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.

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Food Manufacturing Ventilation Considerations

Proper ventilation for the food manufacturing industries includes fans, blowers, make-up air, and air pollution control.

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Factors that must be taken during the food industry process are:

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 controlling humidity levels properly 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 generated by food processing and other food handling equipment to achieve regulated air quality standards.

Such equipment requires a unique solution to obtain regulated indoor air quality that typically supplements the HVAC system.

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Pollution Equipment for Food Industry

Pollution control equipment is essential for maintaining a clean and safe environment in the food industry.

Dust collection, ductwork, industrial fans, and other pollution control technologies, such as wet scrubbers for removing soluble pollutants and activated carbon filters for capturing VOCs and odors, are employed to meet specific food industry requirements and comply with stringent environmental regulations.

Ducts for Food Processing

In food processing environments, the design and installation of ductwork play a crucial role in maintaining a hygienic atmosphere and preventing contamination.

Ducts must be constructed using materials and designs that meet stringent food industry standards to ensure the safety and quality of processed products.

Materials and designs suitable for food industry standards

When selecting materials and designs for ducts in food processing environments, consider the following:

  • Stainless steel (grades 304 and 316) is the preferred choice for hygienic duct solutions due to its corrosion resistance and ease of cleaning
  • Fabric ducts are cost-effective, easy to clean and maintain, and provide hygienic operation with less risk of harboring microorganisms compared to metal ducts
  • FRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) ducts are durable, corrosion-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain
  • GI ducts are suitable for installation over manufacturing areas due to their ease of cleaning and maintenance
  • Specialized coatings, such as epoxy enamel, can enhance the hygienic properties of metal ducts and facilitate cleaning and maintenance

Consult with mechanical contractors and engineers to ensure the chosen materials meet the facility’s specific needs, considering factors such as product type, washdown procedures, and required hygiene levels.

Washdown Duty Fans

Washdown fans circulate air in food and beverage processing plants. Due to the wet, humid, and moist conditions, these facilities are corrosive environments, so 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:

  • Sugar
  • Grain
  • Spices
  • Dairy
  • Cocoa

Dust Collectors for Food Manufacturing

Dust collectors in the food manufacturing industry allow products 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 remove waste while simultaneously preventing the loss of valuable ingredients.

The 2 main types of dust collectors for the food manufacturing industry are:

  1. Baghouse Dust Collectors
  2. Cartridge Filter Dust Collector

Potential Risks – Explosive Environments

Some dust produced during food processes is explosive.

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 can assist in identifying potential issues while meeting requirements and standards set by OSHA and NFPA.

They can also advise you on choosing the most efficient and effective ventilation products in the food manufacturing industry.

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