Commercial food processing has one of the most demanding work environments. A manager has to be considerate of production rates without ignoring hygiene and the quality of product rolling out of the production line. In most of today’s industries, food literally rolls off the production line – on food-grade conveyor belts.
Innovative Conveyor Systems explains the factors you have to consider when choosing conveyor belts for your business:
Made of the right material
Your conveyor belt system must be health certified and comply with the set hygiene levels of the food industry. It does not matter whether you are dealing with modular belting or roller belts. You must ensure that the surface and operating parts are made of a material that is not a potential health hazard to your customers.
Easy to clean
Food-grade conveyor belts go down for maintenance more often. They must be clean and free of yesterday’s breadcrumbs or mayonnaise spills to avoid food contamination. You need to buy a conveyor belt that is easy to dismantle, clean, and disinfect.
An anti-microbial layer
Anti-microbial surfaces naturally prevent the growth of microbes. Choosing a conveyor belt with this featurecan help reduce the number of times you have to shut down the production line for cleaning. A self-cleaning belt with anti-microbial finish can run for up to three days, increasing your overall productivity.
Your food production
The last thing to consider when buying your modular belting is the kind of food you will be dealing with. Greasy food calls for a glossy finished surface, while bread and other pastries can make do with any type of surface.
A good conveyor belt should increase your productivity and lower the overall production cost. The key to finding the perfect belt lies in understanding your specific needs.