Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Food safety is of the utmost importance in the food industry. Contaminated food products can endanger the lives of customers and quickly destroy the reputation of processing plants and product brands. To avoid this, equipment in food industries needs to be maintained regularly.
Well-maintained equipment is one of the important parameters to ensure food safety. Dull blades can slip, worn-out belts can snap, contaminate any food on the processing line and leave behind foreign particles that threaten the safety of large production volumes.
The scope of preventive maintenance includes equipment used for food handling, storage, processing, packaging, as well as any equipment not directly in the processing or packaging areas, such as air-handling units, HVAC, compressors, boilers, storage silos, temperature and humidity controls, and water backflow preventers.
The variety of equipment in need of regular maintenance requires food companies to have several trained and even specialised teams of employees that need to be equipped with the proper tools to safely service machinery.