The food industry operates under tough regulations to ensure food products are processed in a sanitised environment. Any infringement of regulations can incur heavy penalties, and with good reason too, given the damaging consequences of food contamination on consumer health. From a business perspective, an incident will not only damage the brand’s reputation but also the company’s profitability.
Machinery and equipment used in food manufacturing environments are built specifically to withstand the harsh and often wet, processes. Advances in technology have led to increased adoption of computers in modern food factories to introduce greater efficiencies and precision in production. However, the hostile environment in food processing plants can present challenges when operating standard PCs, which cannot withstand washdowns and temperature extremes.
Standard personal computers will come up short in performance, durability and lifespan when used in harsh processing environments. Exposure to water and temperature extremes can lead to corrosion, creating a contamination risk in the highly sanitised food processing environment. For instance, when a food product is required to be prepared in corrosion-resistant equipment, this particular condition extends to all equipment used in the process including computers. A standard PC used in such applications will impact compliance requirements.
Using specialised computing equipment
Food processing environments need specialised computers that would help the plant improve efficiency and productivity with the equipment’s operation or performance unaffected by the harsh conditions. Specially built PCs in the food industry not only streamline data access and improve product traceability but also increase accuracy in product assembly and distribution through computerised management of the processes. Computers are relied upon for planning, designing or formulating new products, reducing human error and wastage, budgeting and overall process control. Most importantly, specialised PCs can deliver all of these benefits without presenting any risk of contamination to the food manufacturing process.
Interworld’s purpose-built industrial PCs
Interworld Electronics offers a broad range of industrial PCs designed to perform reliably in food processing applications. Interworld’s purpose-built PCs not only deliver the benefits of technology to food production but can also withstand the rigorous conditions of food manufacturing environments and meet regulatory requirements, negating concerns about food contamination or breaching Australian food standards.
Designed to perform at the coalface of food production to maximise operational benefits, Interworld’s industrial PC range includes PCs 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 or operated in temperature extremes with no impact on the performance.
Interworld’s industrial PCs can be supplied fully sealed, sealed on five sides or only front panel sealed. Featuring a fanless design, the PCs also have the ability to operate in a wide temperature range to suit different manufacturing environments.