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|Evaluating actuators for wash-down in food and beverage applications|
Evaluating actuators for wash-down in food and beverage applications
Production of food and beverages on today’s industrial scale would not be possible without a high level of automation. Pneumatic, hydraulic and electric actuators are critical moving components in equipment used for processing and packaging food and beverage products for world markets. In addition to efficient production, machines used to process food must keep food safe by not harboring or introducing bacteria, lubricating fluids or other contaminants that could harm consumers. That is why actuators used in the food and beverage industry must be manufactured from appropriate materials and designed in a way that eliminates collection points where bacteria can flourish. Suitable actuators must also be capable of withstanding frequent washdowns with water, detergents, steam, caustic soda, citric acid or other types of sanitary cleaning solutions.
This seminar will examine how actuators need to be designed and built in order to perform in this challenging environment so that process and automation engineers can select the most appropriate actuators for their food and beverage applications.