Open and Hygienic Design Improves Sanitization in Food Processing Machines

For end users in meat processing, there is no more important equipment choice than the proper selection of a slicing system. Productivity, profitability, product quality and food safety are dependent on the slicing technology. 

Provisur Technologies® is a leading industrial food processing equipment manufacturer headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with a global network of sales and service locations.  Highly regarded for its innovations and performance in slicing, forming, grinding and other critical food processing applications, Provisur wanted to see if its Formax® SX series slicing machines could deliver even stronger performance. 


The goal: Deliver higher levels food safety for end users without sacrificing machine flexibility and footprint.

The solution: Stainless steel servo actuator with IP69 class protection. 

IMPROVED CLEANING PROCESSES MEAN HIGHER LEVELS OF FOOD SAFETY

IMPROVED CLEANING PROCESSES MEAN HIGHER LEVELS OF FOOD SAFETY

Normally machines must keep critical components in enclosures for protection from corrosion during cleaning processes.

In meat processing applications, daily cleaning is essential to prevent germs and bacteria from building up inside the machines. However, harsh detergents and high-pressure wash-downs can cause seals and bearings of key components to corrode and wear down over time. 

However enclosing these critical components makes cleaning and sanitizing the machine more time consuming and difficult, which can lead to less effective results. Provisur concluded an open architecture design would facilitate improved cleaning, and called on WITTENSTEIN to consult on potential solutions. After closely working with Provisur engineers to confirm performance and design requirements, WITTENSTEIN concluded the axenia actuator was the ideal solution. 


OPEN, HYGIENIC DESIGN ALLOWS FOR CLEAN IN PLACE

OPEN, HYGIENIC DESIGN ALLOWS FOR CLEAN IN PLACE

Rated IP69 class protection, this stainless steel rotary actuator withstands direct high-pressure and detergents, allowing Provisur to move ahead with its open architecture design with confidence.

This improvement not only made the cleaning process faster and more convenient for the end user, it ensured greater levels of hygiene and food safety in cleaning processes. In addition, because the axenia actuator combines the gearbox and motor within one unit, the enhanced performance was further complemented by a smaller machine footprint.


HYGIENIC WITHSTANDS THE HARSHEST CLEANING

HYGIENIC WITHSTANDS THE HARSHEST CLEANING

Designed for particularly demanding applications and manufactured from highly resistant stainless steel, with the ability to permanently withstand a wide range of aggressive fluids such as cleaners or disinfectants:

axenia is a compact servo actuator which connects the motor to the gearhead with absolute precision and dynamics.

  • Cavity-free design
  • Long service life through use of CIP-compatible materials
  • Integrated, optimized sealing concept
  • Resistant against aggressive cleaning agents and disinfectants
  • Powerful motor performance
  • Low gearhead torsional backlash
  • Hygienic connection between motor and gearhead

PROOF OF CONCEPT THROUGH THE PROVISUR INGENUITY CENTER

PROOF OF CONCEPT THROUGH THE PROVISUR INGENUITY CENTER

Another unique benefit of Provisur machines: New designs go through rigorous testing in the Provisur Ingenuity Center.

Staffed by a team of equipment and application experts, The Provisur Ingenuity Center allows processors to develop new products, refine existing products and test processes ranging from separating and grinding to forming, coating and cooking to slicing and auto-loading. The enhanced SX330 and SX380 slicing machines underwent intense cleaning, washdown and performance testing through the Provisur Ingenuity center. The machines exceeded expectations on all fronts. 

Learn more about Provisur’s solutions for food processing applications