October 05, 2015

Meat Processing Equipment Cleaning Machines

125837060_xlConveyor belts are an amazing invention, and in most cases they do not need an incredible amount of cleaning in order to keep functioning, but when you are dealing with a meat processing plant, you have an entirely different monster that you need to face. We are speaking of course, of the threat of infection, spread of disease, and all other manner of problems potentially caused by uncooked meat. In addition to the threat of contaminating the meat, you also run the risk of contaminating the workers no matter how much protective gear that you mandate for them to wear. With that being the case, there is a good chance that you’re going to need to clean your conveyor belt as often as possible, and that can present a bit of a challenge.

As you attempt to clean the conveyor belt, especially if you try to do it by hand, you will find that it takes far too long and there are plenty of spots that you cannot reach. This is where it becomes necessary to make use of a pressure washer, but just how far should you take it, and what should you do?

Using a Pressure Washer to Go all the Way

The potential contamination and spread of bacterial should make cleaning of the conveyor belt in your facility not only a necessity, but also a regular part of your schedule. Regular cleaning can eliminate the bacteria before it becomes a problem and keep your meat from becoming contaminated.

Something important to remember is that new, more hygienic meat is quickly entering the market, and it can become contaminated twice as fast. That being the case, you need to make sure that you have a pressure washer that can get the job done quickly and ensure that the conveyor belt is not doused with water for hours on end. Ultimately, as a company that handles meat, you need to make sure that your product is free of contaminants – there is little room for mistakes when it comes to this industry simply because carelessness could cause illness or even death among those who trust you enough to purchase your product. Even the most solid of reputations can be ruined with a bit of spoiled meat.

Getting Started with your Cleaning Equipment

Simply having the equipment isn’t enough; you need to know how to use it properly, and with that, you should use the following method:

  • Start by using the pressure washer to remove all of the solid particles from the conveyor belt. This includes any chunks of meat that you might find sitting both on the belt and in the roller assembly beneath.

  • Finish by removing dirt and debris that might have accumulated on the conveyor belt.

High Pressure, High Cleaning

High pressure cleaners like this one can be used for far more than just cleaning the conveyor belt. You can use the machine to clean the floors around the belt and further out if you like. It is of the utmost importance that both the belt and the environment around it be clean so as to mitigate the chances of contamination in your meat. You are working perhaps in one of the most high risk environments in any industry. The product is sensitive, the chance of infection is incredibly high, and all of your customers are counting on you to deliver a top notch product. You can only do that if you keep everything clean, all the time.

Overall, pressure washers are much more efficient as they can spray at a higher PSI than other cleaners. This increased PSI can be beneficial in cleaning the most stubborn dirt off of any surface, but specialized equipment is key here. There are many pressure washers on the market, but the problem you are going to face is the fact that they don’t all sanitize the area. You need something that will actually get rid of all the surface contamination, and the average pressure washer just isn’t going to do that.

Those bacteria will remain and they will still pose a serious threat to your line. That is something you simply cannot accept. Products like the Vapor-FLO 8410 give more benefits such as high pressure and high temperatures along with greater hose length for extended reach. The high temperatures will dislodge even the toughest of dirt, dust and grime that has accumulated on the conveyor belt over extended use. The most important thing at this point, is to make sure your company survives the year, and getting rid of debris on the belt really is the first and most sensible step to take.

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