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Helping drive safety and hygiene standards with Microban technology

Continental can help you leverage Microban antimicrobial technology to enhance safety and hygiene standards in beverage processing. 

Continental continues to specialise in the development of industrial hoses for a string of global industries including food and beverage manufacturing, particularly with regards to food transfer and washdown processes.

With that in mind, Continental is in an ideal position to offer a high standard of safety and hygiene to beverage processing through its expert use of Microban antimicrobial technology. 

The increasing popularity of Microban antimicrobial technology in the food and beverage sector is attributed to its capability to safeguard products throughout manufacturing and washdown procedures. 

It is also able to effectively prolong hose life span and mitigates the risks of failure and contamination during manufacturing.

Microban technology is designed to protect products from the growth of bacteria, mould, and mildew, all of which can cause a range of issues in the production pro-cess if not carefully managed.

Issues including contamination of product which results in costly recalls and shutdowns.  

On top of this, as industry standards continue to evolve towards more sustainability and stronger food safety processes, Continental’s Microban industrial hoses offer a solid solution to strengthen a link in the manufacturing chain and enhance safety capabilities with regards to CIP processes. 

The company’s hoses for the foodstuffs industry are subject to stringent hygiene regulations and numerous standards to ensure quality and adherence to industry standards. 

As a result, they are suitable for wine, beer, strong alcoholic beverages, dairy, and non-alcoholic beverages.

In recent months Continental has been eager to expand its reach across the Australian market with solutions that have already been certified in overseas markets with even more stringent requirements. 

They feature a smooth, plasticiser-free lining that doesn’t leave any odour or taste. 

Suitable for all common connecting systems, Continental’s hoses are also resistant to cleaning in place (CIP) and all harsh cleaning processes in the beverage industry.

“When you look at the application, you must convey the fluid throughout the pro-cess, whether from the original vat into the still or from the still out to wherever, through all of those different elements,” said Clayton Brown, product manager, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions, APAC, Continental.

“Obviously if a hose product fails through the production cycle, you can’t move the fluid, which means you
aren’t brewing. 

“Straight away you are suffering not just from a replacement cost, but you’re stop-ping the entire production process and you’re probably scrapping all of that product.”

According to Continental’s figures, the use of built-in antimicrobial protection in the food and beverage industry, can reduce the growth of bacteria by as much as 99 per cent.

The biggest advantage to built-in antimicrobial product protection is that the technology works continuously to limit bacterial growth on the hose.

Continental’s food transfer and wash-down product offerings, for both PVC and rubber.

The company also builds its rubber transfer hoses on chrome mandrels to ensure a completely smooth, homogenous liner which is key to preventing bacterial growth on the inside of hoses. 

Other features of the rubber transfer hoses include braiding with extruded liners and spiral reinforcements.

Continental’s ongoing development of industrial hoses for the food and beverage sector emphasises safety, hygiene, and reliability as primary
focal points. 

The two offerings best suited to the food and beverage industry are the ExtremeFlex Bev-erage with Microban and Vintner with Microban.

The Vintner is a crush-resistant hose that is an alternative to more traditional softwall options. Image: Continental

ExtremeFlex is ideal for applications necessitating hose flexibility, such as accommodating tight bend connections in confined areas. 

Featuring a lightweight and pliable design with a chlorobutyl tube, this hose avoids imparting any taste or odour contamination, rendering it suitable for use in beer, wine, distillery, and beverage transfer processing facilities. 

Adding to the products tensile strength and flexibility is a spiral-plied fabric with double galvanised helix wires reinforcing it.

“A key feature of our ExtremeFlex beverage hose is that is has an easy clean cover,” said Brown.

“When we talk about the industry itself and food regulations, having an easy clean cover when auditors come in and inspect the facilities you can wash this hose down and it looks like brand new. 

“This is a nice value proposition to breweries who like to ensure their operations look nice and clean for auditors and visiting patrons. Our Extremeflex Beverage is best suited to breweries.”

Meanwhile, the Vintner is a crush-resistant hose that is an alternative to a more traditional softwall, or steel wire reinforced hoses.

Due to its innovative design, the Vintner hose can regain its shape after being crushed, enhancing its suitability for transferring beverages such as wine, beer, and other non-oily food items in both in-plant and tank truck operations

Continental also has another seven low-pressure hoses and four high-pressure hoses that are suited to the food and beverage industry and each one boasts Microban technology and capable of working pressures of 300 PSI to as much as 6,000 PSI.

The high-pressure and low-pressure hoses are divided into two separate categories, Nitrile and EPDM, each with varying application uses.

The best time to use Nitrile hoses is if there will be water with a light cleaning chemical or oil solvent within it, or when the application of the hose involves the transfer of oils, animal fats or grease. 

Meanwhile, EPDM hoses are recommended for manufacturers when dealing with water containing light cleaning agents and chemical additives, provided that the application doesn’t involve contact with oil on the cover.

These hoses require a broad temperature rating for optimal performance, although abrasion resistance is not a primary concern.

“Essentially, the products we produce are very high-quality products from the material compounding, development, and testing. The quality and life cycles of our products are appealing for clients,” said Brown..

“Other hose products could have bacteria build up inside over time, because of inferior compounds used or imperfections in the hose tube. 

“Bacteria buildup inside of hoses if unknown or go untreated could have adverse impacts on people’s health. 

“This is something we at Conti avoid with our hoses by ensuring our material development and quality assurance practices are prioritised.” 

Continental’s commitment to innovation and quality in industrial hose development, particularly for the food and beverage sector, underscores its role as a leader in ensuring safety, hygiene, and reliability throughout the manufacturing process.

By leveraging advanced technologies like Microban, the company continues to of-fer solutions that meet evolving industry standards and address the unique needs of its customers. 

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