Stainless steel and general-purpose motors can both help with dairy processing. Having the right motor for a facility that processes dairy is important, as the industry has some of the highest standards for sanitation and cleanliness. If dairy operators do not meet the industry’s safety and hygiene standards, they risk adverse impacts such as having contaminated products reach store shelves or failing their inspection.
The Importance of Dairy Hygiene
Understanding the strict hygiene requirements in the dairy industry first requires understanding its origins. The hygiene requirements for the industry are embedded in the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was designed to shift the focus on food safety from reactionary, meaning that the industry responded only when disasters occurred, to proactive, which entails putting safety measures in place to stop problems before they start.
Using the Right Equipment
Getting the right equipment for a facility that processes dairy is critical for preventing safety and health issues. Fortunately, stainless steel and general-purpose motors are both suited for use in processing operations. There are three zones of food sanitation in the industry with differing requirements for cleanliness. That means that there are also different types of motors that should be used in each zone to adhere to the safety protocols for each.
Zone 1 is an area where hygiene is especially important. In this zone, the equipment in the dairy facility has direct contact with food. There is a higher likelihood of bacterial contamination in this area, which means that it needs to be cleaned and sanitized frequently. The stainless steel or general purpose motor that you use in Zone 1 must be easy to wash down and also bacteria resistant. The motors used in Zone 1 should be able to operate at temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Stainless steel motors are ideally suited for use in Zone 1, as most Zone 1 equipment must be made entirely of stainless steel.
Zone 2 is an area with medium hygiene requirements. The machinery in this zone needs to be cleaned and sanitized as well, but it doesn’t require the same high-pressure cleaning as machinery in Zone 1. Some machinery in this zone can have neoprene components, in contrast to the machinery used in Zone 1 that must be made exclusively of stainless steel. Paint-free motors are sometimes used in Zone 2.
Zone 3 is a zone where there is little contact with food. The ambient environment is generally dry, too. Motors used in Zone 3, whether general-purpose or stainless steel, do not necessarily need to have protection from high-pressure washdowns. However, they still face pressure from regular use and environmental problems such as contamination. Therefore, it’s still important to have a high-quality motor.
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