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Food safety forged in stainless steel

The specific demands of the food industry require electronic equipment that is up to the task

The food industry is subject to perhaps some of the most stringent regulations in the world – and with good reason.

The consequences of disregarding food safety can be costly to businesses and consumers alike. On the business side, companies that disregard food safety can face heavy fines, disastrous publicity, and even permanent damage to their brand. For consumers, the result can be illness, and at worst death.

Like with most other industries, computerisation in the food making sector can and does help significantly to ensure an efficient and safe processing environment.

Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MPR II) and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) are useful tools to help improve the efficiency as well as the safety of any food manufacturing operation.

This is because these computerised tools help to reduce human error and wastage, while also providing a better understanding of all the elements of an operation, from budgets through to process controls.

The challenge, however, is that using a standard computer can cause more problems than it resolves on the food safety front.

For example, temperatures in food preparation areas can hit extremes, and as sensitive electronic equipment, standard computers are not designed to be subjected to exposure to steam, water or other industrial hazards.

The result can be soiling and corrosion of the PC equipment, creating serious headaches from both a workflow as well as a food safety perspective.

Standard PCs are also not ruggedized or designed to work continuously for long periods of time and as such will also wear down quicker, and break down sooner in the extreme environments of the food industry.

The solution to ensure a company can take on the advantages of all that computerisation has to offer but without all the pitfalls, is through the use of purpose-built PCs that meet the regulatory requirements of the food industry.

Interworld Electronics offers an extensive and industry-proven range of industrial PCs designed to perform reliably and safely in food processing applications.

For example, by the inclusion of SUS304 Grade Stainless Steel Enclosures, standard computers can be made to become corrosion-resistant.

This inclusion will allow them to be hosed down, and renders them water, detergent and temperature resistant. They can operate in an environment from 0 ° Celsius, through to +50 ° Celsius, and can be stored from -30 ° Celsius through to +70 ° Celsius.

The fanless design of these computers limits the need for moving parts, while the Panel PC has very low power consumption, with a wide range of power input from 9 – 36V. Coupled with this rigorous design is an advanced computer panel running on an Intel 4th generation i3/5/7 processor.

These PCs also come with IP65 / IP69K protection, monitors, all-in-one panel PCs, HMIs and keyboards manufactured from type 304 or 316L stainless steel which can be hosed down and is water and temperature-resistant.

Access to a reliable computer can also help to improve the productivity of an individual operator by streamlining the process of data access and input while at the same time improving product traceabilityAll these characteristics make Interworld PCs suitable to use at the “coalface” of production, increasing the efficiency of operations and monitoring of food safety – without compromising ease of access or breaching the necessary standards that keep the industry safe.

For more information on how a ruggedized industrial-grade PC can help with your food manufacturing operation, go to www.ieci.com.au

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