How Electric Motors Optimize Automation In Food Processing
More industries are automating systems because of reliable technology and increased consumer expectations. The food manufacturing industry is no different. The increasing adaptability of automation for food production means more of a chance for higher quality products and more hygienic production spaces. Overall, the primary intent of automation in the food production industry is to improve line efficiencies, increase productivity and production quality, and increase profits. On food production lines, you’ll find automation used for product preparation, mixing raw materials and packaging.
The electric motor is behind automated food production. Motors convert power into motion and play a crucial role in food production.
Growth In Automation Markets Means More Capabilities in Food Production
A leading factor in the growing food automation market is the increased development of technology. New devices and systems allow for more efficient and safer production processes. One specific device on the production line—the industrial robot. The rapid rise of the industrial robot market is due to offering quick and efficient output and improving workers’ safety.
Requirements for improved hygiene, safety, and production are increasing with the increased push in efficiency for system optimization. Operating a clean production line has never been more important in food and beverage industries. Preventing product contamination can save the time and money that comes with a potential product recall.
Having advanced technology on production lines means food manufacturers can achieve faster production cycles, reduced downtime and enhanced overall equipment effectiveness.
The Role of Electric Motors In Food Automation
Electric motors assist in automating processing and other operations in food industry machinery. Specific sectors like fish, poultry, dairy and baking goods have the highest demand for electric motors. Electric motors provide the necessary mechanical force to drive the essential components of food production lines.
With increasing food safety regulations, motors in food processing systems have shifted to more hygienic devices. Motors in food production need to be hosed down regularly, often using high pressure washdowns, and require caustic cleaning solutions. Manufacturers have found that standard motors cannot manage high temperatures or the necessary high-pressure cleaning methods that these environments require, and depending on the material of the motor, the caustic cleaning process can cause corrosion and rust.
Standard motor and drive solutions also present many food collection points, which gives bacteria and other contaminants space to build up, and if used with a fan, can cause those contaminants to spread.
The food and beverage industry has several rating systems for food safe manufacturing equipment. Washdown duty motors are made to withstand hot water, caustic chemicals and the pressure spray part of cleaning procedures.
The best motors for your food processing equipment
The food industry continues to search for reliable equipment that is high performing and energy efficient. Food processing environments need motors that can handle the high pressure wash downs and the caustic cleaning solutions to ensure their facility is free of harmful contaminations.
Having service equipment that can be cleaned is the most effective and straightforward way to help prevent product contamination in food processing systems.
The LEESON brand has a long track record of producing high quality motors for years. LEESON White Duck motors are built with white epoxy finish and an IP55 enclosure rating that allows these motors to work well anywhere food is being processed.
SST Duck motors are built with a stainless-steel exterior that prevents corrosion and protection against moisture and condensation to internal components, making it ideal for beverage and bottling facilities.
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