Have you ever cleaned the kitchen in your home? Not only do the things get greasier there, but also some spots are challenging to reach. But, then, there is also the added risk of unwittingly contaminating your foods or groceries, maybe that chutney jar! In a situation like that, one can’t help but pray to the almighty to develop a more convenient solution, perhaps an innovative tool that can clean everything without causing any damage whatsoever!
If that’s what it looks like cleaning your household kitchen, how difficult is it to ensure maximum hygiene and cleanliness in an industrial food processing unit? An industrial kitchen or a bakery, if you will. It was never supposed to get any easier. As one could imagine, food industries use industrial-grade ventilation, mammoth ovens, complex processing machinery, conveyor belts, and so on. So, how difficult is it to degrade them? Or to reach every corner? Even if you think about the conveyor belts, it sounds nearly impossible to keep them clean and sanitised. How could you not contaminate the foods that are transported over the straps!
Enter the world of conveyor cleaning systems.
Fortunately, there is a particular solution for the conveyor belts of the food processing industries. It comes in the form of conveyor cleaning systems – an ingenious take on an industrial steam cleaner that runs continuously with the belts, keeping them clean and sanitised 24/7 without any pause. Also known as steam cleaning conveyor belts or belt cleaners, it uses dry, saturated steam to degrease and sanitise the food transporting straps. There is no need to use any detergents or cleaning liquids, making them perfect to meet HACCP standards. The lack of detergents also removes the chance of food contamination during processing – the stage where 90% of food contamination takes place.
So, how exactly do they perform the cleaning tasks?
Depending on the manufacturer, three types of conveyor cleaning systems are usually mobile, semi-automatic, and automatic cleaning systems. The operators can carry the mobile belt cleaners around easily; whereas, the other ones are stationary steam cleaners with consistent steam pressures.
The cleaning primarily takes place in two stages. The first stage requires washing the belt with steam and water to remove unwanted dirt and visible greases. In the next step, only dry mist at 140°-Fahrenheit temperature gets sprayed. Water vapours at such a high temperature disinfect the straps from any possible microorganisms. In addition, as water vapours dry up pretty quickly, it leaves no room for the foods or the production area to get contaminated in any way.
Over the years, conveyor cleaning systems using dry steam have come a long way in efficiency, reliability, and consistency. They are easy to attach to the belts, come with a water removal system, and help food processing plants to meet HACCP standards effortlessly and cost-effectively. They certainly seem to be the number one option to clean the conveyor belts.