conditions. Therefore, specific rated fans are required.
Washdown fans must be rated accordingly. They must have an IP enclosure rating above IP04. Contact a reputable source for more information.
Oil & Mist Collectors
Air purification standards vary for each application in the food manufacturing industry.
As a result, oil and mist collection requirements must be clearly defined by emissions, facility design, and equipment functions during processing. Furthermore, health and safety regulators keep a careful eye on production to protect products as well as staff.
Food processing industries work with a wide range of products such as:
Dust Collectors for Food Manufacturing
Dust collectors in the food manufacturing industry allow the product to remain within the food process stream with the assistance of a bin vent collector.
Customized dust collectors tailored to the specific food manufacturing application removes waste while simultaneously preventing the loss of valuable ingredients.
The 2 main types of dust collectors for the food manufacturing industry are:
- Baghouse Dust Collectors
- Cartridge Filter Dust Collector
Potential Risks – Explosive Environments
Some dusts produced during food processes are explosive substances. Explosive environments pose a safety risk to the food manufacturing facility and the staff. Keeping the environment separated with proper equipment and following sanitation protocols minimizes risks.
Our qualified experts are able to assist in identifying potential issues while meeting requirements and standards set by OSHA & NFPA. They are able to advise you while choosing the most efficient and effective ventilation products in the food manufacturing industry.
We’ll be happy to help explain which model and make is best for your application.